Charcoal Face Masks – Worth The Hype? Jun 2, 2017 by Nancy (Day Styles)

You've probably seen them all over Instagram. People are rubbing these dark black activated charcoal face masks on, and peeling it off (in massive pain) on video. The idea is that the mask promises instant blackhead removal; but is it actually as great as everyone is making it out to be?

To be brief, what these people are doing is basically waxing all of the little fine hairs on their face, off. No wonder it's so painful! But is this a good method of clearing clogged pores or is it doing more damage than good?

Sebum is the substance that our skin produces but clogs our pores if we have too much, in which case black heads are formed around each of those individual hairs. When you use a pore strip or the charcoal mask, it rips the hair out with the blackhead (if you're actually lucky enough to get the blackhead to come out with it). The hairs that you're pulling out cause the illusion that you're getting dirt out from your pores, but that's not always the case. When the hairs are ripped out, most of the time it leaving a clogged pore behind – which is problematic.

If you're going to use the masks, here are some things to keep in mind.

When peeling the mask away; it could cause any dirt or debris to fall and clog other areas of the face, so be careful.

Keep ice on hand to help tighten your pores once you rip the mask off. Rinsing with warm water will keep the pores open, allowing more dirt and debris to enter.

With these downfalls, why is the charcoal mask so popular all over social media?

Charcoal is a really great detoxifier! When it's used, it draws out all the gross impurities in your skin, making it great as a facial cleanser. Charcoal can be used to remove stains from teeth, reduce bloating in your digestive system and it actually helps to purify water! But when it's mixed with a bunch of chemicals and glue to form a facial mask, it completely defeats the purpose of the detoxification.

If you're still curious about charcoal facial masks, look for ones that are clay based!

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