DIY all-natural blackhead busting blackout mask

Can you see me?

There I am! Just letting this miracle mask sink in and work its magic (and secretly hoping my boyfriend will come home soon so I can give him a little scare).

I’ve dubbed this mask the “blackhead busting blackout” mask since 1) its ingredients clarify the skin by pulling dirt from pores and thereby helping to eliminate blackheads, and 2) it’s as black as the night sky.

Or should I just say that it’s as black as charcoal (activated charcoal, to be specific), one of its main ingredients? I suppose that would make more sense.

Activated charcoal is similar to common charcoal, but is made specifically for medicinal use and to be very porous (so no, you can’t use regular ol’ BBQing charcoal for this recipe!). These pores allow activated charcoal to trap impurities. For this reason, activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, intestinal gas, nausea, and bile flow issues (cholestasis) during pregnancy. But activated charcoal also works wonders for the skin when applied topically: it keeps skin clear by acting as a magnet to draw dirt out of pores.

Bentonite clay also acts as a magnet to draw dirt from the pores. High-quality bentonite clay can be ingested to pull toxins from the body. When applied topically, it absorbs toxins, draws out blackheads, and kills acne-causing bacteria. You may recognize this ingredient from my DIY all-natural detoxifying deodorant, which uses bentonite clay to pull toxins from the underarms while keeping you odor-free naturally.

So let’s get to it!

DIY all-natural blackhead busting blackout mask:


  • 2 capsules of activated charcoal (approximately 0.2 grams) opened and emptied. To open gelatin capsules, simply twist the two halves and gently pull them apart as in the picture below.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bentonite clay
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of water

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Mix* all of the ingredients together into a smooth paste, and spot test the mask on your cheek or underside of your wrist to make sure that you do not have any adverse reactions. Wash face with a mild cleanser and pat partially dry (so that it is not dripping wet, yet moist). Apply the mask evenly avoiding the delicate skin around your eyes and lips, and let sit until dry, about 7-10 minutes. As the mask dries, it feels tight on the skin, which can sometimes feel a little itchy (if you start to feel uncomfortable, wash the mask off).  After the mask dries, wash it off, pat face gently with a clean towel, and let the skin breath or apply a mild all-natural moisturizer (I usually just apply jojoba oil to any areas that are prone to dryness).

That’s it! Easy-peasy as always.

*Be sure to stir this mixture with a plastic or wooden spoon, as both charcoal and clay pull toxins from metals. Also be sure to store your clay in a non-metal container.

As a side note, I typically use this mask the day after exfoliating with this all-natural DIY clarifying facial exfoliant so that it can penetrate the skin more deeply.

Not into DIY? No problem!

One of my favorite natural skincare and beauty lines Beautycounter sells a phenomenal mask with similar ingredients + others to keep skin smooth and clear — the Purifying Charcoal Mask.

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And if you’re looking to get more activated charcoal goodness in your life, you’ll love this charcoal cleansing bar from Beautycounter.

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  1. I added a drop or two of eucalyptus. I also made more than the recipe called for and put the remainder in the ‘fridge for next week. Thanks!

    June 21, 2013 • 10:18 pm •
  2. where do you buy these ingredients from?

    June 23, 2013 • 12:14 am •
  3. Nadia

    Hi, Sumita! I link to where you can purchase the ingredients in the post (under the “ingredients” heading).

    June 23, 2013 • 12:18 am •
  4. sarah

    i tried this and it did not wash off skin was stained for the day!

    June 23, 2013 • 7:59 am •
  5. Nadia

    Hi, Sarah. Oh no! That is very strange and I have never had this issue before – and I often leave it on overnight as a spot treatment. Was your skin dry by any chance? If yes, the mask may have gotten trapped under the dry skin. I suggest exfoliating beforehand.

    June 23, 2013 • 8:00 am •
  6. Dee

    I’d prefer to use vegetarian capsules of the activated charcoal. Will this make any difference at all to the mask’s texture, consistency or results?

    June 23, 2013 • 8:07 am •
  7. Nadia

    Hi, Dee! Great question – it shouldn’t make a difference, as it is just the capsule, and we don’t use this at all for the mask. I found these on Amazon:

    June 23, 2013 • 9:04 am •
  8. Sherry

    I’ve been doing a similar mask for a long time and saw a friend yesterday who hadn’t seen me in a while. She said my pores looked so much better than the last time she saw me! Instead of water I use lemon juice and ACV, both or one or the other. I also add baking soda. Best mask I have ever used!!

    June 23, 2013 • 5:11 pm •
  9. Dee

    Thanks Nadia

    June 24, 2013 • 6:37 am •
  10. Awesome recipe! Be sure to stir this mixture with a plastic or wooden spoon! This charcoal and clay mixture pulls toxins out of the metals, and storing the clay in a metal container or using metal utensils can ruin the clay!

    June 25, 2013 • 2:32 pm •
  11. Activated charcoal also acts as a chelator, helping to remove heavy metals from the body. My DNP recommended taking a capsule an hour before going to dentist to have my amalgam fillings removed.
    My 17yo daughter and I use it as a tooth whitener too. You think it’s scary looking on your face, wait till your SO sees you smile while brushing your teeth with it!

    June 25, 2013 • 2:32 pm •
  12. Nadia

    Ahh yes!! I forgot to include this tip – thanks, Lindsy! Will edit the post.

    June 25, 2013 • 3:36 pm •
  13. What a clever recipe! Can’t wait to try it out.

