Best Charcoal Masks

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 11, 2020
Charcoal masks are able to capture different impurities, from environmental toxins to dirt and debris. The best charcoal masks also clean out pores, dissolve excess oil, and keep the skin clean, firm, and vibrant. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The white china clay will be absorbing environmental toxins. The lecithin ingredient will be able to dissolve impurities. The formula is free from parabens, SLS, and silicones, eliminating redness and itchiness chances even when applied onto sensitive skin. 

CONS

The product is not cheap. 

OUR VERDICT

Even the skin that has not seen the necessary care and attention at all will start glowing with Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask. The product will detoxify the skin, remove blackheads, prevent acne breakdowns, and dissolve impurities.

detailed parameters
Recommended For

All skin types (safe for sensitive skin)

Formula and Active Components

Bamboo-activated charcoal, White china clay, Lecithin

Safety

Paraben-free, phthalate-free, mineral oil-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free 

Application

Massage into skin and let dry for 10-20 minutes then rinse (use weekly or as needed)

Volume

3.4 oz

PROS

The product removes acne, blemishes, and blackheads. Besides that, the mask is also able to handle oil spots and stubborn stains. From improving blood circulation to regulating oil secretion, shrinking pores, and absorbing dirt, the mask has got it covered.

CONS

The mask can be hard to spread. 

OUR VERDICT

Vassoul Charcoal Mask does a little bit of everything, minimizing bags under your eyes, smoothing out wrinkles, adding the skin firmness and elasticity, providing deep facial cleansing, and keeping the skin vibrant, clean, and healthy. 

detailed parameters
Recommended For

Oily or combination skin (safe for sensitive skin)

Formula and Active Components

Bamboo-activated charcoal, Kaolin clay

Safety

Paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free

Application

Spread gently on your face for 10-15 minutes. Peel off gently from chin to forehead. Rinse with water (apply 2-3 times per week)

Volume

1.67 oz.

PROS

Using the brush with silicone bristles, you'll be able to spread the product quickly and evenly without wasting any, so the mask will easily last you months. The formula will also be smoothing out wrinkles and tightening the skin. 

CONS

The smell is pretty strong. 

OUR VERDICT

AsaVea Black Peel Off Mask will produce visible results even after the first application. This mask is an effective solution against acne breakouts, blackheads, and blemishes, cleansing and nourishing the skin to improve both its complexion and appearance. 

detailed parameters
Recommended For

All skin types (safe for sensitive skin)

Formula and Active Components

Activated charcoal

Safety

Paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free 

Application

Spread gently on your face for 15-20 minutes. Peel off gently from chin to forehead. Rinse with water (apply 2-3 times per week)

Volume

2.82 oz.

PROS

The yuzu lemon extracts clarify the skin's tone and shed dead cells, polishing the surface, while the seaweed extracts reduce imperfections and soothe the skin. The eucalyptus extracts will be able to absorb excess oil, whereas red algae extracts unclog pores. 

CONS

The mask leaves a sticky residue behind. 

OUR VERDICT

From oily and shiny skin to sensitive to dull and tired-looking skin, L'Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Charcoal Mask is able to revitalize them all, leaving the skin not only looking great but also feeling great, velvety, rebalanced, and refreshed.

detailed parameters
Recommended For

Oily, shiny, dull, and tired-looking skin (safe for sensitive skin)

Formula and Active Components

3 pure clays, Natural charcoal

Safety

Paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free

Application

Massage into skin and let dry for 10-15 minutes then rinse (apply 3 times per week)

Volume

1.7 oz

PROS

This mask is extremely easy and quick to apply. In less than a minute, it will purify and unclog your pores and 3 times per week application will ensure a deep pore clean. 

CONS

There are only 4 single-use packettes inside. 

OUR VERDICT

A heating natural charcoal face mask from Biore is a deep cleanser for oily and combination skin. It efficiently prevents skin irritation caused by excess sebum secretion and oiliness. Meanwhile, menthol provides soothing, refreshing, and anti-inflammatory effects. 

detailed parameters
Recommended For

Oily skin (safe for sensitive skin)

Formula and Active Components

Natural charcoal, Menthol

Safety

Non-comedogenic formula, oil-free, cruelty-free

Application

Massage into skin for about 1 minute then rinse (apply 2-3 times per week)

Volume

4 packs x 0.25 oz.

Origins Clear Improvement

More than only Charcoal

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask is thorough. Dollars to doughnuts, the product has the best, most complete formula among most charcoal masks.

First, not unlike these masks, this cream is adopting bamboo-activated charcoal, drawing out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers like a magnet. Then, the formula is using white china clay, also known as kaolinite, to absorb environmental toxins from the skin. To go with these two, the mask adds lecithin dissolving impurities and making the skin feel clean and pure. Thanks to these ingredients, the product will be able to shake away the dullness shroud and make any skin type take on new clarity.

Now, the product is not cheap but this is due to the aforementioned ingredients making the mask more effective than anything using only standard, natural charcoal. It is also due to the formula's paraben-free, phthalate-free, mineral oil-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free composition. Besides, the 3.4-ounce bottle will easily last you months since most people will only need to apply the mask once per week to produce results.

In short, Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask will guarantee clear improvements, detoxifying, absorbing toxins, and dissolving impurities.

