If you like to find cool new beauty ideas online, you've probably already seen this trendy charcoal and glue mask. The school supplies mix together with the charcoal to make a safe and healthy face mask that removes blackheads - or at least that's the idea.
Tutorials and guides for this treatment have been popular for a few months, we even covered one of them before, but now experts say to stay away from this trend.
It's easy, satisfying and cheap to smooth on this gunk and peel it off later, but it may actually be making your skin worse.
The main ingredient in this homemade mask is glue, and while your bottle may say "non-toxic" on the label, that doesn't mean it's good for you. Lots of people can develop a glue allergy, and even if you don't have one the chemicals in the glue can irritate your skin.
Plus, while the idea of this facial peel is to rip away blackheads, you can damage your healthy skin at the same time.
Dermatologists agree that the second ingredient, charcoal, is definitely good for your skin, but when it's worked into this sticky face mask you lose all the benefits. Charcoal helps remove blemishes by drawing them up to the surface of your skin so you can wash them off.
When you mix the charcoal in your glue and rub it on your face, you're actually making a barrier that can clog your pores, making your blemishes worse.
If you want to try something safer that will get the same results, just mix charcoal together with some aloe vera and rub it over your skin. Wash it off 20 minutes later and voila! Healthy, clean skin without the hassle and risks of painting your face with glue.
Or, if you have a little money to spend, pick up a real charcoal wash that's designed to be good for your skin.