It’s no secret that charcoal face masks are all the rage right now. From celebrities to beauty bloggers, it seems like everyone is trying them out. But with so many options on the market, what is the best charcoal face mask for you?
You may have heard of charcoal face masks before or seen them in stores, but you might not know which ones are best. It leaves skin feeling smooth and soft after use without any residue or stickiness left behind. This blog post is going to break down the best charcoal face masks for beautiful skin.
Best Charcoal Face Masks For A Beautiful Skin
Ovi Skin Deep Cleansing & Detoxifying Face Mask
Our mineral-rich, age-defying Volcanic Ash facial mask gently absorbs oil, helping to reduce large-sized pores and eliminate built-up impurities leaving tired and stressed skin feeling energetic, vibrant and whole again. OVI is a powerful raw detoxifier & cleanser made for stressed and sensitive skin with natural oils and rich nutrients found from volcanic islands worldwide.
- Detoxify, tighten and brighten your skin.
- Vegan & cruelty-free.
- Remove impurities built up in pores.
- Raw detoxifier & cleanser.
- Assists in spot reducing pimples.
Matcha Green Tea + Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal Mask
Detoxify, brighten, and clarify all in one step!
This mask combines charcoal powder with ginger, lemon, and green tea for a full detox sesh in just 15 minutes. Lemon helps to brighten up the skin, while ginger boasts around 40 antioxidant compounds. Its anti-inflammatory benefits also team up with activated charcoal to tame acne. Finally, green tea helps to perk up the skin and leave it feeling super soft.
Firmness, anti-aging, fine lines & wrinkles, blocked pores, irritation, dullness
- Green Tea Powerful antioxidant that moisturizes skin & protects from signs of anti-aging
- Lemon Brightens with a boost of Vitamin C
- White clay tightens skin & purifies pores
- White tea Soothes sensitive skin
How To Use:
- Start with cleansed skin.
- Apply a thin layer to the face, neck & chest.
- Let set & dry for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the mask with water in gentle circular motions to exfoliate.
- Use 2~3 times a week.
Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
Good To Know:100% Vegetarian*, Vegan**
*Without animal ingredients except for honey & beeswax
**Without any animal ingredients
What It Is:
This purifying charcoal mask unclogs pores for a perfectly pure look. It deeply detoxes, absorbs environmental toxins & dissolves impurities.
What It Does:
Formulated with Bamboo Charcoal & White China Clay, this charcoal mask acts like a magnet to deep clean & draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, impurities & debris.
We Formulate Without:
Parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulphate, propylene glycol, mineral oil, DEA, petrolatum, paraffin, polyethylene beads, formaldehyde & animal ingredients*(except cruelty-free honey & beeswax). And we are 100% vegetarian.
How To Use?
On makeup-free skin, open pores with a warm, moist towel and layer mask on. Allow to dry and rinse. Use once a week or as often as needed.
Created from Bamboo Ash, charcoal is a very fine, highly porous powder. When applied to the skin, it draws out dirt, oil & impurities within the pores.
Instant Clearing Treatment Mask
SUPERMUD is our most advanced clearing treatment and #1 best-selling charcoal mud mask. Fights problem skin and skin imperfections with charcoal, a blend of six acids, and K-17 clay. The activated-x charcoal helps lift dirt, toxins and excess oil from the deepest and most challenging areas to purify pores. The SUPER 6 Acid Blend helps loosen dead skin cells to exfoliate and sweep them away, leaving fresh, smooth skin behind.
Visibly, instantly clears the complexion and is suitable for acne-prone skin in one use. All you need is a thin layer.
GlamGlow was one of the first mainstream brands to start using charcoal. Now, they have an entire line of them—and this one is a favourite for many.
Activated Charcoal with Dead Sea Mud Clay Powder
This natural mask contains all sorts of skin-boosting goodies, like organic activated charcoal, dead sea and bentonite clays, witch hazel, and turmeric. Simply mix one teaspoon of the powder with a teaspoon of water. Apply a thin layer all over your face and let it dry completely before washing it off. Bonus: The powder formula gives this mask a longer shelf-life.
Find Clarity Purifying Mask
White and bamboo charcoal join forces with clays to detoxify your skin without drying it out. Other ways to use this mask: Put a dab on a blemish as a spot treatment or mix a little with water and use it as a cleanser on days your skin is feeling extra oily. This convenient packet is also only 1.5 ounces, so you can easily travel with it.
