So, I have
acne; adult acne. I’ve dealt with it all my life since I was 13, and it doesn’t help that I’m a popper. “Don’t pop them, they’ll leave scars!” Okay, so you expect for me to walk around with a giant-ass whitehead on my nose? Oh, HELL NO. (To be fair, yes – I do have scars.)
I have tried just about everything you can think of: expensive topical creams and ointments prescribed from my dermatologist, birth control, boosie skincare, consuming ungodly amounts of water… I’ve tried it all. I’m planning a visit to the doctor again to look into chemical peels. Perhaps I need the top layer of dead skin sloughed off – you know, let my skin breathe. Perhaps I need to switch up my diet and work from the inside-out (I’ve looked into that too, but adhering to it is difficult). I don’t know. I DON’T KNOW. There are so many culprits for acne. Stress is a major trigger, and trust – I’ve got plenty of that in my life.
Last year, Anthony did some research online and read numerous articles about Aztec Secret’s Indian Healing Clay. It comes in powder form, and you mix apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s) with it to create the clay mask. The benefits of Aztec Secret’s clay mask sounded amazing, and I thought, “I’ve got nothing to lose. Sure, why not!”
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
$11.49/2 lb container
Bragg’s Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
So, here’s the thing. It stinks. No surprise, since we’re using vinegar as the liquid, but dear Lord, it smells bad. Once you add the vinegar to the clay powder, it will begin to bubble, toil, and fizz like a witches cauldron.
After mixing it, I prefer to apply it with my fingers, or cotton balls. I once used a makeup brush and had to throw it away because the vinegar stench would not wash out. I let it soak overnight and it still wreaked. Nope, never again. What a waste of a perfectly good brush.
Once the mask is lathered on your face, you can feel it working. I’m not even kidding, you can literally feel the mask penetrating your skin and sucking out all the oil and dirt. It’s a crazy sensation. Before you know it, you can barely talk because your face is so tight from the mask.
Progression from 0-20 minutes
Close up of mask once it’s dry
After I wash it off, I set my skin with toner and moisturizer. My face feels fresh and rejuvenated. The mask is supposed to be used once a week to help rid of dirt and old skin cells. I will follow up in a month to show my progress. It states it will help shrink pores too. We shall see.