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VASSOUL Blackhead Remover

Deep Facial Cleansing

Vassoul Charcoal Mask does more than most masks formulated around charcoal. Sure, the product pulls out pore-congesting debris and excess oil, matching what most masks do. It will also be removing toxins and giving your skin the most vibrant, radiant complexion. But, thanks to the kaolin clay added to the formula, this mask will also be able to absorb toxins and provide deep cleansing, removing acne, blackheads, and blemishes. Even the most stubborn stains and oil spots will be handled.

The product allegedly reduces the computer radiation effects on the skin but we're not sure that's entirely accurate. What is entirely accurate though is that the mask adds vitality to the dullest, most uneven skin, making the skin firm and elastic. Besides that, the product improves blood circulation, absorbs dirt, shrinks clogged pores, and regulates oil secretion.

The texture is not that creamy too, so the product can be hard to spread, something that you'll have to do before waiting 10-15 minutes and peeling the mask off, from chin to forehead.

In closing, Vassoul Charcoal Mask will suit people with strawberry noses first and anyone looking to revitalize, refresh, and keep the skin glowing second.

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Asavea Black Peel Off

The Brush Too

AsaVea Black Peel Off Mask is more independent compared to what we've come to expect from these products. To start with, inside the box, you'll also find this nice little brush that will help you remove acne and blemishes. On that note, the mask itself tackles blemishes, blackheads, dirt, and different impurities, drawing them out and clearing away.

Aside from that, the product will be flushing out environmental toxins too, unclogging pores and improving the skin's complexion. While doing that, the formula also smoothes out wrinkles and tightens the skin, reducing aging signs and making the skin soft and vibrant. Using polypeptide collagen, this purifying black mask allows the skin to retain its moisture, absorbing imperfections yet leaving the skin smooth, radiant, and silky.

There are only two downsides as far as we can see. First, the thickness has to be appropriate, because when the coating is too thin, the mask is not easy to peel off and the absorption effect is minimized. When it is too thick though, you'll have to wait more than 20 minutes to remove the mask. Setting these two relatively minor flaws aside, AsaVea Black Peel Off Mask is what all skin types (including sensitive) need and deserve.

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L'Oreal Paris Pure-Clay

The Richest Formula

Despite the affordable price tag that the company's products are always accompanying, L'Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Charcoal Mask has the richest formula.

Adopting yuzu lemon extracts, the mask will be able to smooth out rough skin, clarifying its tone and shedding dead skin cells to polish the surface. Thanks to the seaweed ingredients, the formula excels at reducing imperfections and soothing the skin, while the eucalyptus extracts are absorbing excess oil and the red algae extracts are unclogging pores, also removing dead skin cells to exfoliate, purify, and refine the skin.

As much as these contribute though, the primary ingredient here is natural charcoal, cleaning out pores and capturing the deepest impurities, from dirt and debris to different toxins. Thanks to this ingredient, the creamy, non-drying mask is able to leave the skin feeling clean, velvety, and rebalanced, making even dull and tired skins come alive.

The creamy consistency tends to leave this, to some extent, sticky residue behind though, so you'll sometimes have to rinse twice.

Taking everything into account, L'Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Charcoal Mask is the smallest investment you can make towards improving your skin's condition but also the one that's able to produce considerable results.

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Biore Charcoal Instant Warming Clay for Oily Skin

Enjoy the Cleansing Heat

The key to oily skin smooth texture, matte finish, and clean look is efficient deep cleansing. And the warming mask from Biore really excels in this concern. The product is formulated to warm up while contacting wet skin. Providing a thermal effect, it opens pores more easily and gets deeper to unclog the grime, draw out the dirt, and purify below the skin surface. It starts melting on your skin almost immediately and effectively removes the oil and surface toxins in less than a minute. Meanwhile, if you want to achieve a thinner mask consistency and double the heating action, you can mix in some more water.

Containing no oils, the Biore mask will exfoliate and purify your skin without irritating it or drying it out. Infused with charcoal, it absorbs the excess oil after sucking up the impurities and leaves your skin smooth and glowing after the very first use. And thanks to menthol included in the formula, the mask finishes with a nice cooling sensation to calm down your skin and make it feel fresh and revitalized. Subject to regular use up to 3 times a week, it will help clear out all pimples and dark spots and restore your skin natural softness and healthy glow.

The mask comes in handy single-use pouches that not only make the product a breeze to apply but also prevent overuse. And though some users claim that four 0.25 oz pouches are somewhat low volume, given their price and the product quality, it’s a great value for your money.

Summing up, this thermal mask from Biore makes the best out of warming effect to deeply cleanse oily skin, control the sebum production, and keep it refreshed.

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What Is a Charcoal Mask?

Charcoal has been described as "nature's complexion clean-up crew" and we can see where the sentiment is coming from. First, this element is excellent at drawing out bacteria, dirt, debris, poisons, chemicals, and different micro-particles, also fighting blackheads, blemishes, and acne. Because we do not metabolize/absorb charcoal, all you have to do is remove the mask ~10-20 minutes after applying it. Charcoal has even been known to treat insect bites, reduce scar tissues' size, and accelerating the healing process.

The difference between masks formulated around charcoal can be considerable though. Aside from charcoal, these products' active components can include various ingredients, from different clays improving the masks' absorption potency to plant extracts soothing any skin type, shedding dead skin cells, regulating oil secretion, and more. As long as the formulas are not "enriched" with SLS, parabens, and silicones, you do not have to worry about making the skin red and itchy.

Face masks for acne are even better at fighting acne breakouts, surprisingly enough. On a less sassy note, you can also look into aloe vera lotions to keep the skin moisturized and hydrated.

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Publish Date: 2020-05-11 17:03:20