An acne-clearing mask made with two types of clay and two types of charcoal to detoxify (not dry out) skin. The clays (kaolin and bentonite) mildly exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells and sop up excess sebum and oil. The charcoal (binchotan white charcoal and bamboo) act as a magnet, attracting toxins and drawing impurities out of the skin. The smooth, creamy clay doesn’t dry down completely, so it won’t suck the life out of your skin. Instead, when you rinse, your skin feels refreshed and clean. Its handy pouch makes easy use and cleans up without taking up too much precious shelf space as an added benefit.
How To Use?
HOW: Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.
WHERE: Entire face.
WHEN: 1-3 times a week.
GOOD TO KNOW: Use a dab of the mask as an overnight spot treatment on pimples, or use a small amount on wet skin as a clay cleanser (great for oily skin types).
Use within 12 months once opened, or keep it on your vanity unopened for up to two years.
Thanks to soothing bisabolol (a part of the chamomile plant known for its anti-inflammatory properties) and hydrating glycerin, this detoxifying Japanese white charcoal and kaolin clay mask never makes my sensitive irritation-prone skin red or itchy—the dream.
This at-home charcoal mask minimizes the appearance of pores while absorbing excess dirt, oil and debris trapped deep in the pores.
- Japanese white charcoal and clay absorb excess dirt, oil and debris
- Minimizes the appearance of pores
- Deeply detoxifies pores and helps support a clear complexion
This 15-minute mini facial treatment uses a deep cleansing mud mask to clear out pores and lift away any impurities. This formula is also packed with hydrating ingredients like squalane and hyaluronic acid and nourishing vitamin E.
Why You’ll Love It
- OK, Instagram, we get it. Geothermal hot springs are THEE PLACE to go for charcoal skin care treatments. But for those of us who want awesome skincare a little closer to home, we swear this mask is the next best thing.
- Another mud mask? Groundbreaking. But seriously, this one’s special! It’s made from charcoal, which digs deep to gently remove icky dirt and grime without drying out your skin.
- If you want to skip makeup, this mask is great for prepping your complexion to bear it all. Think all the glowy goodness of a facial in just 15 minutes!
3 in 1 Face Wash, Scrub and Mask with Charcoal
Garnier Skinactive Ultra Clean 3-in-1 with charcoal is an innovative face wash that can be used in 3 different ways. As a daily cleanser to clean pores and deeply clean skin of dirt, oil and impurities. As a face scrub, improve the skin texture to be softer & smoother and as a face mask to reduce oil. Formulated with charcoal and white clay, this product was designed to address oily and combination skin needs. After use, the skin feels fresher and cleaner.
Formulated with charcoal and white clay, this product addresses complicated oily and combination skin differently. Use it as a daily face wash to clean, a face scrub to soften, and a face mask to reduce oil.
With Clay & Oats for Exfoliation, Detan & Glow
Nestled at the helm of our all-natural, highly effective range of total body care lies The Kajli Collection, products with activated charcoal as the base ingredient.
Khadi Essentials The Kajli Collection – Activated Bamboo Charcoal & Oats Face Mask
This majestic skincare product from our portfolio had its origins when the use of chemicals was unheard of. Integrated with our philosophy of using only natural and organic ingredients in all our products, Khadi Essentials The Kajli Collection – Activated Bamboo Charcoal & Oats Face Mask is at the epicentre of this legacy we rigorously follow. The Kajli Collection, products with Activated Bamboo Charcoal as the base ingredient, is your doorway to eternally fresh, vibrant and youthful skin.
The components in Khadi Essentials The Kajli Collection – Activated Bamboo Charcoal & Oats Face Mask include Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Oats, Honey, Bentonite Clay and Lemon Peel Extract, all expertly blended in this detoxifying face mask that freshens your pores to leave your skin looking and feeling clear, fresh and blemish-free. Activated Bamboo Charcoal is a supreme skin cleanser, exfoliator and brightener. It will remove impurities, blemishes and dullness from your skin. If you want glowing and dazzling skin, look no further. Oatmeal helps to retain moisture in the skin and contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins and minerals that protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays and environmental pollutants while soothing the skin. It is an oft used ingredient in premium face masks. Honey is a magically versatile and all-natural ingredient for your skin for glow and optimum moisture. Bentonite Clay has been traditionally used to remove impurities from the skin, leaving it bright and radiant. Lemon Peel has 5 to 10 times more Vitamin C than lemon and hence treats and brightens the skin that much more effectively.
