It makes sense, then, that the beauty world’s obsession with charcoal would extend to our skincare habits. The same purifying element in activated charcoal that can filter water and deodorize your apartment are now being used to unclog your pores.
Below, our recommendations for the best charcoal masks when you want to give your face a skin reset.
1. BOSCIA CHARCOAL PORE PUDDING INTENSE WASH-OFF TREATMENT.
This has a combination of white and black activated charcoal. The white charcoal is known to absorb 1000x its weight in impurities and instead of stripping all the moisture and oil from skin, keeps your skin fresh and dewy.
2. PETER THOMAS ROTH IRISH MOOR MUD MASK.
The mask feels soft and supple on the skin and works well at minimizing pores.
3. GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD CLEARING TREATMENT.
This one’s a mixture of activated charcoal and mud that helps to suck up dirt and excess oil.
4. ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT ACTIVE MASK.
A super reliable (and more affordable) charcoal mask to keep on your vanity is this clarifying mask that gives your skin a thorough clean: it strips your skin of toxins and everything clogging your pores that your micellar water misses.
5. CLINIQUE CITY BLOCK PURIFYING CHARCOAL.
For a little more exfoliating action in your scrub, this charcoal mask includes tiny natural beads that help to slough off dry skin while it removes dirt for a visibly smoother, more refreshed appearance.
6. GOODAL BLACK CHARCOAL MASK SPARKLING CLEAR.
If you want a really deep cleanse, it’s preferable to try a mud treatment over a sheet mask. But—for the every day, this charcoal variety still has its perks. It uses bubbly carbonation to gently soothe your skin and the charcoal soaks up excess sebum for oily skin types.