Nicole Sykes blackhead mask

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Woman uses peel-off blackhead mask all over her body—and it’s cringeworthy

Beauty doesn't need to be this painful.


Published Apr 23, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 4:44 pm CDT


Another day, another incredibly painful beauty challenge. Chances are you’ve seen a few videos of blackhead peel off masks going terribly wrong, but this newest video takes it to a whole new level. Vlogger Nicole Skyes tried (and maybe invented) the full body blackhead peel-off mask challenge — and it is absolutely cringe-worthy.

In the video, Skyes shaves her entire body before putting a peel-off blackhead mask all over her limbs, stomach and back. After applying the full body mask, she waits around for two full hours before attempting to peel it off. She doesn’t really give any logic for why she waited two hours, because I can’t imagine she was able to do much while being covered in the mask, but I’m sure it made the whole process even more painful.

Once Skyes starts peeling off the full body blackhead mask, things start to take a turn for the worst. In what is obviously a very painful endeavor, Skyes explains as she rips it off one arm, that it feels like she’s “getting scratched by 10,000 cats, especially the back of the arm.” Pleasant.

She gleefully mentions that her body will be very exfoliated, but I think if I’m looking for some full body exfoliation, a peel off mask is not the way to go. Eventually, Skyes gives in and rinses the rest of the mask off, because one can only take so much pain.

Afterwards, Skyes’ skin is red and raw, sufficiently ruining her spray tan. I think we all learned a valuable lesson from this video, and that is not to put a peel-off blackhead mask on your entire body. Instead, maybe try one of these less painful ways to exfoliate your body.

1) A Dry Body Brush

Cactus Long Handle Body Brush, $15, The Body Shop

Supermodels like Miranda Kerr swear by dry body brushing for more than just its exfoliating benefits. I’m personally a big fan of dry body brushing. It always makes my skin so smooth.

2) This Body Polish

Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish, $20, Amazon

Rub this gentle scrub into your skin to reveal super smooth radiant skin underneath. No pain or peeling involved.

3) This Body Scrub

J.R. Watkins Sugar And Shea Body Scrub, $10, Amazon

Use this exfoliating body scrub when you’re in the shower and you’ll step out with silky smooth skin. It smells good, too.

4) This Exfoliating Body Wash

Olay Daily Exfoliating Body Wash With Sea Salts, $7, Amazon

This Olay exfoliating body wash is gentle enough to use every time you shower, so you don’t have to go to any extremes for soft, smooth skin.

This story originally appeared on Bustle and has been republished with permission.

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*First Published: Apr 23, 2017, 5:30 am CDT