Charcoal has been all the buzz lately as a natural cleanser and overall amazing ingredient. And there’s a lot of reasons why it’s become so widespread.
Activated charcoal is carbon powder that’s been treated to give it a sponge-like arrangement with heaps of holes. If you zoom into activated charcoal, it’s very jagged, giving it a huge surface area. It’s estimated that 1 gram of activated charcoal has a surface area of 3000 square meters.
What are its benefits to the skin?
Activated charcoal attracts toxins, bacteria, dirt, other micro-particles and chemicals from the skin surface, which helps to fight acne and achieve a flawless complexion. Charcoal is commonly used to disinfect wounds and treat some poisonous bites. Activated charcoal powder is proven to absorb harmful substances thousands of times of its own mass, which makes it a widespread ingredient in facial masks for absorbing oils and bacteria that cause acne and other skin issues.
For one, it makes pores smaller. Throughout the day, your pores come in contact with pollutants that clog your pores. When your pores are clogged, your complexion does not look clean and clear. Here’s where activated charcoal comes in. Activated charcoal binds to the dirt and helps pull it out of your pores.
Balances oily skin
Activated charcoal is the right ingredient needed to balance things out. Used in a mask or cleanser, activated charcoal will pull out from your skin all the unwanted excess oils, leaving skin soft and smooth. If you already have dry skin make sure to use charcoal with a rehydrating soap (like ours) or moisturizing creams or lotions.
Depending on what type of acne you have and what’s causing it, activated charcoal may be able to help. In its soap form, it’s an abrasive, which can provide that mild exfoliation you need. It will also absorb oils and toxins on and below the skin due to its porous quality. You can also use it as a spot treatment if you don’t want to have it on your entire face. Either way, absorbing acne-causing bacteria, dirt and oils helps reduce oily skin and rosacea-related outbreaks.
We’ve seen the benefits firsthand, which is why we use it in so many of our products. For powerful charcoal cleansing products, see our:
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