Rated 4.31 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Garnier Charcoal Mask
I'm fairly new to face masks in general, so I wasn't sure what to expect or look for with Garnier SkinActive Black Peel Off Mask with Charcoal; it promised to shrink pores, and while I didn't see a significant change in pore size, I don't have gigantic, gaping pores, either.
I slapped some product on my nose and chin; I had to apply a couple of layers to make it opaque. My skin started feeling tingly (in a good way), and it smelled nice as well.
The package recommends to let dry for 20 minutes, but I think my layers were a little too thick because even at 30 minutes, some parts of the mask were still a little tacky.
Nevertheless, I procedeed to grasp a corner and peel; you might want to grab something with a flat tip to help you with this part, because it dries like vinyl and it's a little hard to grab a corner at first. It peels off in once piece pretty easily, too. I inspected my skin: it looked good, but it didn't look that terrible before the mask, either.
A few days later, I started getting a couple of cystic pimples on my nose, so I tried the mask to see if it could bring them to the surface. I went through the motions, and was suprised that my pimples ACTUALLY came a little more to the surface, enough to where I was able to remove them with a facial tool.
Verdict: feels great, application not too messy, but did not see a significant change in pore size. May be able to bring pimples to surface for removal.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample in exchange for my review.
Most Helpful Critical Review Effective but Not
I was sent the Garnier SkinActive Black Peel-Ofd Mask with Charcoal to try for free from PinchMe.
I had very little expectations going into this as I'd seen several fails from all sorts of other brands' peel off masks. Since I was sent this for free and had nothing to lose, thought I'd give it a try.
To start, application was easy. The black goo came out of the tube easily and layered well on my face. There is a choice to apply this product to only your nose or to your T-Zone area. I went full-out and chose my entire T-Zone.
After waiting for 20min (as directed), 95% of the mask was dry and ready for peeling. That's where trouble started for me. The peel was not easy to remove. I had to scrape at my skin to pick up an edge which I didn't like. After getting a section started, I was able to peel off in large chunks but found some areas weren't dry. After peeling everything, I saw very little "impurities" on the mask. I don't have many blackheads to begin with so seeing it remove maybe one or two after so much work wasn't making me feel willing to try it again. The other downside was the part of the mask that didn't dry. Using warm water to remove residue (as directed), it was very difficult to remove from my skin. A lot of tugging and pulling again.
Overall, my final verdict is to not use this again. I would suggest if you're looking to wreck your skin, then I'd say buy this, but if you want to nurture your skin, steer clear. There are much better products out there that remove impurities.
Reviewed by 1167 customers I can't be without this product!
Ladychef from CA
I love this product, and my boyfriend likes it, too! You can see all the yuck it pulls out of your skin.
Hard to peel
Sahagun19 from Palos Hills
Not for the entire face. Hard to peel. Didn't love it
Tried it, liked it!
LovesNH from NH
The first time I used the Black Peel-Off Mask, it wasn't dry enough in 20 minutes, so the second time I waited another five minutes. The third time I waited 30 minutes and it was mostly dry and peeled of nicely, with a little facecloth clean up needed here and there. I found that a gently rubbing with the pad of my finger got the little remaining pieces. I read the reviews and didn't want to gouge my skin with my fingernail, so I proactively used just the pad of my finger and the facecloth for the little areas that didn't peel in one sheet. I like this product because I had a noticeably smaller pore size from the first use. I like the pleasant, yet light, smell and I can't say that about many products. I definitely had no new whiteheads in the week when I used the product twice in the one week. This product is well worth trying, although I was only using it for pore size and small whiteheads, so I can only attest to that getting better. Definitely needed more time to dry, but not messy, even though it looks like it might be.
Waste of Money
Denisse H from New York, NY
My husband and I both tried this. It did nothing. It was the same as peeling off Elmers glue. Took forever to dry a thick layer and the peel off did nothing for my skin. I wish I would have gotten a pore strip instead.
Heather from San Antonio, TX
Great easy to use product!
Kodi from Miami
It's more gentle than I had expected it to be. It helps exfoliate but doesn't really get those deep black heads
Jen from Cleveland, Ohio
Bought this to help clear my blackheads I'm getting on my nose from my mask. Directions say to put it on thick and in 20 minutes peel it off. I found that this wasn't dried after having it on my face for almost 40 minutes. Tried again by putting it on not as thick and while it dried in 20 minutes, when I peeled it off, it didn't work. I ended up returning this and am now using the Three Times Sublime mask/scrub by Formula 10.0.6.
Worth Trying? 🤫 Unmm... No 😒
Stacee Loves Her Face from Boise, Idaho
So I'm an avid deep cleaning pore strip user. I saw this in my suggested and thought... let's give it a try.
The packaging and description promised to pull the gunk out of my nose, chin and T-zone , some or all.
