Super-Mud Clearing Treatment
1.7 fl. oz. for $69
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Super-Mud Clearing Treatment is the sequel to GlamGlow’s original Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask (reviewed elsewhere on this site), and while the Super-Mud version boasts a different cast of ingredients, it nonetheless continues the trend established by the original—plenty of irritating plant extracts, potent fragrance and jar packaging.

Jar packaging means the few beneficial ingredients that are present won’t be stable for long (not to mention the hygiene issue). See More Info for details on this type of packaging and why irritation is a problem for everyone’s skin.

Super-Mud Clearing Treatment contains kaolin clay and silicate to absorb oil, followed by an unnecessarily lengthy list of AHAs, including lactic, glycolic, malic, pyruvic and (because, hey, why not?) BHA (salicylic acid) also makes an appearance. However, there is only a tiny amount of each present, so, even combined, it’s likely skin won’t see much exfoliation. It’s worth mentioning the pH of the Super-Mud Clearing Treatment is 4.1-4.4, which is borderline for providing results that will make you glad you used this mask.

While GlamGlow’s Super-Mud isn’t a super option for exfoliation, it’s certainly a super-irritating blend of fragrant plant extracts and added perfumes—the scent is almost overpowering upon opening the jar. This is not good skin care in the least. While you will likely see oil reduction in the immediate sense from the absorbent clays in this mask, using it becomes a “buy now, pay later” cycle. Applying irritating ingredients to oily skin stimulates excess oil production at the base of the pores, which eventually means oilier skin and exacerbated breakouts (see More Info for details).

Bottom line: This “Hollywood-favorite” mask isn’t worth the price of admission. If reducing breakouts, smoothing rough areas and brightening the appearance of skin is your goal, GlamGlow Super Clearing Treatment won’t get you there. Instead, consider any of the effective scrubs or AHA/BHA exfoliants recommended in the Best Products section!

  • None.
  • Expensive; there are far better options for less money.
  • The pH isn’t optimal for effective AHA/BHA exfoliation.
  • Potently fragrant.
  • Contains numerous plant-based irritants.
More Info:

Irritation from Fragrance: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Jar Packaging: The fact that this is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Using Irritating Ingredients on Oily Skin: Applying irritating ingredients to oily skin stimulates excess oil production at the base of the pores, so skin ends up being more oily and pores become (or stay) enlarged. If you want to see improvements in oily skin, the best approach is to treat your skin gently with effective products designed to absorb excess oil, exfoliate inside the pore, and help normalize pore function (Sources: Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366; and Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17–23).


Claims: This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW® dermatological chemists to help fight all common skin concerns, including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps and in-grown hair.


Water, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Hydroxide, Eucalyptus Globulus, Mandelic Acid, Charcoal, Parfum [Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool], Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Pyruvic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Iron Oxides, Peppermint Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Hendera Helix Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Brand Overview

GlamGlow At-A-Glance

Strengths: None, unfortunately. Well, their packaging is pretty.

Weaknesses: Despite the hype, GlamGlow does not have exceptional, or even mediocre, products worth considering. Their primary two masks are overpriced and offer a mix of ordinary clays, potent fragrance and irritating plant extracts with a few beneficial antioxidants present but they are rendered useless because of the jar packaging.

Created by the husband-and-wife team of Glenn and Shannon Dellimore, the Hollywood, California-based GlamGlow line consists of several masks and cleansers. Their marketing claims may have you thinking these masks are revolutionary skin-care treatments but they are not—not even slightly. GlamGlow also claims their masks are sought out by actors and celebrities for their ability to "tighten skin and shrink pores". The celebrity allure is a good one, as most of us want to know what the stars use to get or stay gorgeous, but celebrity cache alone isn't a great reason to try any product. A lot of celebrities do things that aren't good for them, like smoke, tan, or drink too much, and they make skin care and cosmetic surgery mistakes too.

But back to the masks. The GlamGlow masks contain fragrant essential oils, irritating plant extracts and ordinary clays (despite being named "French clay", in the world of skin-care formulation, clay is just clay and being from France is as special as a French fry is to a potato).

The reality behind the ingredients used in the GlamGlow line is much less interesting than the story would lead you to believe. Aside from the mix of clay and fragrance, their "hero ingredient" is the trade-named ingredient called "Teoxi", which is just green-tea extract. While green-tea extract is an excellent antioxidant, isn’t capable of the the skin perfecting, Benjamin Button-age-reversing results promised. As the body's largest organ, your skin is far too complex to have its anti-aging needs met by one antioxidant, however good it may be. But even if green-tea extract were as amazing as GlamGlow asserts, it won’t remain stable in the jar packaging the company chose for their masks.

Aside from "Teoxi", GlamGlow uses trade names instead of using the actual ingredient name in their marketing claims, on both the box and their website. You may think "Teoxi" sounds impressive, but you're only getting standard ingredients—their use of trade names simply makes the formula seem more intriguing than it really is. For example, their "Bio-Life-Cell-Science" technology claims to be an "Advanced Scientific Skincare" blend, but in reality it's just a mix of eucalyptus, peppermint, comfrey, ivy, marigold and other standard plant extracts. It would take some advanced scientific Photoshopping to get anti-wrinkle/anti-blemish results from this cast of ordinary problematic ingredients!

