I am sure we all struggle with breakouts from time to time, be it from hormones, lack of sleep, makeup- or skincare products that didn’t work or sometimes purely due to poor lifestyle choices. There is nothing that can bring one’s self-confidence down like a bad breakout and even though my skin is better than earlier in the year, I still get blemishes every now and then.
I am thus all ears whenever I see a product aimed at reducing and clearing up breakouts. I bought the Origins Out Of Trouble 10-Minutes Mask on a whim in an airport duty-free area while waiting for a delayed flight. I have heard of this mask before but have never really spend time investigating and reading reviews. I thus started testing the product out with a blank mind-canvass. I have been testing this mask now once a week (or more frequent if I have breakouts) for the last three months and here is what I thought:
Origins Out Of Trouble 10-Minutes Mask
Product: The Origins Out Of Trouble 10-Minutes Mask is aimed at oily and problematic skin for the purpose of treating existing breakouts, redness and prevent future blemishes. The product contains zinc oxide, sulfar, camphor and salicylic acid which are all well known to work miracles in the blemish department. The mask absorbs the excess oil, exfoliate dead skincells and eliminates any residual debris.
Packaging: All Origins’ products are beautifully packaged and this mask is no different. It comes in a practical plastic tube making it easy to take with on travels and to keep hygienic and free from bacteria.
Formula: The Origins Out Of Trouble 10-Minutes Mask is a thick white paste that spreads easily on the skin despite the consistency. It has a very strong camphor fragrance that lingers on the skin. One uses a tiny amount of product, so this tube will last a long time.
How does it feel on the skin? I was impressed by how amazing this mask feels on the skin. I expected the mask to have the same discomfort level commonly found when most clay or charcoal masks dry down, but I was wrong. It doesn’t dry out the skin at all, even when left on for longer than 10-minutes. This is great seeing that clearing masks often sucks out all the moisture and good oils from the skin which is also not ideal for problematic skin. Initially when you apply the mask it has a mild tingling sensation while weirdly alternating between a warm and cold feeling. It doesn’t burn or sting the skin and has quite a calming effect on the skin i.e doesn’t leave you skin red and flushed.
Effectiveness: Honeslty, the Origins Out Of Trouble 10-Minutes Mask didn’t really blow my hair back and solved all my breakouts miraculously. Yet, if you read the reviews on Sephora or Makeup Ally for example then I am seriously wondering what I did wrong. 90% of the reviews claim it is a miracle product, plenty saying that some of their blemishes have completely vanished when they wiped off the mask which I find hard to believe. It does dry out smaller surface blemishes and speed up the healing time, but in my personal experience it doesn’t do anything to deeper blind pimples. I also don’t experience less breakouts than what is normal for me when using this mask once a week as is recommended.
Recommended Use: It is recommended that the Origins Out Of Trouble 10-Minutes Mask be used once a week or more, with caution, in the event of bad breakouts.
Price: €25.50/$27 for 100ml.
Stockists: Unfortunately Origins’ products are not available in South Africa, but if you are keen to order it yourself or via a beauty mule, Sephora and most department stores throughout the US, UK and Europe keep it in stock. You can click here to have a look at Origins’ website.
What did I think? Firstly, and I mean it with the utmost respect, I really wish Origins will dial it back a notch with the fragrancing of their products. Goodness, all their products I have tried so far have such strong scents that it will make your eyes water! The Origins Out Of Trouble 10-Minutes Mask is no exception, so be prepared. In all fairness, it is quite a clean, medicinal fragrance and you keep it on for only a few minutes, but I would have preferred the fragrance be more subtle. Secondly: contrary to the reviews I’ve read I find the mask to be nice but moderately effective at most. For me it is no miracle product and I have more success with the Cettua Spot Clear Patches in terms of blemish reduction. Thirdly: as the mask is recommended for oily skin I have a feeling it does a pretty good job at oil-absorption thus curbing oil-related blemishes and I think that is why the majority of the reviews are so positive. So in summary, I think this product is better suited for oily skin and thus I haven’t seen the results I was hoping for.
Will I buy this product again? I don’t really think so.