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…!

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
  • Yield: 1 application 1x



  • 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).

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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,.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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?

  20. 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. 🙂

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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

  26. 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

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

  28. 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?

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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?

  32. 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?

  33. 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!

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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!!

  37. 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 )

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

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

  44. 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.

  45. 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 🙂

  46. 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. 🙂

  47. 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).

  48. 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!!

  49. 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.

  50. 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?

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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!!!

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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?

  63. 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?

  64. 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?

  65. 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.

  66. 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?

  67. 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.

  68. Hello!
    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. 🙂

  69. 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!! 🙂

  70. 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 🙂

  71. 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.

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

  73. 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!

  74. 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!).

  75. 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!

  76. 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…

  77. 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?

  78. 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?

  79. 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!

  80. 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!

  81. 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.

  82. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. 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.


  84. 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!


  85. 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.

  86. 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).

  87. 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!!

  88. 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?

  89. 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!!

  90. 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?

  91. 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.

  92. 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?

  93. 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!

  94. 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.

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

  96. 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!

  97. 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

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

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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!!

  102. 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

  103. 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

  104. 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 🙂

  105. HI Nadia,

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


  106. My pores are stained black. I mean literally black I now have blackheads all over my face! Yikes. Any way to prevent this

  107. Hi Nadia,

    I get some blackheads but mostly whiteheads under my skin. However, I have really dry skin, would this mask be a good solution or is it too drying?

    Thank you,


  108. I really liked the way this felt while on. My skin feels so clean. However since washing it off my face feels really warm and looks like I have a bad sunburn. Thoughts?

  109. Hey, Amanda. Did it subside? The clay can leave the skin a little red as it dries. If you want to prevent this, you can wash it off before it dries completely and/or add a little bit of oil to the mask before applying it.

  110. I love this mask. I steam my face before applying it. And I like to warm up the mask that way it’s not cold when I apply it. But works great!!!

  111. Hi ,is betonin clay necessary? I can’t purchase it in my country since we don’t use it for anything related to body and it doesn’t come in smaller amounts

  112. With this mask, you should have some sort of clay. French green clay or kaolin clay would also work.

  113. I just tried this mask. I did a patch test first and had no reaction, however my face did not respond the same way. I washed it off a little before it was completely dry and now most of my face looks like I have a bad sunburn. It’s red and I can feel the heat coming off my skin. What could this be from? Any idea what I should do to soothe/heal my skin? Thank you.

  114. Have you ever tried using just apple cider vinegar? Instead of using 1tsp of ACV and 1.5tsp of water just using 2.5tsp of ACV?
    Just curious. Thanks!

  115. It would be extremely acidic and could irritate your skin. But you can try it if you’d like!