    June 28, 2013 • 1:30 pm •
  14. Lydia

    just put in an order on amazon for the ingredients 🙂 super excited to see the results!

    June 29, 2013 • 3:27 pm •
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    July 23, 2013 • 7:38 pm •
  16. Riversana

    I followed the link for the clay ingredient to Mountain Rose Herbs and I’m curious what was the deciding factor in using bentonite clay vs french green clay or any of their other clay options? The descriptions make them all sound like fabulous products, and that makes it so hard for me to decide which would be the best to use! Please share your decision making process when it comes to similar ingredients!

    August 6, 2013 • 2:15 pm •
  17. Nadia

    Hi, Riversana! Good question. To be honest, I know much more about bentonite and have been using it for awhile now and for a variety of purposes. For me, it is tried-and-true and very versatile. I will have to look more into the other clays to understand their healing properties. I agree, the French green clay sounds great, particularly for this purpose! If you do chose it, I’d love to hear how it works for you!

    August 6, 2013 • 2:34 pm •
  18. I have made a similar mask with the french green clay and activated charcoal and it worked great. Once I used yogurt instead of water – and my face just glowed.

    August 14, 2013 • 6:59 pm •
  19. Just received my ingredients today….Can’t wait to try it!

    September 9, 2013 • 11:33 pm •
  20. […] always have bentonite clay on hand as I use it in my blackhead busting blackout mask (a real miracle worker!) and my DIY all-natural detoxifying deodorant. I also apply a detox clay […]

    September 10, 2013 • 9:37 am •
  21. Tobago Diva

    Just bought my supplies… Waiting until Saturday to try it out… #excited

    September 17, 2013 • 12:53 pm •
  22. Just bought my supplies and realized the bottle says not to use activated charcoal when nursing. I assume this is referring to ingesting and not topically. Is it safe to use on the skin when nursing?

    September 26, 2013 • 11:19 am •
  23. Misty

    Trying this am. Lil too much water maybe. I have my capsules all emptied into a glass jar to use for my charcoal brushing. So that amount may be inaccurate. Intrigued by this. How often does one apply?

    October 15, 2013 • 5:19 am •
  24. Just out of curiosity, would this stay if you made a larger amount at one time. I have a few friends who are paying 60 dollars at Sephora for a jar that is very similar in ingredients but with added chemicals. I would love to be able to slip a small jar into their Christmas goody bags but want to know if it is safe to store.

    October 15, 2013 • 3:49 pm •
  25. Nadia

    You would need to add a preservative – because of the water it could mold/go bad.

    October 15, 2013 • 3:57 pm •
  26. Misty

    I think I added a tad too much water. It was SO cool though. It did stain my face ;( More like got stuck in my pores. I massaged some coconut oil in and was able to clean it out. Amaze. Will do again. (: I would totally give as gift w lil add water directions and a lil pamper thing <3

    October 16, 2013 • 1:15 pm •
  27. Margarita

    I am interested in the use of the activated charcoal while nursing. Is it ok to use on the skin?

    October 23, 2013 • 3:33 pm •
  28. Eileen

    So I am intrigued. I spend way too much time in front of the mirror squeezing my pores clean only to have them clogg up again the next day. Despite tons of OTC treatments plus proactiv nothing works. I am cautiously hopeful that this will work for me.

    November 19, 2013 • 4:04 pm •
  29. Carolyn

    I am ISO of acne scar repair. My face is starting to clear up but after years of acne, my once, spotless face is scared….it is so upsetting to look at my wedding pictures. It was caused from a medication I no longer take… to undo years of damage, natural, and DYI?

    November 19, 2013 • 8:12 pm •
  30. debbie forsythe

    Where do you get the ingedenants?

    besides the internet?????

    November 20, 2013 • 11:56 am •
  31. Tobago Diva

    Just made a batch and it was lumpy (used it still though)… Next time, I’ll pretend I’m making a cake and add the liquid a little at a time, stirring in between,.

    November 23, 2013 • 11:24 am •
  32. Miranda

    Can I mix up a bigger batch of this, like maybe 5x, but just leave out the water? Then I could give it as a gift.

    November 25, 2013 • 10:17 am •
  33. Nadia

    Oh definitely! You could put it in a cute glass jar and maybe give a little wooden spoon ( too with some instructions. That’s a great idea 🙂

    November 25, 2013 • 10:22 am •
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    December 8, 2013 • 5:10 pm •
  35. I did this mask today and it was delightful! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

    December 29, 2013 • 4:51 pm •
  36. Lisa P

    I love activated charcoal powder and all it can do. But how did you keep it from staining your face?

    January 9, 2014 • 3:12 pm •
  37. Nadia

    Activated charcoal does not stain skin.

    January 9, 2014 • 6:06 pm •
  38. Nicole

    About to try with liquid bentonite clay. Not sure what difference that will make to the measurements – maybe a tsp and a 1/2 instead of the 1/2?

    March 18, 2014 • 5:41 pm •
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  40. Sarina

    Let me just say that I am so excited that I have come across your site! I have tried out the facial exfoliant and am currently ENJOYING this mask.
    Can’t wait to make a few more purchases so I can try out more!

    Thanks for all of the awesome post. 🙂

    April 9, 2014 • 8:54 pm •
  41. Jenelle

    So, I made another similar mask only it was made w/ coconut oil, baking soda, and then charcoal. I put it in a plastic bowl, mixed it with a wooden spoon and then…covered it in tin foil. It was only after four days that I realized that I may have jeopardized all my work by using the tin foil to cover it. So I’m asking: is the mixture still okay to use? Or did using the tin foil as a covering compromise the whole thing and I should just mix up a new batch?

