One of the biggest DIY beauty trends right now is making peel off charcoal blackhead mask using Elmer’s glue. Seriously, glue! Google “charcoal glue mask” and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I personally think it’s strange to put glue on the face. I wonder if people know that Elmer’s glue is made with chemicals originated from “petroleum, natural gas and other raw materials.”
A few months ago, I shared a glue-free recipe for DIY peel off charcoal face mask that has worked great for both me and my always game husband. I have since received many questions and comments about that recipe. All the responses have inspired me to post this even easier to make peel off charcoal blackhead mask recipe. It only uses 2 all natural ingredients: gelatin, and activated charcoal. This peel off charcoal blackhead mask is super cheap and easy to make, but it’s as effective as many store bought pore stripes. Want to know how to make it?? Read on!
Peel Off Charcoal Blackhead Mask, Totally Glue-Free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 2 uses on the nose and chin areas, or 1 use on the entire face
Ingredients for Peel Off Charcoal Blackhead Mask
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- Unflavored Gelatin – 1 and 1/2 teaspoons. I use Knox Unflavored Gelatin. You can also try Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin, or Now Foods Beef Gelatin.
- Activated Charcoal – 1/2 teaspoon. I use Zen Hardwood Activated Charcoal. You can also try Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal Capsules, or Starwest Botanicals Activated Charcoal.
- Distilled Water – 1 tablespoon. Get it at your nearest supermarket.
How to Make Peel Off Charcoal Blackhead Mask
(2) Add activated charcoal, and mix your ingredients well.
(3) Place your small container (my shot glass) in a pot that has about an inch of water. You are creating a double boiler here.
If you don’t want to use a double boiler, you can try placing your small container in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds to dissolve the gelatin.
(5) Take your small container (my shot glass) out of the pot of water or microwave. Give your gelatin, activated charcoal, and water mixture some good stirs, because everything has to be incorporated together well.
(6) Finally, allow your charcoal blackhead mask mixture to cool for a few minutes before applying it on your nose and chin areas, or your entire face.
How to Use Peel Off Charcoal Blackhead Mask
Before using any new products, including DIY ones, it’s a good idea to do a patch test. So you can know if the new products will affect your skin negatively. Also, it’s best not to use this peel off charcoal blackhead mask on broken skin.
(1) Before you use the peel off charcoal blackhead mask, you should try to open up your pores. For me, taking a warm shower or bath works well in opening up my pores. You can also try putting a warm towel on your face for a few minutes.
(2) Make sure your charcoal blackhead mask is not too hot when you apply it on your face. You don’t want to burn your face with the face mask.
(3) Use a facial brush to apply the charcoal blackhead mask on your nose and chin areas. I only use this mask on my nose and chin, because like most people, I have most of my blackheads there.
If you use this peel off charcoal blackhead mask on your entire face, make sure you DON’T apply any mask near or on your eyebrows. It can pull your eyebrows off.
(4) When you first apply the charcoal blackhead mask on your face, it can feel a little thin and runny. That’s OK, because as the mask cools, it will thicken. Apply and reapply the mask on your nose and chin until it completely covers those areas.
The picture below shows the charcoal blackhead mask becoming thick and gooey as I’m apply it on my nose and chin.
(5) Wait for your peel off charcoal blackhead mask to dry completely. This can take a long time. I usually let the mask dry for at least 45 minutes. When the mask is completely dry, it will become very hard. So if your mask feels rubbery or soft when you touch it, it’s not completely dry.
(6) When your charcoal blackhead mask is completely dry, peel it off slowly. Take your time, because you might experience discomfort or pain when peeling off the charcoal blackhead mask. For me, the level of discomfort is similar to the discomfort I felt when using Biore Pore Strips, which is totally tolerable.
Remember, you can always wash the charcoal blackhead mask off with warm water if you don’t want to peel it off.
(7) After you peel off your charcoal blackhead mask, wash off any mask that you can’t peel off. Once the mask is completely off your face, you might notice some redness on your face. But don’t worry, it should go away on its own. I have been applying argan oil to calm the redness after peeling off the charcoal blackhead mask.
So, do you want to see how effective the charcoal blackhead mask is in getting rid of blackheads? Here are pictures of the blackheads and yucky stuff that the peel off charcoal blackhead mask got out of my pores.
Here are some pictures of the blackheads and yucky stuff that the charcoal blackhead mask got out of my always game husband’s pores. His pictures always look so much more dramatic than mine. This is probably because guys often have larger pores, and because the last time he had used a nose strip was months ago, when I experimented my first DIY charcoal mask on him.
That’s it. That’s how you make and use DIY peel off charcoal blackhead mask. With only 2 all natural ingredients, you can make a deep pore cleansing mask that works great, especially on your nose and chin areas. So have the pictures above convinced you to give this peel off charcoal blackhead mask a try? I’d love to know how it goes. Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or if you run into any issues when making or using this peel off charcoal blackhead mask. I’d love to help. So, reach out! As always, please share and pin this recipe if you like it!