About Get It Out Mask
Formulated with activated charcoal, USA-made Get It Out Mask promises to detoxify, exfoliate, and moisturize, leaving you with cleaner, healthier, tighter, and brighter skin.
The non-oily compounded formulation claims to penetrate the surface, attract toxins, dirt, and debris, and gently lift them—along with the unsightly blackheads they can cause—out of your pores. Simply apply, let dry, and peel away.
Get It Out Mask is so effective, the manufacturer tells us its formula can work just about anywhere on your body, including your back, neck, or wherever you see blackhead forming.
It seems logical that a mask might cause less damage to your sensitive facial skin than scrubbing and scraping. But will Get It Out Mask really leave your skin looking and feeling amazing, as claimed on the website, or are there other formulations you should consider? Let’s begin with a few quick key details.
What Causes Blackheads?
Interviewed for a 2016 Allure article, Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, explains that blackheads are just a “mix of oil and dead skin cells that are sitting in pores … Having them is not a sign that you're too dirty, so don't cause more damage by being rough with your skin and scrubbing really hard."
So, yes; scrubbing and scraping your skin can lead to, among other things, blackheads. But we didn’t encounter any clinical evidence reported on authoritative websites that these clogged pores are caused by toxins (whether specific toxins or generic ones), as mentioned by Get It Out’s manufacturer.
Instead, this oil/cell mixture turns black once exposed to oxygen through a process known as oxidation, although from a visual perspective, you might think they’re fairly unsightly.
Common methods of removing and reducing blackheads include over-the-counter ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and resorcinol. If your doctor recommends stronger options, they might prescribe vitamin A-based retinol like tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene.
There are also numerous physical procedures that can be performed by trained professionals, including manual removal with an extractor, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser and other light treatments.
What about masks?
Are the Ingredients In Get It Out’s Activated Charcoal Mask Effective?
We’re not provided with a list of ingredients on the mask’s website (we reached out to customer service, who didn’t have any details, although we’re awaiting a callback and will update as soon as a response is received), but the general answer is that it all depends on what's meant by ‘effective.'
For example, dermatologists Rachel Herschenfield and Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas told WebMD that, because of the time they're left in place, the ingredients in masks tend to have plenty of time to absorb into the skin. These, and their benefits, can include:
- Clay, for temporary smoothness
- Ceramides, glycerin, and dimethicone, for moisturization
- Salicylic acid, which can remove the top layer of skin cells, revealing the fresher, more radiant cells underneath
What about the effectiveness of Get It Out’s activated charcoal (a type that’s specially processed for improved absorption) for removing blackheads?
Again, the manufacturer didn’t provide any evidence on the website that their formulation can detoxify, exfoliate, or moisturize better than other masks, activated charcoal or otherwise. We also didn’t find any third-party clinical evidence related to activated charcoal in relation to blackhead removal, either.
However, we did come across an in-depth article from Phoebe Waller at Bustle.com, who spoke with skincare experts about this activated charcoal mask trend, and whether or not it’s worth paying extra.
In the end, they noted that these peel-off masks could remove the keratin plug (the black, oxidized layer) from blackheads and thereby temporarily improve their appearance. But most won't remove the oil, dead skin, and bacteria underneath, which will quickly reaccumulate and cause the blackhead to reappear.
Temporary results or not, will you potentially experience any negative reactions?
Will the Get It Out Mask Cause Any Side Effects?
Again, without a complete list of ingredients, we can’t reasonably address any potential side effects caused by Get It Out.
With this in mind, using any mask more than once per week can strip excessive cells and oil from the skin, leading to irritation and redness.
How Much Does Get It Out Mask Cost?
One tube of Get It Out (enough for about 30 facial treatments, or more than six months) is priced at $19.99 plus free S&H. During checkout, you can purchase a second tube for an additional $6.95 fee.
Each tube comes with a professional application brush and a 30-day refund policy, less S&H, which you can request by calling 877-206-6747.
How does this price compare to the competition?
Are There Other Activated Charcoal Facial Masks Like Get It Out?
In less than 10 seconds, you can search online for “activated charcoal mask” and view hundreds of different results, many of which can be found at national retailers like Walgreens, Walmart, Ulta Beauty, and Macy’s. There are even more independent options through sites through sites like Etsy and eBay.
Although we’re not endorsing this in any way, perhaps the least expensive is to make your own with as few as two ingredients; activated charcoal and gelatin.
Price-wise, these masks run the gamut, from less than $5 to well over $20. Given all these options, not to mention their differences in prices, what’s the best option for you?
In How to Find the Perfect Face Mask For Your Skin, we outline that those with acne-prone skin might do well with a charcoal or salicylic acid-based mask, although they might not be as ideal for those with rosacea or those who are looking for more of a plumping effect.
These aren’t hard-and-fast rules, though, since other ingredients could have just as big an impact on effectiveness, skin type, and intended results. In fact, we learned from professionals that focusing on ingredients for your specific needs will almost certainly deliver more pronounced results than focusing on price.
Our Final Thoughts About Get It Out Mask
As we learned earlier from sources like WebMD, Allure, and Bustle.com, along with our own interviews with skincare professionals, peel-off masks can provide some temporary benefits like reduced blackhead appearance (although not complete removal, which is an important distinction), fresher-looking skin, and smoothness.
And while the manufacturer didn’t provide us with a list of ingredients, they did seem to stand behind it with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H, of course. But compared to much of the competition, Get It Out’s Mask seemed to be at the upper end of the price spectrum at the time of our research.
Given its meaningfully higher price, non-refundable S&H charges, and unknown ingredients, as consumers ourselves, it’s difficult to recommend rolling the dice on Get It Out, versus purchasing a local activated charcoal mask. Further, if you’re not satisfied with the latter, getting your money back could be as easy as quickly driving down the block.
What did you decide with Get It Out Mask? Was it worth the money? Tell us all about it in your very own review below!