I spent most of my adolescent years struggling with acne that extended beyond my face to my chest, back, and arms. After entering college I started taking acne pills which fortunately reduced the severity of my acne. I began by taking 1 pill a day, and gradually 1 pill a week was enough to prevent me from having breakouts. Naturally over the years I became very dependent on my pills which just did not feel right--the side effects were well known, especially with regards to birth defects, and I began to fear that I might have to forever rely on this pill. Because I had been on this pill for so long that I wasn't sure if my mood swings, periods of deep depression, and what not were the causes of the pill or not.
As of November 2015, I stopped taking acne pills. My acne did come back on my face and my back, and to prevent myself from reaching for my pills (I have yet to build enough courage to get rid of them all) I have been using a prescribed retinoid cream when my acne looked too severe. I have been washing my face religiously to prevent any oil from clogging up my pores, and most importantly been using facial masks to exfoliate and cleanse.
On today's post I wanted to share some of my favorite product to cleanse and keep my acne at bay: Lush's Mask of Magnaminty Face and Body Mask , Ocean Salt, and Tea Tree Toner Tab.
Next I have the Mask of Magnaminty and Ocean Salt. I find Ocean Salt to feel a bit too coarse on my
skin, and only use it on days when my skin feels like it needs extra exfoliation. My skin does turn red from using it, so I would not recommend this to someone with a very sensitive skin. Ocean salt works best for me when I use it on my chest and back because it really exfoliates and cleanses!
I love applying Mask of Magnaminty over my face after using the Tea Tree Tab. Unlike other masks I have used, this mask comes right off your skin like a scrub cleanser but at the same time really cleanses and refreshes without irritating my skin. Not only that, my skin even feels moisturized afterwards! Note, I did not find this mask to significantly reduce the severity of existing acnes but by cleansing all that dirt off your face and by exfoliating dead skins, I find this one particularly helpful in preventing acne.
In Korea we call Lush's Mask of Magnaminty the"shrek mask" because of its color, and in the photo below you can see how it looks when applied on my face. This mask applies very smoothly over my face, dries after a couple of minutes, and comes right off in lukewarm water. In the photo on the left you can see the aduki beans contained in this mask, and I love rubbing them against my skin when cleansing to further exfoliate my skins.
I hope this post was helpful to anyone looking for a good mask to control acne-prone skin!