How to Make Your Own Charcoal Face Mask. When you think of charcoal, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you’re like many people, it’s probably an image of burgers on the grill or a slab of ribs being smoked. However, charcoal can provide many surprising benefits for your skin. But before you head out to your grill and slather some charcoal on your face, it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of charcoal.