What Is Black Off Face Mask?

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Mar 15, 2017

Do you battle blackheads, clogged pores, and excess oil? The Black Off face mask promises to clear up your skin woes in three quick steps, revealing a brighter, cleaner complexion.

The Black Off mask looks just like it sounds—a thick, black substance that gets its color from activated charcoal. Other ingredients include clay, vitamin C, rosemary, and eucalyptus.

Beyond its dark color, Black Off has another surprise up its sleeve. From the product’s commercial, Black Off looks just like other clay-based masks with a creamy texture. However, instead of washing Black Off away like other masks, it’s removed by peeling the mask off once it's dry.

When it comes to Black Off’s claim of clearing up your skin, the proof is in the visible debris that sticks to the sheet of removed mask as it’s peeled off. Remember Biore pore strips? Black Off works just like that, but for your whole face.

How to Use the Black Off Face Mask

To use Black Off, just apply a thick layer to your skin, let it dry to the touch, then gently peel away the mask.

The dried substance looks to have almost an elastic texture. But, unlike those gel-like cucumber masks that peel away in stringy strips, Black Off appears to stay in the general shape that it was applied, peeling off to reveal plugs and even peach fuzz that’s been removed from your skin.

Not only does Black Off pull out blackheads, pore plugs, and tiny hairs, it also exfoliates any dry, dead skin cells on the surface and soaks up excess oil.

Black Off claims that after just one use, you’ll see a smoother, more polished complexion and tighter pores.

How Much Does Black Off Face Mask Cost?

The Black Off face mask is an As Seen On TV product, and, as is common with ASOTV items, is being promoted as a special deal to encourage immediate purchase.

At the time of writing (March 2017), consumers can receive the following for $26.98 ($19.99+$6.99 S&H):

  • 1 Tube of Black Off face mask containing approximately 10 uses
  • 1 Bottle of Black Off facial cleanser

Or, you can choose to double your offer for an additional $9.99. That’s two tubes of Black Off face mask and two bottles of Black Off facial cleanser for a total of $36.97.

Note that sales tax applies to residents of NJ and CA. Additional $10 shipping charge also applies for orders outside the continental US.

What are the Benefits of Activated Charcoal Masks such as Black Off?

By now, you might be wondering “What is activated charcoal and how is it good for my complexion?”

Activated charcoal is carbon that’s been processed to consist mostly of small, shallow pores, which increases its absorbency.

The ingredient has a long history of usefulness in emergency treatments for issues such as snakebites and alcohol poisoning, since the super-absorbent activated charcoal attaches to toxins, absorbing them before the bloodstream can.

The theory behind including activated charcoal in cosmetic treatments is similar: It acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil.

We did interview several dermatologists and learned that experts support the claims behind activated charcoal.

Essentially, dirt and oil stick to the carbon and can be more easily washed away.

According to Dr. Kally Papantoniou, clay-based masks that include activated charcoal are a great choice for anyone with acne-prone skin, since the combination can help to draw out impurities, excess oils, and can help unclog pores.

Just note that, since clay draws oil away from the skin, these types of masks aren’t a good choice if your complexion is dry and requires hydration.

What About Black Off’s Other Ingredients?

So far, Black Off’s claims are supported by our clinical dermatologist’s input regarding clay and charcoal. But, we’re curious about the effects of other ingredients including rosemary, vitamin C, and eucalyptus.

Vitamin C does play an important role in collagen production when ingested as part of a balanced diet. There is some support for the idea that topical applications of vitamin C can help to reverse sun damage. However, dermatologists we spoke with when researching masks caution that it’s unlikely that consumers will see long-term benefits from a product that’s on the skin for such a short time.

According to some beauty sources, rosemary essential oil can be used to treat blemishes by reducing excess oil, redness, and puffiness. Similar claims are made for eucalyptus.

Again, there is support for the idea that these plant-based oils can help to reduce redness. However, it’s equally important to remember that essential oils from plants can cause an allergic reaction—particularly eucalyptus, which is a known allergen.

That’s not to say that Black Off’s plant-based ingredients are bad for your skin—there likely isn’t a high enough concentration of either essential oil to have an impact. However, those with an extreme sensitivity to allergens should perform a patch test first.

Are There Any Face Masks Similar to Black Off?

In researching Black Off’s ingredients, we noticed there were several products offering a similar blend.

For example, an Activated Charcoal and Rosemary Mask ($10) by Lo & Behold shares several of Black Off’s key ingredients, including dried clay, activated charcoal, and rosemary. The difference is that this mask comes in a powder form and doesn’t provide that same, satisfying peel once it’s time to be removed.

BLAQ Mask ($19) appears to be a near-exact match for Black Off, right down to the name. This similarly sooty-looking activated charcoal mask shares all of the same application instructions and claims.

Did Black Off copy BLAQ to jump aboard their marketing train?

It’s possible—but that doesn’t impact Black Off’s effectiveness. (Plus, it’s less expensive!)

Can Black Off Face Mask Work as Claimed?

