From Most Natural to Most Effective, These are the Top 5 Products TikTok Influencers are Using to Replace Chemical Peels and Facials!
If you’re like me, you thought once you grew out of your teen years your acne will magically disappear. Adults have clear skin! But then you entered your 20s…30s…40s and beyond only to realize it’s a never-ending problem! Oily skin, clogged pores, blackheads, and acne, when will it all stop!? Unfortunately, unless you take some strong actions… it won’t!
It used to be expensive facials at a local spa or a chemical peel were the only realistic options. But these days there are more products that can actually help clear pores and remove acne without all that invasiveness.
Of course, it can be hard to find products that ACTUALLY WORK!
That's why recently, many people turn to TikTok, which is loaded with influencers and beauty experts who recommend their favorite products. But even that search can feel daunting when there are hundreds of recommendations coming from TikTok.
That's why we’re here to help! We wanted to compile a list of FIVE amazing products that can help you reduce acne, unclog pores, and give your skin a more even look. We looked through dozens of TikTok recommendations and tested the products ourselves.
Without further ado… the top 5 products to replace chemical peels and facials and help unclog pores and reduce acne.
This is by far our favorite choice for unclogging pores and helping reduce acne on the face. The Glow Fairy Glow Mask is packed with strong antioxidants and hydrating ingredients that draw out dirt, oil, and grime from pores while helping protect your skin and adding essential moisture for a healthier, smoother look. Use it twice a week for ten minutes, the spreadable mask uses Green Tea Extract to pull free radicals from the skin while helping improve skin and reduce acne over time. Vitamin E adds an extra line of defense while Glycerin hydrates the skin for a rejuvenating look like you’ve never experienced before. We found out about Glow Fairy when they offered us the secret 50% off discount code SECRET50, and we loved everything we tried, especially the Glow Mask.
Overall Value: B+
This is an effective product with risks. The Ordinary is using extremely effective and strong ingredients, both AHA and BHA can help draw out dirt and grime while reducing acne, making this a great product. But there are some drawbacks. Some reviewers have experienced itching and burning on the skin, especially those with more sensitive skin. The other drawback is that, while the price seems affordable, this is a very small bottle, so it goes fast. So while it may seem like a good purchase, you’ll be spending twice as much reordering once it’s gone.
Overall Value: B
Always delivering reliable products, Paula’s Choice does a good job with this salicylic acid formula. This is best advised for oily skin types, as the salicylic acid is very good at evening tone. It may not be able to fully unclog pores the way you’re looking for, but can definitely keep your skin more even. A combination of Paula’s Choice and the Glow Fairy Glow Mask would be highly recommended if you want that extra defense.
Overall Value: B-
Kate Somerville delivers a good product for daily use that we have found average results. But average can be good! It’s much better that no results at all. Natural exfoliant ingredients Papaya, Pineapple, and Pumpkin Enzymes help remove dirt from pores while helping hydrate the skin for an even looking tone. We felt this product was a great cleanser, but didn’t necessarily deliver strong results when coming to reducing acne. That said, if you’re looking to focus more on cleaning pores, this may be for you.
We loved the feeling of this clearing fizz mask, it’s almost as if you can FEEL it working. Unfortunately it’s effectiveness was the lowest of all our products. It’s main focus is blackheads, which often comes hand in hand with clearing pores. That said, we didn’t find it to effectively clear acne over time. For the best results we definitely recommend something more effective like the Glow Fairy Glow Mask.
While we recommend some great products for your skin, if you’re trying to unclog pores, remove blackheads, and reduce acne, Glow Fairy is top of the list. We wanted to talk further with our investigative reporter Stephanie Marianne who helped create the rankings list and how the Glow Fairy Glow Mask worked for her. Stephanie tells the story.
Personally, I never believed in the effectiveness of spreadable masks and blackhead removers. There’s a lot of brands out there making ridiculous claims that just always seemed so beyond reality, I never wanted to touch any of it. I’ve had too many friends tricked into buying some wild cream just to find out it’s a waste of money. So I’ve avoided it at all costs.
But then my best friend, who I trust with my life, swore by the Glow Fairy Glow Mask. She would apply the mask twice a week, and within 10 minutes she would visibly see a reduction in oil, grime, and dirt that clogs her pores. But what really surprised me was a before and after photo she showed me. In the course of 4 weeks, her acne and skin discoloration was greatly reduced. I begged her to let me borrow the Glow Mask. Instead she told me there was a 50% OFF code, SECRET50 and told me to keep a secret, and I ordered my own Glow Mask immediately.
I received the package within a few days and started using it that night. The application is simple. It’s super simple to apply. After cleaning and drying your face with water, spread the mask across the areas of face you want to focus on. It feels like a thick clay mask that slightly hardens once it’s on your skin. I applied and waited the recommended 10 minutes to see results.
So while I waited, I looked into the science of the Glow Fairy’s Glow Mask. I wanted to understand what every ingredient was doing for me, and how they claimed to work so fast.
Green Tea Extract
The first ingredient focuses on pulling the dirt and grime from your pores. Green Tea contains a very healthy dose of antioxidants that can fight free radicals including oil and dirt. On top of that, Green Tea also contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is extremely helpful in realigning your skin’s chemistry to reduce oily-ness and acne.
While Green Tea works to pull away dirt, Vitamin E is building your skin cells to defend against both new free radicals and skin damage including pollutants and sun. Additionally, it helps repair damaged skin cells in the process, making it easier for the skin to defend against acne and other issues.
Finally Glycerin is an extremely effective moisturizer. Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the best defenses against acne and clogged pores, so it’s very important to find products with active ingredients like glycerin.
Step 2: When you apply the patch, you may feel a little prick. That’s the needle pushing through the first small layer of skin. The trouble with wrinkle creams is that they can't infiltrate deep down in the skin where the problem is the worst. Glow Fairy's microneedles are filled with hydrolyzed collagen to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, didpeptide-2 to rebuild skin cells, and superoxide dismutase to prevent further damage.
After about 3 weeks is when I began to notice the fine lines around my crow's feet begin to diminish. 4 weeks and I noticed my smile lines were less significant as well.
After the first use, I noticed a considerable different in my skin, my pores were clearer and my skin’s oil more evenly distributed. After 3 weeks of use my acne was greatly reduced, it was amazing to see!
I was converted into a Glow Mask believer! I hope you will, too!