New latest trend: Getting rid of black heads with Elmers glue and charcoal.
This may seem like a cheap and inexpensive way to create a DIY charcoal mask at home. For me I just can't picture myself putting glue on my face. As a kid we all rubbed Elmers Glue on our hands and let it dry and peel it off. That was fun to do but never thought years later, that there will be a trend to putting it on our face?
Well it seems like there is a trend going around by using regular Elmers Glue and charcoal as a face mask to get rid of black heads and other nasty stuff on your face. This concoction may seem great but is it really safe to use. Although Elmers Glue is safe and non toxic, using this on the face may cause some skin irritation. Why? the pulling the glue off your face after it dries. This can cause mild skin irritation. It will be like pulling wax off your face.
Elmer glue is not fomulated for topical use and may cause some irritation and skin allergies or it may not work at all, but some swear by it that it works to get rid of black heads in and around the nose.
Keep in mind that this method could actually clog pores, leading to blemishes and removes the top protective layers of skin and could lead to rashes and dryness.
Here is a nice homemade facial mask with Charcoal that would be much better for skin sensitivity
2 tsp of unflavored Knox Gelatine (can be found in grocery stores in the jello isle
3-4 tsp of water
Pour charcoal powder with gelatin in bowl
Add water to the mix well (may add a little bit more water to mixture) Put the water bowl with mixture
Put the bowl with mixture in microwave for 2 minutes until gelatin and charcoal is dissolved.
1. Wash your face. Apply the warm NOT hot mixture with a small brush or fingertips to your nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. The T zone of the face. Avoid eyes and hairline.
2. Add to your face quickly as this dries very fast 3. Let the mask dry completely 4. Then gently pull the mask from the bottom edge slowly and work your way to the center and up. Hold your skin with your fingertips as you pull the mask.
Use a damp warm cloth after removing the mask to remove any excess and apply a soothing moisturizer. This mixture is better than using the glue method and lesson any skin allergies that may occur with using glue.