An obscure gem I found on the Internet while Googling on how to remove blackheads (and whiteheads). I have a lot of them. I used to rely on Bioré Pore Pack to get rid of the blackheads on my nose, but those didn’t come cheap considering how they could only be used on the nose. I, unfortunately, had blackheads all over my face, far too large an area for the Bioré Pore Pack. Since they weren’t shaped for applications on other parts of the face, I had to cut them up for my chin, cheeks, etc. Talk about troublesome.
The Daiso Charcoal Mask can be found at… you guessed it, Daiso. Daiso is the Japanese version of thrift stores, but they also have branches overseas and an online store. Things go for a fixed price for all goods unless otherwise stated, so for example, everything in it costs $2 (or Yen, or USD, wherever that outlet is located). I bought the Charcoal Mask in Singapore, so it cost me SGD2.00. They also sell a variety of other things, from glassware, gardening tools, clothes, stationery, to batteries and snacks. But back to the mask – it’s a mask, which means you’re now free to apply the thick, black paste to any part of your body with blackheads! Next, wait for it to harden (this takes roughly 30 minutes, depending on the atmosphere), peel it off, and viola, a less disgusting complexion.
About the application – don’t stinge. A thin layer won’t work, especially if it’s been diluted with water. Wash your face first, pat it almost free of water, but make sure it isn’t totally dry or dripping wet. For even better results, steam your pores open by standing over a basin of hot water and waiting 15 minutes or so. Squirt a generous amount of the liquid mask on any blackhead-infested area, smudge it evenly, and make it fast since it dries quite quickly. And then you wait (use a fan to speed up the drying process if you have to). Don’t smile, talk, frown, or twitch a muscle on your face, or you’ll break the mask. The “cracks” aren’t visible, but it means areas like the side of your nostrils aren’t in contact with the mask any more. Make sure the mask is totally dry – your face feels like it’s been cast in cement – then peel it off. I don’t have a specific direction from which to peel, as long as it comes off. Get rid of any residue with water, or you’ll be walking around with a strange, black outline on your face. Enjoy feeling fascinated by the amount of muck stuck to the underside of the mask.
The liquid-to-solid application worked very well for me, and was definitely more bang for the buck in terms of the area it could cover compared to the pore strips. It may take a little getting used to peeling it off at the beginning, and I can best describe it as feeling a little like peeling masking tape and bits of dried glue off the skin. It doesn’t hurt, but I can’t say the same for those with skin more sensitive than my own (and mine’s pretty sensitive).
The first application may not be thorough, so a touch-up may be required (don’t overdo it!), but for something that costs $2, it’s pretty damn effective. Results are relatively instant and it hardly hurts to remove. If you chicken out halfway about peeling it off, there’s always water to get rid of it, though I think that would be counter-productive, since you’re supposed to peel the thing off, along with the blackheads stuck to it. Is it going to enlarge your pores? Probably, though I don’t own callipers and can’t say for certain.
Careful you don’t get the wrong one though – there’s a facial foam and a facial cream that’s packaged almost the same way (it’s the same line), and yeah, it’s all in Japanese, but look out for the word “masque” printed in English on the tube. If you’re lucky your store would have bothered pasting an English sticker telling you what it is and what the ingredients are.
It’s money well spent, and I’m definitely stocking up on this.
Note: Be wary of the many swindlers out there clamouring to cheat you of your money by selling the Daiso Charcoal Mask at ridiculously high prices, or even renaming the product. Paying more most certainly does nothing to increase its functionality. It’s the same thing, which you can get real cheap at Daiso itself. Don’t fall for those tricks!