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Drew Barrymore was 'blown away' by this affordable clay face mask

A dermatologist weighs in on the benefits.
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Drew Barrymore regularly shouts out her favorite skin care and beauty products on her Instagram and on "The Drew Barrymore Show." And given her flawless complexion, we're always quick to take note of any tips she has to share — especially if they just so happen to be budget-friendly.

Just last week, Barrymore raved about Mario Badescu's popular Drying Mask during the "Drew's Doggy Bag," portion of the show. "It's a mask that literally blew me away," she said.

Barrymore said that she "loves" the mask because she has visible pores. "There's a lot of controversy," she said. "They say 'once you got an open pore, that thing ain't ever closing.' So, what do you do from there?" she continued, adding that after using the mask her "pores were visibly gone."

According to Dr. Michele Farber, a board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in Philadelphia, PA, you can't actually permanently change the size of your pores with a topical treatment. However, you can temporarily make them look smaller by reducing excess oil and getting rid of pore-clogging debris using products like this one.

Mario Badescu Drying Mask

Beyond its ability to reduce the appearance of your pores, Farber said this mask can also be a helpful tool for fighting acne, since it contains ingredients like kaolin clay, sulfur and zinc oxide. "Sulfur has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that make it helpful for acne treatment," Farber said. "It also helps reduce oil production." The clay has a similar effect on oil production, while the zinc is "useful for its anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties," she added.

Farber also mentioned that clay masks can cause dryness if overused, but this product is made with kaolin clay, which tends to be more tolerable than other types, "making this mask a good choice," she said. According to the brand, the mask can be applied two to three times a week and can even help with problem areas on your back or chest.

Barrymore isn't the only celeb to sing praises for Mario Badescu's products. Heidi Klum swears by the brand's Buttermilk Moisturizer and Glenn Close previously revealed that she uses a couple of the company's products in her regimen as well.

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