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DIY Peel-Off Mask

When I was a kid I used to cover my hands in school glue, let it dry and then peel it off. It was so satisfying and I get the same sort of gratification when I use this DIY peel-off mask on my face!

As a bonus, (as if just peeling something off your face wasn’t fun enough), this easy DIY peel-off mask will pull the dirt, oil and impurities right out of your pores. This gelatin mask may even pull out a blackhead or two!

DIY Peel-Off Mask

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Of course, when you’re using your DIY peel-off mask you’re also going to pull some other things off your face, namely that superfine peach fuzz that we all have a little of on our faces. For me, this is no big deal, but just be careful not to apply this peel-off mask on any patches of hair that you don’t want to part with.

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RELATED: Try our DIY peel-off charcoal mask for more blackhead-busting results and this healing turmeric and honey face mask for glowing skin.

I use this DIY pore-cleansing peel-off mask about three times a month and find that this is often enough for me to enjoy the blackhead-busting benefits without damaging my skin.

If you have particularly sensitive skin you may want to test a small area of your face before coating the whole thing with the gelatin mask mixture to make sure that it isn’t going to be too harsh for your skin. It’s no problem at all for me, but better safe than sorry!

DIY Peel-Off Mask | Blackhead Mask | Gelatin Peel Off Mask | DIY Pore Strips

This is one of my go-to homemade face mask recipes that I use in conjunction with my favorite DIY acne mask. These masks really help keep my skin looking clear and smooth.

DIY Peel-Off Mask | Blackhead Mask | Gelatin Peel Off Mask | DIY Pore Strips

I’m sort of a sucker for beauty products and I’ve bought a lot of similar peel-off masks over the years. Honestly, they all sort of do the same thing and I find the results from this simple DIY peel-off mask to be comparable to the results I’ve gotten from expensive store-bought products.

DIY Peel-Off Mask | Blackhead Mask | Gelatin Peel Off Mask | DIY Pore Strips

Because this pore-clearing mask tends to leave a little residue behind with each use, I typically use it right before getting into the shower. The warm water will loosen and melt away the remnant pieces of the peel-off mask and the steam in the shower is great to further draw impurities out of your pores to give your skin a super-clean look and feel.

Want to get serious about cleaning the gunk out of those pores? Get this crazy-effective blackhead extraction kit. It’s like what the professionals use and it will help you dislodge all of those nasty, stubborn blackheads. Hey, no shame, it’s honestly really good to have this kit around!

Follow up after your mask with a gentle moisturizer or your favorite skin oil. I love adding just a touch of coconut oil to my skin following this mask for a crazy soft finishing result.

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DIY Pore-Cleansing Peel-Off Mask


  • 1 tablespoon or 1 packet unflavored gelatin. You can usually found in the baking or canning aisle of your local grocer.  You do not want to use JELL-O or flavored gelatin.
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of milk or almond milk.  I used unsweetened almond milk.


  1. Combine the two ingredients until the powder has dissolved and then heat in the microwave for about 10 seconds, I probably only needed to do 8 seconds, but it started to cool quickly (and harden) so it was fine.  Apply right away (when the temp is safe and comfortable), I used a small smooth rubber spatula for this and it worked perfectly-all while keeping my hands tidy.  
  2. Leave on until it has dried all over then start at one edge and gently pull off. I found it easiest to start by removing the mask at the top of the bridge of my nose and pulling down in one section and then up for my forehead.  Applying a thicker, even, coat will help in removing the mask.  For the edges that might be a little thinner, especially if you aren’t concerned about clearing pores in those areas, you can use a warm wash cloth to remove the left over mask or wash it off in the shower.  I opted for the shower and it melted away in seconds.  Follow with a light moisturizer or a dab of coconut oil.  My face was super soft after using this pore-clearing peel-off face mask!