    Thank you for your advice in advance!

    April 14, 2014 • 11:13 pm •
  42. Nadia

    Did the foil touch the mask? I’m not 100% sure but I’d think if they didn’t come in direct contact, then you’re OK.

    April 15, 2014 • 7:15 am •
  43. Rimsa

    Does it work for whiteheads?

    April 15, 2014 • 4:38 pm •
  44. can i use something else beacase i dont have clay

    April 25, 2014 • 10:36 am •
  45. Nadia

    Well without the clay it’s just activated charcoal…

    April 25, 2014 • 1:38 pm •
  46. Kayla

    Just ordered everything, looking forward to giving it a try! I was going to get the GlamGlow mask until I saw someone comment to do this instead.

    April 25, 2014 • 9:53 pm •
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    April 30, 2014 • 7:02 pm •
  48. Nadia

    Hope you enjoy 🙂

    May 7, 2014 • 9:06 pm •
  49. Shelby

    Could you use honey instead of water ?!

    May 8, 2014 • 6:30 pm •
  50. Tried this today, my skin feels super soft now and it was so easy to do. For the comments regarding the staining, I experienced the same problem and it got stuck in my pores but I used a “norwex” cloth to wipe my face after rinsing the mask off and followed with a bit of Arran oil to moisturizer and that fixed the problem 🙂 excited to see the long term results!

    May 28, 2014 • 10:37 pm •
  51. Since I’m a bit older than you girls (55) I used Apple Cider Vinegar instead of water-I also use it as a toner & followed up with a honey/lavender oil masque. After the charcoal masque-skin did glow-pores looked smaller! I have Manaku honey from New Zealand-quite pricey here in USA & a few drops of a pure lavender essential oil-put it in a container with tight lid so I can use again! How often do you use the charcoal masque? My blackheads aren’t huge but cover my nose! I’m thinking of making a double recipe of it & using on my husbands back! He could shower it off! Has anyone tried it for body/back? Guys who work outside & sweat a lot tend to get them

    July 11, 2014 • 10:53 pm •
  52. Lacey Fugitt

    Hi! My boyfriend and I are going to do this as soon as I get all the ingredients in the mail. Should he avoid putting the mask over his facial hai

    July 14, 2014 • 6:57 pm •
  53. Dina Z

    Hi, I’ve tried this and loved it! I was wondering if i could add any essential oils to this mask?

    August 11, 2014 • 6:20 pm •
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    August 27, 2014 • 12:03 am •
  55. This looks simply AMAZING and I cannot wait to try! Do you ever add any essential oils to this recipe?

    September 2, 2014 • 11:56 am •
  56. Weirdly I tried t comment a day or two ago and it didn’t seem to work.. anyway, Do you ever add any essential oils to this? Would that even work?

    September 3, 2014 • 6:11 pm •
  57. Nadia

    No, I just haven’t had time to moderate comments! Yep, a few drops will do ya:

    September 3, 2014 • 7:26 pm •
  58. Lily

    Will it clog my sink?

    September 8, 2014 • 9:41 pm •
  59. Finally did this last night. I used fuller’s earth clay because I couldn’t get my hands on any bentonite.. I also added a few drops of lavender but I swear I think the charcoal ate it… Next time I will need to use less water.. but it worked so well and felt so good! Thanks for sharing this. It’s like the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Origins mask I used to love, but now I get to make it for a fraction of the cost. Awesome! I love the other commenter’s idea of making up a dry batch to give as gifts. That’s on my to-do list now!

    September 14, 2014 • 10:34 pm •
  60. Amy

    I am enjoying exploring your blog and all the great recipes. Haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds great.
    NOTE: Bentonite clay has many great properties from things I have read, but one property it has that I haven’t seen anyone mention is its abilities to absorb water. It is much like concrete in its make-up and thus can do some really nasty stuff to your drains. A face mask has such small quantities that over time, it would take time to build up. Not wanting to be a Debbie Downer, but just something I hadn’t seen anyone mention.
    I am excited to go home and try this, just think I will wipe my face and throw the mask in the garbage.

    September 22, 2014 • 3:21 pm •
  61. I want to try this! My acne has cleared up, but I’ve been getting some blackheads. Hope it works for me too! 🙂 Did you notice an improvement after 1 use?

    September 22, 2014 • 6:52 pm •
  62. Kristine

    I have been using face dr soap and mositurizer for almost a year. It has helped. But I was still getting cystic acne. I was put on medication and am almost done. I have not seen huge improvements. I went out and bought the ingrediants for this mask. I took my make up off with coconut oil and a baby wipe. Used the mask, washed it off and use witch hazel with rose hip as a toner. My skin feels amazing!
    How often do you do the mask?

    September 25, 2014 • 8:48 pm •
  63. Nadia

    Hey, Kristine! I used to do this mask weekly. Now I do it every other week (alternating with the deep clean green mask) AND a manuka honey mask once a week (

    Coconut oil does clog pores. If it works for you, great! But if it doesn’t, that’s why. I personally prefer jojoba oil (I talk more about face oils here

    September 25, 2014 • 8:58 pm •
  64. Nadia

    Yay that makes me so happy! Once a week or every other week if I decide to use a different mask.

