This winter, my nose has been freaking out! The pores seem enlarged, the skin has been peeling constantly, and I have had tons of tiny breakouts. I use a mild face wash & tone with witch hazel. It is one thing to have large pores & it is something else entirely awful to have those pores filled with unsightly blackheads. That has been happening all winter long so I have been searching for a good blackhead remover!
I have been using my Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment ($69) before any important events but that stuff is pricey! I have Biore Pore Strips ($6.99/8) in the bathroom cabinet but I find them to be a little tricky to use. If I let them stay on the nose/dry too long they seem to be less effective and are very (eyes wateringly) painful to remove for me. If I find that sweet spot to remove the strip where it isn’t too wet or too dry, it is still painful but it removes a lot of gunk from my pores.
I found the Daiso Japan Charcoal Peel Off Mask (Natural Pack) on Amazon. It was under $5/80 g and it arrived on my front porch weeks earlier than expected. I have tried it 3 times and I really like it. I had better luck with a thick application (30-40 min. to dry.) It removed more from my nose/chin pores than a thinner application. My skin felt tight when it dried but I had no pain when I peeled it off! It is not meant to be a full face mask. I recommend using it to target smaller areas with large pores. It can remove hair from the face & that could potentially be painful. I would not put it too close to your eyebrows. It is a thicker consistency than glycerin & is quite fluid. It is slightly tacky when applied but dries down so you can peel it away. The mask has no noticeable scent to me, it wipes away easily if you place it in the wrong area, and it pulls off in one piece. I find the mask to be comparable to using a Biore pore strip. Both the Biore strips and the Daiso mask make my pores appear smaller for a day or two. The Biore strip removes a slightly larger amount of gunk/hair off of the nose but I find the pay off of a painless removal to push the Daiso mask ahead in my personal rankings.
How to use:
- Cleanse your face. (I highly recommend steaming your face or applying a hot washcloth to the treatment areas for several minutes before use.)
- Evenly apply the mask to the treatment area.
- Once completely dry (10-15 min for a thinner application, 30-40 min for a thicker application,) peel off the mask, starting at the bottom.
- I recommend cleansing the face with a toner/witch hazel as a finisher & to remove any remaining mask.
- I would not recommend using more than 1-2 times a week for the best, most noticeable results.
- Amazon reviews stated that the mask: did not irritate active blemishes, it did not flare up eczema, but some users found it to be harsh on very sensitive skin
I talked my boyfriend into trying out the mask. We applied a thicker application to his nose & it dried completely in about a half hour. When I removed the mask, I was surprised at how much less came off of his nose than mine. He found the mask to be comfortable and cooling (when applied.) It did remove a decent amount of blackheads on his nose.
I have only had positive results with the Daiso mask. The Charcoal Peel Off Mask temporarily removes gunk from my pores, tightens up the area for a couple of days, and is easy & affordable. It is a great little product!