Reddit is a treasure trove of intel when it comes to skin care. From your everyday shelfies (that is, a photo of the products on your medicine cabinet shelves) to extremely specific questions and answers to your most personal beauty issues, there is something for everyone. And it’s exactly where we found out about skin gritting.
What exactly is skin gritting, you ask? It’s a method that involves washing your face with an oil cleanser, followed by a clay mask and a final round of oil cleansing to bring blackheads (and other gunk that’s trapped underneath) to the surface of your skin. The ensuing debris is gritty in texture; hence, the name. (Hope you weren’t having breakfast just now.)
The results are supposed to bring you Dr. Pimple Popper levels of satisfaction. One Redditor said they are "slightly horrified and awed by what comes out of [their] face" and they "do a happy grits dance every night."
I, too, wanted to do a happy grits dance, so I tried the method last night and, well, I was...underwhelmed. I slathered on an oil cleanser to remove my makeup as usual. Then, I smoothed on a clay mask. Next came the rinse, followed by a final round of oil cleansing using a light pressured massage to coax out those little grits.