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).
The masks (which we strongly don't recommend you try at home) are made with charcoal powder and glue… Yes, glue! And they're 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 a strict regulation process.
If this video of American YouTuber Tiffany peeling off the charcoal mask that she bought from a Facebook advert isn't enough to put you off, one facialist has some wise words for you.
Andy Millward is a qualified facialist/esthetician 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 that 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 skin's 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.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.