An important thing to keep in mind, if you have tiny hairs or peach fuzz on your face or in the general area you’ll be applying, try to avoid those spots (unless you're okay with this hair being ripped out!), this goes for eye brows and the edges of your hair line as well.  The mask is designed to pull impurities out of your pores and will do the same with hair.  I’m sure that wouldn’t feel the best. Even though the left over concoction hardened to the mini bowl, it slipped right out a little later after soaking in some water-so don’t stress if it seems like its stuck in your dish.

    22 Comments on “DIY Peel-Off Mask”

  1. Harika doğrusu bal ve zerdacali bende kullanıyorum ping etkisiyle cildin daha parlak ve canlı gozukuyor

  2. Well pectin substitute for gelatin

  3. I just tried this mask today and it works so well. I used it along with my mom and a friend and we each have different skin types I have oily skin with gunk that pushes out of my pores my mom has skin that everything is sunk deep down in her pores and my friend has dry skin that the gunk just sits there. It worked well for all of us. It was able to clean out all our pores mine super easily but it even worked for the ones that were sunken in. This is a great mask to use it really cleans out pores and takes off all the dead skin. However, there is one big thing to keep in mind it does pull out hair even peach fuzz or the women’s mustache some of us have. Another plus is that it gets nice and tight when drying that it has the suction needed to pull out all the gunk. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Would not be good idea to use on babies and younger kids. I would average an age of around 14.

  4. Is this able to be reused like if there is leftovers can you put in fridge and remicrowave for another time?

    • This can be stored and reheated my friend tried it reheated for her sister and it still works like a charm

    • So I did find out that if you use it after being reheated it gets a lot harder and tighter on the skin then when used right when made so keep that in mind. I would say that would be good for someone who has pores that are sunken in because it will have more suction to pull it out even better than when its fresh made

  5. What if you don’t own a microwave. Can this mask be heated on the stove?

  6. Hi can I use this mask on baby? My baby has lot hair on forehead and unibrow. I want to get rid of them now so that later he doesn’t shy off his extra hair and unibrow. Is it painful ? If I do small patches would it help ?

    Pls suggest.

    • Dolly, I would NOT apply this mask or any facial mask to a baby. In fact, I wouldn’t be trying to remove hair from any part of my baby. Leave your baby alone, he’s perfect the way he is and his extra hair will go away on its own as he matures.

    • Absolutely not.
      I am very surprised that you would even consider the thought!
      This would seriously damage a baby’s delicate skin and Yes, it would be very painful.
      Love your baby for his uniqueness NOW while he’s still a baby, not for how he will “look in the future”…
      That’s up to Mother Nature.

  7. This is so awesome. I just bought a charcoal mask for my son and now we can just make our own masks. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned

    • Hi how old is your son?
      Is it safe to apply on to baby forehead?

      • I would never remove any hair on a babys body, it is there for a reason. Dont worry they will grow out of it and if you do try the mask you may probably tear their delicate skin. Not being rude but why would you want to remove things on a baby? Babys are natural and need the things they are born with for different reasons.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing this DIY face mask recipe. I’d love to try this, it sounds great.

  9. That looks doable. Thanks for sharing at Hope to see you next week.

  10. I love peel masks, so this is right up my alley. Thanks so much for sharing this at the DI & DI Link Party. Have a great week.

  11. So glad you shared this mask. On our budget there isn’t “disposable income to spend for beauty products. This is something I can make and use affordably now and then. Since my facial skin is so darned sensitive will do as you advised. Going to go back to read more, save recipes for other masks might be needed for my age skin. Don’t have acne at my age (76) but do get little nasties when I try new facial products.
    Do you have something for chin hair? One of age related, dead hormone problems. Have to keep good tweezers handy almost daily. Getting old is not for sissies, oh how true that is.
    Enjoy rest of weekend

  12. Wow, this is so easy to do! I love to peel off a mask and so all the yucky stuff come off.

  13. I love a good mask! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Great idea! I am curious.. I try to avoid animal products such as gelatin, so do you know if this as well when using agar-agar instead?

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