Get Rid Of Blackheads With DIY Activated Charcoal Masks

Blackheads are the bane of our existence. Not only do they affect women, but men get them too!

Blackheads removal with DIY charcoal masksBlackheads are the result of a blockage in the skin opening. The pores get filled with skin debris, bacteria, and sebum (that oily feeling). When pores clog it's often the first stage of acne and they can eventually become pimples, which is let's face it, the better thing to happen than blackheads. At least with pimples you can remove them overnight. The sebum, or oil, is what causes the dark color of the blackheads that gives it their name.

 Blackheads are not a sign that your skin is dirty, it just means you're producing a lot of sebum and you need to keep your face cleansed so that the extra sebum won't clog your pores.

Blackheads generally appear on your face and around your nose area. These are the zones that actively produce sebum and therefore also the areas that are easily clogged.

Blackheads are so annoying yet so easily preventable.

Recently I tried something new. I'm sure you've now heard of the trend to use an activated charcoal mask to get rid of blackheads.

There are 2 options here: the easy (yet pricey) option and the harder (but cheaper) option.

You can either buy a activated charcoal mask to remove your blackheads or you can make your own home made activated charcoal mask.

Here's a selection of activated charcoal masks available to purchase with varying price ranges. Click on each product for a review.

The DIY recipe you can make at home 

Equipment and ingredients that you'll need: 

  • 2 small bowls activated charcoal pills 
  • non-toxic white school glue - !!! make sure it is non-toxic !!! 
  • a brush you don't mind ruining 
  • a drop of mint extract or peppermint extract or any extract that you want for the scent
  • a wash cloth for when it's done 
  • your favourite toner 
  • your favourite cleanser 
  • a mirror 
  • mortar and pestle 

Steps to make your homemade activated charcoal masks: 
mortar and pestle for charcoal pills
1. Take activated charcoal pills and put them into the mortar. Using the pestle grind down the pills till they become a powder

white glue paste for blackhead removal

2. Mix the powder, white glue and one drop of the mint extract (or any other extract you choose). Use judgement on how much you should make for your face

cleanse your face of blackheads

3. Wash your face with warm water.

blackhead removal cream brush

4. Using the brush, you apply an even coat on your whole face or just the t-zone or wherever you want to get rid of blackheads

waiting to remove blackheads

5. You need to wait between 20 - 40 minutes for the mask to completely dry. The glue should not feel cold and you shouldn't be able to move the mask around. It should be tight on your face and not wet at all.

blackhead peels
6. Start peeling the mask off slowly. The slower the motion the better. Keep in mind to pull up because the mask will be pulling the blackheads out of your skin.

7. Once fully removed, there'll be bits left over, that's OK. Take your warm wash cloth and wipe away the bits that remain.

get rid of blackheads

8. To finish, use your favourite toner to close your pores.

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