Derma E 2-in-1 Purifying Charcoal Mask

$19.50/ 1.7 fl. oz. (Prices vary on where the product is purchased.)
@ dermae.comUlta, Amazon (Also found at other stores)


How it claims to work:
Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask deeply detoxifies skin of harmful micropollutants in two ways: (1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladerwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries; (2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals). Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment. Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, purges pores of deeply rooted toxins, then Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micropollutants. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), used this formula once or twice a week for skin that looks dramatically fresher, healthier and purely glowing. (Source:

I had never tried Derma E products prior to purchasing this mask. I always saw them in Ulta when I worked there but there was no one really buying them. I also never heard anyone really talk about the brand much, so I wasn’t the one to try more expensive facial products unless they were a favorite. I recently came across several reviews of this mask and how it was great at shrinking pores and helping the skins overall surface. I purchased it from Ulta when it was on sale for about $12.00. My first try of the mask was actually as a spot treatment. I’ve been trying masks as a spot treatment first to see how well it heals pimples overnight. I look for shrinkage in a pimple or complete disappearance. Overnight with this mask as a pimple treatment, I didn’t see a noticeable change in the pimples I applied it too. I don’t measure the mask’s ability by just doing spot treatments. I know that I can’t rely on that mask for overnight pimple treatments. My first impression of the mask applied on the entire face was surprising. The mask has a watery scrub feel to it on the face. It’s not too watery but thick enough that it applies like a mask. I also noticed that it dries a little faster than most masks I’ve tried in the past. Although it is a charcoal mask, it is also a little lighter than any charcoal mask I’ve tried. I didn’t see any improvements after the first application. My skin was pretty much the same as it was when I applied the mask. I did a little improvement in my pores; they were as large as before. I really didn’t see any other changes to my skin. I will continue to use what I have left of the mask, but I won’t repurchase.

Ratings and Comments:
I had high expectations of this mask from reading reviews. I honestly didn’t see a big change in my skin to repurchase. The price also plays a factor because it is a little higher than drugstore products. I wouldn’t for that reason alone repurchase this mask.

I give this product a 2 out of 5.



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