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1/4/11 Purging Pores

Posted on January 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Here's a question from one of my readers:

“I just used a mud mask that claims to ‘purge’ pores and I broke out like crazy. Do you think I’m allergic to it?”

That depends. Is your breakout red, itchy and inflamed? Do you have small rash-like bumps? If so, then you are most likely allergic to the mask. I would not recommend using it again. Try to keep your hands off it and avoid putting any makeup on. The irritation should go away on it’s own within 24 hours. If it does not, I suggest seeing a dermatologist.

However, if your breakout is pimples, this is totally normal after using a clay-based mask (mud = clay, BTW). Clay draws impurities to the surface of skin. Trust me when I say, that those pimples were coming anyway. The clay just sped up the process, by pulling them from deep within your pores before they were able to ferment and erupt into a giant unsightly zit that would take a week to clear up! ….the mask says “you’re welcome”.

These pimples are actually proof that your clay mask is working, so keep using it about once a week. The term “purge” is actually incredibly accurate. Your pores were filled and that mask emptied them, but like any purge there’s some debri left over… this is your pimples. After a few uses, there won’t be any impurities left to pull out, which is the intention, right?

Clay masks a an awesome deep cleaning tool… see this previous blog entry for a recipe to make your own.

Send your beauty questions to papmerp[email protected] and I’ll answer them in my next blog.

Thanks for reading!


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Reply Tiffany
10:09 PM on February 6, 2011 
I was wondering, can you do a clay mask more then once a week if your job revolves around lots of unclean conditions. I work for the post office and, like money, the mail just isn't clean. So again, is it safe to do a clay mask more then once a week.
Reply bethany
10:34 PM on February 6, 2011 
Sure, you can mask up to 2-3 times per week if you feel you need to, but dependinf on how oily your skin is, it may dry your skin out. Try it, if you notice your skin is to dry, alternate the clay mask with a honey mask. Honey will. deep cleanse without stripping your skin of its natural moisture. All you do for a honey mask is, heat up a few tablespoons of honey, and apply to skin. Allow to sit on skin for 20mins and rinse.

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