A facialist has warned about the dangers of those viral charcoal blackhead masks
You know those blackheads that you spend hours picking at in the mirror, well when we say you're not alone, we really mean it. Because the entire Internet is obsessed with blackheads.
Seriously the world can't get enough of them (we blame you Dr Pimple Popper).
From disgusting viral videos which we have to watch our hands to mini pore vacuum cleaners and now the latest craze of DIY blackhead peel off masks.
The masks (which we strongly don't recommend you try at home) are made with charcoal powder and glue…yes glue! But now these masks are being sold on sites like Amazon and eBay by unregulated beauty companies, and as a lot of these masks are produced abroad, they don't go through the strict process of UK ingredients regulation.
Andy Millward is a qualified facialist/aesthetician and member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology.
He took to his Facebook page to share his concerns about these peel off charcoal pore masks and trust us when we say it will make you think twice about buying one.
"To anyone tempted by or intrigued by these 'Black Charcoal Peel Off Pore Masks". DON'T. JUST DON'T!!
"They look very damaging to the skin. Literally ripping the surface layer of skin off (& probably the vellus hair with it) so of course, it's going to feel soft & smooth underneath.
"As for all those "blackheads", it pulls out. The majority of the oils pulled from the skin will be sebaceous filaments and actually needed by the skin so will be replaced within 30 days anyway to ensure healthy skin balance. Blocked pores (blackheads/comedones) are entirely different to sebum lined pores.
"As a one-off, the skin is likely to recover without issue but continued use, stripping away the skins natural oils and irritating the skin is a sure fast track to secondary skin concerns. You have been warned!"
Well, that's us told. Your skin is definitely worth more than any amount of YouTube views.
Source: Cosmopolitan UK