Charcoal is the new coconut oil. It's showing up everywhere and everyone is using it- with good reason. Charcoal is a natural purifier and it's used in most municipal water systems. Companies like Morihata and Sort of Coal carry charcoal in water purifying sticks, air purifying sculptures, and even teeth whitening charcoal toothbrushes (which, call me crazy, I think actually work). In beauty products, its most popular use is clearing pores.
With huge pores in my T-zone, I've tried my fair share of charcoal products. Here are my thoughts:
Origins Clear Improvements is the OG. For years every skincare store clerk has been directing customers to it, and with good reason: it does the job. The consistency is about the same as every other mask and the smell is fresh and unnoticeable. Once or twice a week, I apply it over my T-zone and wait about 20 minutes or until its dry-ish then take it off with a washcloth. Pro-tip: use a black washcloth, it might stain. It cleans out my huge pores and my sensitive skin loves it.
I ordered this on a whim and I'm glad I did. Just like the name says, it's a thick pudding. I was a little hesitant because Boscia has been rough on my sensitive skin in the past but I've had no problems with this. I first used it like any other mask, let it get dry then wash it off. But lately I noticed if I let it dry a little longer it will sort of fall off, then I stick my head in the sink and rub it off. It balls up in my fingers and I feel like that does a better job. In relation to Origins, I'd say this one is just as good (or maybe better shh).
Sephora started selling their own line of cleansing wipes. So far these are the only ones I've tried. They smell like cucumber, they're not very pricey and you get a good amount of wipes in a pack (with the plastic top seal- hallelujah. I can't tell you how many wipes I've dried out). One side is normal wipe style and the other has exfoliating grids that I wouldn't recommend scrubbing with because THEY HURT. You will tear up your face. Sephora had the right idea but these are way too gritty. If you want exfoliating wipes, try Ole Henriksen.
These cost more than Biore strips at the drug store and they don't do a better job. On top of that, they were too hard on my sensitive skin and I would have to use them at night because of how red my nose became. On the same note, Sephora brand nose strips are just as much a let down. Pore strips don't work in my opinion. If you really want them, stick to Biore. They do the job for half the money.
I ordered this sheet mask online and when I got it in the mail I noticed the strong mint smell. I'm super picky about smell and I don't like mint- why I returned my glam glow mask. But I didn't feel like returning this so I gave it to my bff Natalie to try. She struggles with pore probz too and she liked it and the smell, thought it worked, and her face felt nice and tight afterwards.
Long story short, charcoal is awesome. Try a charcoal mask on your pores. DON'T DIY A MASK WITH GLUE. I saw that tutorial on Facebook and about screamed. DON'T PUT GLUE ON YOUR FACE.