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July 17, 2016
I do not know whether this will make any difference for my skin in the long-term - I only received it yesterday. I have been sort of hesitant to use it, but this morning, I gave in and decided to give it a try. I thought for sure that it would burn and leave me dry because I have extremely sensitive skin and lately, it has been even more irritated than normal (see photo).
The paste has a very granular consistency - sort of like small crystals of sea salt. It does not have the characteristic aroma of sulfur and, actually, smells quite nice.
I applied a small amount (maybe a penny sized pinch) of the paste to my hand and mixed it with a little water from my kitchen sink. The granulated sugar took a minute to dissolve, so I would encourage you to be patient so that you don't leave feeling like you've sand-blasted your face. After I allowed the crystals to dissolve a little, I noticed that the color wasn't quite what I would have expected from a clay... it wasn't pasty, didn't look dry, and wasn't particularly colorful... really, it just looked like I had something wet and slimey on my hand.
"I've come this far" I thought to myself, "I might as well give it a go." I put my hands to my face, expecting that instantaneous burn that tells me how much my skin hates me... but, it didn't happen. I thought "well, maybe it's a delayed burn..." and started to smear the water/paste mixture onto my face. Given that this was my first attempt, there's no way I'm letting it sit for fifteen minutes, but I didn't dislike the way it felt and the smell, as I said, was quite pleasant, so I rubbed it around for a good five minutes or so, and then rinsed my face.
My skin was not particularly dry. It wasn't moist, mind you... but, my skin hasn't been particularly well-hydrated in 33 years, no matter what I do.
Like I said... I don't know whether this will really make any difference in the long-term, but I can tell you that it was nice to be able to exfoliate my face again without feeling like I was ripping off what skin I have left. If you were to ask me, I'd say give it a try... you don't really have much to lose, and even if it isn't the cure-all for your skin problems, it feels good to be able to do something for one's self.
Finally, I'd like to caution you that the photo is not the result of this scrub... this is just how my skin usually is... I'm just putting it up so y'all can see how irritated my skin is in hopes that you'll see just how 'sensitive' this product is. :)