Blackhead Peel Off Masks — Worth the peel?
One of the latest crazes to hit the Internet are the blackhead peel off masks. Millennials in particular are going nuts over this thick black gel in a tube that is suppose to remove all the blackheads, whiteheads, dirt, pretty much everything from your face, leaving it smooth AF. But, are these blackhead peel off masks all that they’re talked up to be?
After reading various reviews on different brands manufacturing this peel off mask and also testing some different versions of it myself, the verdict is this: if used correctly this can be quite effective in removing blackheads and whiteheads. However, results do vary depending on skin type and there are precautions that come with using these masks:
- Do your research. Research the brand & ingredients of the black peel off mask you want to purchase, particularly when purchasing online! Reviews have shown that some versions of these masks sold online are scams with consumers never receiving their products and not being able to get into contact with the companies they have bought from. Others do not have charcoal as an ingredient (which is effective in removing oil and toxins from your skin), instead they are just coloured black and some have PVC glue in them which, if you care about your skin, shouldn’t be used on your face.
- Not for regular use. These masks don’t have many moisturising ingredients in them and are most effective if you have large pores and a lot of blackheads. Therefore, they’re not suited to be used on a daily / very regular basis as most blackheads will take between a few days to two weeks to grow back, depending on sebum production. Recommended use would be once a week or fortnight (or even longer) and it is most effective if you open your pores first by steaming your face or using a hot towel to dab over your targeted areas.
- Not suitable for dry or sensitive skin. Many people found these black peel off masks to be painful, some finding them excruciating. Personally I didn’t find it too bad and my partner found it didn’t hurt him at all. The pain factor is dependent on a few things — 1. Where on your face you apply the mask; if applied to your whole face and/or body (not recommended!!) it would obviously cause a lot more pain, 2. Your personal pain threshold and 3. The sensitivity of your skin. The more sensitive your skin, the more irritated and red it will feel after the mask is peeled off. If your skin is already dry, flakey and sensitive, I would recommend using a different charcoal product that will have longer lasting effects for minimising pores and also hydrates your skin (e.g. Elizavecca Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, Shangpree Black Premium Modeling Mask, Blackout clay face masks). If you really want to give these blackhead peel off masks a go despite sensitive and dry skin, please apply only on the nose, T zone and chin — which leads onto the next point…
- Not suited for all over face & body. Please remember that these peel off masks are aimed at blackheads, which are mainly on the nose, T zone and chin. Applying the mask all over your face and body will cause physical pain and remove hair on your face and body that is needed to regulate body temperature and protect your skin.
My final thoughts –
Blackhead peel off masks work best for those with large pores, a lot of blackheads, normal / oily skin and should only be used once a week/fortnight on targeted areas. When used correctly, they can be quite effective but make sure the blackhead mask you choose contains charcoal as an active ingredient and no PVC glue! Don’t forget to read reviews of the particular brand first and most importantly, remember that results vary; everyone’s skin is unique!