Charcoal face masks have been popular for some time now. More and more people are becoming fascinated with the idea of peeling their unwanted blemishes away. But how does this ‘miracle’ mask actually affect your skin?
I used the Charcoal Face Mask once or twice after seeing heaps of good reviews on Facebook. I was fond of the idea because I have always had trouble with acne. Plus I thought it would be satisfying to peel away the dirt that gets into your pores. It didn’t really remove much from my pores but that was probably because it was from a discount store. When I purchased this product I was not aware of all the problems they conveniently forgot to include on the packaging.
The Damaging Effects of Charcoal Face Masks
Not only does it NOT do what it says it should do, it damages your skin as well.
Yes, your skin may feel smooth to touch afterwards, but do you really know why? The mask binds to the skin cells on the face just as glue would if applied and when ripped off it takes your surface layer of skin with it. The surface layer of skin supplies natural oils that protect your skin and by removing it you are leaving your face defenseless against the bacteria and dirt that causes pimples and blackheads.
And those little things you can see on the mask after ripping it off? These are NOT blackheads or the dirt clogging your pores. These are actually sebaceous filaments, which also protects the skin from harmful bacteria. So the Charcoal Mask is basically false advertising and a complete waste of money.
I definitely do not recommend using this product. But if you have used it recently, don’t worry too much as the damage is not permanent. The skin on your face will replenish and replace the natural oils and sebaceous filaments you have removed within 30 days.