Call off the search because we've found it, everyone. This is not a drill. They said it couldn’t be done, but we did it. (Are we hyping this too much, or just enough?)
Yep: We found the most perfect face mask. It destroys bacteria and acne. It hydrates. It calms irritated skin. It emotionally supports you. (Well, maybe not that last one, but after making me acne-free, I feel pretty supported by it.)
Is the suspense killing you? Wonder no more. Allow us to introduce you to your new favorite obsession: Renée Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Masque ($60.50).
What to expect when using this mask:
Expect a major skin overhaul, especially for acne-prone, combination, or sensitive skin types. After continuous use, you can expect skin to be calmer, more even-toned, and clearer. What makes this mask extraordinarily special, though, is its ability to kill acne—thanks to tea tree leaf oil, which literally “eliminates” surface bacteria within five minutes of application—while still being perfectly gentle and hydrating (thanks, calming Chinese licorice and allantoin).
Before using this mask, I found that fighting acne, hydrating, and calming skin came only by using two or three separate products. Usually, products that work to kill acne tend to be overly drying, so to use a product in a cooling, gold, shimmery tone is really unique and refreshing.
What we thought while using this mask:
I was introduced to the Rapid Response Detox Mask last year, and have relied on it ever since. After months of bragging about its magical powers in the Domino office, I had two of our editors—each with a different skin type—give it a try, too.
“After a week of use, I can completely see a difference,” says Amanda Johnson, Domino’s Digital Content Strategy Manager. Johnson has been dealing with a surge of unusual breakouts for months on end, and after an intense elimination process, she’s beginning to see less breakouts and irritation. But acne still pops up, especially around her chin and mouth. She tried the Rapid Response Detox Mask out for a week, using it for 15 minutes each night.
“This is a gel mask, and when it's on, it doesn't dry too sticky or tight on your skin. And once you wash it off, your skin feels very clean. In the week since I've been using the mask, I can assume my breakouts have cooled down by at least 80 percent… and it also boosted my overall skin health.”
“I haven’t noticed any irritation or dryness, which is common for acne solution products,” says Lahaina Alcantara, Domino’s Digital Photo Editor, who describes her skin as oily and acne-prone. “I really liked the texture of the mask—since I’m used to a more clay based mask, it was nice to have a lighter gel texture! My skin felt super hydrated after.”
A few days into using the mask, she got a “pretty bad hormonal acne flare up. I went on using this every evening, but didn’t notice drastic improvement in my skin's condition. I would recommend it probably for people who get occasional breakouts, but it seems like someone with more intense or regular breakouts may need to add other elements into their regimen to get quicker results.”
I personally am prone to maybe one or two zits a week, mostly dietary or hormonal based. Every time a zit pops up (or is threatening to), I slather a light layer of this mask on for 15 minutes, and it’s reduced by about 75 to 80 percent by the morning. Two consecutive nights usually kills any little flare up I might have: It’s that magical. And there's no irritation or dryness whatsoever. I do like to pair it with an exfoliating mask beforehand once a week too, to assure the gel can really get in there and get to work.
How to use this mask:
Renee has quite a lot of diverse suggestions for use, but here are the ones we love below.