5 Best DIY Peel-Off Facial Masks to Deep Clean Pores and Blackheads


Remember the satisfaction of peeling glue off your hands when you were a child?

Well, peeling off facial masks can give you the same gratification, along with making your skin radiant, firm and free of blackheads. Peel-off masks are super cool to use and give you the much-deserved spa experience at home.

intro DIY peel-off facial mask

They effortlessly remove dirt and dead skin cells, tighten pores as well as improve blood circulation in your face, ultimately revealing a fresh and glowing new layer of skin.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on ready-made peel-off masks containing synthetics that do more harm than good to your skin.

You can take control of what goes on your face by whipping up your own DIY peel-off facial masks to deep clean pores and blackheads using simple kitchen ingredients. They are easy on your pocketbook, time-saving and you don’t need to worry about their expiration date. Yay!

You can either make a DIY peel-off facial mask using gelatin as a base, or opt for a non-gelatin mask that uses either eggs or glue.

Before you try out any of the recipes, there are few ground rules you must adhere by.

  • It goes without saying – always do a patch test before proceeding with any beauty mask to check your skin’s sensitivity to any particular ingredient. If one doesn’t work, hop on to another.
  • Apply a peel-off mask on a clean and dry face. You want to clean the pores and not shove the dirt in further.
  • Tie your hair up in a tight ponytail, so it doesn’t fall in your face and get pulled out with the mask. Ouch!
  • Avoid applying the mask near your eyebrows as well as under and over your eyes. The skin near the eyes is quite sensitive and the masks are powerful enough to tug out your brows.

Now that you know the basics, here are the 5 best DIY peel-off facial masks to deep clean pores and blackheads.

Masks with Gelatin

Method 1: Activated Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

While donning a black layer of charcoal might not be your best look, this gritty black ingredient works miraculously in sucking out the toxins from your body. When used in a peel-off mask, activated charcoal binds with and pulls dirt, sebum and toxins out of your skin’s pores. You can also use activated charcoal to make your own mascara or eye liner.

The gelatin in the recipe helps fight acne and replenishes the collagen in your skin, which reduces wrinkles and fine lines.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make DIY peel off facial mask with activated charcoal and gelatin

  • Unflavored gelatin – ½ teaspoon
  • Distilled water – 1 tablespoon
  • Activated charcoal – ½ teaspoon

Step 1. Combine gelatin and activated charcoal in a bowl

mix gelatin and activated charcoal

  • Put ½ teaspoon each of gelatin powder and activated charcoal in a bowl.

Step 2. Add warm distilled water and mix well

add warm distilled water and mix

  • Add 1 tablespoon of hot distilled water and mix well using a skewer.

Step 3. Apply the mask on your face once a week

applt the mask on your face

  • Clean and dry your face before applying the mask. You can also place a warm towel over your face to open up your pores.
  • Using a brush, apply a thin coat of the mask all over your face, avoiding the eyes and brows. Apply another layer or two to thicken the mask. You can use the mask only on your T-zone to remove blackheads from the nose.
  • Let the mask dry completely. It can take a while, so be patient. Kill some time watching Netflix while the mask pulls the grime out of your pores.
  • Once it’s dry, peel off the mask in an upward direction. Don’t struggle with the tiny bits of mask still holding onto your skin. You can wash them off with warm water.
  • Apply some coconut oil on your face to soothe the redness, if any, and create an antibacterial layer in your clean pores. Alternatively, you can apply a light moisturizer.

Use the mask 3 or 4 times a month to get rid of blackheads and have clearer skin.

Method 2: Orange Peel-Off Mask

The bright orange fruit is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent premature aging of your skin. Rich in vitamin C, oranges also impart an instant glow to your dull and tired face.

The gelatin used as a base in this mask encourages healthy regrowth of skin cells by replenishing it with collagen. It also helps in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make DIY peel-off facial mask using orange juice

  • Unflavored gelatin – 2 tablespoons
  • Orange juice – 4 tablespoons

Step 1. Mix gelatin and orange juice in a bowl

mix gelatin and orange juice

  • Put 2 tablespoons of gelatin in a heat-resistant bowl.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of fresh orange juice to the gelatin.

Step 2. Heat the mixture in a double boiler

heat the mix in a double boiler

  • Create a makeshift double boiler by putting a few stones into a large, deep saucepan. Fill it one-fourth of the way with water. Your double boiler is ready to use.
  • Place the glass bowl in the middle of the pan and heat the mixture until the gelatin powder dissolves completely.
  • Remove it from the heat and let it cool off a bit, but not for too long as gelatin solidifies very quickly.

