To Peel or Not to Peel?

I know we’ve all seen the videos floating around. You know, the ones where folks have applied a thick layer of some black goop to their face and are now bravely facing the camera for the removal process. Here’s just the most recent video making the rounds on Facebook, but if you search “peel off mask removal” on YouTube you’ll get thousands of hits.

And we’ve all watched a few of these videos. We watch their winces and screams, laugh at the situation they’ve put themselves in, and then secretly wonder if they’re just being a big baby and if maybe we should buy or make a mask too, just to try it. But should you really? Is it safe to peel these monstrosities off of your face? Let’s take a look at the science behind these masks and see if they’re worth the pain!

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