Top 5 Benefits of Charcoal Face Mask

by Erika Jensen last updated -

Face masks are pretty common nowadays and the newest face mask trend is the charcoal face mask. The thing is face masks are a great way to hydrate your skin and pull out any impurities in your skin. For example, blackheads aren’t very fond of face masks. Not only that, but face masks are quite effective at completely cleaning your skin as well. Unfortunately, not every face mask brand is high-quality, and with others, well, you’ll waste your money.

What is a Charcoal Face Mask?

A charcoal face mask is a face mask made with activated charcoal that helps absorb impurities, toxins, and oil from the skin. The face mask needs to be peeled off from the skin and cannot be washed off. While many natural face masks need to be peeled off, a charcoal face mask is different as it is quite difficult to peel off and it is known to hurt. Some even say that it can peel off the top layer of facial skin, which is detrimental and can cause a burning sensation. [1]

Flatline view of a bowl of black viscous liquid with a wooden spoon, smaller bowl of black powder, different-shaped stones, and leaves on a white background.

A charcoal face mask is a novel, but effective skincare method. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Top Benefits of a Charcoal Face Mask

So, what’s the big deal about charcoal face masks? Let’s take a more in-depth look into what makes them so good and all the benefits they provide! The top benefits of a charcoal face mask include its ability to clear up acne, blemishes, and scars to give an even skin tone and to control oily skin.

Clear Up Acne, Blemishes, and Scars

We’ve all went through the puberty stage where pimples, acne, blackheads, and everything else popped up on our faces. It was a tough time, mainly if the skin issues were a bit more severe than what you’d expect.
However, for most of the people, this period lasted relatively short, and now they enjoy a life free of all skin issues. Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. It’s common knowledge that acne and blackheads can pop up at any time and they usually do so during the most inconvenient times. Go figure!

The plus side? There are many methods of getting rid of blemishes, acne, and even scars if only one knows where to look. That’s where the charcoal face mask comes into play. Charcoal is a natural cleanser, whether in powder form or pieces. Did you know that drinking small pieces of charcoal can help your stomach if you have digestion issues? In this case, charcoal can get rid of acne and blemishes and tone down scar tissue, so it’s less visible. [2]

It Gives Even Skin Tone

Some people experience uneven skin tones on their faces and while most don’t think of this as a problem, others do. There haven’t been many ways with which this could be alleviated, but it’s not impossible. Some resort to face powder, others to other methods, but the truth is nothing up until now, was considered a permanent solution.
Due to charcoal’s natural cleansing properties, it can even out the skin tones on your face. Skin sometimes even gets dirty without you knowing and the dirt enters your pores. So, a charcoal mask helps draw the impurities and evens out skin tone.

It Controls Oily Skin

This I can say from personal experience – oily skin is no joke. You take a bath every day, and after a few hours, your skin is oily and not nice. I’ve attempted many things to alleviate these issues, but none have worked for the long-term. Sure, some products help my skin be soft and moist, in a right way, but it just doesn’t last long enough.
I’ve decided to give the charcoal face mask a shot and, what do you know, it worked! You don’t have to wear the face mask every day (at least after the first couple of weeks), and you’ll see improvements quite fast. Again, it comes down to charcoal’s ability to draw out anything from the pores, including extra oil that your pores produce.

It Can Encourage Smoother-Looking Skin

Having rough and coarse skin is nothing to be ashamed of. After all, we’re all different and unique in our way. Rough skin can appear due to extreme dryness, or for some other reasons as well. The good thing is that charcoal face masks help with this sort of issue. They hydrate your skin while also cleaning it, which, after a while, smoothes out your skin and helps it stay elastic and fresh!

A woman in a white bathrobe smiling with her eyes closed with a charcoal facemask

Charcoal facemasks are known to be good for people with acne and blackheads. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Say Goodbye to Blackheads

Blackheads are especially vulnerable to charcoal face masks as they not only pull them out of your pores, they clean the pores as well, so the possibility of new blackheads forming is very low. Regular face masks are also able to pull out blackheads, but that’s about the extent of their ‘powers.’ Only a rare number of face mask brands clean your skin, not to mention that an even smaller number moisturize it properly.

What’s the catch with charcoal face masks then?

Charcoal masks manage to accomplish everything that regular face masks don’t. For example, they moisturize, clean, and remove blackheads, acne, and many other facial skin issues. The only downside may be the pain associated with the peeling off of the face mask. However, most dermatologists agree that it is safe to use. Protection Status
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