At 41, you’d think the break outs would have stopped. But nearly monthly, I get a speckling of spots. And if I really get off my game?  Not getting enough water in,  slacking on green juice, falling into bed without washing my face. My jaw line nearly erupts with painful cystic bumps.

Enter my weekly maintenance Charcoal Clay Mask with Essential Oils. Aaaah. I already feel better and brighter.  Unlike many topical, chemical laden, and pricey masks, activated charcoal helps to calm and repair even cystic acne which festers deep below the skins surface. Black heads are also drawn up and out with this mask that costs pennies to make.  If my skin is really on a tirade, I will apply every evening for several days in a row.

You can use bentonite or green clay. I prefer green French clay as I find bentonite to be too drying for my skin.  Use whichever works best for you, right now.

Activated charcoal may stain linens and it could even stain your sink. Just be aware. While it won’t stain your skin, it can cling to dry patches. I avoid incredibly dry patches when applying as well as just around my eyes and lips.

Activated Charcoal Clay Mask with Essential Oils

1/2 tsp activated charcoal (my favorite is here though you can also use just open 2 capsules from the drugstore)
1/2 tsp French green clay (or bentonite so that can be very drying for me)
1-2tsp water
2 drops of Frankincense or lavender or helichrysum essential oil. Happy to help you choose the right oil for your skin or you can order from me here.

Mix up your ingredients, ideally in glass. I just use my finger. Apply to clean, damp skin. Let dry and sit for 10- 20 minutes. I love the calming benefits of the longer time. Spot test first to make sure no ingredients are irritating to your skin.  Gently wash away with a damp towel.

It will take a few minutes to get it all off.  After spot testing, you can apply dabs and dots to spots and leave on over night. I’ve never had this dried mask spot stain my pillow case but keep in mind that is possible. Use your less favorite.

For pennies, without the chemicals, this is one of my go-to’s to get that glow.  Do you use activated charcoal in  your home? What benefits and uses have you found? I’d love to hear!

If I can clarify anything at any point, please feel free to ask about it in the comments section; I’m glad to help. Note, too, that this post contains some affiliate links to services and products that I use and love!