This homemade, DIY, natural, vegan, blackhead remover mask is quick to make, has just 3 ingredients and easily peels off the face while removing your blackheads.
Ever made yourself a DIY blackhead remover mask?
Just when you thought facial treatments like peel-off masks are just fancy stuff you put on your face, along comes a fleet of disgusting mini bumps called blackheads appearing on your nose and cheeks.
That’s exactly what a peel-off mask is for: to pull out these pesky little buggers from clogging your deep skin sacs and give you a squeaky-clean face.
Unless you’re a “popaholic”, a term coined for people who enjoy watching dermatologists “pop” blackheads and pimples, I don’t recommend pinching every clogged pore just to get rid of these annoying and cringe-worthy bumps.
Obviously, I prefer a safer way to remove blackheads naturally and without hurting your skin in the process.
This blackhead removal recipe is not just natural, but is also vegan-approved and recommended for all types of skin.
But first, let’s dissect the info about the enemy and what triggers its occurrence.
What Are Blackheads?
Blackheads are impacted pores. What makes them appear dark-colored is not due to dirt, but rather an accumulation of sebum, bacteria, and dead skin cells that came into contact with oxygen. They are pushed onto the surface of your skin, which gives them an appearance of a bump.
So what’s triggering them to develop?
When you don’t do enough deep cleansing, your pores get clogged over time with excess oil and dead skin cells.
Eventually, they form a blockage that further prevents your pores from being able to breathe.
As a result, it creates an environment ideal for the bacteria to grow.
This is why many skincare products, especially astringents, are making claims to minimize the size of your pores just so you can prevent such congestion.
But there’s nothing better than avoiding the clogging of your pores in the first place.
You can do this by limiting your makeup applications, choosing products that do not contain pore-clogging ingredients and basically following a skincare routine.
The same goes for using mattifying face products, which, while effective in limiting oiliness, can actually fill the follicles with more impurities.
Also, don’t blame it on having oily skin.
Every skin type can suffer from blackheads if proper hygiene and skin care are not observed.
Benefits Of Activated Charcoal For Blackheads
1) It Draws Out Toxins And Acne-Causing Bacteria.
Activated charcoal acts like a carbon magnet that pulls out the impurities and toxins from your face.
Since blackheads are a precursor to acne and breakouts, treating them with activated charcoal can help prevent inflammation of the bumps, resulting to clear skin.
2) It Unclogs Your Pores.
Since blackheads are the products of sebum and impurities trapped deep into the follicles, it’s best to use a treatment that can penetrate into the sacs and unclog them GENTLY.
I’m emphasizing this word since there are tools some people use to “extract” or even “vacuum” blackheads.
Not only they can cause your skin to bleed occasionally or suck your skin to the point of bruising, but they can also irritate and inflame healthier pores.
3) It Reduces Oiliness.
This quality actually makes activated charcoal ideal for those with oily skin.
It can adsorb oils to create a skin texture that is neither too matte nor too moist.
By keeping the oiliness in check, you can further prevent new blackheads from brewing deep within your pores.
Benefits Of Baking Soda For Blackhead
The role of baking soda in this DIY blackhead remover mask is basically to provide an antiseptic and antibacterial remedy that can battle impurities lurking within your pores.
Aside from this, baking soda also creates a gentle abrasive that can slough off dead skin cells along with the gunk.
Combined with activated charcoal, it can do a little exfoliation upon application on your face.
Benefits Of Agar Agar For Blackheads
Now, what makes agar-agar a vegan-approved ingredient for this peel-off mask recipe?
If you’re against the unethical sourcing of gelatin, which comes from the cartilage of marine animals, then this algae jelly substitute is the answer.
We’ll need this seaweed-derived gel for creating a filmy layer that makes the mask peelable.
But aside from giving this recipe the right consistency, agar-agar is also beneficial in other ways.
For one, it hydrates the skin, which is ideal for unclogging the pores of oil and impurities.
This also makes your skin feel soft and moisturized.
Finally, agar-agar helps bind together the other ingredients to be used in this recipe.
This way, your blackheads can be pulled away slowly as you peel off your mask.
Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil For Blackheads
Adding essential oil to your peel-off mask recipe isn’t just for the fragrance.
More than lending an aromatic effect, tea tree oil actually penetrates the clogged pores in order to dissolve the sebum.
It disinfects and dries out your blackheads so that they can be easily pulled out of your pores.
A few drops of this essential oil also helps soothe the skin after peeling the mask.
How To Make A DIY Peel Off Blackhead Mask
Combine first a capsule of activated charcoal, a teaspoon each of baking soda and agar-agar powder, a half cup of water, and a few drops of tea tree essential oil. This will create a thick paste that you will then apply on your face to dry. While the part in which you add an essential oil is optional, it can be used to add a clarifying boost to your mask.
DIY Peel Off Blackhead Remover Mask Recipe (Vegan, Natural)
- 1 capsule activated charcoal powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon agar agar powder
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil (optional)
- ½ cup of water
- Pour ½ cup of boiling water into a bowl and stir in the agar agar powder.
- Add the activated charcoal, and baking soda and give it a good mix.
- Leave it to cool down to the touch, and add the essential oils, if using.
- Apply to the face avoiding the area around the eyes and the lips.
- Leave the mask for 15-20 minutes.
- Peel the mask off gently.
Dealing with blackheads can be troublesome if you don’t know which methods can effectively rid you of them without harming your entire skin.
This is why it’s best to try an all-natural method which involves making a vegan-approved peel-off mask.
Its ingredients include activated charcoal, baking soda, agar-agar powder, and tea tree oil.
Not only is this recipe cruelty-free, but it is also as effective as any store-bought peel-off masks in removing your blackheads.
Each ingredient is beneficial on its own, and by combining them, you can come up with a powerful DIY blackhead remover mask.
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