    October 2, 2014 • 10:47 am •
  65. Susannah

    Trying this today. How long does this mask last? Does refrigeration help its shelf life? Wondering how many weeks or months it stays good. Thank you!

    October 11, 2014 • 12:17 pm •
  66. Olivia

    I read a lot of the comments on here about the black charcoal staining or sticking in your pores. I realized this too when I made the mask with water. Instead mixing it with water try mixing in with honey. 🙂 That’s what I usually do and it does not stain your fave. I did notice that it did stay in my pores on my nose but I just scrubbed it with a facial brush and now my pores are clear. Great post by the way!

    October 25, 2014 • 12:32 pm •
  67. Nadia

    Thanks so much, Olivia! So happy it works for you 🙂 The honey is a great tip!

    October 26, 2014 • 9:10 am •
  68. Hi Nadia, is the link that you put for the activated charcoal on this post okay to use for teeth whitening as well? On your post about using activated charcoal for teeth whitening, you had a link to activated coconut shell charcoal, but I was wondering if the one you put on here is fine to use for that.

    November 18, 2014 • 2:51 pm •
  69. Nadia

    Oh, yep! I just started buying the coconut shell one more recently which is why you’ll see it in more recent posts 🙂 Good luck and let us know how it works out for you!!

    November 18, 2014 • 6:12 pm •
  70. Sasha

    Am I the only one who had horrible black blocked pore all over my face?! Did I missed some thing? (I add 1/2 tsp matcha green tea,1/2 tea spoon turmeric herbal powder,2 drops of tea tree oil )

    November 24, 2014 • 10:13 am •
  71. Jen

    I have a bulk jar of charcoal. Does anyone know how much in teaspoons of the charcoal to add. I don’t have a scale that measures .2 grams.

    December 2, 2014 • 11:08 pm •
  72. ala

    can I use replacement for the bentonite clay

    December 31, 2014 • 8:37 pm •
  73. Jack

    Is it ok if I buy and use the gluten free capsules. They are the only ones I can find.

    January 9, 2015 • 8:20 pm •
  74. Michelle

    I just tried the mask with Moroccan red clay, and my skin feels amazing!! The health food store was out of bentonite clay. I moisturized with coconut oil, a personal favorite! I didn’t measure, just made a nice goopy paste.

    January 18, 2015 • 5:16 pm •
  75. Nadia

    Nice! Thanks for sharing!

    January 18, 2015 • 5:35 pm •
  76. I just took off the mask like literally 10 min ago, and I got to have to share how great the mask is. At first I was afraid the mask will “stain” my skin, but it was not. All I did was mixing 2 capsules of Activated Charcoal (brand is Nature’s Way)(green cap), 1/2 teaspoon of Bentonite Clay (brand is Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay) and 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar Organic Raw-Unfiltered with the ‘Mother’ (brand is Bragg). I mix them up and add some more Bentonite clay or ACV or both until the mixture is barely runny because for me, it is easier to spread on my face. I applied it on my skin and waited for 15 minutes; I washed it off with warm-hot water in the shower to make it less messy. The result is amazing because my face was not as dry as just bentonite clay + ACV alone, and my face feels like baby. Again, it did not stain my skin, whatsoever. This mask is a must-try.

    January 20, 2015 • 3:31 am •
  77. Nadia

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    January 20, 2015 • 3:52 pm •
  78. Catherine Mwangi

    Hi Nadia I came across your blog four days ago and decided to try this mask – coal and clay. Thing is, I can’t have it on for more than 3 minutes as my face simply goes on fire… Like I feel as though I’m burning. The first time, I put it on for about 5 minutes and had to dash to the shower! Today, I didn’t last 3 minutes with it. Is this normal? Has anyone experienced this before?
    I really like how it makes my skin feel, smooth and all… But the fire-effect is worrying! Please help.

    January 22, 2015 • 12:09 pm •
  79. Nadia

    Wow no I’ve never had that and have no idea why that would happen… do you just mix it with water?

    January 27, 2015 • 1:12 pm •
  80. How often would you recommend using it as a spot treatment? They always say to do a mask once or twice a week, but do you think it would be ok to use every other day until the spots have subsided? I used it once this week and it did wonders for the pain and overall swelling!

    February 3, 2015 • 10:38 am •
  81. Nadia

    Awesome! As for spot treatment – I suppose as often as you feel you need it!

    February 5, 2015 • 4:35 pm •
  82. Hello! I just tried this mask, and it made my skin look sunburnt… Is this normal??

    February 7, 2015 • 12:37 pm •
  83. Nadia

    Oh boy… not for me but everyone is different. Did it last long? Maybe the clay was a little too drying for your skin…?

    February 10, 2015 • 12:16 pm •
  84. I just got through trying this. I exfoliated this morning to prepare my skin. I still got the staining that others have mentioned, along with red skin. I exfoliated again using a baking soda and water paste and got the stain off. The redness has gone away and my skin is super soft. Thanks for the recipe.

    March 9, 2015 • 9:47 pm •
  85. Nadia

    Honestly that FASCINATES me because I have never once gotten the staining!! But I’m glad that you are happy now that everything is complete! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

    March 10, 2015 • 8:32 am •
  86. Maika

    Hi Nadia! I was planning on giving this to a friend of mine as a gift but I don’t know how to package it. 🙂 Do I simply mix both ingredients together in huge quantities, place it in a jar, and ask my friend to get a teaspoon of the mixture to mix with water? 🙂 Or is there some sort of base I can use to mix both and still be able to add water? 🙂 Thank you so much for this recipe! It’s done me wonders and I really am excited to share this with my friend as a surprise for her birthday. 🙂

    March 15, 2015 • 9:12 am •
  87. Nadia

    What a great idea! When I gift face masks, I usually just mix the dry ingredients in a jar and add a tag with the ingredients & instructions that say to mix about a teaspoon of the mask mix with either water, raw honey (it they’re not vegan), or ACV depending on their skin needs (honey is nourishing and ACV is more deep-cleaning while water is good for any skin type).

