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I Tested One of Those Trendy Blackhead-Sucking Face Masks

Like mostbeauty fans, when I catch wind of a new skincare trend, I cantresist trying it. From coating my face with unorthodox masks and peels to brushing itwith bamboo bristles, theres really nothing I wont tryat least once. Most recently, I set my sights on those blackhead removal suction masks taking the internet by storm.If you dont think youve seenwhat Im talking about, trust me, you have. The pore-purging videos are simultaneouslyrepulsive and addictive, featuring tar-black masks that areslowly peeled back to reveal hundreds of visibly expelledwhiteheads and blackheads. I made it my mission to find out whether these masks actually work.

The first step: order the mask.

After doing some research and comparing options, I chose thePilaten Suction Black Mask, which has received more than1,000 reviews on Amazon and tons of YouTube product reviews. It arrived a few days later. I was eager to dive right into testing, but be warned: The box and tube labels are printed onlyin Chinese!The Pilaten website promises that the mask willunclog pores;absorb dirt, removeblackheads, acne, and other impurities; and treat the skin with the help of natural extracts. (Dont miss these reasons youre having anacne breakout.) The site also provides English instructionsjackpot.Following the instructions, I washed my face with warm water and my go-to cleanser (La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser). After dabbing my face dry with a heated, clean towel, I applied a layer of the mask to my T-zone (forehead, nose, inner cheeks, and chin). Although the mask is as black as night and as thick as tar, I was surprised to find that it didntactually go on opaque. In fact, the needed amount of gel referenced in the instructions turned out to be three dense layers to fully cover my skin.The website advises leaving the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, but it wasso thick that itended up taking 35 minutes to fully dry and harden. Needless to say, do not attempt to use this if you plan on leaving your house in a hurry.After a long wait, the mask finally dried and it was time to peelit off and check outthe results. (Drum roll please!) The website says to gently and slowly peel off the Pilaten Black Mask from the bottom up, so I did exactly that.

But let me tell you, theprocess was anything but gentle.

Peeling off the suction mask was so excruciating (particularly onmy cheeks) that I genuinely could not stop my eyes from tearing. It wascomparable to how I imagine it might feel to peel dried superglue fromyour eyelids or perhaps duct tape fromyour inner thighs. Call me dramatic, but I felt I was beingskinned alive (and it turns outIm not the only one).Pain is beauty, I kept murmuring to myself,and thiscannotall be for naught. But, alas, when I flipped the peeled-off mask over, expecting to seethousands of expelledblackheads, I saw(wait for it) not a single one. Zero, zilch, nadathis so-called suction mask had absolutely nothing to show for all my efforts.Convinced that I must have done something wrong, Ive since repeated this grueling process two more times. And in problem areas where I knowmy pores need clearing, the mask continues to show no results. I hate to break it to you, but thissupposedly purifying black suction mask didnot live up to thehype in the slightest.My friends, save your money, save your time, and save your skin a world of pain and avoid this trend. Myadvice isto stick to the tried and true. I had better results withBior Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, anacne productthat really works.Next, try one of these DIY face masks you can make and apply tonight.

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