DIY Charcoal Clay Mask for Acne

DIY Charcoal Clay Mask for Acne

DIY Charcoal Clay Mask for Acne

Do you need to add a kick to your face mask? I know I do. My weekly clay mask was starting to get boring, a little too predictable and routine. I wanted to add a boost and surprise my skin with some TLC.

After the holidays my skin is looking a little spent. I want my summer glow back, and fast!

This is the perfect mask to purify and detox tired, congested skin. Let’s wake our skin up and give it what it needs!

What you’ll need:

  • Bentonite Clay
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • 1 Small Bowl
  • Measuring spoons

Let’s get glowing!

1. Bentonite Clay

Start with 15 ml of Bentonite clay. My favourite, as always, is the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, click to read my whole review here. Bentonite Clay is always super affordable and works wonders! On it’s own, it helps to draw out toxins and purify your skin.

2. Charcoal Powder

1 Charcoal tab. Open and empty the powder into your bowl. If you have this in powder form only, you’ll need about half a teaspoon – This stuff packs a punch! I use Nature’s Way Acitvated Charcoal.

Activated charcoal helps by drawing out bacteria, chemicals, dirt and other toxins that might be hiding in your pores. With the help of Bentonite Clay, you’ll be saying hello to beautiful skin in no time!

You’ll be left with a cookies and creme powder, looks almost good enough to eat.

Another amazing thing about home made masks – you know what’s going into your mask. No harmful chemicals, parabens, toxins or fragrances. In this case, all of these products are technically edible, although I wouldn’t recommend it. If it drips onto your lip and you somehow ingest a little bit, you wont need to go to the ER.

3. Tea Tree and Lavender Oil

Now you’ll want to add in your favourite essential oils.

1 drop of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is known for it’s antimicrobial and anti fungal properties, proving to be an affective topical treatment.

1 drop of lavender oil. Just like tea tree oil, lavender oil contains antimicrobial properties. It soothes and nourishes your skin which helps treat acne, heal skin, and reduce the appearance of scars.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

15 ml (equal parts to powder) of Apple Cider Vinegar. It is known to kill acne causing bacteria, balance PH levels, remove dirt, oil and makeup and dissolves dead surface skin cells, pulling dirt and gunk to the surface.

Now you have a goopy grey face mask that might not look appealing but will be your best friend in no time! Slather this mask on your face and leave it on until it dries down. I usually leave it on for half an hour.

Some things to note

It will take some work to take off. Please be patient, over-scrubbing your face will cause irritation and AGGRAVATION. My tip is to put your face directly under the tap, left side first and right side after. Leave the water running on your face and gently wash off in small circles. If you prefer washing your face in the shower, that works too! It will take some time but it’ll all be worth it. Be nice to your skin!

Charcoal is very strong so you may or may not find a slight stain on your skin. My tip is to follow up with an apple cider vinegar toner. Click here for my DIY recipe.

Here’s to clear skin in the New Year! Glow on xx

  • Kristina says:

    Thank you for this! I’ll be sure to try out these awesome tips!

  • Teniqua says:

    Lovely. I’ll have to try this. I make my own body butters, so most of the ingredients I already have. Awesome!

    • QUEENONADIME says:

      Oh I want to try to make my own body butter! The more natural the better. My skin HATES strong chemicals and fragrances.

      Thanks for reading xx

  • Bizzy says:

    I can’t wait to try this… I’ve never thought to add essential oils to my masks😊😊

    • QUEENONADIME says:

      It adds such a good boost! I’ve tried it with my store bought masks too. Try it out and let me know what you think!

      Thanks for stopping by xx

  • Mahala says:

    I love charcoal masks and this post has really inspired me to make this! I’ve never seen apple cider vinegar here in the UK, but I keep hearing about how amazing it is for the skin.

    • QUEENONADIME says:

      Thanks for reading! That’s so strange, is it not in any health food stores? I feel like if all else fails you can try to find it online. I usually go to my local grocery store, if they’re all out and I need it quickly I’ll order it on amazon!

      Good luck x


Lela | Vancouver, BC | 23 | Beauty enthusiast on a budget.

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