Today’s topic:  DIY beauty treatment that is reputed to remove blackheads

What it is: A “mask” made by mixing charcoal tablets  with Elmer’s glue. 

Why I tried it: All the cool kids were doing it. (It was Lauren’s idea. She saw it on YouTube).

What you need: Basic white glue, charcoal tablets, small bowl, paintbrush. We bought the charcoal (caplets) at WalMart—look near the medications for gas—for about $5.

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What we did: Mixed one caplet into some glue in a small dish and used a paintbrush to brush it onto our faces (avoiding sensitive skin around eyes, etc.). We waited for it to dry (about 20 minutes), then peeled it off. Lauren only did the “T-zone” — her nose, forehead and chin. I did my whole face. That turned out to be a big mistake.

What it was like:  Painting it on was fun…the drying part was fine….the peeling-it-off part was excruciating. You know all those tiny, fine hairs on your face?No? Well…you will be keenly aware of every single one of them when you try to peel the glue mask off your face. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.


Did it work: Uh, I guess. I mean, my skin definitely felt softer and smoother when I finally got the damned glue off, but it was also kinda red from peeling glue off my face, so….

Would I recommend it to a friend? Not for your entire face! If you’re going to try this, I’d stick to the T-zone.

Would I do it again? Probably not. For the record, some beauty experts say you shouldn’t do it at all. some beauty experts say you shouldn’t do it at all.