DIY All-Natural Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask

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This DIY All-Natural Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask is the perfect natural remedy for blackheads and blemishes! Don’t be fooled by the simple ingredients — activated charcoal and bentonite clay help to keep skin clear by drawing gunk and oil from pores. Let’s take a closer look and get rid of blackheads once and for all…!

Can you see me?

There I am! Just letting this miracle mask sink in and work its magic (and secretly hoping my sweetie 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 gently draw gunk from pores and so help eliminate blackheads like no other, 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.

So have you noticed charcoal skincare products popping up left and right recently?

Oh of course you have.

It’s definitely become quite (read: really really) trendy, but for good reason.

First things first, activated charcoal is NOT the same as regular ol’ BBQ charcoal!

Activated charcoal is made specifically for medicinal use and to be very porous.

These pores allow activated charcoal to trap impurities — why it’s used to treat poisonings and intestinal gas (fun fact!).

Activated charcoal is especially helpful when it comes to clogged pores and blackheads.

Because when applied to the skin, it acts like a magnet — drawing dirt, other gunk, and excess oil from your pores.

This Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask has become a cult classic among Body Unburdened readers.

So come, drink the Kool-Aid 😉

Because pair activated charcoal with bentonite clay and WOAH! Major blackhead banishing power couple.

Like activated charcoal, bentonite clay also draws dirt, oil, and other gunk from pores.

And let’s not forget the apple cider vinegar…

… which helps balance the skin’s pH or “acid mantle,” preventing blemish-causing bacteria from growing out of control.

DIY All-Natural Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask

Applying this mask one to two times a week can make a SERIOUS difference in the overall appearance of your skin — texture, pore size, blemishes.

So let’s get to it!


DIY All-Natural Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask

This DIY All-Natural Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask is the perfect natural remedy for blackheads and blemishes! Don’t be fooled by the simple ingredients — activated charcoal and bentonite clay help to keep skin clear by drawing gunk and oil from pores. Let’s take a closer look and get rid of blackheads once and for all…!

  • Author: Body Unburdened
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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 (always an important step when trying a new product, even if it’s all-natural!).
  • Wash your 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 will start to feel 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 your face gently with a clean towel, and apply an all-natural moisturizer.


*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.

TIP: Some readers have noted that after washing the mask off, some activated charcoal remains in their pores. Obviously, we don’t want this! So to avoid this, it’s best to gently exfoliate beforehand — preferably the night before so skin isn’t too irritated or raw before applying the mask. Otherwise, you can gently exfoliate after rinsing the mask off to remove any lingering activated charcoal. Applying a face oil afterwards also helps to loosen the activated charcoal and lift it from the pore (check out these best face oils by skin type).

Keywords: blackhead mask, homemade face mask, clay face mask

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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 Balancing Facial Mask.

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And if you’re looking to get more activated charcoal goodness in your skincare routine, you’ll love this charcoal cleansing bar from Beautycounter. It helps to gently clarify skin without stripping it and is one of my favorites.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

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

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