We all know that charcoal masks have been trending for a while now, and with good reason! Charcoal is an excellent natural detoxifier. In fact, it's often used in hospitals to help patients who are poisoned or suffering from breathing difficulties get better. This means that the benefits of using a charcoal mask go way beyond just getting your skin looking its best.
There are many different types of them, but not all will work for everyone's skin type or needs. In this blog post, we will talk about the best charcoal masks that are out there right now and what they do. This is a great read if you're looking for something new to try!
Best Charcoal Face Masks For A Beautiful Skin
Ovi Skin Deep Cleansing & Detoxifying Face Mask
Our mineral-rich, age-defying Volcanic Ash facial mask gently absorbs oil, helping to reduce large-sized pores and eliminate built-up impurities leaving tired and stressed skin feeling energetic, vibrant and whole again. OVI is a powerful raw detoxifier & cleanser made for stressed and sensitive skin with natural oils and rich nutrients found from volcanic islands worldwide.
- Detoxify, tighten and brighten your skin.
- Vegan & cruelty-free.
- Remove impurities built up in pores.
- Raw detoxifier & cleanser.
- Assists in spot reducing pimples.
This 15-minute mini facial treatment uses a deep cleansing mud mask to clear out pores and lift away any impurities. This formula is also packed with hydrating ingredients like squalane and hyaluronic acid and nourishing vitamin E.
Why You'll Love It
- OK, Instagram, we get it. Geothermal hot springs are THEE PLACE to go for charcoal skin care treatments. But for those of us who want awesome skincare a little closer to home, we swear this mask is the next best thing.
- Another mud mask? Groundbreaking. But seriously, this one's special! It's made from charcoal, which digs deep to gently remove icky dirt and grime without drying out your skin.
- If you want to skip makeup, this mask is great for prepping your complexion to bear it all. Think all the glowy goodness of a facial in just 15 minutes!
Purifying Charcoal Clay Facial Mask
Clean Ingredients • Dermatologist Tested • No Animal Testing • Hypoallergenic
Formulated with activated charcoal, salicylic acid, apple, olive and ginger extracts, this mask helps to gently exfoliate to minimise the appearance of pores, leaving skin smooth and refined without stripping the skin. Perfect for all skin types and those concerned with congestion and oily skin.
This purifying clay mask tackles impurities and breakouts using (you guessed it) activated charcoal combined with salicylic acid, as well as apple, olive, and ginger extracts. It's hypoallergenic and has been clinically tested, making it an ideal choice for sensitive skin types. Expect a delicate detox that will refine the skin and leave it feeling fresh and congestion-free.
This black charcoal mask offers a chance to weave some creativity into your weekly mask ritual. The dry, powdered formula contains detoxing activated charcoal, anti-aging cardamom, and absorbent bentonite clay. To make it into a mask, you'll mix a few teaspoons of liquid with the powder until a clay texture forms. The liquid you choose is up to you and can be customised based on your skin type or skin concern. If your skin is feeling dry, try using yogurt, milk, or honey. If you have acne-prone skin, you may want to increase the mask's ability to treat breakouts using something like tea tree water or witch hazel toner.
How to Use?
Use one to two times per week. Apply all over the face, neck and chest as desired. Leave on for 15 minutes, and wash away with warm water and a washcloth. It can be used as a spot treatment too! Follow with an even application of moisturiser to face, neck and chest. Avoid use in the eye area. If direct contact should occur, rinse with cool water.
Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask
Balance oily skin and decongest pores with charcoal and natural clays suspended in a soothing gel mask for a refreshed, shine-free complexion.
- Charcoal draws out pore-congesting debris
- Absorbent clays mattify oily shine
- Refreshing gel formula balances hydration
- Use on cleansed skin as often as desired
The cooling gel formula feels light and refreshing on your skin, so you're not left with that dry, tight feeling. In addition to charcoal, this mask also contains kaolin and bentonite clays for an extra shot of oil-absorbing powder, lactic acid to exfoliate gently, willow bark to soothe, and glycerin for a boost of hydration. Use it on your problem areas or all over for a deeper clean.
Why Is It Different?
This unique charcoal gel attracts oil and skin impurities like a magnet so they can be rinsed away, leaving pores less congested and visibly minimised. Skin looks matte and feels refreshingly balanced—never tight or dry.
What Does It Do?
The blend of porous charcoal, natural clays (kaolin and bentonite), and tapioca starch absorb skin's surface oil on contact. Willowherb and soothing agents calm skin, while skin-replenishing glycerin adds a touch of hydration for a balanced complexion.
How To Use?
Apply a generous layer all over the face and let dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. It may be used as often as needed.
This multitasking powder mask legit does it all. It uses charcoal to detox pores, coconut milk extract to hydrate and smooth skin, essential minerals and vitamins to strengthen your skin barrier, and anti-inflammatory plant extracts to soothe inflammation. Mix it with a little bit of water, smooth it over your skin, and leave it on for up to 40 minutes for clearer, healthier-looking skin.
Achieve a youthful, radiant and smooth skin with this revitalising blend of detoxifying clays, superfoods and pure plant botanicals formulated to clear complexion, minimise the appearance of pores, brighten and soften skin, increase cell turnover, and promote healthy, glowing skin. Honey, rich in natural antioxidants and antimicrobial properties, acts as an anti-aging agent and moisturiser, protects skin from harmful UV rays and facilitates the skin's ability to rejuvenate. Coconut milk, packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6, and copper, iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, helps maintain elasticity and flexibility of skin and prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. Additionally, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements, including niacin, riboflavin, potassium, beta-carotene, manganese and zinc from aloe vera, rose petals, camu, cacao, and Celtic sea salt combine to hydrate skin, soothe rashes and skin irritations, increase collagen production and cell rejuvenation, heal blemishes and acne scars, reduce hyperpigmentation, promote skin elasticity, protect skin against damaging free radicals. This Holy Grail combination is both clarifying and soothing and does not leave skin dry or raw. It's great for all skin types as it balances both dry and oily skin.
