I was quite excited to have the opportunity to try out the Sciote Anti-Blemish Vitium Soothing Masque ($50), having dealt with adult acne for most of my adult life. It started in my early 20s, and fast forward 30 years later, I’m still dealing with it. Only now, there’s also the additional “mature skin” issues to contend with, meaning I can’t use anti-acne products that are too harsh, and many of them are.
The anti-blemish soothing masque (or “mask” as I call it) is made by the Sciote skin care company. “Sciote” is Latin for the phrase “know thyself”, and according to the company’s website, this is part of their philosophy of providing clients with knowledge so they can make educated decisions regarding their skin care. The company also claims to incorporate the purest ingredients as well as being mindful of the environment.
The main ingredients of this mask are kaolin clay, alpha lipoic acid, arnica and tamanu oil. I was familiar with the use of kaolin clay for breakouts and knew that it’s good for “drawing out impurities,” but I found the combination of the other ingredients new and interesting. Tamanu oil is noted as being a skin healing agent with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Arnica is also included for its healing abilities and alpha lipoic acid is added to fight free radical damage and provide additional antioxidant capabilities. The company presents a really long list of additional ingredients, but the good news is that most of it seems to consist of various oils and herbal extracts (coconut, grapeseed, clove, lavender, flax seed, geranium and borage, to name a few). For people who have sensitivity to acids, please note that glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid (in the form of willow bark) are also included.
The instructions on the jar claim the mask is gentle enough to use every day, but having sensitive skin, I chose to be on the safe side and used it two or three times a week. When first using the product, I happily noted that it’s not one of those masks that pulls and tightens the skin till it cracks. Perhaps some people would miss the "tingly" sensation you can sometimes get with anti-acne masks, but I’m not one of them, and I truly appreciated using a mask that wasn’t harsh.
Having confirmed the company’s claim of the mask being gentle, I used it for over a month to see if it was also effective. My final verdict is positive, albeit with some reservations. The company states that the results are “noticeable immediately,” which I didn’t find to be the case. I did find that with regular use the mask helped to soothe and contain the breakouts, which is meaningful in my book, although a magical cure for acne it isn’t. On Sciote’s website I noticed there were other products which supposedly work in tandem with the mask, so I couldn’t help but wonder if using the mask with their other products would have resulted in even better results. In any case, I was impressed enough with this mask to definitely consider trying some of company’s other products.
The bottom line is that the Anti-blemish Soothing Masque definitely has a place in the arsenal of skin products for every acne-prone woman who is past her 20s, in my opinion. That being said, I found this product better at helping manage my breakouts than eradicating them.