Their dark colour is due to the primary ingredient, activated charcoal, which is well known for its purifying properties and being able to trap chemicals and toxins. Activated charcoal of black mask has become a popular ingredient in the beauty world lately.

You’ll find it in products ranging from facial cleansers and shampoos to soaps and scrubs. Because it’s believed that it can draw bacteria and impurities from the skin, activated charcoal has also become a popular ingredient in face masks, too. Using a black mask is effective for treating oily skin and removing grime.

However, they do carry risks for some users, and some of their reputed results are scientifically dubious. Despite limited research to back up its skin care benefits, many people have had positive outcomes with a black mask, enjoying clearer skin and a healthier complexion.

All the black mask benefits

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The black mask can be used by everybody

Generally, a black mask is meant to eliminate the blackheads and acne, but it can also be used by everybody. This mask is suitable for all the skin types because its main ingredient is the charcoal which has ingredients that cleanse the skin from the impurities of the pollution. Because of activated charcoal’s ability to absorb bacteria and toxins, some skin experts believe that a Black face mask can help draw impurities from the skin.

Anecdotal evidence claims that by removing trapped dirt and bacteria from the skin, using a Black face mask can lead to a healthier, clearer complexion.

Eliminates the extra sebum

Therefore, it is especially recommended for an oily skin. The charcoal has antibacterial and regenerative properties which prevent the occurrence of blackheads and acne. Acne is caused by a build-up of dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria that gets trapped inside the pores in your skin. Acne-causing bacteria can trigger pimples and other inflammatory lesions, resulting in irritation, redness, and swelling.

The antibacterial properties of this mask, however, may help lift bacteria from the pores. This may help with reducing acne and improving overall skin complexion.

Smooths the skin

The pores are clogged during the day because of the pollution and because of the makeup, so the mask unclogs them by purifying the skin profoundly.

The activated charcoal slows down the skin aging

This type of charcoal has a very airy structure thanks to which it has a very strong absorption power. The mask can be used on a daily basis. The charcoal doesn’t disturb the natural process of hydration of the epidermis.

It is very easy to apply the mask. The mask has a bigger effect on open pores. You apply the mask on the whole face without applying on the eye and on the mouth area. You wait for 25 – 30 minutes and you take it off. Don’t forget to hydrate the skin afterwards.    

Treats insect bites

Insect bites and stings can cause your skin to itch and swell. According to anecdotal evidence, Black mask may help take the sting out of a bite by neutralizing the toxins in insect venom.

Are there any risks with using a black mask?

There’s currently very limited research on the risk of using a Black face mask. Generally, these masks appear to be safe, although overuse could cause skin dryness, redness, and sensitivity.

Before using a Black mask for the first time, it’s a good idea to test the product on a small patch of skin on the inside of your elbow. If you don’t experience any itching or redness within a few hours, then it’s probably safe to use on your skin.

For best results, try to find a Black mask that’s suited to your skin type, contains natural ingredients, and is free of harsh chemicals, dyes, parabens, and fragrances. Or you can make your own mask with all-natural ingredients at home.

If you have very sensitive skin or specific questions about the safety of activated charcoal, talk to your doctor or dermatologist before using a Black mask because if your skin is very sensitive you may face a range of negative side effects including:

  • loss of natural oils: With repeated use, the oil-absorbing effects of Black masks can strip the skin of all its natural oils, leading to further complications
  • worsens acne: When the skin is stripped of natural oils, the body may overcompensate by producing sebum, leaving pores clogged and resulting in breakouts.
  • increases dryness: Overuse of black masks can disrupt the skin’s barrier function, leading to moisture loss, irritation, dryness and flaking.

Using black masks safely, the worst of the side effects associated with Black masks can be easily avoided. Always follow package directions carefully and do not overuse. Discontinue use if any skin irritation develops. Lastly, after using a Black mask, be sure to apply moisturizer to prevent dryness.

Follow all the above tips will ensure your experience with Black masks is a positive one.