My skin recently went through almost two weeks of non-stop craziness and I thought I’d share what I did to combat it. Just to preface, I have combination skin (oily T-zone and normal to dry everywhere else) that is somewhat acne prone. I changed up my skincare routine with a new moisturizer because I thought it would be a good addition to my nighttime routine, but nope. I ended up breaking out on my forehead and cheeks. A lot. I initially didn’t relate it to the moisturizer because I had just tested a new makeup product, but after two weeks I realized it was the only real difference in my usual routine and I had only used the makeup product once. I returned it for my usual Ole Henriksen Nurture Me moisturizer and this weekend my skin finally feels mostly recovered. One of the things I finally whipped out after a long retirement is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, an old go-to for breakouts and oily skin. The ‘secret’ is actually bentonite clay, which is supposed to work well at drawing impurities out of the skin (read more about that here). This is the cheaper alternative mask I’d mentioned when I did a mini review of the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment.
I’d actually first heard about this mask from a beauty YouTuber and because at the time my skin was even more oily than it is now, I wanted to give it a shot. I found it at Whole Foods. I remember I was looking at it and these two guys with gorgeous skin actually stopped to tell me how much they love this mask. That was enough to sell me. The big bold ‘FEEL YOUR SKIN PULSATE’, was a little scary, but not enough to deter me. It’s recommended to use Apple Cider Vinegar as a mixing agent, but if you have sensitive skin than water is a better bet. I like the Bragg’s Organic for this since I’m using it on my face. Here’s what I usually do:
1. Take 1 tablespoon of the clay powder and put it into a small bowl.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.
3. Mix until well combined. I usually play around a little here, adding more powder or vinegar until it’s kind of a mousse-like texture. Like chocolate mousse, not hair mousse. Also, it tends to bubble a little, but don’t be alarmed.
4. Spread it on your face. I use an old foundation brush for ease. I tend to pack it on too, but you can go lighter.
Then I sit and wait. The first time I used this, it did ‘pulsate’. But, nothing crazy. Since then, the sensation barely registers anymore. I usually keep it on for 20 minutes, for sensitive skin they recommend 5-10 minutes. I use a washcloth to help loosen the clay and really clean it from my skin.
You will likely have some redness after use, definitely moisturize well after washing your face. It does fade after a few minutes. You will notice your pores are tighter, my blackheads are reduced and by the next day my breakouts look smaller as well. Your skin will also feel a bit drier so keep up with the moisturizer. I really like this mask, I only use it as an emergency intervention when my skin is misbehaving and it does help.
My other steps to combating a breakout are:
1. Go back to your basic routine. Ditch anything you might be using that’s newer in your regimen.
2. Lighten up your base. I stop with any liquid foundation and stick to spot concealing and powder foundation. Or skip makeup entirely.
3. Go full-fledged with the acne treatment. I love the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (review here), I’ve been using a thin layer all over my face and after 3-4 days I’ve had no new breakouts and all the old ones are on the mend.
Have you tried the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay? What do you do to combat a breakout?