Charcoal Facial Mask Instructions

by Kimbry Parker ; Updated July 18, 2017

When you think of charcoal, your first thought probably goes to summer cooking on the grill, but charcoal is good for more than just delivering a tasty burger. According to, when used on your skin, charcoal draws toxins out of the pores. You could go to the salon for a pricey charcoal face mask, but if you want to save some money, try doing one at home instead.

Wash your face as usual, then pat it dry with a towel.

Mix 2 teaspoons of water and 2 teaspoons of activated charcoal into a bowl. Add a few drops of tea tree oil and mix it up well.

Spread the mixture onto your face. Avoid getting too close to your eyes and mouth when applying the mask.

Leave the mask on your face for 10 minutes. Rinse your face with warm water to remove the mask, then pat the skin dry with a towel.


  • You can buy activated charcoal at most drugstores. For an even more detoxifying effect, steam your face prior to applying the mask to open up your pores. Another recipe for a face mask is to mix 3 activated charcoal capsules, 1 teaspoon of cosmetic clay and 1 tablespoon of apple juice. Apply the mask to your face, wait 10 minutes, then rinse the skin well.

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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.