    March 16, 2015 • 6:49 pm •
  88. Addie

    Can you tell me if I can make a larger batch of this mask and store it?

    April 3, 2015 • 8:28 am •
  89. Nadia

    If you use water, likely no – it can mold and you don’t want that.

    April 3, 2015 • 8:42 am •
  90. Brianna

    Hi Nadia! So I’m curious about using bentonite clay if you have a copper iud. I was about to do an armpit detox but then noticed how it said not to let it come in contact with metal and I was worried it would have some sort of effect on my iud or something. Oh and also anything about using this stuff while nursing?? Thank you!!

    April 28, 2015 • 9:51 am •
  91. I just applied the mask to my face. I used lemon juice rather than of water and I put eucalyptus drops and tea tree. It made enough for 2 applications. I also steamed my face before i applied the mask. After I thought you could put the eucalyptus in the steam bath before applying the mask. I just washed the mask off. My face is a bit red, next time I will try it without the lemon juice. BUT, my face feels AB FAB, thank you so much for sharing. I cannot wait to see my skin after using this for a couple months. With your scrub and face oil suggestions.

    April 28, 2015 • 7:36 pm •
  92. Kelli

    Hi after i used this i had a breakout like i have never had, iam assuming it oulled stuff to the surface… Anybody experoence this?

    May 5, 2015 • 9:55 pm •
  93. Nadia

    Oh no! I never have but I’m not sure of anyone else. Yes, sometimes when your skin “purges” it can seem to get worse before it gets better.

    May 6, 2015 • 11:21 am •
  94. Jane Smith

    This looks like so much fun! I love making natural clay masks with my friends. Nothing beats putting on a face mask and watching a good movie with the girls! Thanks for this.

    June 1, 2015 • 2:19 pm •
  95. Brandi

    I cant wait to make this. Also for those seeking to give as a gift I found this jar on amazon, kinda goes together I suppose. . . Just don’t add the water.

    June 7, 2015 • 11:46 pm •
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  98. Viviana

    Id really like to use this but after I use the mask, will more blackheads appear on my face? Like those creams that take out all the dirt, so youre face is filled with more blackheads and you have to apply the mask for a month or whatever, and after that time of using it your face is clean

    August 20, 2015 • 2:08 pm •
  99. Orani Cosmetics

    I am prone to blackheads around my nose so will give this a try!

    September 8, 2015 • 8:46 am •
  100. Sophie Rose

    Hi girl! I just wanted to send you some virtual praises for your website and the awesome blog entries, information, and recipes you share. I love natural health and am always on an adventure to find new ways to improve my own health as well as others’. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and being so passionate about this facet of life. I have taken great note of what you’ve shared and plan to implement it into my healthcare regimen as well as promote it to my friends and family. You’re beautiful, witty, and inspiring.

    Wishing you the best in all of your life endeavors,

    Sophie Rose

    September 18, 2015 • 12:31 am •
  101. Tonnya Juhnke

    I was wondering how long this mask would last and if I could bottle it? Do i need something to preserve it? this might sound odd but I am just learning all these new natural things and would like to put together baskets for my family this christmas.

    October 10, 2015 • 10:17 am •
  102. Nadia

    You always have to be VERY careful with DIYs that contain water. I’d just give them the powder and instructions for adding their own water, honey, or ACV on an as-need basis when they plan to apply the mask.

    October 12, 2015 • 8:29 pm •
  103. Nora Nolt

    I have been using bentonite paste for years and was considering marketing the paste. However it turns moldy. I saw your recommendation about adding a preservative and was wondering what you would recommend.

    October 19, 2015 • 3:52 am •
  104. Hi- How often do you recommend applying this mask? Thanks!

    October 21, 2015 • 11:12 am •
  105. Nadia

    Hi, Cheri. Well that’s really up to you! I like to apply this one or the DIY Deep Clean Green Mask (wince both are great at clearing pores) once a week.

    November 3, 2015 • 10:09 am •
  106. Vicky

    I followed the intructions perfectly but when I washed off the mask my pores were died black and I couldn’t wash it out until I scrubbed a bunch of times into the next day. But my skin was so damn soft!! Any tips?? Am I not breaking it up enough?? Thanks!!!

    November 10, 2015 • 10:45 pm •
  107. Sharon

    Nadia thank you so much for displaying your great skin care help.
    I do wear make up now but hope to be able to make sun damage spots
    disappear over time.

    My question is which oil can I use to remove make up before cleansing and toning.

    Also which do you use in regards to refined or not refined oils.
    Thanks Nadia your information so helpful.

    November 11, 2015 • 7:57 pm •
  108. Brandi

    hahaha, I put in two caps and it seemed like too much, sure enough when I clicked on the activated charcoal you use it was about half of what is in a capsule of what I was using. Maybe now it will work better, I’ve been have a problem with activated charcoal getting trapped in my pores.

