Even though charcoal face masks might not be the best solution to your skin problems, the main ingredient charcoal does have some benefits. First, though, we need to make it clear that the charcoal in question isn’t the stuff you put in your barbecue grill.
The charcoal used for skin care is what’s known as activated charcoal. It just means it has been treated to increase its absorbency. And activated charcoal isn’t anything new .it’s been around for years. In fact, it got its start in the emergency room as a treatment for accidental poisonings and overdoses.
In this case, the charcoal absorbs the foreign substance before it has a chance to enter the bloodstream. Activated charcoal can be used in a similar way just by spreading it on your skin. The charcoal first draws bacteria, toxins, chemicals, dirt, oil, and other micro-particles to the surface of the skin.
It then absorbs those foreign substances and carries them away when you rinse the charcoal off your face. Unlike other masks, with charcoal face masks, you don’t wash them off, you rip them off. And despite the lofty claims these masks make (which we’ll discuss next), what happens when you peel off a charcoal face mask is less than desirable.
As discussed, the charcoal face mask does absorb oil and remove dead skin cells. But it does this in an extremely aggressive way that can actually damage your skin. First, the mask removes all the natural oils that sit on the surface of your skin.
And we mean ALL the natural oils. “That’s great!” you say. Wrong! Those oils act as a barrier that protects your skin from dust, bacteria, dirt, UV rays—anything from the outside that can harm your skin. When you rip off that charcoal mask, you’re exposing your skin to all kinds of nasty stuff in the air around you. And that’s not the worst of it. When the mask dries, it adheres to everything on your face. and we mean EVERYTHING.
Sure it gets the dirt, but it also gets the hair, the top layer of skin (the stratum corneum), and even sebaceous filaments (often mistaken as blackheads). Just to reinforce the point, sebaceous filaments, like the natural oils, are there to protect your skin from harmful bacteria floating around in your environment.
So, when you rip off a charcoal face mask, you are essentially ripping off your top layer of skin and everything that is there to protect the deeper layers. Ouch! When compared to the charcoal face mask, the difference is obvious. SIO’s skin patches are not messy, easy to apply and remove, and don’t cause any pain.
They heal wrinkled skin better than any mask ever could. And because they are reusable up to fifteen times, SIO’s skin patches are priced competitively to that tube of charcoal face mask you’ve been contemplating. Don’t get us wrong.
We’re not saying that these claims are false. Face masks absorb oil, dirt, and toxins and cleanse pores because of the presence of activated charcoal. The face masks also remove blackheads and exfoliate your skin thanks to the active ingredients in them. But the problem is not what the charcoal mask does, but the way it does it.
Simply put, the process REALLY hurts. Most masks even say this right on the bottle. But products and practices that cause pain on the skin of your face, neck, and chest are not good. Pain means that something is wrong and here’s what actually happens.
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