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Do It Yourself: Make Your Own PVA Glue and Charcoal Pore Peel Mask

Do It Yourself: Make Your Own PVA Glue and Charcoal Pore Peel Mask

Now that I have your attention; do not do one of these ridiculous DIY Black Charcoal Peel of Masks. Any blogger or YouTuber perpetuating this highest-order horseshit should be taken off the internet. They’re usually the same people that tell you how you can get rid of acne with Toothpaste, Sudocrem and a Lemon. Absolutely, bollocks.

However, there has been an undeniable viral trend of Peel-Off Charcoal Masks. I’ve added some and removed them from my Amazon basket many times over the last few months – but it wasn’t until I was sent the Shills Acne Purifying Peel-Off Black Mask that I have one a try.

Shills Acne Purifying Peel-Off Black Mask Charcoal

The Shills mask, bought specifically through Just Beauty is not a glue-filled dupe; it’s the real deal. The ingredients are OK and cosmetic safe. There’s even grapefruit, oat, calendula and rosemary extracts in there.

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I’ve past been a fan of the Biore pore strips; the problem with them however was that they didn’t get into the sides and crevices of my nostrils. The black masks basically offer exactly the same results yet they can get into every nook and cranny – they’re just that bit more flexible.

Bioré® Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips 6 Nose Strips. £8.39. Boots

These masks should only be used on oily areas, such as the T-Zone. Do not use a mask like this if you have dry, reaction-prone or sensitive skin. Not all products suit every skin type and this is no exception. Although the mask is titled ‘Acne’, if you actually have acne, I wouldn’t recommend this. Finally, this is for blackheads and not for spots and blemishes.

I no longer really use strips like this as although they provide great, high-impact results; they only usually remove the top section of the blocked pore. This then causes the pore head to shrink, trapping in the rest of the blockage which then turns into a spot. It’s much better to use clarifying products to remove the top of the blackhead each time and allow the skin to keep pushing the blockage out like a PEZ-dispenser.

So back the Black Mask. Apply it very thickly. You’ll also notice it’s hard to wash of your hands and is a little like PVA – so I can understand (but not forgive) why some might think that’d be a viable alternative.

Leave it on for 20-30 minutes (40-50 was best for me) and then get ready to peel off. Instead of finding a loose corner, create one by just wrinkling your nose. Then slowly and gently peel from one side to the other.

I didn’t notice that much came out; although I did get one particularly satisfying blockage out that I’d obviously been missing with conventional products. However, I did notice it removed all the micro-hairs from my nose. This did not hurt and my although my nose felt exfoliated afterwards, it did not feel sore or irritated.

Finally make sure you wash the area and apply an oil-free but well-hydrating moisturiser. This prevents the newly exposed skin cells from drying out and collapsing back into the pores causing further blockages.

Shills Acne Purifying Peel-Off Black Mask Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Charcoal Powder, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Peg-8, Arachidyl Propionate, Panthenol, Fragrance, Ethyl Linolenate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Zinc Gluconate, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

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