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Charcoal Face Mask DIY

This clay and charcoal mask has countless benefits!

By: Toby Kuhnke, Editor,
Charcoal Face Mask DIY
Charcoal Face Mask DIY
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This DIY charcoal face mask is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Gather your ingredients, mix, and you're good to go. Apply it for approximately 25 minutes, or until you can feel your heartbeat pulsing in your face. Honestly, if you feel like your face is being ripped away from your skull, you're doing it right.

Charcoal face masks are known for reducing impurities in the skin and helping with acne. Tea tree oil is another key ingredient for this purpose. Our editor uses this face mask once a week. Note that your face will be red for about 30 minutes after, and you'll want to moisturize as well. Be careful what you watch on TV while you do this mask; if you laugh too much, it'll crack and fall all over your nice rug.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueBath and Beauty


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Calcium bentonite clay
  • Activated charcoal
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Tea tree oil
  • Two small bowls, either glass, ceramic, or plastic
  • Plastic spoon


Note: Do not use metal bowls or utensils. Metal deactivates the calcium bentonite. Only use glass, plastic, or ceramic tools.

  1. Mix together 2 tablespoons of calcium bentonite clay and 2 capsules of activated charcoal in a small glass bowl. You'll need to twist the activated charcoal capsules so they come apart.

  2. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2-4 drops of tea tree oil. 

  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Applying the Mask

  1. Apply this mask to your face for approximately 25 minutes. As it dries and hardens, you'll be able to feel your heartbeat pulsing in your face. If your face feels tight, you're doing it right. 

  2. Try not to move your face too much (laughing etc) while wearing the mask as it could crack and land on your couch, carpet, etc.

  3. Wash off the mask with warm water in a bowlPut warm water on your hands and gently remove mask over a bowl, then throw the used mask away. You can wash it down the sink as well, but this mixture is basically cement and if you do this enough times you'll need to unblock the sink eventually.

  4. Note that your face will be red for about 30 minutes after, and you'll want to moisturize as well.

  5. Use this mask once a week to help strip your face of impurities.

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I've heard that charcoal face masks are great for clearing out pores, and with my blemish-prone skin I could definitely use this mask. I've also heard that activated charcoal is great for whitening teeth, which is another incentive to buy some to make this mask.


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