[REVIEW] Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask (Before and After)
Texture: Soft and liquidy
What you get: (0.5oz) 15g, 50g ( 1.7oz), 100g (3.4oz)
Ingredients: Water\aqua\eau, kaolin, magnesium aluminum silicate (Viscosity control + Thickener), mandelic acid, carbon (charcoal), eucalyptus globulus leaf, tartaric acid, pyruvic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, eucalyptus globulus leaf powder, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, hedera helix (ivy) extract, symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, peg-12 dimethicone (Reduces surface tension and smooths over texture), caprylyl glycol (Moisturizer), sodium hydroxide (Buffering), butylene glycol (Moisturizer), mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, hectorite (Absorbent + Viscosity Control), hexylene glycol (Solvent), glycerin, calendula officinalis extract, maltodextrin (Absorbent), ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative), xanthan gum (Viscosity Control + Stabilizer), fragrance (parfum), limonene (Perfuming), benzyl benzoate (Perfuming), linalool (Perfuming), phenoxyethanol (Preservative), potassium sorbate (Preservative), sodium benzoate (Preservative), iron oxides (ci 77499) (Colorant// Black)
Kaolin: Soaks up excess oils (sebum) and pulls impurities from the skin
Charcoal: Sponge-like structure allows optimal absorption of oil and dirt when applied to skin, check out the link as the article does a great job to scientifically explain how.
Mandelic Acid + Tartaric Acid + Pyruvic Acid + Lactic Acid + Salicylic Acid + Glycolic Acid : All of these are forms of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), which are a class of acids that reduce cell adhesion in the top layer of the skin (decrease cellular bond between corneocytes) which leads to an exfoliating effect. AHAs have also been shown to increase the production of mucopolysaccharides and collagen in the skin. [ Anti-Acne + Anti-Aging + Brightening ]
Eucalyptus globulus leaf powder: Same properties as the ones mentioned above, the powder form would also work as an abrasive (physical exfoliant)
Aloe Barbadensis leaf Extract: Treats burns (Inhibits thromboxane, which causes restriction in blood supply to affected skin tissues) + Moisturizer (mucopolysaccharides (water-binding) along with amino acids and zinc) + Wound Healing (Stimulates Collagen production pathways)+ Anti-inflammation (Magnesium lactate in the gel prevents Histamine production)
Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) root extract : Antioxidant (isoflavans and isoflavone) + Anti-inflammatory (Glycyrrhizin activity is similar to cortisol and steroids) + Prevents hyper-pigmentation (Inhibits Melanin forming activity of Tyrosinase)
Cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract: Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid, Beta Carotene, Flavonoids, …)+ Anti-inflammatory (inhibits the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes) + Hydrating (Polysaccharides) + Perfuming (‘‘Fragrant components that are not sensitizing to skin’’)
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract: (Main active ingredient: Menthol) Antibacterial and Antifungal + Evidence shows it might contribute to the treatment of Dermatitis.
Glycerin: Widely used as a quality Hydrator (occurs naturally in skin and its chemical structure attracts water). You can find this ingredient in most good skin replenishing products
Calendula officinalis extract: Anti-inflammatory + Antioxidant
Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf: Antioxidant + Antibacterial + Perfuming: it’s not mentioned whether this ingredient is an oil or an extract, either way it has been shown to be sensitizing❗, particularly when used as an oil.
Hedera helix (ivy) extract: When you look for benefits of Ivy extracts, most articles recall a study made which ‘proved’ that it worked as a cellulite reduction agent, but the concerned study is of a cream which contained a lot of different ingredients as well as Ivy. Whether the Extract itself can decrease cellulite is not determined. There are no beneficial studies/research on the topical application of this extract, and a Risk Profile assesment of has recommended against its use inn cosmetic formulation meant for facial applications as it can act as a sensitizer and irritant❗.
Symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf extract: Wound healing + Studies show that the roots and leaves contain substances which have potential to irritate and sensitize the skin❗, but depending on the treatment of the extract these substances might not be present in the final product formulation (Data from: Symphytum Species: A Comprehensive Review on Chemical Composition, Food Applications and Phytopharmacology).
