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    I'm Obsessed With Cetaphil's Purifying Clay Mask And, Honestly, I Just Want To Talk To Someone About It

    I gave this mask out as Christmas presents because it's the gift that keeps on giving.

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    I'm just gonna get right to it because the Cetaphil Purifying Clay Mask has changed my life (which I know sounds so dramatic but whatever, it's true) and I just need to talk about it.

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    I've never, not once in my entire adult life, not had acne. I don't know a life without at least one little pimple friend. Through my many years, I've tried to treat, adapt, name it, in hopes of dealing with what manifests on my skin. But in the last few years, I've noticed my acne become something much more stubborn and much harder to treat — that was, until I found this mask.

    The difference in my skin — my sensitive, acne-prone skin — since using the Cetaphil Purifying Clay Mask is astonishing. My bigger, more painful pimples dried up almost instantly and my pores shrunk down so much! I went from having what looked like a strawberry for a nose to just a regular, smooth nose!

    Elena Garcia

    I haven't shut up about it since I started using it. So much so that some of our readers have already heard my cries:

    "So this product kept popping up on BuzzFeed as a must-have for skin and lists of great products for an affordable price. The review that convinced me was one that said their nose looked like a strawberry before this product but it made a huge difference in their pores. I tried it and so did my teenage sons and we could definitely see a big difference! I wish we had taken before and after photos. Their acne definitely improved as well." —Say it ain't so

    It has a very creamy and cooling consistency which I apply with a face mask brush (but it comes with a small applicator), I let it sit for about 20 minutes and then remove with a face sponge soaked in warm water.

    Elena Garcia

    "This product goes on nicely with the little application paddle. Kept it on for about 10 minutes and washed off with warm water. I was very impressed with how smooth my face felt afterward. My pores seemed to be much smaller and I was really impressed with the results. Great product!" —Dazza

    "I really like the product because it does exactly what it says it's going to do! it soaks up all the oils on your skin without leaving your skin dry and flaky. The product has really saved me money and time. I was thinking about making a trip to the dermatologist, but my pores are now so small!! I am so happy with my results." —TaSharra Franklin

    It's made with bentonite clay which helps absorb oil and impurities, Amazonian Clay which gives the gentlest of exfoliation to get rid of dead skin cells, and apple fruit and cucumber seed extract to brighten skin — making it great for those of us with big pores and sensitive skin.

    Customer review photo of an open jar of Cetaphil's purifying clay mask.

    "Let me stipulate up front that we use a lot of Cetaphil products in our house. Second, this is an excellent mask. It will leave most people's skin tightened and freshened. A very light, absorbent moisturizer immediately following will help keep it that way. Bentonite clays (there are a few different types) are often used in premium clay masks. They are super absorbent and form a jelly-like texture when hydrated. A lot of the purported health benefits of clay masks are attributed to Bentonite because of its ability to attract and absorb certain charged ions from the skin ("toxins"). The combination of bentonite and finely ground additional clays yields a luxurious texture quite unlike coarser mud clays. The Cetaphil Pro Dermacontrol mask is very, very good, with results comparable to a hand-mixed mask made with premium clays and other fresh ingredients. It's an excellent choice in commercial clay masks." —New England Yankee

    "I have really sensitive skin from breakouts to turning red — this stuff doesn't irritate my face, doesn't get all hard and cracky, and it helps with the oil on my face tremendously." —Rain

    I apply it every three days, it's honestly my new religion and I just want to spread the gospel. I wish it came in a bigger tub so I could cover my entire body in it and baptize myself in its holiness. I'm not even joking. I love it so hard. I will never stop using this mask. NEVER.

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    "Obsessed with this mask! I am already a huge supporter and fan of Cetaphil’s products and have been eagerly waiting for them to drop a clay mask — BOY DID THEY! 😍 It detoxifies your pores without over-drying. Leaves your skin feeling refreshed, hydrated, and soft. My skin is SUPER sensitive and acne-prone, so this mask is a godsend. Stop reading this and order now! It’ll make a great addition to your skincare routine." —Christa P.

    And if you think I'm just sensationalizing the whole thing, you're wrong — since its release less than a year ago hundreds of reviewers have praised this little miracle in a jar for leaving them with soft and refreshed skin.

    "Love how soft my skin feels and the fact that this doesn't get hard as it dries like most clay masks. It is a bit hard to get off because it doesn't harden but overall it makes my skin feel great, look better, and still seems to bring the junk in my pores to the surface without being harsh or smelling bad." —kindlemom1 (My Guilty Obsession Blog)

    "I love the Cetaphil skincare brand. It is one of the few brands I trust for my daily skincare routine. I used this mask after washing my face. I love that this came with a convenient tool to mix and apply the mask to your face. I left the mask on for 10 minutes, and then I washed it off. My face immediately felt smooth. I recommend using a moisturizer after." —Carson Teal

    Whether you're combatting acne, big pores, or just general oiliness from the rising summer temps, this mask will be there for you.

    Elena Garcia,

    It's basically your new BFF.

    "I am LOVING this stuff. Where has it been my whole life?! I use this every few days and I think it’s dramatically helped my oh-so-big pores. My face feels smoother, not as greasy, and I get smaller pores. Hallelujah!" —tmeg

    "I absolutely love this product! I had acne scars from years of teenage acne, and I still have hormonal adult acne. This clay mask significantly reduced my redness, minimized my pores, and even took away some of my scars! I can see my skin improving even days after usage. Since I have sensitive skin, it does burn at the beginning of the application, but it costs to be beautiful! LOL. When I slightly dampen my face before I apply the mask, the stinging is reduced. Dermacontrol is worth every penny!" —Ses

    "Works great. Thick and goes on easy. My skin feels soft and refreshed." —Amazon customer

    Anyway, it's awesome! I love it! And basically I think you might love it too. You can get a jar from Amazon for $15.99.

    A jar of the Cetaphil Purifying Clay Mask

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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