Where Are Japanese Charcoal Face Masks Made?


One of the biggest trends in the age of Instagram-worthy cosmetics is the recent popularity of charcoal face masks, sometimes called Japanese charcoal face masks. These products are featured in a huge number of social media posts and YouTube videos in which the subject of the video peels off their face mask to reveal clearer skin and a charcoal sheet covered in a gross but satisfying collection of oils, hairs, dead skin cells, and other common gunk.

Still, despite the product’s renown, some confusion remains concerning where these face masks come from and who produces them. The facial mask manufacturing experts at Anthem United States of Beauty explain a bit about the origins of these products, how you can find your own custom face masks, and how to start a skincare line.

What Are Japanese Charcoal Face Masks?

Japanese charcoal face masks follow a more traditional take on face masks; unlike the popular sheet mask, which uses a pre-saturated piece of material such as cotton or bamboo, charcoal face masks come as tubes or jars of black or grey creamy textured products that are applied directly to the face. It may be helpful to think of these face masks less in terms of number and more in terms of amount – they’re less like an 8-pack of sheet masks and more like a tube of hair gel, measured in ounces instead of individual pieces.

To apply a charcoal face mask, first wash your face to clear away any oil or debris that may be sitting on the surface. This will allow the mask to reach your pores for maximum effectiveness. Then, spread a thin, even layer of the face mask cream around your face, being careful to avoid the skin around the eyes and mouth. If you notice gaps or bubbles forming in the mask, a second layer may be required.

Allow the mask to dry and harden somewhat, which should only take 7 to 10 minutes. Then, peel off the mask, starting at the bottom edge and slowly working your way upward until the entire mask has been removed. Finally, wash your skin with a gentle face cleanser and moisturize.

If you want to see a clear indicator of the mask’s effectiveness, take a look at the inside of the mask once you have peeled it off. The surface that had been touching your skin will have all manner of hair, sebum, and dead skin stuck to it – all substances that are now freed from your pores.

Where Are Japanese Face Masks Made?

Much like their cousin, the Korean sheet mask, Japanese charcoal face masks have become known by something of a misnomer; while the term “Japanese” is technically correct for some brands, most charcoal face masks have little if anything to do with Japan. Still, because the word “Japanese” tends to appear in product names and descriptions, many people assume that they are made in Japan, or that they are produced exclusively by Japanese companies.

The reason for many references to Japan when it comes to charcoal masks is most notably due to products that used Binchotan Charcoal, also known as White Charcoal, which originated some 300 years ago from the Kishu province of Wakayana Japan.  This charcoal has traditionally been used to draw out skin impurities. Though today, most face mask brands don’t actually mention Japan at all on their websites, an indication of how little this narrative influences the majority of charcoal face mask products.

Regardless of their origins, charcoal face masks have gained a reputation for their effectiveness at removing impurities from the skin, shrinking pores and eliminating blackheads for millions of users around the world. Because location is not a factor in the production of charcoal face masks, many companies even manufacture masks in the United States. At Anthem United States of Beauty, Binchotan Charcoal is just one of the many charcoal types used in formulating charcoal face masks.

How Often Should I Use a Japanese Charcoal Face Mask?

While charcoal face masks are undoubtedly very effective, if in peel off form they are also a relatively extreme method of cleansing your skin. Many dermatologists caution against the overuse of peel-off face masks because they can damage healthy skin cells when removed.

For this reason, you should limit your use of charcoal peel off face masks to no more than once per week or so. Some people may be able to use them a little more often, and some may only use them every other week; because they are so effective, you probably won’t feel like you need to use a peel off face mask more than once a week anyway. Go with the skin care regimen that makes the most sense for your skin type, and when in doubt, consult a dermatologist.

Custom Charcoal Face Masks for Businesses Across the United States

New Jersey-based skin care manufacturers Anthem United States of Beauty has been crafting top-of-the-line beauty products for businesses seeking products and direction for how to start a skincare line around the country for years now. We offer expertise in everything from product formulation to product packaging and shipping, and we can create a wide range of products to any client’s specifications. Whether you want face masks, sheet masks, wipes, creams, or any other kind of beauty product, our experience makes us your best choice. To learn more about our products and services, call us today at (973) 779-1982.