Activated charcoal, which is carbon that's been treated to increase its absorbency, isn't new. In fact, it’s been used throughout history as an internal supplement for easing digestive distress and detoxing thanks to its ability to bind impurities and unwanted toxins. Now, the medical-grade version of this barbecue prerequisite is being added to beauty products to help improve the appearance of your skin. Here’s how…
Throughout the day, dirt and toxins from the environment clog your pores resulting in dull looking skin. Activated charcoal binds to the dirt and helps pull it out of your pores, making them less visible (it’s the oil and dirt that makes them appear larger). This leaves your face looking and feeling fresh.
Powdered activated charcoal is slightly gritty so it works wonders in an exfoliator. And as we all know, exfoliation is a crucial part of a healthy skin regimen because it helps get rid of the dull dead layers so that the new and healthier skin underneath can shine.
Activated charcoal is thought to bind with the excess sebum, bacteria, and toxins on the skin that can exacerbate acne and breakouts. It can also be used as a spot treatment for those pesky spots that appear out of nowhere.
Balances oily skin
If you suffer from oily skin, you’ll be pleased to know activated charcoal may just be the ingredient you need to balance things out. Used in a cleanser or mask, it can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it smooth and shine free.
Soothes and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations
Activated charcoal has been proven to be a major player in the fight against germs. It works by preventing the growth of bacteria and fungus, therefore helping to speed up the healing process of acne and skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. It’s also great for minor skin ailments such as insect bites, stings, cuts and scrapes.