Do Charcoal Masks Work?

One of my favorite masks I’ve been using lately is a charcoal mask by Body Drench.  The results have been amazing!  If I happen to have a breakout, I double- cleanse my face, exfoliate, and apply a charcoal mask before extracting blackheads.  Not only does the mask work to draw out and absorb impurities, but it also helps to soothe my inflamed skin.

Inflammation is definitely the culprit for me obsessing over a pimple.  And I’m sure I’m not alone on this one.  When you can physically feel it pulsing on your face like it has its own heartbeat, you can’t stop thinking about it until you take action.

You can choose to either pop the zit, or you can exfoliate your face and apply a mask.

Popping your pimples will only lead to more breakouts due to bacteria spreading under the skin after the popping occurs.  Resist the urge and I promise you the latter will soothe the inflammation and help you think less about your little friend.

Benefits of Charcoal

Charcoal has been used throughout the ages to fight diseases and cure illnesses.

This carbon derivative carries many qualities making it useful for things like cooking and even for health issues.  It can withstand high temperatures and is used in water filtration systems to purify drinking water.

It’s absorbing properties have saved the lives of those who may have been poisoned or overdosed as it draws out harmful toxins quickly from the body.

It’s no wonder skin care professionals have chosen to use it in the treatment room.

Charcoal masks benefit the skin by detoxifying and purifying even the most acneic skin.

Top 5 Benefits of Charcoal on Your Skin

Benefits of Charcoal Masks

1. Body Detoxification

Charcoal works like a magnet to draw out toxins and impurities from the skin allowing detoxification of the layers of skin and beneath.

It can also be ingested which is why many hospitals utilize it as a go-to for saving poisoned individuals.  Charcoal must be activated for it to be safe for consumption.

2. Helps Clear Up Acne

Because of its absorbing feature, charcoal removes excess oil from the surface of the skin and pulls out blackheads and bacteria.  It also shrinks pores.  It naturally is a bit grittier so if you have a scrub containing charcoal, it can be used as an exfoliant which will help prevent future breakouts.

3. Antiseptic  

Charcoal works to pull out toxins and bacteria from a wound, allowing the skin to properly heal itself without running the risk of infection.

If you are a pimple popper and just cannot seem to resist the urge to pop your zit, do so with a warm towel.  This will soften the skin and allow it to rupture easily.   Follow up with a charcoal mask to the infected area.  This will help the wound heal fast without infection.

However, it’s in your best interest to leave the blemish alone by exfoliating the area then applying a charcoal mask.  You won’t run the risk of acne scars or hyperpigmentation.

4. Post-Shaving and Men’s Skincare

Charcoal can help prevent ingrown hairs and aid in the healing process of razor burn.

It can also reduce inflammation.

5. Anti-Aging

Toxins and harsh chemicals cause cellular damage within the layers of the skin.  This leads to premature aging.

Charcoal binds itself to those pollutants and removes them from the skin and body.  This lessens the chances of cell damage.

One of the benefits of charcoal is that it’s very powerful in the detoxification process due to its ability to hold two times its weight.  It’s also good when used as a foot soak detox bath.

Current Favorites

I currently have 3 favorite charcoal masks that I absolutely love.  I switch between the 3 depending on how my face is feeling that day.

If I want a really deep, quick decongestion, I go to my Charcoal Rescue Masque by Dermalogica.  The smell is a bit strong, but it’s the best mask I have.

It decongests and brightens your skin quickly, and is a great option for if you have a big event the next day and need to get your skin smooth and glowing.

It’s also a client favorite, especially those with a combination or oily skin type.  It helps to clear them up and give them a glow while calming the skin.

It’s a great option to exfoliate the skin while clarifying as it contains AHAs and many other amazing skin-clearing ingredients.

My second go-to charcoal mask for intense detoxification is my charcoal mask by Body Drench.  It’s a bit more of an affordable option, but it’s also one I use when my skin doesn’t have any sensitivity from exfoliating or when I’m doing a deep purge.

Body Drench Charcoal Mask

I love this mask because you can feel it instantly pulling your skin after applying and tugging at all your impurities.  After you remove the mask with a warm towel, quickly perform extractions before your face cools and your pores close.

You can instantly see how much the mask pulled your blackheads to the surface, making extractions super easy.

The third charcoal mask I swear by is Pierre F’s Pore Clarifying Mask.  Not only does it contain pore-purifying charcoal, but it carries probiotics and green tea antioxidants to destroy free radicals and nourish your skin while clarifying.

Pierre F Pore Clarifying Mask

I love that it’s a lightweight mask, as many charcoal masks I’ve come across tend to be a bit thicker and creamier.

It’s great for if your experiencing sensitized skin or if you need to have a quick skin detox and refresh.

Are you using a charcoal mask?  What is your experience with one?  Let me know below!

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