DIY Charcoal Mask/Scrub

Charcoal is the blackish residue consisting of impure carbon obtained by removing water and other volatile constituents from animal and vegetation substances.

Charcoal is usually produced in slow pyrolysis where the process is called “coalification”. The result? Soft, brittle , lightweight, black, porous material resembles as coal and is 85% to 98% carbon with the remainder consisting of volatile chemical and ash.

Activated charcoal, also known as activated charcoal or activated coal, is processed carbon from charcoal, where it is extremely porousĀ  and have a large surface area for adsorption or chemical reactions. It is commonly used in skincare products, medical purposes and etc,. Activated charcoal is far more superior than clays. It naturally soothes and absorbs environmental toxin deep within.

How to make Charcoal Mask/Scrub:

  1. Use two charcoal tablets (you may easily get them from your local drugstore).
  2. Add approximately Ā½ to 1 teaspoon of water. Leave it a few minutes. It will start to bubble as it absorbs water.
  3. Add a squirt of aloe vera gel.
  4. Add a squirt of honey.
  5. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Try not to use salt as it dehydrates your skin
  6. Mix the ingredients together.
  7. Apply on your face and leave it until dry approximately 20 – 30 minutes.
  8. Wash off the mask. While washing of massage face using circular motion for the sugar to scrub your skin.
  9. Dry, tone and moisturize your face.

I strongly recommend this for combination to oily skin type. Take good care of your skin and stay beautiful!

Enjoy and good luck!

Traclyn Yeoh
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  1. Hmm…I’ll have to try this. When I saw the title, I was like “yay! the charcoal from Memorial day wont go to waste!” but yeah I dont think I should use THAT kind. LMAO. I dont think my stores sell charcoal tablets so I’ll google it later. I need to look for DIY stuff because funds are low & beauty products are getting high! I cant NOT wash my face so I need to look for more alternatives.

    Hey, can you recommend a good drugstore brand facewash that’s good for dry/oily combo skin? I look around but I prefer asking people instead of salesladies trying to push products for kickbacks. I usually use Marykay but I wont be able to pay over $20 for stuff soon so as I’m running out, I’m looking for just a good yet easy to find items. Thanks!


  2. I don’t think I can find charcoal tablets here, but I’m going to try to look. This is pretty intriguing. I like it.
    Great post dear!

  3. Thanks for this suggestion! Found it quite interesting. My uncle dabbles in producing white charcoal. Maybe I should steal a bit from him. Hmm… Do you really need the sugar though? I though the charcoal would be abrasive enough.

  4. @Shinbi_Belldandy – There must be some in the pharmacy. They are good for relieving excess air from stomach. I will try to look for some products that I have used before in my own local drugstore but I can’t guarantee alright?

    @TheDragonFruit – Hope you enjoy it and good luck!

    @Dee – Just give it a try in the pharmacy. Ask for some assistance and I think they will have it.

    @Eli – When I did the trial and error, first I did use without sugar but because of it’s fine texture it stayed in the pores. So to avoid it, exfoliation would do good.

    @soniality – Thanks, you could give this a try.

  5. *looks tentatively at my medicine supply*

    i guess i won’t be doing it… now. the charcoal pills can really save you from a terrible fate of purging in the toilet! lol. especially in India where food and water can be quite dirty. perhaps will try this when i get back, concept is pretty much similar to aspirin masks.
    thanks for sharing!

  6. @yahui – Hehe, wait till you come back from India then. Then have fun with all the things you’ve missed in Malaysia. Yeah the concept is almost the same but aspirin has salicylic acid which is good for acne skin, whereas this is good for oil absorption.

  7. @voguefemme – OMG!! I forgot to tell you! One or 2 of the magazines you show on your blog I found at Barnes & Noble!! I was gonna buy it but some asswipe ripped open the package & stole the free make up thing. My gosh, I dont get people. I’m gonna see if I can subscribe to them. If not, I’ll try to find one that’s not ripped open!!

  8. @Shinbi_Belldandy – Oh dear, how much is it in USD and some itchy hands actually stole it? I don’t think it should be expensive over there, right? Yeah at least to one is going to rip your subscription magazines. But you might want to worry if any passerby take it away.

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