What You Need to Know Now Before You Try the Charcoal Face Mask

The charcoal face mask mask has become the hottest beauty trend happening right now. Posts about this mask have popped up on many social media platforms. Search the phrase “Charcoal face mask” there are hundreds of Youtube videos on it. And probably thousands of pins about it on Pinterest. Like me, you may be wondering what is this new trend all about. And why does everyone thing its so “AMAZING”?
Well, if you ever want to try it out on your self-care day, this post will help you make the decision. In a very informal post I jotted down quick go to facts about the charcoal mask. You can reference and share with your friends.


What the heck is a charcoal mask??

Black facial make made up of Activated charcoal powder. It’s proven to have many health and beauty benefits when used safely and properly.


Why charcoal?

Toxins, dirt and oil bond to the activated charcoal. That’s why it helps to deep cleanse and detoxify the skin. It’s known to remove everything!

What does it do to your skin?

Removes blackheads and whiteheads from your pores.

It will purify your skin.

It makes pores cleaner and smaller.

Takes care of oily skin


How is it applied?

Using a facial brush, you “paint” it on to your face avoiding spots with hair.

Like any face mask you let it dry for a few minutes. ***WARNING*** it will bond strongly to your skin so it might be a little hard to take off


Can I make it?

Yes. You can make it yourself. Ingredients (charcoal powder, glue, peppermint and mix it together) according to this YouTuber.


What brands offer the charcoal mask?

Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips ($37, sephora.com)

Garnier Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub ($6, walmart.com)

Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer ($7, walmart.com)

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores ($32, sephora.com)


Do dermatologist recommend this mask?

An expert interviewed by Women’s Health Magazine said charcoal controls oily skin and acne. And it won’t cause allergic reactions or irritate skin.

The expert Self Magazine interviewed, claimed it had little to no science to back up the charcoal’s skincare benefit.


What are users saying about it?

“My pores are almost invisible afterward”

My face is so smooth… all of my blackheads are gone, its AMAZING”

It didn’t work for me. I wouldn’t suggest it because it removes the tiny facial hairs and it’s not good”

It did an amazing job… im really happy with my skin. My skin felt really really soft…”

It mainly pulled out all of my baby hairs. But to be very honestly I really don’t have blackheads. Where I thought I did have blemishes, it pulled a bit out here and there. I guess if you have more blemish prone skin or blackheads around your nose and t-zone, I definitely think you should give this a go. But for me I didn’t really think it worked.”

Even though I felt like I would never get the mask off, my face did feel really clean and smooth afterwards. And when I looked closely in the mirror about an hour later, I noticed my pores were all empty –like shockingly clear.”


My recommendation:

Try a little bit of it on a small area of your skin (maybe on your nose or chin). This way you can see how you and your skin react to it. It looks painful to peel off. . But hey, they say beauty is pain. I say proceed with caution!

I’d love to hear from you. Have you tried the charcoal mask? The best discussions happen in the comments. So tell me about your experiences with it now.

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