Fragrance + Limonene + Benzyl benzoate + Linalool: Perfuming ❗
CLEARING. Visibly, instantly clears the complexion and is suitable for acne-prone skin: This is the kind of mask where you’ll see an immediate difference after each application, by thoroughly cleaning your skin, it will consequently get clearer. However, I would not qualify this mask as suitable for acne-prone skin. There are some irritants in the formulation as you can see from the in-depth ingredient review above. Also, most of the negative reviews on this mask center around complaints of mild burns or serious irritation. If you go to the glamglow website page of this product and select the ‘‘lowest rated’ reviews, you’ll see reviews with before and after pictures of people with really red, badly irritated skin. Usually, people that give bad reviews complain about the product not working or being allergic to an ingredient, but since they mostly center around complaints of irritation, I would stay away from this mask if my skin had bad acne. The only way I would incorporate it into an anti-acne skin care routine would be to use it as a spot treatment for cystic acne (since it’s already inflamed and half of the gunk is out), the mask would absorb it out and remove the ‘extracting’ phase of cystic zits. Make sure to follow up with a treatment product like the Pyunkang Yul Acne Spot Cream to reduce the inflammation and the chances of the acne reforming. The point is, I would not use this mask all over the face if I had active acne for the simple reason of it being too powerful. I have acne-prone skin and each time I used the Supermud treatment, my forehead’s texture would change and become bumpy due to sebum and oils attracted to the surface. Some people mention that this is normal and it’s a period of skin adjustment where everything gets pulled, but there are other ways to get clear skin which don’t include you irritating it and having a detox period. Using a product like the Pyunkang Yul Acne Toner can balance out acne prone skin without going through a 'breaking out' phase.
CLARIFYING. Targets clogged pores, excess oil, and dead skin cells: Formulation wise, this mask definitely contains a lot of ingredients that are geared towards doing these things and have research and studies that back up their benefits. After application, you’ll notice the product darkening in some areas of your face: this is where you have more oil, as it comes up to the surface it interacts with the product, making it darken in color because it gets 'wetter' than the product surrounding it, oil accumulation can even disrupt small pockets of the product and 'erase' it in points. While the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask won’t minimize your pores, it will clear them up which gives them the illusion of becoming smaller, excess oil is sucked out and you’re skin will stay mat for a day or two after initial use. As for dead skin cells, this contains a mix of AHAs as mentioned in the ingredients lists, which are proven to have exfoliating abilities. While I did not experience any visible signs of exfoliation, the slight effect is sure to contribute to skin clarfiying and clearing.
PORE REFINING. Activated-X charcoal removes toxins and dirt deep within the pores: If by ‘refining’ the pores, they mean cleaning them up, this definitely does the job, not only thanks to the charcoal but also due to kaolin and even the AHAs and helper ingredients present. However, if by refining they mean that the pore itself becomes smaller, this is untrue as I’ve stated before: ‘‘pores are small curved depressions on your skin, so you need something like laser therapy or an enhanced combination of both Elastin and collagen productions to ‘fill’ in this depression.’’
After using this a couple of times on my entire face and always experiencing texture problems the following few days, I ended up only using it as a spot treatment or on my oily T-zone, after that it worked and I did not experience further problems.
A future formulation should take into consideration the possibility of omitting or replacing perfuming ingredients (there are 4 of them) and ingredients that have been shown to be skin irritants (3) to some people. If you end up buying this Glamglow mask, try to get a small sample of it first and do a patch test on your face. If you experience any redness or irritation, discontinue its use. I don’t think that this product is overhyped, but it’s definitely overpriced. I haven’t really found something more affordable that is as efficient, the Skin&Lab Glacial Clay Facial Mask is really good, and it only costs 16.90$, but it doesn’t quite match the absorbent power of the Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask. But the quality does not justify 59$ for 50g.
Notice change after one application
Washes off easily
Ingredients that could be potentially irritating, or sensitizing to your skin
Not suitable for acneic skin as claimed
Bad price to quantity ratio
🌚Score: 3.0/5 --- Efficient product that works, but I had a bad experience with texture after using it on my forehead, and I feel that there are some pretty unnecessary irritating ingredients, and although it’s a good product, it’s overpriced.