The price was low and the tube is of impressive size to value ratio. I truly wanted this to deliver.
Instructions said to apply a "thick layer" which seems like a rather loose term. But I applied what I personally consider a "thick layer" to all 3 areas. This consumed roughly 1/4 of the tube.So far so good.
Consistently of the product was glue like, so applying a "thick layer" was effortless.
Instructions provided said to allow to dry for 30mins. After that time it wasn't quite dry so I allowed 10 additional minutes.
Once dry it seemed rather thin. Peeling was east. It came off like any bottled peel. I was hoping for more. I was hoping to actually see the gunk that's been pulled out of my pores like I do with strips. This wasn't the case.
It did leave my skin feeling soft in the 3 zones... I'm not sure it actually cleaned my pores though.
So meh 😒
Hard to peel off
Slblake1 from Charleston
I got this and I was so sad that it was such a bad product. Overall I like garnier products.this was hard to peel. It didn't fully dry, even after extra time. All of the extra scrubbing made my skin red and angry.
not sure yet
Charlene from Chicago, IL
for my first time use, I truly liked it because it got some of my white/blackheads out but I kinda feel like it gets my pores bigger? There's fragrance in the ingredients which may aggravate some skin types
Anna from San Jose CA
I put the mask on my nose and cheeks but it really didn't do anything when I peeled it off but it was a little hard to and hurt a little but when I got it off it was red and covered in little bumps so I washed my face with face wash but it did not help.
Yasss1 from CA
It totally works!!!!! Def recommend it if you're looking for an affordable peel off mask.
Finally a product that works!
Gina from Commerce City Colorado
Had been looking for a peel off mask as I have tiny little whiteheads that pop out every once in awhile. Only I can see them on my chin and around my nose. This works and keeps my skin looking fresh, clean and I don't notice them as much.
Erica from Clayton, NC
Love this product! It smells amazing and doesn't feel like I'm pulling my skin off when I'm taking it off!
Not very effective
Jen from sa tx
Easy to use and goes on smoothly. The only problem for me, is that it's too thin. It didn't pull anything from my skin and I used it for the recommended time.
Don't buy ... Awful
WL Smith from Raleigh NC
Easy to spread across your face but that is where any positives end. Could not get off my hands or out from under my nails very easily. When time was up I could not get this stuff to peel off my face. I had to scratch and dig into my skin to get it to start peeling. I had to repeatedly scratch to get it off then used a wash cloth to scrub the rest off. It goes into the trash... I had little pieces of black stuff all on the sink and on the floor. A mess...
Eliza901 from Maine
I've been looking for something to help with my acne for quite a long time. Finally, I came across this! After even just the first use, the area around my nose was clear for the first time in like two years! The product smelled nice and to get it to dry right I sat in front of a fan lol. Thanks Garnier!
Did not work for me
Carie from Florida
I used it to clean out the pores on my nose.... they are still clogged. If you're looking for something that will strip all the dirt and oils from your nose pores, this ain't it. However, whoever reads this... if you have a better recommendation I'd love to know.
i would buy this product again and again
love this from CA
I love this product so much
didn't do anything and very strong
kenzie from louisiana
this face mask has a super super strong smell and doesn't really do anything for blackheads
Skincare_Critic._.xoxo from Florida
It does not peel good! It literally peels a center meter by center Meter! I would recommy BUY SOMETHING ELSE
Nati from Casa grande
I didn't follow directions on bottle that says nose and T zone only lol it hurt to remove
Surprised It Actually Worked
Landina from undisclosed
I bought this product without knowing anything about them or researching as I usually do and I'm surprised that it really works. My pores aren't exactly clear all the way but it does look brighter and more alive and feels really smooth. The product smells amazing and does not have a high chemical scent but more natural almost citrus like.
Not what I expected
Kayg from SW Kansas
I feel that this product was only able to pull off my peach fuzz. Not sure how it has so many good ratings. I have a lot of areas with whiteheads and they did not budge. I also have black heads that didn't budge. I figured layering it thicker would give more effect. But nope. If you really want your pores to be stripped this ISNT IT!
not buying this again...
disappointed from North America, Earth
I bought this two of this item, because I had heard great things about charcoal masks, and I needed an effective way to reduce the acne on my cheeks. I had seen great reviews on this mask, and thought I would try it out. However, once it came, I saw that the mask was only for the forehead and t-zone area. Anyways, I was so desperate to reduce the acne on my cheeks that I tried it out. After 20 minutes, I tried to remove it. It was very painful, and I didn't see any results, besides irritation on my skin. Later on, I made my sister try it out, considering she had forehead and t-zone acne. This time, she only applied it to her forehead and t-zone. When she tried to peel it off, she started bleeding on her forehead. I would not recommend this product, but I'm giving it 2 stars, only because my sister said her forehead and t-zone area felt and looked better and softer than before, excluding where she bled.