The most interesting advantage to Black Off doesn’t come from its ingredients as much as the sticky texture that dries into a peelable sheet.

As we mentioned in the beginning, Black Off’s promise to de-plug your pores sounds most like a Biore nose strip. To learn if that method of facial cleansing was really beneficial, we had to do a little research on the original pore strip.

What we learned is that nose strips (and we’re assuming Black Off) remove plugs by adhering to the debris, effectively grabbing onto plugs and pulling them out of your pores. This also pulls off any dead skin cells and oxidized oil (blackheads).

In short, peeling pore cleansers work. Granted, Black Off (or Biore, for that matter) won’t fix the reason behind why you’re getting blackheads and clogged pores, but it will tug the plugs out of your face.

What If I Don’t Like Black Off?

If you’re not satisfied with Black Off, the website states that you have 30-days to return the product for a complete refund (minus shipping and handling). However, the fine print goes on to explain that consumable items (such as products that can be diminished or used up) are not returnable once they have been opened.

To be clear, Black Off will accept returned products within 30 days of delivery, but only if your products remain unopened. Otherwise, it sounds like you’re stuck eating the cost.

Should You Buy Black Off?

When it comes to Black Off’s claims, we have every reason to believe that they deliver—and for less than similar products.

Our reasoning is two-fold: There's solid evidence that activated charcoal acts is excellent at drawing gunk and oxidized sebum from your pores, as well as absorbing excess oil. Not only do studies show that activated carbon is good at absorbing oil that's mixed with water, it’s also been shown to beat out surfectants (cleansers) at grabbing dirt from deep within pores.

And, in regards to that satisfyingly-gross forest of clogs that's promised to be visible after the sheet of dried mask is removed?

It's not a stretch of the imagination to assume that Black Off uses an adhesive ingredient similar to Biore, which makes it totally possible. (Besides, those after images would be painstakingly difficult to fake!)

Bottom line: This mask likely isn't a great fit for those with dry and very sensitive skin. But if you're looking for Black Off to peel away your clogged pores, we think it will do just that.

Finally, since you’re purchasing a product that can’t be returned once opened, there is the risk of losing out if you don’t like the results. However, for those who regularly struggle with plugged pores, $26.98 might be worth the risk for de-clogged, smooth, and clear skin—even if it only lasts for about a week per use.

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    31 year old mom of 4 kids tried the product

    • By Joyce Knauer,
    • St. Marys, PA,
    • Jan 4, 2018
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    Worst experience of my life! It was so painful and made my entire face red. It hurt so bad. How do I get a refund? I am not satisfied at all! I do not advise anyone to get this product unless you are okay with being in a lot of pain.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Don't buy it!

    I bought it and applied it according to the directions. When it came time to peel it off, it felt like I was waxing my face. It hurt like hell! I couldn't get it off in one big strip like it shows and couldn't even tell if it got anything out of my skin. Buy it if you like to torture yourself! Everyone has tiny facial hairs and as you try to pull it off, it rips them out. I had to wash it off it because it hurt so bad! Not a good product!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Did not work

    • By Ty,
    • Fort Worth, TX,
    • Oct 18, 2017
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    I tried several times. Steamed face and nose, hot towel to expand pores, and only one legitimate-looking blackhead came out. I got it to clean up nose in particular, but this was worthless to me. Skin felt OK afterward, but the bottom line is if it was 90% off with free shipping, I would not buy again.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    May have gotten scammed

    • By Donna Cox,
    • Colorado,
    • Sep 27, 2017
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    I ordered Black Off over three weeks ago and got an email order confirmation. No product has shown up, and their customer service phone number is not in service. I tried to check online at the website they suggested but only got error messages. I guess I'm just out the money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 22 out 26 people found this review helpful

    Charcoal mask ordering process warning

    I just ordered the mask. I have not tried it yet, but I want to warn everyone about the shameless way they try to charge you more money. I only wanted the basic package for $19.99, but the final cost after taxes and shipping was roughly $29. I submitted my info, answered "no" to several "are you sure you don't want additional stuff" questions and almost hit confirm until I noticed an additional $9.99 in the total. I had to edit my order to remove the added cost I said '"no" to. Double check your order before you hit confirm!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 32 out 42 people found this review helpful

    It works

    • By Cecelia Hayes,
    • New York City, NY,
    • Aug 22, 2017
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    This product seems to do exactly what it claims where all the guck that they claim to come up and off is true. Now the way I see it, that's what I'm looking for the product to do. And as far as moisturizer, I got my own products for all that. In short, this will take care of the guck and blackheads, which should be the reason for purchase. Works well.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 227 out 251 people found this review helpful

    Might be a scam

    I ordered this product on the website on 3/15/17 and received an email confirmation of the order. Since that time, I have tried to go on the website to view the status of the order and get "page not available." I sent an email to the customer service and got a message back that it could not deliver the message. This website now has all my credit info, which was necessary to order, but there seems to be no access to the website or by email to cancel the order.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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