Benefits of Khadi Essentials The Kajli Collection – Activated Bamboo Charcoal & Oats Face Mask
- Activated Bamboo Charcoal gently detoxifies and dynamically brightens the skin. It also unclogs the pores, removes dirt, excess sebum and oil. It also leaves the skin optimally moisturized while its natural properties provide oxygen to the skin and absorb minerals extensively, leaving the skin thoroughly detoxified, refreshed and cleansed. It is also a potent exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells and open clogged pores.
- Oatmeal helps your skin retain moisture. Its abundance of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins, and minerals guards the skin against damage, including UV rays and environmental pollutants, making it a great face mask. It will also soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin and eliminate acne and excess oil.
- Honey naturally treats acne, and as a natural antibacterial and antioxidant agent, it is a magical cure for ageing and dry skin. Moreover, it gently soothes the skin and leaves it luminescent.
- Bentonite Clay is packed with natural minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron. Together, they work to remove toxins from the skin, treat oily skin and acne, protect the skin from harmful UV rays, and detoxify its layers.
- Packed with vital multivitamins, minerals and fibres, Lemon Peel Extract regulates the pH levels and is a refreshing treat for your skin. Lemon Peel Extract is also greatly effective in fighting wrinkles, acne, excess pigmentation, suntan and melanin spots.
Purifying Charcoal Clay Facial Mask
Clean Ingredients • Dermatologist Tested • No Animal Testing • Hypoallergenic
Formulated with activated charcoal, salicylic acid, apple, olive and ginger extracts, this mask helps to gently exfoliate to minimize the appearance of pores, leaving skin smooth and refined without stripping the skin. Perfect for all skin types and those concerned with congestion and oily skin.
This purifying clay mask tackles impurities and breakouts using (you guessed it) activated charcoal combined with salicylic acid, as well as apple, olive, and ginger extracts. It’s hypoallergenic and has been clinically tested, making it an ideal choice for sensitive skin types. Expect a delicate detox that will refine the skin and leave it feeling fresh and congestion-free.
This black charcoal mask offers a chance to weave some creativity into your weekly mask ritual. The dry, powdered formula contains detoxing activated charcoal, anti-aging cardamom, and absorbent bentonite clay. To make it into a mask, you’ll mix a few teaspoons of liquid with the powder until a clay texture forms. The liquid you choose is up to you and can be customized based on your skin type or skin concern. If your skin is feeling dry, try using yogurt, milk, or honey. If you have acne-prone skin, you may want to increase the mask’s ability to treat breakouts using something like tea tree water or witch hazel toner.
How to Use?
Use one to two times per week. Apply all over the face, neck and chest as desired. Leave on for 15 minutes, and wash away with warm water and a washcloth. It can be used as a spot treatment too! Follow with an even application of moisturizer to face, neck and chest. Avoid use in the eye area. If direct contact should occur, rinse with cool water.
Ulta’sUlta’s Detoxifying Charcoal Deep Cleansing Clay Mask is excellent for oily, acne-prone skin and congested pores. Deeply cleanse and purifies pores for a clear, healthy-looking complexion.
- Activated charcoal helps draw out dirt and impurities from the skin.
- Kaolin Clay helps absorb oil and mattify skin.
- Menthol helps calm and cool skin.
- Not for use on sensitive skin
How to Use?
Cleanse skin before use. Apply mask evenly over skin, avoiding the eye and mouth areas. Allow to dry for up to 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use up to two times per week or as needed. For multi-masking, apply to oily or acne-prone areas of the face such as the forehead, nose, and chin.
Precautions: For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Not for use on sensitive or broken skin. Test a small quantity of mask on the inside of the upper arm before use; if sensitivity occurs, do not use it. Avoid direct contact with eyes. If the product gets into the eyes, rinse well with clean water.
3 Balancing Set
It’sIt’s hard to practice self-control when clogged pores are begging to be squeezed. Skip the scarring that comes from manual extractions with this profoundly cleansing activated charcoal mask. Nutrient-rich kaolin clay absorbs excess oil, and salicylic acid exfoliates for an un-clogged, balanced complexion.
