Looking for a new wash-off mask to treat acne concerns without the risk of over-stripping your skin? With a moisturising formulation and creamy product texture, here’s a look at Innisfree’s Bija Trouble Mask that doubles as both a chemical and physical exfoliant – and surprisingly does not reduce my skin to the Sahara Desert after every use!
This wash-off mask, formulated with bija seed oil and high salicylic acid content (2%), helps to improve areas of concern.
You may find more information here.
Water, Propanediol, Kaolin, Glycerin, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Bentonite, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tromethamine, Polysorbate 60, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Fragrance/Parfum, Sorbitan Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Chromium Oxide Greens (Cl 77288), Torreya Nucifera Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol.
120ml / 4.05 fl.oz.
Light blue opaque tube with a flip-top cap. Tip: if you put it against direct light, you can actually see the remaining product level!
PERIOD AFTER OPENING (PAO):
HOW TO USE:
After cleansing, smooth over entire face avoiding the eye and lip area.
Leave on for 15 minutes, then gently massage with fingers and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Recommended to use 1-2 times a week.
Calming herbal, fresh scent. Quite mild and inoffensive overall. Perfect for some relaxing “me-time”!
Smooth mint green paste. Thick and easy to spread on the skin. Once applied, it leaves an immediate cooling effect which lasts throughout the 15-minute wait time.
MY SKIN TYPE:
Sensitive (prone to redness and irritation), combination-dry, acne-prone and dehydrated.
OVERALL THOUGHTS & EXPERIENCE:
Although Innisfree’s Bija Trouble Mask does contain Bentonite and Kaolin in its formulation, it does not harden like other traditional clay masks. So, it’s less likely to dry out your face as it doesn’t feel like it’s sucking out the moisture from your skin. Cons to this, of course, is that you’ll have to be aware and set a 15-minute timer to the recommended wait time as you definitely want to avoid over-exfoliating your face! Even more so as this mask contains 2% Salicylic Acid, which is a form of BHA that chemically exfoliates the skin.
In terms of effects, I do notice right off-the-bat after-use that my pores do look more refined and less clogged. Skin also feels super fresh and clean! Moreover, instead of the familiar dry-feeling post clay mask, my skin surprisingly feels slightly hydrated. Though, for more noticeable pore-minimizing effects, this mask should be used consistently as advised!
However, a major con I must bring up is that it can be annoying to wash off as I feel the mask kind of… clings/adheres to the skin too well. So, my advice would definitely be to use a soaked cleansing sponge to remove the mask (here I’m using the Klairs Gentle Black Cleansing Puff) instead of just rubbing the mask off with your fingers/hands! Trust me: you’ll save so much time and water.