I regularly browse international beauty website Allure for beauty finds, tips, and inspiration, and that’s where I first came across acne-fighting Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask. As someone who still occasionally suffers from adult breakouts, I’m also always on the lookout for products that can treat acne and control oil, so I bookmarked Glamglow Supermud for future reference.
I guess the universe heard me, and I was sent a sample of Glamglow Supermud to review for my blog. However, it took me a while to try it because I haven’t broken out in at least two months since I switched to this skincare line. But lately, I guess I’ve become complacent with my skincare as I became too busy, and I also often sleep late, so when I recently went through my PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) and during my period, lo and behold, zits started popping up on my face again. Thankfully they’re not as big and obvious or as plenty as before, but I had an upcoming first anniversary to celebrate with my boyfriend, so I needed to clear my face, stat.
That’s when I finally put Glamglow to the test. I read the instructions and learned I didn’t need to apply it all over my face, I can just use it as a spot treatment, so I just put a thin layer on blemished areas and not my entire face.
It has a distinct fresh scent of eucalyptus with that sharp smell I associate with facial mud, and it goes on dark gray, almost charcoal, then dries to a lighter gray, like cement. It may look and feel a bit gross (it’s almost liquid, so it’s quite a challenge to apply without smearing it all over your fingers), but whoever said you should be seen, much less photographed, while wearing a mud pack?
I left it on for 20 minutes, then rinsed it off with water as instructed. I felt my skin tightening as it dried up, as if I can really feel the mud absorbing the gunk on my pores. Once removed, I noticed my zits looked immediately less inflamed—they were no longer as red or as pronounced as before. Even that throbbing pain that indicates a zit is about to erupt on the surface was lessened, and my pores seemed smaller somehow. It also left a fresh, cool feeling on my face, which is now free of oil and remained shine-free all day. I’ve got to say this is definitely a skin saver!
It can be a bit drying, though, which Allure also noted, and the website recommended using it no more than twice a week and applying a moisturizer after. It also contains acids that may increase sensitivity to the sun, so make sure to always wear sunscreen.
It’s meant to be used as a full mask or as a spot treatment. It’s quite an investment at P3,300, but I’d daresay it’s worth it. It will reportedly last for up to 17 uses when used as full mask (2g) or up to 1,000 uses when used as a spot treatment (.034g). Not bad at all!
Ingredients to look for in your anti-acne, oil-control skincare
Created in Hollywood, California, Glamglow Supermud is designed to treat problem skin, spots, zits, blackheads and whiteheads, razor bumps, ingrown hairs; prevent future breakouts; and reduce pore size within minutes, albeit temporarily. Its instant, visible effects of course made me wonder what’s in it, so I really pored over the label and even looked it up online.
Notice how a lot of anti-blemish and oil-control cleansers have activated charcoal or carbon and clay? This product has those too, for the same purpose. Its list of ingredients reads like a list of acne-fighting agents or things to look for in every skincare product, so I’ll share it in that format below:
1. Activated-X Charcoal, an extreme absorption carbon, attracts into its mass toxic substances up to 500 times its volume within the deepest and toughest areas of skin.
2. K17-Clay extracts and encapsulates excess sebum oil, bacteria, and toxins, ready to be washed away for seemingly poreless skin.
3. Glycolic acid helps restore sun damaged skin and improve skin texture.
4. Lactic acid treats pigmentation, moisturizes, and stimulates collagen production.
5. Salicylic acid helps de-clog and minimize pores and facilitate new skin rejuvenation.
6. Mandelic acid helps improve skin elasticity and fight skin aging, fine lines, and wrinkles.
7. Azelaic acid helps fight breakouts and follicle bacteria.
8. Pyruvic acid helps fight the effects of scarring, for clearer skin.
9. BHA or beta hydroxy acids (like salicylic acid) penetrates sebum oils to unclog congested pores, which is the main cause of problem skin.
10. AHA or alpha hydroxy acids (like glycolic and lactic acid) seep into skin, alleviate sun damage, improving texture, and helping reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
11. Eucalyptus leaf helps fight toxic skin complications.
12. Licorice root helps regulate and restore problem skin.
13. Peppermint plant fights irritation and helps control bacteria.
14. Chamomile promotes skin regeneration and reduces inflammation.
15. Marigold helps fight viral and microbial issues.
16. Comfrey herb helps in analgesic recovery.
17. Aloe vera help in healing and rejuvenation.
18. Ivy relieves itching and tightens skin.
19. Cucumber helps soothe and calm skin.
Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment is available in Art of Scent stores in Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, Resorts World Manila, and City of Dreams Manila.
Photos courtesy of Glamglow’s Facebook