Okay...I cannot comment on the other product you mentioned. However, I can comment on this mask. It has helped me tremendously. This mask has helped me balnace out my skin and "maintain" it. This is the best description I can give you. "Maintian". I have breakout constantly, and I have learned that harsh products can actually aggravate your skin more. My skin is super sensitive, acne prone, combination/oily and I also have like cysts like acne here and there and acne scars on my back and face and chest. This clay mask helps you detoxify your skin. I wash my face with the Fresh cleanser everyday and every other day I use this mask; and I also use the Fresh soy face exfoliant (its says it is a natural microdermabrasion) on the day I do not use the mask I use this product. I follow up with the Fresh clay lotion. Just a little side note here as well...if you have acne scars you might want to use Medera Cream, not the gel. I have used it especially on my back and my cheeks, that is where I have the most scars and honestly i swear by Mederma. It also has SPF 15. So, instead of using acne lotions that have that acid, I use mederma and I also use Benzaclin. Benzaclin is a lotion like acne product and it helps because its gentle. Do not appy too much just a dab here and there where the actual acne is at. I break out one sides of nose and chin and forehead.
This product will probably not help you with your skin "bumps." This treats acne and I believe that you are actually dealing with a skin formation under the epidermis known as "Milia" since you say the bumps are flesh coloured. Mila is NOT exactly acne and usually cannot be treated with an easy over-the-counter product since they only treat the top layers of your skin.
I have tried to summarize what milia is and how to treat it based on my own experiences with it and my own research. It is a little long but I hope it will help you and maybe others with the same problem. (I have included my own experience with it at the very end as "Note **")
An individual "milium" is a tiny pin-head sized hard bump that either matches your skin tone or is slightly white or pearly in colour. Milia is the plural form and most commonly used as most people never have just one.
As mentioned before, milia is not really acne. It is actually skin debris (like keratin or collagen) that gets trapped under your skin's surface and then it forms a benign (non-cancerous) cyst. Milia can occur just about anywhere on the face or body.
While many different situations can bring about the formation of Milia, it is NOT a result of improper skin care or a sign of uncleanliness. Some causes can be severe acne, extreme hot showers, excessive exfoliation, excessive perspiration, heavy oil-based makeup, sun damage ... well, the list can go on and on. There are even some medical conditions that can cause it to develop. While the causes are numerous, they are not limited to this list. In fact, most people will develop it at some point or another in their life.
While milia may resolve itself on its own, it *CAN* be treated to help remove it sooner. Treatment and removal of milia should only be administered by a skin-care professional*(see note below for more).
Some treatments that have been effective are:
- Microdermabrasion & chemical or fruit-acid peels
- Tretinoin Gel (available by prescription only)
- Salicylic Acid
- Lancing and Extraction done by a medical or experienced, licensed skin-care professional
When treating milia, one needs to keep a few things in mind:
- You should seek professional advice as to whether or not the bumps are milia and rule out the chance of it being a result of a medical condition or illness.
- Never try to excise milia on your own as you could cause permanent and possibly irreversible damage to your skin
- You must BE PATIENT! Milia is very stubborn, it can take a long time (weeks or months) to remove it and keep it under control.
- You may be one of the "milia prone" individuals (as I am) which means that while you can remove it, it can and will keep coming back. The good news is that with the right home care products and occasional visits to your facialist or dermatologist you can keep it to a minimum.
I hope I was able to provide some help.
* Note: Either see a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician from a reputable spa. Today many cities have "medi-spas" which offer a more permanent skin care treatment and solution plan that your average facialist. These are usually run by a dermatologist or general doctors with a cosmetic skin specialty and do not usually require a referral by your family doctor. I always recommend that you ask for references and actually talk to some people who have used their services and whether or not they would recommend them.
** Note: I have had severe cystic acne since I was 10 years old (I am 36 now.) It has taken me years to finally have a clear complexion. I never had a problem with milia until a year ago. My cause was a side effect of laser skin resurfacing (which I had done to correct some of my scarring, pigmentation, and other damage.) I think the results of the laser treatment were worth the minor annoyance. Using some of the above mentioned treatments it is now almost completely gone. I have also since learned that there are new and more effective "after care" regimins so that milia will not develop in most individuals.
answered 7 years ago
(Edmonton, AB Canada)
Never used the other product but this product is so great. I found that it really helps with my acne.
answered 7 years, 1 month ago