DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

When I posted an easy DIY peel-off mask tutorial last week I was amazed at the response that it received on Pinterest.

WOW… y’all were really eager to rip some blackheads out of your pores and I can’t say that I blame you!

If you loved our easy gelatin peel-off face mask you’re going to go wild for this charcoal peel-off mask because it really does double-duty to draw dirt, oil and impurities out of your pores while also evicting blackheads from your chin and nose!

DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask | Face Mask | Blackhead Peel Off Mask | Homemade Charcoal Mask | Exfoliating Facial DIY

Sure, this DIY charcoal peel-off face mask is super satisfying (who doesn’t love those store-bought pore strips?), but activated charcoal is also a really wonderful ingredient for your skin.

Every single day our pores end up clogged with grime and toxins. Charcoal binds to all of that yucky stuff and acts as a sort of purifying sponge to draw it away from your pores, making your pores less visible in the process.

Charcoal does a fantastic job to absorb the excess oil and bacteria from your pores which leaves your skin fresh, clean and better able to breathe.

DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask | Face Mask| Blackhead Peel Off Mask | Homemade Charcoal Mask | Exfoliating Facial DIY

Please be sure to read through the instructions for this DIY charcoal peel-off mask very carefully.

You’ll be working with hot material and you definitely don’t want to burn your skin. As always, I recommend patch testing this product on your arm 24 hours before putting it on the delicate skin of your face. Better safe than sorry!

DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask | Blackhead Peel Off Mask | Homemade Charcoal Mask | Exfoliating Facial DIY

You’ll also want to be prepared to part with any hair that this charcoal peel-off mask comes in contact with. I actually quite like pulling the tiny hairs off my face, but keep it away from your hairline lest you end up with a pretty serious wax job!

You’ve been warned! :)

RELATED: Struggle with acne? Try our blemish-blasting DIY acne mask made with bentonite clay.

DIY Charcoal Peel-Off Mask | Face Mask | Blackhead Peel Off Mask | Homemade Charcoal Mask | Exfoliating Facial DIY

I really love using this mask a couple times a month to give my skin a major overhaul. There are a lot of really amazing charcoal masks that you can buy from specialty beauty retailers, but, I think you’re going to love your results with this blackhead busting DIY charcoal peel-off mask!

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DIY Peel-Off Charcoal Mask



  1. Combine the water and gelatin together in a small heat safe dish. Then mix in the activated charcoal and bentonite clay (making sure it does not come in contact with any metal from measuring spoons, whisks, dishes… you’ll see there is more information about this on the packaging). Stir until completely smooth and then microwave for 10 seconds at a time until the mixture has thickened enough to apply. I microwaved it for 30 seconds total.  
  2. NOTICE: It is incredibly important that you wait for the mask to cool a bit before putting on your face!  The mask will continue to thicken a bit as it cools, this will also help when applying it. You do not want to burn your face so test the mixture before applying it. 
  3. Make sure that your hair is completely pulled back and away from your face. This mask will do a fantastic job removing blackheads, and also facial hair! You’ve been warned. Please be sure to keep it away from your eyebrows and sensitive skin around your eyes, mouth. This mask is not comfortable coming off, so you’ll want to focus on only applying it where you really feel you will benefit.  This said, if you start to experience pain when peeling it off you can always abort the mission and wash it away with warm water.
  4. Carefully apply the mask to clean, dry skin and allow to completely dry on your skin.  The thicker you apply it, the longer it will take.  I put on a thick layer of it and it did take almost 2 hours to dry-but it was well worth it!  You may certainly apply a thinner coat if you have less time available, simply make sure you have evenly covered the area you are looking to treat.  As the mask dries it will start to tighten on your skin and you may see some spots where the mask pulls apart from itself and little holes appear where the mask had previously covered.  I only had a few of these on my cheeks.
  5. When the mask is dry, start on your forehead and carefully roll the edge to ‘start it’ and then gently pull down until you have removed the entire mask.  Any leftover bits of the mask should easily wipe away.  Rinse your face with warm water, pat dry and follow with a very lite application of coconut oil.  This will help moisturize while providing an antibacterial layer of protection to those newly opened pores.

Again, please be careful regarding the temperature of your mask. It’s always best to patch-test any beauty product on a small area of skin on your arm to ensure that it won’t be irritating to your skin. Use this mask at your own discretion, it’s pretty powerful! :)

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