    November 12, 2015 • 1:21 am •
  109. Sylvia

    Just used this mask and loved it! My skin feels so soft 🙂 Only problem..after I finished using it, I realized that I missed reading the part about not using metal utensils to stir it. Does that mean that the mask was ruined and won’t actually do anything for me skin?

    November 26, 2015 • 6:18 pm •
  110. Sylvia

    Just used this mask and loved it! My skin feels so soft 🙂 Only problem..after I finished using it, I realized that I missed reading the part about not using metal utensils to stir it. Does that mean that the mask was ruined and won’t actually do anything for my skin?

    November 26, 2015 • 6:19 pm •
  111. Nadia

    Hi, Sylvia. Yay that’s great to hear! No, don’t worry. But don’t do it again LOL 🙂

    November 27, 2015 • 11:44 am •
  112. Kesh

    I bought everything from whole foods. Great mask, let’s see what three months of this can do for my skin. Would this help with declaration?

    December 15, 2015 • 7:39 pm •
  113. Jami

    Hey ! What can I use in place of bentonite clay? Can o use diatomaceous earth?

    December 21, 2015 • 11:28 am •
  114. Nadia

    Is there a reason you don’t want to use bentonite clay? It’s really a fantastic healing clay that I think belongs in everyone’s natural medicine cabinet/beauty bag.

    December 21, 2015 • 12:22 pm •
  115. Mali

    I love this recipe. I added a teaspoon of honey and 2 drops of lavender to mine.
    I bought a bag of charcoal because it was on sale and had no idea what to do with it. I wonder if I can use it in my hair?

    December 28, 2015 • 11:10 am •
  116. Nadia

    Awesome! Have you tried using it to whiten your teeth yet? Activated charcoal: The unlikely all-natural teeth whitener

    December 30, 2015 • 4:16 pm •
  117. Frances

    I just read an article that said this stuff is great — any clay mask — but NOT to let it harden on our skin. Once it starts to dry, wash it off right away.

    January 14, 2016 • 3:21 pm •
  118. Nadia

    Yeah it can make your skin a little itchy when it starts to dry.

    January 14, 2016 • 3:42 pm •
  119. Holly Skeen

    I am new to the DYI all natural, face washes, masks, etc. Trying it out and sometimes it is very confusing! I just bought some Activated Charcoal and am dying to try it on my face tonight to rid my blackheads and clear my large pores. I’ve used some store bought charcoal products that I like, but want to try more natural products. Right now I do not have any type of clay, what can I use instead of clay to get similar results (the clay is on my must purchase list)? I have raw honey, jojoba oil, coconut oil, Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, baking soda. Any recommendations? HELP! I’m clueless. 🙂

    January 14, 2016 • 9:12 pm •
  120. Holly Skeen

    New to your blog…. becoming slightly obsessed. I really like all the information you are giving and it is giving me so much help since I am such a newbie!! I have all of this stuff I have bought (thanks Pinterest) and no clue what to do with it!

    In addition to what I listed that I have, raw honey, jojoba oil, coconut oil, Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, baking soda. I also have, aloe vera gel, rosehip oil, tea tree oil, extra virgin olive oil and castor oil. I bought some of this for dyi hair masks, but what can I use that I listed with the activated charcoal to make a mask that will work just as great as yours, until I can get some clay?

    Thanks so much!! 🙂

    January 14, 2016 • 9:32 pm •
  121. Nadia

    Hey, Holly! I’d try mixing it with the honey, though the charcoal-clay combo is a real winner so I definitely suggest getting your hands on that. Enjoy 🙂

    January 15, 2016 • 3:36 pm •
  122. Nadia

    Hi, Sophie Rose! OMG I have no idea how your lovely comment missed my radar but it just absolutely made my day! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy to have you as a reader 🙂 Wishing you all the best as well.

    February 19, 2016 • 11:29 am •
  123. kate

    Regarding what kind of utensil to use – Dont u think charcoal/clay is more likely to pull toxins from plastic than metal?

    February 24, 2016 • 12:36 am •
  124. Melannie

    Hi, I love your website. I stumbled on it yesterday after reading the ingredients on a really good anti-wrinkle cream. Yuck! So going to start making my own healthy cosmetics. I already have some oils and the black charcoal so I just need the bentonite. Just a quick thought about the plastic spoon. If charcoal can leach from metals they can leach BPA’s and other toxins from plastic. I mean water alone is doing this as recent research is showing, so I would stick to a wooden spoon or your finger since the petrochemical derivatives in plastic are hormone disruptors and will only make your skin react worse. Just an idea 🙂 ALso would love to hear your opinon of Calendula oil!

    February 24, 2016 • 4:22 am •
  125. Nadia

    Plastics are typically more readily leached by liquid. As far as I understand, metal is the specific issue here (plus a lot of clays are sold in plastic jars so I would hope plastic would be a nonissue!).

    February 24, 2016 • 7:54 am •
  126. Isabel

    Bueno leí lo de los aceites pues yo me limpio la cara con el de almendras i me funciona

    March 1, 2016 • 8:08 pm •
  127. Mir

    Can’t wait to try this!! Would European clay powder work instead of the bentonite clay because that’s all I have? I’m not sure if anyone would know what European clay powder is good for (cause I don’t) but if anyone does that’d be helpful!

    March 8, 2016 • 10:17 pm •
  128. Nadia

    I believe it will! They’re probably different in some aspects (I don’t know much about it) but if it’s all you have…

    March 10, 2016 • 8:16 am •
  129. Gia

    Hi! I’ve been really excited to try this mask. The activated charcoal I bought is organic and in vegetarian capsules. I just opened it up. …and they are white? !? Will they still work?

