Sometimes I see beauty products on instagram and facebook that I just shake my head at. I know it won’t work, I see their little close ups on the skin and whats left on the mask/pad/cloth and just have a bit of a rage-attack.
The Black Mask was one of these.
My friend Maddie bought this mask hoping t get rid of her painful blackheads. I always wanted to try this product but I can’t always justifying paying for things I want to try knowing they might suck.
I wanted to try, because when I was looking at their up close view of the pulled off mask showing all the “blackheads” I noticed more than half of them were just vellus hairs (peach fuzz/baby hairs) with the roots pulled out. To a untrained eye they look like blackheads. I really wanted to see if it would work on acneaic skin.
Now because Maddie has moderate/severe acne I didn’t want her to do it at home without all the proper prep and a professional with her if it did in fact rip her skin like the videos below show. Both her and I watched a million of the black mask removal videos and we were both worried.
I planned a full facial for her to prep her skin to get ready using my derma e
line very clear line to dry up and help some of the black heads get ready to be extracted. We steamed her face so it had some moisture and was plumped to make sure that if the mask was as tight as teary as the videos above let us think it was it wouldn’t cause as much damage.I opened up her white heads, blackheads and extracted her bigger cystic pimples prior to using the mask, sometimes the whiteheads aren’t puss filled but are calcium deposits instead which are hard to get out. Watch us trying to take the mask off after waiting 15 minutes. The box says 10-20.
So after struggling to take the mask off I found some faults of my own which I know I should of done differently. I should of put it on really thick (I don’t normally because I don’t like to waste product, and when you look at advertising they do it just so it looks better). You are supposed to pull from the bottom upwards but as you can see it was just ripping any which way. I did put a skin soothing serum on underneath the mask to try to protect her skin a bit more and clam down her redness. This is think didn’t let the product dry properly and I should of added another 10 min to the wait time for this reason. I had advised Maddie to also take a Advil prior to the appointment knowing that she has a very low pain tolerance but she was rushed and forgot.
Click the Images to get a better look. The first photo was taken through my magnifying glass so we could get a better look. All those little white things that are stuck to the mask are skin flakes and vellus hairs. In the next after photos you can see all the large blackheads that were super loose that had not even been touched by the mask. For something that was soooo attached to the skin you’d think it would grab these! I am so unimpressed by this mask. I had to extract them manually afterwards. One small squeeze with the extractor tool got them out in a split second.
I will give that this mask did remove a good amount of dead skin and left her skin glowing and new and soft. I think this mask should be used for dry skin and as a pick me up on normal skin once a month. I am going to try it again on a different client who wants to try it just as a pore strip on the nose, I will give updates once we’ve had this appointment.
Now what is this stuff made of? SCIENCE TIME!
Water, polyvinyl, acrylic acid (ester)/ ethyl acrylate co polymer, ethanol, propenediol, PEG-40, hydrogenated castor oil, bamboo-charcoal, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, bis(hydroxymethyl), imidazolidinyl urea, mythylparaben and essence.
- Water: used as a base and a mixing agent
- polyvinyl: A synthetic polymer of vinyl alcohol that functions in cosmetics as a gel-based thickener, film-forming, and binding agent. Used quite a bit in peel-off facial masks.
- acrylic acid (ester)/ ethyl acrylate co polymer: thickening ingredient (can cause allergic reaction)
- ethanol: antibacterial agent and topical antiseptic
- propenediol: used as a solvent.
- PEG-40: gives a velvety feeling on the skin, found in mountain ash berries, cherries, plums, pears, apples, seaweed and algae.
- hydrogenated castor oil: used to make the mask tough and shiny when it’s dried.
- bamboo: In my cosmetic ingredient dictionary all it has listed for bamboo is that it is used a lot to keep products “organic”.Looking up a life with frills blog has to say: “Has high levels of silica. Silica is a mineral that is used by cells throughout our bodies. In skin terms, it is one of the biggest components of the fibrous protein collagen, which helps keep skin firm, plump and without wrinkles. Bamboo extract happens to be the richest source of silica. Bamboo water/extract also softens and moisturises the skin by acting as a humectant to draw moisture into the skin, and soothes skin conditions such as acne and excema, as well as being a rich antioxident to help protect our skin from environmental damage.” Now keep in mind the rule of reading ingredients, the lower on the list = the less of total % of the product it is. This is 8th on the list so it’s not a active ingredient.
- charcoal : used as colouring in this product.
- iodopropynyl butylcarbamate: preservative that has FDA restrictions as it can be toxic in some circumstances.
- bis(hydroxymethyl): preservative on the Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients list.
- imidazolidinyl urea: most commonly used cosmetic preservative after parabens ( can cause contact dermatitis)
- mythylparaben: cosmetic preservative
- essence: can literally be anything.
So basically this is just a stick, dry and pull product. It has it so it doesn’t hold bacteria with all its different preservatives. It might give you a rash with all its chemicals if you are chemically sensitive.
I would not suggest anyone with sensitive skin or problematic skin to ever use this. Dry skin and normal skin types can benefit from removing dead skin cells as it does leave a soft feeling and takes away dull skin.
I think this is more my kind of facial: