Dermatologists warn of dangers associated with charcoal mask trend

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (KRON) — You may have friends who do this and the trend is gaining steam.

We’re talking about face masks made up of charcoal and glue.

But skin doctors are warning that this is not a good idea.

This is a beauty hack that’s really taken off, with bloggers and people who just want to see if it works, sharing their experiences online.

It’s cheap, containing some powdered charcoal and glue. And it does pull everything off your skin, including the dirt that clogs pores.

But it’s pulling way too much off your face.

It sticks in such a way that it has to be ripped off, taking with it a protective layer of skin.

Your face might feel smooth, but it’s left in a really vulnerable state.

“It is actually pulling off your protective barrier,” Medical Aesthetician Nicole Bell said. “The reason that it hurts so much is that it’s also pulling out those hairs. So, when you’re tearing that off, you’re literally setting yourself up for failure in terms of breaking out. And all the outside elements can get onto your skin and stick.”

Experts suggest that there are some gentle exfoliants and charcoal masks that you can buy, which are much safer.

You can even mix a little aloe vera with activated charcoal and rinse it off.

But stop messing around with the do-it-yourself versions which include glue. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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