Whatever the culture or era you are in, the pursuit of beauty is still as illustrious as it was ten decades ago.
Yes, it’s a BS society we live in, where we think if a certain beauty routine doesn’t make us squeal in hellish pain then it’s not effective! Unless you feel a burn from a hydroxy acid or see extreme redness resulting from the use of retinol in your skin care routine-only then it’s actually effective. No doubt, the legitimacy of beauty rests on the belief that “beauty is pain”.
Since the beginning of this beauty nightmare, women have been subjecting themselves to this agonizing torture, cursing and crying their way through the process of peeling off facial masks with their skin being pulled to unbelievable dimensions.
Is it really worth it, though? Is pulling and tugging at the skin to shocking proportions with these hellish peel-off black masks be the only way to a clear, naturally-glowing, black-head free, perfect complexion? Should this simple home beauty routine be this agonizing and cause so much suffering?
Problem of using painful peel-off facial masks
According to Debra Jaliman, MD, author of skin rules and a New York-based dermatologist, home facial treatments should not hurt all, hence using painful peel-off facial masks should be completely out of question.
Dr. Jaliman claims that tugging and pulling at your skin with a tar-like substance can cause irreparable damage: with the major problem associated with face peel off brands being breakage of blood vessels in the skin. Additionally, the constant pulling and tugging of your skin can lead to premature aging: since it subjects collagen and the skin’s elastic tissue to pressure which leads to aging.
No matter your reason for wanting to use the magical peel off masks (I mean who wouldn’t want to see actual ‘dirt’ peeled off their face?) but definitely not worth it, if you consider the long-term effects.
According to Andy Millward, a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, facial peel off masks “effectively act like glue binding to the cells on the skin’s surface and any vellus hair: additionally he notes that there are numerous DIY versions of the masks on social media platforms literally made from PVA glue and charcoal powder.”
If you watch the videos making rounds on social media you will be able to see the excruciatingly painful process people endure when it comes to removing it.
Andy claims that the softness and extremely smooth skin is a result of effectively stripping off a surface layer of the skin. Notably, the blackheads you may see on the facial peel off masks, may not necessarily be blackheads but sebaceous filaments responsible for protecting the skin against harmful bacteria.
But the good news is your skin will heal and replace all the oils and sebaceous filaments stripped off from the skin by the mask. However, the healing process will not revert the havoc you have wreaked upon your face and will be futile if you continue using them.
Call it whatever you may; black face or charcoal face peel off masks, they are by far the most excruciatingly painful masks that everyone on social media seems to be obsessed with. But, according to beauty experts, they are not worth it! instead, opt for old-fashioned facials with blackhead extraction treatments, it will healthily cleanse your skin. And say buh-bye to “beauty is pain” ethos! After all, better safe than sorry.