DIY Peel Off Activated Charcoal Mask

Activated Charcoal Peeling Mask DIY

If you’re looking for a product that will remove your blackheads then look no further!  This is the DIY version of the famous Bioré nose strips that pull gunk out of your pores, but this DIY peel off activated charcoal mask has even more detox power!!  I get so many requests to recreate a peel off, activated charcoal mask so I’m super excited to deliver on that request!   I happened to run into a recipe for this exact request and of course I had to try it!  To my excitement, it turned out amazing!  It’s simple, effective and will clean out your pores quite effectively!  Plus, it’s safe and natural unlike the charcoal mask you get at a drug store or beauty counter.

Clay and activated charcoal work together to act as magnets, pulling dirt, blackheads and sebum out of your pores.  Gelatin brings it all together and allows the “magnets” to adhere to your skin for a more effective detox.  With any DIY mask that contains gelatin, it adheres quite tightly and this mask can be slightly painful to remove.  It is imperative that you are very careful to not get this mask near your hair line or your eye brows.  This mask will remove facial hair.  Lip wax anyone?!

Activated charcoal is an amazing substance.  Go HERE to read an article I happened upon while trying  to convert charcoal capsules to teaspoons.  I found it super interesting.  It’s 19 capsules to make 1 teaspoon by the way so you might consider buying it loose like THIS instead.

The bentonite clay I use is from Mountain Rose Herbs.  To read more about the benefits of bentonite clay go HERE.

I prefer to use THIS gelatin rather then the packets you get at the grocery store.  The quality is so much better and I intend on using it for healthy gummy candy very soon.  Gelatin is extremely good for you if you can figure out how to incorporate it on a regular basis.  You can use the packets though.  1 1/2 packets equal a tablespoon.

DIY Activated Charcoal Detox Peel Off Mask

DIY Peel Off Activated Charcoal Mask:

1 tsp. Activated Charcoal (find it HERE)

1/2 tsp. Bentonite Clay (find it HERE)

1 TBSP. Gelatin (find it HERE)

2 TBSP. Hot Water


  • Mix all dry ingredients in a small bowl. Do not use metal measuring spoons because they will lessen the effectiveness of your bentonite clay!!!
  • Add 2 tbsp. of hot water.  Be sure your water is hot when you add it to your dry ingredients or your mixture will not blend well. If you find it’s not blending, you can pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time. Be aware it could bubble up if you go over 20 seconds.
  • Once the mask is liquid and smooth, check the temp before applying to your skin.
  • Apply evenly over the skin. Be aware that the thicker you apply it, the longer it will take to adhere to the skin. A thick layer is not necessary and will just prolong the time the mask needs to set on the skin.
  • Once the mask is dry and tight, begin peeling.
  • If you have applied the mask too close to the hair line or brows or it is too painful to remove, warm water will loosen and remove it.

DIY Charcoal Peel Off Mask

DIY Activated Charcoal Peel Off Mask

A Word of Caution!

This mask adheres to your skin to the point that you won’t have facial hair after you peel it off.  It was hard to find a picture of me peeling off the mask because my eyes are watering in all of them!  This is typical for peel off masks.  However, they are beneficial when pores need a good purge.  Be extremely careful when applying the mask around your hair line and eyebrows.  Also, don’t apply too close to the under eye area-This skin is so delicate and sensitive and tugging around that area is not a good idea as well as painful.

**Your skin will be quite pink after you’ve peeled it off.  This is normal.  The bentonite clay will bring blood to the surface(as well as impurities!).  Plus, the pulling caused from removing will cause redness.  It will subside within 20 minutes or so.**

This mask could be used as just a nose mask or even a T-zone mask.  You don’t have to apply it to the entire face.  In the future, I will only apply this mask to my jaw line and nose where I experience blackheads.

I’m super excited to share this mask recipe with you!  It’s not a mask you want to do all the time because it takes from your skin and doesn’t give back.  In fact, it would be a great idea to follow this mask up with a replenishing/hydrating mask.

I hope you like this recipe!  Let me know below any other DIY suggestions!

xx, Jenni

P.S. I take no credit for coming up with this recipe-turns out, many bloggers are using this recipe on their blogs and You Tube channels so I’m not really sure who thought of it first to give due credit!



Activated Charcoal Peel Off Mask DIY

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. July 7, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Excited to try this! I just ran out of gelatin so I’ll have to order more. Think I will just use it on my nose…that’s where I tend to get clogged pores.

  2. July 14, 2017 / 5:58 am

    A nice Blog and thanks for this information it is really good…

  3. Jessica
    July 19, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Thank you for the share! I am going to be posting this on my blog and will definitely give you a shout out 🙂 Good luck with the blog!

    • Jenni
      July 23, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Jessica-Thanks! You too!

  4. Hannah
    July 31, 2017 / 2:40 am

    Hey Jenn!
    Am wondering whether I need to add any preservatives if I were make this as a present?
    Thanks xx

    • Carly
      November 27, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      I am wondering the same thing! How long will it keep for?

      • Jenni
        December 10, 2018 / 9:17 am

        Carly-I intended this recipe to be for one time use. I really can’t say if it would even keep or work if you doubled it up or wanted to keep what was left over! Sorry to be no help here!!

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