The ultimate balancing act. Formulated with safer ingredients, this collection of daily skin enhancers gently refines oily, uneven skin. The trio includes a Facial Mask, Facial Mist, and Facial Oil infused with ylang-ylang. Featuring activated charcoal, the formulas absorb excess oil and refine skin texture to give you a smooth, polished appearance. Perfect for those concerned with clarity, calming, and balancing.
This unique and powerful exfoliating and brightening mask helps promote a visible improvement in skin’s clarity and smoothness. Icelandic Volcanic Sand physically exfoliates and acts as a magnet to attract congestion and excess oil. Black Lava and Charcoal purify and minimize the appearance of pores to leave skin clearer and more balanced. Mandelic acid helps to brighten and exfoliate, resulting in more luminous, firmer and younger-looking skin.
- Exfoliates and purifies to help remove congestion
- Helps to balance oil production
- Brightens and helps even skin tone
- Double exfoliation leaves skin ultra-smooth and luminous
In addition to purifying bamboo charcoal and circulation-boosting Hawaiian chilli pepper, this mask contains a dose of turmeric to help fade dark spots and brighten your skin tone. Once a week, massage a small amount across your face (a slight tingling is normal), leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse.
Inspired by powerful ingredients grown throughout the Hawaiian islands, ‘Āina draws its name from the land (‘Āina means “land” in the Hawaiian language). ‘Āina is a detoxifying mask that utilises potent plant-derived ingredients to give skin a revitalised glow. Highlight ingredients include charcoal, Kalo, turmeric, Hawaiian chilli pepper, Kamani.
Instructions For Use
Use 1-2x weekly after cleansing with the Pa’akai Cleansing Cream. Massage a dime-nickel size over the entire face and let it work its magic for 10-15 minutes. A slight tingling sensation is typical but will dissipate after a few minutes. Rinse or towel off with cool water. Follow with Hawaiian Beauty Water or go directly to Aloha Youth Serum to lock in hydration. Ideal for all skin types. The skin may experience redness due to the chilli pepper. If your skin is susceptible, please patch it before using it on your face.
Infused with bamboo charcoal, Dr. Nazarian recommends this vegan mask because “it also contains tea tree oil and green tea, which can be calming and anti-inflammatory.” Oily skin sufferers swear by this product for a clearer, smoother, and more balanced complexion after use.
What does it do for you?
Our powerful, purifying charcoal face mask is the real deal for skin that needs some intense TLC. It absorbs excess oil. Sucks out dirt and impurities. Exfoliates. Feels intensely tingly and refreshing and gives you a bit of a healthy-looking glow – all in 5-10 minutes. You’ve been warned – get ready to pamper and purify oily skin with zero mercy.
Made with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, green tea leaves and a little Community Fair Trade tea tree oil, this charcoal clay mask is a powerful little pot of goodness to help unclog pores.
Slather on for 5-10 minutes and enjoy the nice cooling feeling and intense tingle (that’s how you know it’s working, right?) Wash off well and stroke your softer, smoother feeling skin. Your pores look reduced, skin looks clearer, and glow is dialled up.
- Tingling charcoal clay mask
- Absorbs excess oil
- Feels intensely tingly
- Amazing for your at-home facial
How to use this face mask?
It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with our Himalayan face mask. Things will get messy (sorry about that). But it’ll be worth it.
- Scoop an even layer of charcoal clay mask onto skin with your fingertips.
- Enjoy those tingles for 10-15 mins.
- Rinse off in circular motions to exfoliate.
- Feel intensely refreshed. Power pamper 2-3 times a week. Try it with our Himalayan Charcoal skincare routine.
This water-activated charcoal mask heats up as soon as you rub it onto your damp skin. The spa-like warmth doesn’t just feel nice, and it also helps open up your pores so the charcoal can get in there and suck up dirt and oil.
Melt away the stress. Melt away the dirt and oil. Infused with natural charcoal, this warming mask opens pores and draws out dirt. It finishes with a cooling sensation for tingly-smooth skin in just one minute. Mix this charcoal face mask with water to increase heating action by 2x. Talk about turning up the heat.
- Great for Oily Skin
- Non-Comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
- Dermatologist Tested
The ingredients in this luxurious mask make the price tag worth it. Two types of charcoal purify the skin, supercharged jasmine with mango, papaya, pineapple extract, loosen dead cells, and golden pearl spheres encapsulated with jojoba oil moisturised upon application. And, it’s gentle enough for daily use.