Step 3. Apply the orange peel-off mask on your face once a week

apply the orange peel-off mask on your face

  • Clean and dry your face before proceeding to apply the mask.
  • Use a brush to apply 3 thin coats of the mask on your face, avoiding the eye area.
  • Let the mask dry completely.
  • Pull it off and rinse your face with water.
  • Finish with a light moisturizer.

Use the mask once a week for healthy and glowing skin.

Method 3: Milk Peel-Off Mask

Legend has it that the secret behind Cleopatra’s flawless beauty was milk baths. Milk, which contains lactic acid, acts as a cleanser for your skin and digs out debris from the deepest of layers. While you may not find it feasible to sit in milk for hours, you can surely twist up the beauty secret into a DIY peel-off facial mask to deep clean pores and blackheads. Combine it with gelatin which gives a collagen boost to your skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make DIY peel off facial mask with milk

  • Milk – 1½ tablespoons
  • Unflavored gelatin – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix milk and gelatin in a bowl

mix milk and gelatin

  • Put 1 tablespoon of gelatin in a heat-resistant bowl.
  • Add 1½ tablespoons of milk to the gelatin.

Step 2. Heat the mixture in a double boiler

heat the mix ina double boiler

  • Arrange a double boiler by placing a few stones in a large saucepan. Fill it one-fourth of the way with water and place the bowl with the ingredients in the middle of the saucepan.
  • Heat the mixture until the gelatin dissolves completely.

Step 3. Apply the milk mask on your face once a week

apply the mask on your face

  • Remove the bowl from the heat.
  • Using a brush, apply the mask all over your face. You’ll have to be really quick between heating the mixture and applying it on your face, as the gelatin begins to harden up pretty fast.
  • Wait for the mask to dry completely.
  • Peel off the mask and rinse your face with cool water, then pat dry.

Use the mask once a week to maintain healthy and clear skin.

Masks without Gelatin

Method 1: Egg White Peel-Off Mask

Eggs are a good source of protein that will nourish and heal your skin. Eggs, particularly egg whites, act as an astringent, shrinking the pores and tightening loose skin. Egg whites also reduce the occurrence of blackheads and whiteheads.

Adding lemon juice evens out your skin tone and also increases the cleansing properties of the mask.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make diy peel-off facial mask without gelatin

  • Egg white – 1 egg
  • Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Step 1. Extract the egg white into a bowl

seperate the egg white of one egg

Step 2. Add lemon juice & use the mask once every week

add lemon juice to egg white

  • Squeeze out 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice into the egg white.
  • Whisk the mixture thoroughly.
  • Apply the mask on clean skin using a clean makeup brush.
  • Press a tissue paper on top of the first coat. Apply another layer of the mask. The tissue paper will keep the mask intact.
  • Once the mask is completely dry, slowly peel it off. The blackheads and dirt will tag along with the tissue paper.
  • Wash your skin with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Finish by applying a light moisturizer.

Use the mask once a week to get tighter skin in 1 to 2  months.

Method 2: Glue and Activated Charcoal Peel-Off Mask

Gelatin can be replaced with white glue in the activated charcoal peel-off mask. It works in a similar manner, drying and sticking on your skin and pulling out sebum and dead skin cells as you peel it off.

Adding essential oil will help heal the skin and also cover up the glue’s smell.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to make DIY peel-off facial mask usingglue

  • Activated charcoal – 1 teaspoon
  • White glue – 1½ tablespoons
  • Peppermint essential oil – 2 or 3 drops

Step 1. Add activated charcoal and peppermint oil to the glue

add activated charcoal and essential oil to the glue

  • Put 1½ tablespoons of white glue in a small bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal.
  • Add 2 or 3 drops of peppermint essential oil as well.

Step 2. Mix the ingredients well to form a thick paste

mix the ingredients well

  • Use a spoon to thoroughly blend the activated charcoal and essential oil into the glue.

Step 3. Apply the mask on your face once every week

apply the mask all over your face

  • Apply the mask on clean and dry skin using a brush.
  • Allow it to fully dry.
  • Peel off the mask in an upward direction. Do this slowly with firm hands, as pulling off the glue can hurt a little.
  • Wash off any remaining mask with lukewarm water.
  • Finish by applying coconut oil or a light moisturizer.

Use this DIY peel-off facial mask to deep clean pores and blackheads and get flawless skin.


Comments 3

  1. Can I make these ahead of time without them drying out? I’m more interested in the glue and charcoal one. I’m asking because this would be a great Christmas stocking stuffer, but I don’t know how early I should make these.

  2. The glue will probably not work as well, it depends on how long it will be in the stuffer. you should use it right away or a few minutes. I recommend on Christmas day like in the morning or something. but the people receiving the gift shouldn’t wait days or hours to use

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