UPDATE: I've used this twice more since my original review and feel I should add a note: this stuff is kind of difficult to wash off. When I try to rinse it off with my fingertips, it almost feels as if it's just moving around, not actually coming off. It leaves a residue behind that can only be removed with something a little more abrasive, like a washcloth. Also, you'll REALLY want to mind your eyes when rinsing this off your face. I let the runoff go over my (closed) eyes when I was rinsing this once, and about 10 minutes later, my eyes stung so badly I had to wipe them with a damp facecloth to really, really get rid of the last traces of product. Tonight, I was a lot more careful about my eyes when rinsing, and I even went over my eyes with a little gentle soap when I was done. It's been half an hour and my eyes feel fine.
Is this unfortunate? Yes... but I'm not annoyed enough to knock off a lippie because my complexion has continued, overall, to improve. My scars are fading, my zits are disappearing, my pores are being minimized, and the redness in my cheeks is evening out. I stand by this mask because it's had such an immediate and drastic positive effect on my skin.
Normally, I like to wait until I've been using a product for a while in order to gauge its quality, but guys, this stuff is for me. It was made for me. It's my soul mate.
I just got out of the shower after using this for the first time. Before I put this mask on, I had patches of acne and red spots on my jawline. When I came out of the shower, the red spots had visibly faded, and many of my zits had shrunk. After ONE USE. I'm blown away.
Right now, my skin feels dry, but not parched, and definitely not irritated, itchy, or peel-y. That's a good feeling when you spend most of your existence with a fine layer of grease on your face. That said, I would take other reviewers' (and the directions') advice and leave this on your face for no more than 10 minutes, as this masque does DRY out your skin. But in a good way, if you use it right.
Some others have complained about the smell of this product. I don't mind the smell. It's not heavily-scented at all, and I honestly prefer products with minimal or no scent. It smells earthy, very slightly plant-like (the aloe, maybe?), with just a trace of that egg-like smell you get from sulfur... very appealing, I know, but again, I think the smell overall is very mild. Kind of like sicking your head in a volcano or something, sans the blistering heat.
My only real gripe with the product now is the packaging, simply because I prefer tubes over jars for freshness and for neatness' sake. But supposedly this stuff is good for two years.
I will update this review if I make any pertinent discoveries or encounter any drawbacks in the coming weeks, but right now, I couldn't be more pleased. I highly, highly recommend this mask if you have oily and/or acne-prone skin. I'm so glad I bought this amazing mask instead of paying 70 bucks for the Glam Glow Clearing Mud like I had originally planned.