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That Time I Put Activated Charcoal All Over My Face

LordSchweitzer

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It was two days ago.  Somehow, somewhere, while lost in the dark recesses of google, I stumbled upon activated charcoal and it's acne-fighting benefits.  I don't even remember googling stuff about acne, so I have no idea how I ended up on this tangent, but I am sure glad I did.  As I spoke about before, the main cause of my acne is getting clogged pores, which turn into small whiteheads, which then turn into zits.  I need to start doing SOMETHING for my face that clears out my pores and sucks the gunk out of them before they have a chance to get clogged.
Enter activated charcoal! You slap it on your face and, because it absorbs (or adsorbs, I still don't know) everything, it essentially flushes out your pores.  You can buy activated charcoal in capsules at the drug store for about 10 bucks a bottle.  (May I also say, it apparently helps your hangover if taken after a night of drinking, which I intend on testing out in the future.  Clear skin AND repercussion-free binge drinking?! Is this a miracle product?!)
I was all ready to try out this as a face mask in my attempt at unclogging the various pores all over my face.  I opened up three capsules, mixed them with a bit of water until it was a runny paste, then applied it to the back of my face with a spoon.  You know that scene in Zoolander, where he's working the mines with his dad? Yeah, that's pretty much what I looked like.
I read to let the charcoal sit on your face for as long as possible (the longer it sits, the more it draws out), so I decided now was the perfect time to get around to doing some much-neglected housework.  My plan was to clean the bathrooms, mop the floors, then hop in the shower and wash off my face mask.  I managed to clean my bathtub, and had just moved all the crap off around my sink, when I started to notice flecks of charcoal, just EVERYWHERE.  At first, I thought they were wayward flecks from mixing up the powder around my sink that I was smearing around, and then I realized - with dawning horror - that it was coming... FROM  MY FACE!
Once the charcoal mask started to dry, unlike a regular face mask that stays put, this one just slowly starts to flake off your face.  I felt like Voldemort at the end of Harry Potter when he just sort of turns to ash and fades away.  I couldn't continue my housework (O! Cruel World!) because what's the point of cleaning when you're literally shedding charcoal everywhere?
So I grabbed a towel to put under my face, ran into my living room, and grabbed my phone so I could time how much longer to leave the mask on for.  Ten minutes of scrolling uselessly through Facebook and refreshing my email page various times, I decided it was time to wash it off.  And oh boy, was that an adventure in itself.
Going back to Zoolander and the mining part, you know the scene where he's in the bathroom, removing the coal, and the wastebasket is overflowing with blackened cotton pads? That is the most accurate depiction I have ever seen in film.  I am very glad I decided to clear off my sink, because charcoal got everywhere.  I finally managed to rinse it off my sink and my face, and I will definitely say that it worked.  My blackheads were smaller, and a couple whiteheads on my forehead that were beginning to turn red had little tiny heads on them now.
It was messy as shit, but hey, it gave me a good excuse to clean out my sink.  So, if you have clogged pores, need a face mask suggestion, and suck at cleaning your sink on a monthly basis, I highly recommend.
(Also, the day after that, I mixed up some more charcoal and applied it just to the whiteheads and bumps around my mouth and a big spot on my forehead.  The bumps around my mouth look much better, and the forehead pustule came to a head much quicker than it usually would.)



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Am I understanding it correctly that activated charcoal draws our toxins from the body? Because I've seen a video by a Dr on Youtube - Apparantly it's good for consumption and also should you inhale or consume anything toxic, it will draw that out of the body too.

I ordered some last week, still waiting for it too arrive.

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lol, man you are funny!. I did charcoal mask long time ago that I don't remember if it work or not.. not.  if I deal with clay mask I always apply plastic wrap over my face( in strips) that way it penetrates down pores and it's much easier to wash afterward
blessings!

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22 hours ago, Thetwald said:

Am I understanding it correctly that activated charcoal draws our toxins from the body? Because I've seen a video by a Dr on Youtube - Apparantly it's good for consumption and also should you inhale or consume anything toxic, it will draw that out of the body too.

I ordered some last week, still waiting for it too arrive.

 Yes, it does draw toxins out of the body.  They use it for OD's in the ER, and apparently you can use it for mild cases of food poisoning.  You just don't want to ingest it if you are on any medications, or else it will absorb the good along with the bad.  Oh, the things we learn looking up acne treatments! It definitely helped draw stuff out of my skin, just don't be alarmed if you get a small breakout from it.  That means it's working and everything is coming to the surface.
18 hours ago, AhaGuru said:

lol, man you are funny!. I did charcoal mask long time ago that I don't remember if it work or not.. not.  if I deal with clay mask I always apply plastic wrap over my face( in strips) that way it penetrates down pores and it's much easier to wash afterward
blessings!

That plastic wrap idea is fantastic! I also read you can just keep misting the mask with water, but that takes far too much effort for me.

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My activated charcoal has arrived, any tips on the way to use it? I note on the product itself, you can mix and then drink it with water.

Would a face mask be a better option?

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OMG. I used a basic charcoal and water mask about half an hour ago. So I mixed it 1:1. slathered it on and left it to dry for about 15 minutes before it started to flake and go everywhere. I washed it off.

So, I have a few spots on my chin. They had no heads, and were just a couple of red marks really. The mask had brought them out to heads! That's amazing, the mask literally purged my skin of the crap that's in it.

All my blackheads on the nose have gone but 2 of them. Skin feels smooth and soft.

I'll be using these masks going forward and hopefully it clears the skin.

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@Thetwald - yeah that's pretty much just how I used it as well.  Think I'm going to start using it twice a week, though, to really get in there and rinse out them pores! :)

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