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About Me Minimalist
Comments about SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask - 4 oz:
If you are considering purchasing this product, please order a sample first before you pay for the full size and test it on a small area. Before getting this product, I read all the reviews including the 1 stars about it being irritating and figured that the reviewers probably just had sensitive skin. I have the opposite of sensitive skin. I used just every drying, irritating acne product on the market as a teenager and my face never even so much as got red so I wasn't concerned about this mask. I put it on this evening and immediately noticed the burning. At first, I didn't think much of it and decided to leave it on for awhile to see if it would subside. I waited 2 minutes and the burning just got worse. The best way I can describe it is that it felt like a bad sunburn so i washed it off with cool water. Thankfully, other than some mild burning i didn't have any residual effects. I'm not writing this review to say this is a bad product or that you shouldn't try it. It has good ingredients and a nice texture and i think that on the right person it would work very well. But try a sample first and put it on a small area of your face or even on the underside of your arm and make sure you don't feel any burning before introducing it to your whole face even if you think you don't have sensitive skin. I love all my other PC products and I'm not bashing the product by any means. I just wanted to share my experience and give others a heads up.
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from St Louis, MO
About Me Beauty Expert
This is my 3rd tube of this mask but I'm not sure if I'm willing to try a 4th. Progressively as I've used this mask throughout the years it has stung my face more and more upon application. Oddly enough although it burns and stings badly while it dries it has never left my skin red once I wash it off. Still, why does it sting so bad? It can't be the clay since I've never had a reaction to it in the past. I'm suspicious of the high amount of willow bark extract in this and think that may be the culprit. Because of the painful sensation I would not recommend this mask. The only reason I tried it out for so long was because I'm a big Paula's Choice fan and most of her products are fantastic so I was stubborn with making this work.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
About Me Beauty Conscious
If you have oily skin, you need this mask in your life! I have placed 3 orders with PC in the last couple weeks and I got this mask as my free sample in every order. I loved it so much that after I tried it the first time I immediately placed an order for the full size. I'm not going to lie, this mask has a burning sensation when I first put it on, and for about 10-15 min after. I leave it on a little longer than directed because it seems like it takes more time for it to dry. The first time I tried it and the burning started, I thought oh no my skin is going to be so red, but it wasn't at all and after I washed it off my face was so smooth and matte, I was hooked. I've been using it daily without any dryness, redness or peeling. I've even been using it overnight on any stubborn acne spots that I have. I seriously can't recommend this enough for oily skin people, I just wish I could get a bigger tube.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
GREAT HELP FOR SEBACEOUS FILAMENTS
I only use the mask every 4 to 5 days on my T-zone and on the sides of the nose where I have enlarged pores. (but I know someone with very oily skin who can use it daily ) I apply a very very generous amount of it, and I can tell as soon as I rinse it that my sebaceous filaments on my nose aren't as visible, I know I can't get rid of them but this mask does help to make my nose look cleaner and feel smoother. I have very dry skin on my jawline and normal cheeks , so I absolutely STAY CLEAR from these areas. I have never had a problem from it but I started using it only after using exclusively PC products for my whole routine. I can't say it is THE product that helped me, but I can , by experience, say that it is a GREAT product for occasional use and to complete my routine. Yes it could cause a little "stinging" sensation but it isn't terrible or even unpleasant, and that saying that my skin is very finicky and will let me know if something is too much for me. Although I didn't notice this sensation the first time I applied it, but the most recent time that probably it was too soon after the previous application.I did notice that my skin was red after rinsing it one time that I used a wash cloth to remove it, so word of advice: BE PATIENT/GENTLE WHILE RINSING IT because it does get completely dry, so if you see "irritation or redness" it might be the way you were rubbing your skin to remove it, not the mask itself. I just purchase the full size, I am very pleased with the price and size of the tube. Another home run !
Never had a reaction like this
from Tacoma, WA
I got this in a sample with a few other things to try out. I have seborrheic dermatitis and I wanted to try something for oily skin and something for dry skin because I have heard conflicting things on whether seborrheic dermatitis is caused by oily or dry skin. My skin does feel more on the drier side rather than oily side. I decided to try it out this evening. I applied it to my face like any other kaolin mask (I have tried others in the past.) It stung a little bit when I put it on, which I figured was normal. Then, when it started drying I knew something was wrong because then it started burning and it got more intense. I took it off right away when I experienced this and as I was wiping the mask off, my face looked EXTREMELY red. My face still feels hot as I am writing this review. I think I am allergic to something in this product because I have never and I mean NEVER had a reaction like this to a skincare product.
Customer Service Response: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Holy Grail Mask!!!
from New Jersey, USA
Okay, to be honest, I have yet to purchase the full-size of this product (but will be doing so soon!), but it is already a holy grail mask for me. Let me explain. I purchased sample sizes of this mask and absolutely love it. It is hard to put into words how light my face feels now that all the gunk is out of it. I didn't even know how heavy my face was until I put on this mask. Now that it has worked its magic on all of my impurities, I feel so much cleaner and like a new person! It is not going to get rid of all of your acne on the spot, but it will soothe any spots that you already have and improve the appearance of them dramatically. I have sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin, and this did not make me feel irritated at all! However, immediately after I took off the mask (after ten minutes, give or take), my face was bright red, but it quickly went down. It didn't hurt at all, which is a plus for me, since all the masks I have previously tried have burned my skin. Although my skin was initially red, it faded after around three seconds. If you're wondering whether or not to purchase this product, I would buy some samples first to make sure it is for you. But I would definitely give it a try - it will make your face feel fresher and more alive!
(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
EFFECTIVE BUT STRONG
By RICHARD THE SECOND
from PHILADELPHIA, PA
I HAVE TRIED SAMPLES OF THIS PRODUCT SEVERAL TIMES. IT GOES ON THE SKIN VERY EASILY AND DRIES IN ABOUT 5 MINUTES. HOWEVER IF YOU HAVE VERY SENSITIVE SKIN THE LONGER YOU KEEP IT ON THE STRONGER THE BITE. MY SENSITIVE SKIN CAN ONLY TOLERATE AROUND 5 MINUTES BEFORE IT HURTS TOO MUCH. WHEN I RINSED IT OFF MY SKIN LOOKED SOFT AND SMOOTH., AND THE SKIN REALLY LOOKED CLEANSED. IT'S A GOOD PRODUCT, BUT I WISH THE BITE WASN'T SO STRONG. SO IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN PROCEED WITH CAUTION. ALSO YOU WILL DEFINITELY NEED A MOISTURIZER AS IT DOES DRY THE SKIN QUITE A BIT.
from Sydney, Australia
I loved the last version of the clay mask which made my skin glow, but after a few attempts this one's not for me. Soon after I apply this my skin becomes itchy and it stings slightly, my skin looks red, blotchy and irritated after I remove it. It would be great to have the old one back!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from International traveller
I believe that this Mask is a great value for what it delivers in comparison to what is available on the market. It feels like it really cleans the skin and leaves the pores tight with a more even skin tone. Its not very easy to apply unless you have a brush and its even harder to rinse off. Best to rinse it off under the shower.
One use down and obsessed!
By Beth the Bold
I just used the mask and wow! Many of my blackheads were gone! Pores smaller! Skin softer! It did sting while it dried, but not badly. I literally just took it off and begged my husband to let me try it on his nose. I can't wait to see his results!