    March 12, 2016 • 12:31 pm •
  130. Nadia

    So weird! I’m not quite sure what to think… I’d personally assume all charcoal should be black…? Perhaps the company says something about this on their website?

    March 13, 2016 • 2:29 pm •
  131. Karina

    Hi Nadia,

    Excited about this mask! Just tried it tonight for the first time!

    Do you simply rinse this off in the sink?

    I had such a hard time rinsing it off. Not that it wasn’t coming off, (it was ..gradually) but it just took such a long time and I felt like I was wasting tons of water, “splash, splash splash, splash..just keep splashing..”. I eventually gave up and just took a bath to remove it all. I was afraid that if I didn’t some would be leftover in my hairline that could potentially stain my sheets.

    It will be a lovely weekly evening ritual, I’m sure. Thanks for all you do!

    March 30, 2016 • 12:06 am •
  132. Jade

    I have really bad blackheads how many times a week should I do this?

    March 31, 2016 • 8:27 pm •
  133. Kami

    I stumbled upon your 5 Face Oils post while I was looking into using face oils on Pinterest. I invested in some jojoba and rose hip oil and haven’t looked back! I’ve done the blackout mask twice in the last week, following it up with the jojoba and rose hip oil, and my skin hasn’t felt better. I’ve always struggled with dry, flaky skin in patches on my face, and blackheads on my nose and chin. So far this change is working better than anything else I’ve tried!

    April 11, 2016 • 1:40 pm •
  134. Cassie

    instead of using the capsules of it cause i don’t want to buy them, could u not just take normal charcoal and like scrape some off and use it.

    May 3, 2016 • 1:14 pm •
  135. Nadia

    Activated charcoal and regular charcoal are two very different things.

    May 3, 2016 • 1:28 pm •
  136. Joanna

    I need your HELP!! My surprise party is coming up in four months and I need to fix my skin problems in a NATURAL way (i too believe in natural DIY methods like yoU! )

    My skin problems:

    1) Face is VERY OILY ( i have to wash it 2x per day). Most of it is oily skin, but I have a few areas (cheeks, forehead) that have dry, flaky skin!

    2) I have taken Accutane pills for 6 months and my acne is back after 2 months! The accutane pills managed to get rid of 50% of my acne only.

    3) I have atleast 2 new pimples daily and i have huge clogged pores. My skin is very sensitive! I can’t even put turmeric on my face too long, it starts stinging my face.

    So, what to do about all this? any other ideas besides the black out mask?

    I want to try your facial oil blend for oily skin/acne or can you recommend one special oil blend for me that will solve all the above problems?

    You state the following on your site:
    “*This is a 3% dilution”. What does that mean? I can’t simply just add the lavender and frankincense oils to the blend?

    Last thing, I have sent you an email at your email address b/c I do not wish to ask certain questions on this blog, please take the time to reply. Thank you!


    My passions: DIY AND ORGANIC projects/stuff ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2016 • 9:27 pm •
  137. Joanna

    Hello Nadia,
    Thank you so much for the lovely advice.
    This is USEFUL information that I think everyone needs to know.

    Please take the time to reply back to the emails I sent you last week.I do not wish to discuss things on this blog.


    May 6, 2016 • 4:26 pm •
  138. Sonia

    Wow, I have NEVER done any facials, never worn any makeup till today because I have extremely sensitive skin and I do not like exposing my body to chemicals. I just want to let you know that today, for the first time EVER, I have done my own DIY black mask facials and IT FEELS GREAT.
    This really worked. I have recommended your site to other ladies at work and also to my sisters and cousins (about 13 of them). They curiously looking into this site and I know they will love it! Once again, thank you so much for all this. I don’t know why our health care practioners/physicians ever talk about this stuff with us. It just seems so important!


    May 6, 2016 • 4:33 pm •
  139. Courtney Ramm

    So, this is my favorite diy mask I’ve found since transitioning to a all around healthier lifestyle. So, thank you for that! But, do you think this can be made ahead of time and stored in a jar, this way I don’t have to mix it every time? It creates such a mess with the ingredients flying everywhere, it’d be more convenient to have a jar of this fully mixed and ready to apply.

    May 7, 2016 • 7:31 am •
  140. Nadia

    Yay, so glad to hear it! If you’re making it with water, no. If you’re doing ACV, possibly. But either way, I’d suggest just making it on an as-need basis to prevent bacteria growth (it’s not worth the risk).

    May 8, 2016 • 10:30 am •
  141. Nadia

    Hi, Sonia! YAY I’m so glad you love the mask! And thank you so much for the kind words and telling others about Body Unburdened 🙂 Happy to have you as a new reader!!

    May 8, 2016 • 10:31 am •
  142. Sonia

    Hi Nadia,
    Sorry, I can’t find jojoba oil nor tamanu oil anywhere. I can’t order from the amazon links you provided since those companies do not ship to bc,canada. 7 of my friends and 2 sisters REALLY want to try this, where can we get these oils?

    May 9, 2016 • 8:59 pm •
  143. Alyssa

    Hi Nadia. I’ve done this mask two weeks in a row. It tightens like it’s supposed to and it’s been left on for ten minutes at a time. When I wash it off, it is bringing the blackheads a little more to the surface but they aren’t going anywhere. Then afterwards for days I continue to get blemish after blemish, which I expected. Am I missing something? I even did it twice today thinking that would help. Haha!!

