Skin issues vary from person to person and like most people that struggle for pretty skin, I feel like my problem is the most undesirable.
I have oily skin. My skin is so oily I sometimes joke to my friends that I can moisturize my whole body with the oils on my face (I don't do that). If you mention this problem to someone with a different skin problem their response is usually, but you'll never age, as if oily skin is the holy grail of skin issues. I sometimes want to ask if they mean 'never age' as if I'll be fighting teenage breakouts for the rest of my life.
I am in a constant battle with my overactive sebaceous glands and it is all uphill. City grit is attracted to my skin like a fly to flypaper and I have to wash my face a minimum of twice a day to control it. I use Cetaphil cleanser because it makes the constant washing easy on my skin. I have gone through any number of facial creams searching for one light enough to not add to the problem. Right now I'm using Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, my fourth change this year. Under the recommendation of my aesthetician at Elizabeth Arden I purchased pure tea tree oil from Whole Foods for acne spot treatments and a Clarisonic Mia which I use three days a week. Both were excellent recommendations. Last but not least I lightly brush on Make Up For Ever HD Powder to reduce shine (as well as the flypaper effect) before leaving my apartment. Minus a few stress-related breakouts this year, the marks of which are still annoyingly visible, these products have worked well for me.
As I tackle one problem I always seem to find a new one. My latest has been a desire to shrink my pores. Enlarged pores are another effect of oily skin. Whether the oil is enlarging the pores are the enlarged pores allow more oil to come through I couldn't say, but besides the obvious aesthetic reasons, I'm hoping reducing the size of my pores will decrease the amount of oil coming through. So now that I've bored you with my Chronicles of the Clear Skin Crusade, let me share with you my solution.
Walking into Sephora on a whim, I walked out with a bottle of Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. I did a quick google search on my iPhone while in the store and saw good reviews. So I figured, what the hell. I tried it that night. I slathered on the black gunk, avoiding my eyebrows as directed. It dried quickly on my face and I let it sit for about an hour. The instructions said a half hour but I was in the middle of something and since it didn't burn or tingle, I just left it on. When I finally peeled it off, I wasn't expecting a miracle. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to see much of a difference. I've always figured you have to use a product multiple times to start seeing results. Boy was I wrong! And boy am I happy about that!
When I looked at the peeled mask, it was a farm land of skin particles. Surprising as it didn't hurt peeling it off. When I rinsed the leftover residue off my face, my skin felt almost as smooth as my computer screen. And looked so even! Also, it accomplished what it said it would, reduced pores. I hate to sound cliche' but Boscia's mask is literally a miracle in a bottle!
I've been telling all my friends about it and I wanted to share it with you as well. If you try it, let me know what you think? I'd like to know if it did the same for your skin as it did for mine.