DIY Charcoal + Clay Face Mask Scrub for Blackheads and Acne

This DIY charcoal and clay face mask scrub for blackheads and acne prone skin is going to blow your mind and make your skin happy too. It is made Bentonite clay, Activated charcoal, Tea-Tree oil, Organic Brown Sugar, and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, which are all safe skincare ingrejdients.  This homemade face mask recipe will detox your skin, clear out clogged pores, exfoliate dead skin cells and help clear up your skin.

I can’t wait to show you this easy DIY Charcoal and Clay face mask scrub for blackheads and acne prone skin that will help clear up pimples and more.

DIY Charcoal Mask and Scrub recipe for detoxing skin and acne prone skin with beauty and lifestyle blogger, Kendra Stanton.

I use to a have acne and blackheads really bad in my early twenties and wish I would have had this charcoal face mask recipe around to help fight the bacteria. My acne was embarrassing and took a huge toll on my confidence. So, I know how important it is when you are experiencing a breakout to want to clear it up and get rid of any and all zits. I remember sitting in my bedroom and crying because I would have given anything to be able to look in the mirror and experience just one day with a gigantic blemish. My hope is that this DIY skincare mask recipe for acne will help with your confidence.

Benefits of Activated Charcoal for Skin

Activated Charcoal is magic; I used it in my DIY Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Recipe because it draws out impurities and whitened my teeth which is why it’s perfect for blackhead removal and clearing up a nasty pimple. Activated Charcoal also helps your skin by balancing out oils and giving you smaller pores. In my homemade face mask recipe though, I gave it an upgrade and added raw sugar as a safe exfoliant. I also am adding a few drops of Tea-Tree oil for its anti-bacterial purposes and because it helps with oily skin. Now, Coconut Oil might sound like an odd thing to add into a DIY Charcoal and Clay mask scrub for acne and blackheads, but believe it or not, it also is great for acne prone skin and helping to fight bacteria. Sweet, huh?

Even though I don’t currently have acne, I still get a good amount of blackheads on my nose and chin. In fact, the t-zone area around my menstrual cycle can be a real situation and I can end up with a zit or two. So, I start using my DIY charcoal and clay face mask scrub for blackheads and acne a few days before I know I might have a breakout to help stop any zits that might be coming out to play. I am all about preparation. Plus, the last thing I want is another scar on my face from a zit. My skin scars so easily and I still have some left over scarring from my acne days.

Tips for Acne and Blackheads

Speaking of Acne and Blackheads, we need to talk. There are rules for using my activated charcoal mask recipe. I know that when you wash the makeup off of your skin, you (and I) tend to give our face a blackhead and zit analysis. Ahem, get up really close to the mirror and inspect every single pore to see what’s going on. This can lead to you picking at your zits and blackheads which can lead to the spreading of more bacteria on your face. Yes, my DIY Charcoal and Clay mask scrub with help clear up your skin, but you have to do your part too and not go gang-busters on your face in front of a mag-mirror.

Here is a little acne 101 for you in the skin picking department. If you squeeze a zit that’s not ready to come out, it could rupture under your skin and spread the bacteria which will spread the love and you will end up with even more acne. If you squeeze a blackhead and don’t get it all out, the same thing could happen. So, here’s the deal, leave the skin squeezing for your zits up to a professional or make sure you know exactly what you are doing. You can also prep your skin by using this activated charcoal mask to help draw out all of the impurities sitting inside your skin. This will help your esthetician be more successful at removing blackheads and blemishes.

Bentonite Clay Benefits for DIY Mask for Skin

There are many benefits to using Bentonite Clay in your DIY Skincare Mask. In fact, you could absolutely use it all alone and have great results for acne. But, using it with Activated Charcoal and this skincare exfoliating recipe makes the ingredient even better. Bentonite clay helps to naturally exfoliate the skin, draw out impurities, regenerate skin tissue, unclog pores, heal acne and reduce the appearance of scarring.

Here is another fun fact about Bentonite Clay, it absorbs metal which means you can’t use a metal mixing spoon when you are preparing your DIY Charcoal and Clay Mask scrub for blackheads and acne. You want to make sure you are only using a wooden spoon or a heavy-duty plastic spoon. Weird huh? I didn’t make it up, my friends.

DIY Charcoal Mask recipe for pore detox and acne prone skin with beauty and lifestyle blogger, Kendra Stanton.

Recipe for DIY Charcoal + Clay Face Mask Scrub for Blackheads and Acne


1 TBS Activated Charcoal Powder ( or 5 Natures Way Activated Charcoal Pills on Amazon)

1 TBS Bentonite Clay (I used Aztec Healling Clay on Amazon)

1 tsp Apple Cider vinegar ( I used Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar on Amazon)

1 TBS Organic Brown Sugar (I used 360 Organic Light Brown Sugar on Amazon)

2 Drops of Tea Tree Oil  (I used NOW Tea Tree Oil on Amazon)

Small plastic or wood spoon, or just craft sticks (no metal)

Plastic or Glass jar with Plastic Lid to store your mask in

Instructions for DIY Charcoal Face Mask Scrub

This might be some of the easiest DIY Instructions of all time for making a skincare mask. Here is how you make this mask to help clear up your acne and blemishes. You just put the Activated Charcoal, Bentonite Clay, Coconut Oil, Brown Sugar, and Tea Tree Oil into your jar and mix it around with your wooden spoon. Seriously, that is it!

How to use your Activated Charcoal Mask Scrub

  1. Cleanse your Skin and pat it dry with a clean washcloth.
  2. Apply your Activated Charcoal and Clay Scrub Mask to your entire face.
  3. Let your DIY Skincare mask sit on your skin for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash your face with warm water with your hands going in circular motion as you use the scrubbing portion of this mask. Apply very gentle pressure as you do this.
  5. Once the mask is completely gone, dry your face and apply the rest of your acne skin care basics. If you are looking for safe skincare for acne, check out the Beautycounter Countercontrol collection.

You can use your charcoal mask 1 to 2 times per week as part of your acne skin care regimen and store it in the fridge for one week. This recipe should be enough for two uses; so maybe use it on a Monday and a Friday. You can also check out this Charcoal Bar facewash from Beautycounter that is a best seller and lasts forever. If you don’t want to DIY  your mask, check out this Charcoal face mask that readers are obsessed with also from Beautycounter. You can sign up for Band of Beauty and even get a free gift with purchase.

DIY activated charcoal scrub and mask to detox pores and helpe acne prone skin with beauty and lifestyle blogger, Kendra Stanton.

What is Beautycounter Band of Beauty

Band of Beauty is one of the best ways to get a discount from Beautycounter. You join Band of Beauty for $29 a year, spend $50 in product when you sign up and you get a free gift. This gift changes every month but is usually more than your Band of Beauty fee. It gets even better! You get free shipping at $100 and also get 15% back of whatever you spend on product, credited back to y our account to be used the next time you make a Beautycounter purchase. And, you can even use the product credit the very same day.


Hope you guys enjoy your DIY Charcoal Face Mask Scrub for acne and blackheads!


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