    May 12, 2016 • 10:48 pm •
  144. Hi Nadia, do you think this is safe for pregnant women? Thanks!

    May 14, 2016 • 8:52 pm •
  145. Natalie

    Can you use grilling charcoal for this?

    May 17, 2016 • 5:39 pm •
  146. Nadia

    No! Activated charcoal is entirely different.

    May 24, 2016 • 8:29 pm •
  147. Michaela

    Love this recipe (along with all of your others) but after using the mask, I had to rewash my face and use my brush because the charcoal stuff in my pores…I looked like I had more blackheads when I was finished than when I started. Any suggestions?

    May 30, 2016 • 8:15 pm •
  148. Nadia

    I haven’t done it with this particular mask but I wonder if adding a little oil would help… I’ll have to experiment soon and get back to you! Using my face oil afterwards also helps lift any charcoal that remains from the pores.

    June 6, 2016 • 11:11 am •
  149. Sandy

    is there any difference between natural or charcoal made in home and active charcoal

    June 22, 2016 • 9:38 pm •
  150. La Shawan Bogues

    Hi Nadia!! I appreciate all the good info. You said that you only wash your face at night, so what is your morning routine? Do you put anything on your face?

    July 26, 2016 • 6:41 am •

    Hi there. How much is .2g of activated charcoal measured in teaspoons? I already have a bag of loose charcoal powder. So, I don’t have capsules to open. Thanks!

    July 31, 2016 • 5:18 pm •
  152. Nadia

    Hey, La Shawan! I talk about my whole routine here My Super-Simple All-Natural Skincare & Beauty Routine

    July 31, 2016 • 6:27 pm •
  153. Shelley

    I have seen where some people used water, some used honey, some used yogurt or lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Which is best to use for the charcoal mask?? Want to try. Thx so much.

    August 3, 2016 • 9:34 am •
  154. Janice

    I use the clay with raw apple cider vinegar and it makes a big difference in the feel of your skin after the mask.

    August 14, 2016 • 10:22 am •
  155. gail taneo

    Hi ! I will try this DIY of yours, maybe it would work for me.

    October 3, 2016 • 9:40 pm •
  156. Nadia

    Enjoy, Gail 🙂

    October 5, 2016 • 11:43 am •
  157. Tamara

    I had a good laugh at myself after attempting to remove it. It stained my face also and I looked like the chimney sweeper from Mary Poppins!

    October 17, 2016 • 9:49 pm •
  158. Nadia

    Oh no! Was it trapped in your pores? I hope it didn’t take much to get it out of there!

    October 24, 2016 • 9:15 pm •
  159. Izabela

    Hello! Tomorrow I’m going to buy activated charcoal capsules and try your diy teeth whitening treatment and also looking for other use of this charcoal and really like this mask – but can’t really find bentonite clay in-store near where I live. Is there any substitute to this that you can recommend/think of? Thanks a lot for your answer! Bella x

    November 4, 2016 • 6:51 am •
  160. Nadia

    French green clay is a good alternative. Do you have Amazon in the UK? They definitely have both bentonite and French green!

    November 4, 2016 • 9:59 am •
  161. Courtney

    I just tried this mask and I really wanted to like it. It was virtually impossible to wash off my face. I spent about 15-20 minutes scrubbing as hard as I could with a wash cloth and I still don’t think I got it all off – although it’s hard to tell because my face is beat red now. It also didn’t do as much for my blackheads as I was hoping for. Maybe when I wake up tomorrow my skin will look and feel great, but as of now it’s just really red and sore from not being able to get it off. I don’t know if maybe I did I did something wrong but if there’s more specific directions to follow maybe that should be clearer in the post.

    November 10, 2016 • 10:29 pm •
  162. Teisha housen

    Charocoal is good to clean teeth give you whiter teeth 2.charocoal bar soap completely rid face of acne when use with baking soda. .. …….. dirt and any dirt take toxin out of when mix with water and place on body to dry.

    December 1, 2016 • 12:21 pm •
  163. Haddie

    I do this exact mask allll the time I love it! But instead of water I use apple cider vinegar! The vinegar activates the clay. It bubbles up and works amazingly!!

    December 2, 2016 • 10:42 am •
  164. Bella

    Hi There! I have tried this mask and thought YES this is amazing, it worked as a mask and then as a scrub. But a day later when I was on a proper daylight I have seen my pores and blackheads on my chin and nose – all bit blackened!! Anyone knows why or how to prevent it? Thanks xxx

    December 14, 2016 • 8:44 am •
  165. Elena

    So after I did this mask, obviously it pulled everything out and now I have the small little bumps allover my face, what can I do to help with that? I knew this was gonna happen

    December 19, 2016 • 5:23 pm •
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  167. Tina

    How does this brand compare to other face mask brands?

    Just doing some research. 🙂

    Tina x

    January 12, 2017 • 9:24 am •
  168. Nadia

    The DIY recipe or Beautycounter’s charcoal mask? Both are fantastic, in my opinion (obviously) 🙂

    January 12, 2017 • 6:25 pm •
  169. Ayesha

    Hi Nadia- I chanced upon your website and fell in love with it. You are awesome!!

    I have normal to dry sensitive skin and wondering if you could suggest a nice face mask for my skin.

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    January 31, 2017 • 8:20 am •
  170. Ayesha

    HI Nadia,

    Can you suggest a nice face mask similar to this for normal to dry skin? I am 35 and have sensitive skin.


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