Purify & Cleanse! This gentle-yet-powerful cleanser, exfoliant and mask buffs, brightens, hydrates and protects, absorbing impurities and whisking away dead cells before delivering melt-in-your-skin moisture.
- Binchotan Japanese charcoal absorbs impurities and oil without stripping skin.
- Activated charcoal powder gently exfoliates and helps to reveal fresher-looking skin.
- Mango, pineapple and papaya extracts loosen dead skin cells and help to exfoliate gently.
- The ginger extract helps to brighten the skin.
- Jasmine and tamarind extracts help to soothe and rebalance skin.
- Encapsulated jojoba oil melts upon application and helps to soften skin.
- Padina Pavonica (brown algae) helps protect against environmental pollutants.
Who it’s For: All skin types in need of brightening purification.
Purifying Charcoal Wonder Mask
A purifying Ghassoul Powder & Black Mud treatment for deep cleansing and exfoliation of the skin. This purifying face mask helps remove impurities and waste substances, exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal. The result: deeply cleansed, soft and smooth skin. It contains purifying Ghassoul powder, pure Kaolin, cleansing mud, and Bamboo Charcoal powder, famous for its antioxidant properties. For all skin types.
Mix a tablespoon of powder and water into a mousse. Apply to the face, neck and décolletage with the brush. Leave for 20 minutes, then rinse off.
Kale Charcoal Ultimate Detox Mask
Get gritty with this ultimate fighter. Blemishes can bite the dust, and oily skin gets KO’d. This green and black powerhouse detox blend combine charcoal, clay, willowherb, aloe vera and kale extract. Wear it as a mask, then massage to loosen all the rest of the junk hiding out on your beautiful skin, ready to wreak havoc. Send a finishing blow to damaging oxidized oil, blemishes, blackheads and skin clogging nasties.
Ingredients We Love
Sea Purify Balancing Clay Mask
Clay and marine extracts come together to deeply clean skin, help draw out impurities and balance skin. Great for combo skin types, clogged pores and blackheads. Powerhouse nutrients and minerals provide antioxidants.
Ingredients We Love
- Green tea
Bubbling Crystals Charcoal Shimmer Mask
Deep-clean your pores and boost your glow with this charcoal-spiked bubble mask. Just pat on a thick layer to clean, dry skin and let the mask bubble up for 15-ish minutes. When you wipe it off, your face will look super fresh and dewy.
FAQ Charcoal Mask
What’s activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal, also called activated carbon, is a fine black powder produced when common charcoal is exposed to high heat. This exposure creates tiny internal spaces or holes in the charcoal, making it highly absorbent and trap chemicals and toxins.
Although it’s a type of charcoal, activated charcoal is different from the charcoal used on an outdoor grill.
Are there any risks with using a charcoal mask?
There’s currently very limited research on the risk of using a charcoal face mask. Generally, these masks appear to be safe, although overuse could cause skin dryness, redness, and sensitivity.
Before using a charcoal 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.
How often should you apply a charcoal mask?
As with other facial masks, it’s best to apply a charcoal mask once or twice a week. If you have sensitive skin or find that your skin feels dry after using a charcoal mask, only apply once a week or every couple of weeks.
Because the mask needs to sit on your skin for about 15 minutes, it might be more convenient to include it in your nighttime skincare routine.
If you apply the mask in the morning, you can do so before getting in the shower and then wash the mask off afterwards.
The benefits of a charcoal mask
Because there’s limited scientific research on the skin benefits of activated charcoal, many of the potential benefits of a charcoal mask are based on anecdotal evidence.
A charcoal mask may:
- Remove impurities from the skin
Because of activated charcoal’s ability to absorb bacteria and toxins in the body , some skin experts believe that a charcoal face mask can help draw impurities from the skin.
Anecdotal evidence claims that removing trapped dirt and bacteria from the skin using a charcoal face mask can lead to a healthier, clearer complexion.
- Improve acne
Acne is caused by a buildup 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 activated charcoal, however, may help lift bacteria from the pores. This may help with reducing acne and improving overall skin complexion.
- Treat insect bites
Insect bites and stings can cause your skin to itch and swell. According to anecdotal evidence, activated charcoal may help take the sting out of a bite by neutralizing the toxins in insect venom.