ORIGINS Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask

Unlike the charcoal you toss in a grill, activated charcoal—also known as activated carbon—has been treated with oxygen to remove dirt, debris, and pollution deep beneath the skin's surface. And that's just the magical ingredient in this hard-working mask. Harnessing the purifying power of natural charcoal, it gets rids of pore-clogging impurities revealing a more radiant complexion. Still not totally convinced? Read more about its good-for-you benefits people have been using for ages.

ORIGINS Clear Improvement® Active Charcoal Mask
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I have acne-prone skin, even still at 28 years-old. (Genetics are swell.) Anyway, I'm always on the lookout for any skincare product that will improve my acne without drying my skin out. (It's just a cruel joke to have acne and forehead wrinkles at the same time.) Anyway, I put this bad boy on last night and the first thing I noticed was the intense tingle. It feel like someone was blowing their Listerine breath on my face. (That was meant to sound more pleasant than it probably did.) It got a little intense, but once the product started to dry the intensity came down a notch. And after the rinse, I could SEE the tiny blackheads between my eyebrows had vanished. Long story short, this works. Be sure to throw a good moisturizer on overnight. You will wake up with brand new(ish) skin. You're welcome.

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Made me break out--worked better as spot treatment
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I feel like I was one of the unlucky few for whom this product just did not agree.

I started using this mask a few times in one week and in a couple days I started seeing way more new breakouts than before (and my skin had been pretty clear for a while). I took a break and waited for it to clear up and then several weeks later when I saw the beginnings of a new breakout, I gave this product another shot BUT as a spot-treatment tool (so not all over my face) and it did a really good job for treating that one area.

For people with sensitive skin, I would recommend trying it out first before buying the full product. Also, if a full face mask doesn't work, use this for spot treatment.

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one of the best

Probably one of my favorite masks of all time. I have seriously oily skin and large pores and suffer from acne, but using this mask a few times a week seriously has made a difference.

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I bought this full size without sampling it first due to the rave reviews. So much regret. I've tried using it three times and each time it makes me break out SO BADLY which is very rare for me. Right after washing it off, your skin is really soft. 12 hours later, pimples everywhere. I have pretty normal to dry skin so I was surprised by these results.

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This product initally worked well but then my breakouts started. I normally have very small blemishs or blackheads. After I used the Orgins mask, I have 4 cystic pimples.

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Broke me out

Not a fan of this stuff. I tried it three times and each time I broke out. My skin is sensitive to this brand

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I have been using Origins products for decades, and I love their masks. Whenever I feel like my skin is feeling kind of congested and gross, this mask is my go-to. My skin is on the dry side, so I can't use this mask more than every week or two, but whenever I do, my skin feels nice and clean and it clears up whatever is going on. It's also soothing and reduces redness and irritation if I have any pimples.

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Made pores smaller

I got this as a sample when I bought another product for single use. I liked how easy it went on and it took about 15 minutes to dry completely. It left my skin soft and toned. Overall it does what it says it's supposed to do.

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Deep Clean without Drying

This product provides a deep clean without drying out my skin or irritating it. These are both really important factors since I have sensitive skin, prone to drying out at the slightest switch of the weather. I use this product once a week and follow with a deep hydration mask. My skin has been much clearer and brighter since starting this regimen.

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Obsessed
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Into charcoal hard and loving this. Skin was super smooth afterwards

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