Shills Black Mask
I’ll start by saying that the Shills Black Mask is the very last thing I’d put on acne. You’ve probably seen multiple YTs showing these hard-to-remove masks – don’t even go near them if you have down on your face (unless you want the equivalent of a facial wax at the same time) or you have active spots. The Shills Mask, which I’ve used across my nose only, is one of the less aggressive types of charcoal mask (believe it or not, some people use charcoal powder and PVA glue – pretty sure I don’t even need to say anything at all here) and not only was it fairly easy to peel off, but it did work pretty well in terms of removing any blockages from pores.
I think my experience might well have been different if I’d covered my whole face and it is quite an aggressive form of exfoliation but in the context I used it, not really much different from a pore strip. As a note, if you use the very ‘gluey’ types of black mask you’re going to pull out all the tiny, barely there hairs as well as beneficial natural skin oils and sebaceous filaments – different to blackheads but if you’re a skin perfectionist, just as annoying. The way to tell the difference, apparantly, is in the squeeze – a true blackhead is a harder ‘plug’ while a sebacious filament doesn’t produce the same dramatic output. You should just leave sebacious filaments alone – nobody can see them but you when you’re a micro milimetre from your magnifiying mirror.
I got my Shills Mask on Amazon for about £8. I can neither recommend nor not recommend – there are so many reasons why you don’t need one, but the best judge of your skin is you. Oh, and there is only one official distributor of Shills on Amazon (HERE) and it’s an easily counterfeited product so beware.