By Erin Lukas
Updated Jan 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am
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Tata Harper Mask
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I've tried so many exfoliating serums and masks to treat my acne scars that I have a whole dissertation's worth of reviews. But today, I can finally write the conclusion to my thesis on getting rid of dark spots from old cystic breakouts because of Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask.

This mask is not new, but that hasn't stopped it from being popular. In fact, it's one of Tata Harper's best-selling products and has a cult-following on the internet. Skincare bloggers love it, beauty editors love it, there's a serum inspired by it, and now, I count myself among the mask's many loyal, passionate fans.

What sets this mask apart from other chemical exfoliating formulas is that its exfoliating ingredients come from willow bark and meadowsweet, two natural sources of BHA acids, plus, pomegranate enzymes and pink clay. Together, they lift and remove surface dead skin cells like a traditional peel and absorb excess oil so your pores stay clear. Beet extract rounds out the formula to keep skin calm and hydrated.

Anyone who's ever tried to fade dark acne spots understands just what a slow and painful process it can be. These dark marks instantly show up as soon as your pimple has healed, and they can take months to go away. Before Tata Harper's mask came into my life, I was using a few serums that worked, but it took around a month of consistently using each one before I was able to see any significant results.

This one works overnight, and I'm not exaggerating. The first time I used it, I really wasn't expecting anything more than glowier skin when I woke up in the morning. As the last step of my nighttime skincare routine, I applied a thin layer of the jelly-textured product around my jawline, the area of my face where I have acne scars and I'm prone to break out. The next morning I was shocked when I rinsed it off. One of my most stubborn dark spots was way less noticeable. I only had to apply one layer of concealer over it when it normally needs two. Even more unexpected was that the one whitehead I had brewing on my chin was now half the size and completely dried up.

The mask can be used as an overnight treatment, or it can be rinsed off after 20 minutes. The directions suggest using it every day for two to three days and then cutting back to once a week. I don't follow these rules, and this act of rebellion has paid off for my skin.

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For the past two months, I've slathered a layer of the mask on my problem area every night and let it work its magic while I sleep. It dries down into a thin film that feels tight on my face, but doesn't stain my bedding. In the morning, I rinse it off in the shower. As I've continued using it, the appearance of my acne scars have only improved. It also makes an amazing spot treatment.

While the mask is easy to use, it's not so kind on the wallet. A small jar runs for $62. However, I've only just hit the half-empty mark after using it every night for the past few months. Totally worth it in my opinion for a product that really, truly, works. You can bet that I'm going to be repurchasing the mask when I hit the bottom of the jar.