No matter what type of breakout you’re dealing with, Zitsticka has got a product for you. For big, angry cystic suckers, you can reach for a pimple patch. For deep, hormonal breakouts, the retinol stick has got you covered; and for chest/butt/back acne, the body wash is all you need. And this week, the brand introduced its new Pore Vac Clearing Clay Mask ($33), which is specifically designed to stop congested skin (and the blackheads it causes) in its tracks.
As any derm will tell you, the first step in dealing with clogged pores is to suck out all of the gunk that’s clogging them up—which is exactly what this mask does. It uses the derm-approved ingredient trio of acne-fighting ingredients, each of which plays a separate role in clearing away dirt and debris.
First up is salicylic acid, which is known for its ability to crystalize into a small size. This allows it to get way down deep into your pores and break down the culprit behind their clogging. Then, there’s sulfur, which has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and keratolytic properties. The ingredient combats acne-causing bacteria and stimulates skin shedding and reproduction, allowing it to work double-time to fend off clogged pores.
Finally, there’s clay, which is what really helps the formula live up to its “vacuum” name. “The purpose of the clay in a face mask is to draw out impurities from your skin,” Arash Akhavan, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with The Dermatology and Laser Group in New York City, previously told Well+Good. In other words, once all of the gunk is broken down, the clay helps to suck it up and out.