If you're interested in a clay mask for absorbing excess oil or helping clogged pores, there are many alternatives which easily beat GlamGlow for a fraction of the cost. There is nothing unique about the masks this line sells.

GlamGlow also makes exfoliating claims, but these don't live up to their promise for reasons discussed in each mask's reviews. You are better off using a soft washcloth with your cleanser for physical exfoliation—you will get virtually identical results and save your skin the irritation (plus spare your bank account the wasted money). If brighter, more even-toned skin is your goal, consider any of the well-formulated AHA/BHA exfoliants recommended in the Best Products section.

In the end, despite lots of hype, GlamGlow is a disappointment that isn't worth the expense and puts your skin at risk of irritation. If only a fraction of the marketing efforts behind the brand were put into formulating their products, they might have ended up with products truly deserving of celebrity accolades!

For more information about GlamGlow, email at info@glamglowmud.com or visit www.glamglowmud.com (there is no available phone number).

Note: As of January 2015, GlamGlow has been acquired by Estee Lauder.

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Best product for removing blackheads

The thing that is seems a lot of people do after washing off the mask, is to just let the skin be. I've tried it twice now: first time on my nose only, second time on the whole face. Although it removed all those ugly things the second time as well, it tingeled a bit more than the first time. However, I read that using moisturizer afterwards was a must. I stick to CP & R serum from EL and one of the night creams. Great results the day after!

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loved it

I enjoyed this product. I have combo skin, only used it on my t zone area, I saw immediate results on my blackheads. I use twice a week. I wouldn't get the full size as its soooo much money but hey it will last for a while. I will say that this review from Paulas is very negative. So don't let it turn you away from trying. Everyone's skin is different, so even though research stayes something can be an irritant doesn't mean it will. I would go read a couple different more thorough reviews.

Reviewed by
Mercedes, T
Now my face hurts

I really wanted to love this mask because I've heard so many YouTube/beauty bloggers rave and rave about it. I should have listened to the Beautypedia review though, because as soon as I put this on my face, it started to tingle, and after just a few minutes my face was burning. I washed it off but my face is still burning the next day. I'm glad I only got a sample so I didn't waste my money. If you still think you have to try it--at least test a small part of skin first! OUCH.

Reviewed by
Over Priced Toothpaste

Ok PC team, I was one of those that fell for the media hype over Glamglow. But after trying it, It is nothing but glorified toothpaste. I agree with your review on the product 100%, people really need to understand that a "mask" can not detoxify your skin and pull impurities to the "surface". Why do so many fall for youtube and blogger reviews, I just don't know! Because of Beautypedia, I have learned to take better care of my skin, so I thank You!

Reviewed by
Zillah B.
Glam Glow

Extremely dissapointed reading the reviews that paula has submitted for Glam Glow. I have used everything from Paulas products, dermatologist perscribed, department store and drugstore products. I suffered from severe acne and was on accutane as a child. I was not impressed with any of paulas products other than the sunscreen. Glam Glow is AWESOME. I use it for removal of black heads, paired with my Clairsonic and have seen great results. Get a sample at Sephora before judging just the review.

Reviewed by
sam, d

Coming from someone who had used this product before, and has yet to use any of Paula's products, I must say that I do agree with the review and the comment from customer service. I liked smell, and feel, but got the same results from any other clay based mask used. Including Clinique's acne solutions oil control mask, which had a good review on here and is 1/3 cheaper. This is over priced. I'd say this review hit the nail on the head. These are based on facts, not opinions. Just my thought.

Reviewed by
Jacob S.
This is a great product but over priced I will say

I would recommend this product. I think its great. I like GlamGlow. YES Its over priced. but it shouldnt be rated so POOR. Maybe Average. But, one thing I do not understand about paulas choice, is that she rates all her products the BEST but everything else is judged so poorly. Sorry but that doesn't seem right. Maybe if she didn't have products I would take her judgement more serious but it seems very Bias.

Reviewed by
sara reisdorf
Beautypedia Team Response

Thanks for your review! We understand how it can seem that Paula only rates her products well, and no one wants to read a negative review of a product they've used and enjoyed. However, despite your personal experience, there are two things to keep in mind:

1. We're the only cosmetics company in the world that recommends products other than our own. A quick trip to the Best Products section of our site clearly shows that we highly rate hundreds of products from other brands, not just Paula's Choice.

2. Our job as reviewers is to point out the pros and cons of every product based not just on our professional criteria but also consulting published scientific research. We cannot change the fact that there's research showing certain ingredients in this mask are a problem for skin, including all of the fragrance it contains. If fragrance and mint were great for skin, we'd report that--but it's not what the research says, and research is what we consult before reviewing a product like this.

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