- Phosphate Free
- Toxin Free
Infused with bamboo charcoal, Dr. Nazarian recommends this vegan mask because "it also contains tea tree oil and green tea, which can be calming and anti-inflammatory." Oily skin sufferers swear by this product for a clearer, smoother, and more balanced complexion after use.
What does it do for you?
Our powerful, purifying charcoal face mask is the real deal for skin that needs some intense TLC. It absorbs excess oil. Sucks out dirt and impurities. Exfoliates. Feels intensely tingly and refreshing and gives you a bit of a healthy-looking glow – all in 5-10 minutes. You've been warned - get ready to pamper and purify oily skin with zero mercy.
Made with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, green tea leaves and a little Community Fair Trade tea tree oil, this charcoal clay mask is a powerful little pot of goodness to help unclog pores.
Slather on for 5-10 minutes and enjoy the nice cooling feeling and intense tingle (that's how you know it's working, right?) Wash off well and stroke your softer, smoother feeling skin. Your pores look reduced, skin looks clearer, and glow is dialled up.
- Tingling charcoal clay mask
- Absorbs excess oil
- Feels intensely tingly
- Amazing for your at-home facial
How to use this face mask?
It's time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with our Himalayan face mask. Things will get messy (sorry about that). But it'll be worth it.
- Scoop an even layer of charcoal clay mask onto skin with your fingertips.
- Enjoy those tingles for 10-15 mins.
- Rinse off in circular motions to exfoliate.
- Feel intensely refreshed. Power pamper 2-3 times a week. Try it with our Himalayan Charcoal skincare routine.
Love + Charcoal Masque
Think charcoal masks are drying and messy? We get it. We designed Love + Charcoal Masque to be different. With a superhero squad of good-for-you ingredients to give your skin a detoxifying pick-me-up, it leaves skin feeling refreshed, never depleted.
An exquisitely creamy and ultra-effective detoxifying and exfoliating masque to help clarify the complexion while extracting dirt, debris and impurities from the skin. It helps reduce the appearance of pores and blackheads and leaves your skin feeling refreshed, soft and revived.
If you're into clean beauty, then add this charcoal mask from One Love Organics to your cart ASAP. It's made with certified natural and organic ingredients like aloe, sunflower oil, kaolin clay, and charcoal powder to deep-clean your pores without over-drying your skin.
Benefits To Love
- Triple-action masque featuring lactic acid-activated charcoal and rose clay to give powerful results without drying
- Leaves skin feeling refreshed, soft and healthy-looking with noticeably prettier pores
- Rinses easily off the skin
- Synthetic fragrance-free, cruelty-free and dermatologist tested. ECOCERT/COSMOS® certified natural and organic
Neutrogena Clear Pore Facial Cleanser / Face Mask
Get clearer, healthy-looking skin with Neutrogena Clear Pore Facial Cleanser / Face Mask. Designed for acne-prone skin, this product can be used as a daily facial cleanser or face mask. The dermatologist-tested formula contains powerful benzoyl peroxide acne medication to treat existing breakouts. It is formulated with oil-absorbing kaolin and bentonite clay. When used as an intensive, cleansing face mask, the formula provides a cooling sensation as it penetrates deep into pores to control oil.
Our dermatologist-tested formula features the acne-fighting power of Benzoyl Peroxide, which kills bacteria and treats existing breakouts. This breakthrough acne-fighting formula can be used two ways—as a daily face cleanser or a face mask.
Whether you use it as a daily facial cleanser to kill bacteria or as an intensive mask for deep cleansing and extra shine control, you'll feel the cooling intensity build as it penetrates the pores. Plus, it rinses clean, so your skin is left feeling smooth.
- Cleanses away dirt, oil, grime, impurities, and bacteria
- 3.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
- Kills breakout-causing bacteria
Activated Charcoal with Dead Sea Mud Clay Powder
This natural mask contains all sorts of skin-boosting goodies, like organic activated charcoal, dead sea and bentonite clays, witch hazel, and turmeric. Simply mix one teaspoon of the powder with a teaspoon of water. Apply a thin layer all over your face and let it dry completely before washing it off. Bonus: The powder formula gives this mask a longer shelf-life.
Thanks to soothing bisabolol (a part of the chamomile plant known for its anti-inflammatory properties) and hydrating glycerin, this detoxifying Japanese white charcoal and kaolin clay mask never makes my sensitive irritation-prone skin red or itchy—the dream.
This at-home charcoal mask minimises the appearance of pores while absorbing excess dirt, oil and debris trapped deep in the pores.
- Japanese white charcoal and clay absorb excess dirt, oil and debris
- Minimises the appearance of pores
- Deeply detoxifies pores and helps support a clear complexion
3 in 1 Face Wash, Scrub and Mask with Charcoal
Garnier Skinactive Ultra Clean 3-in-1 with charcoal is an innovative face wash that can be used in 3 different ways. As a daily cleanser to clean pores and deeply clean skin of dirt, oil and impurities. As a face scrub, improve the skin texture to be softer & smoother and as a face mask to reduce oil. Formulated with charcoal and white clay, this product was designed to address oily and combination skin needs. After use, the skin feels fresher and cleaner.
Formulated with charcoal and white clay, this product addresses complicated oily and combination skin differently. Use it as a daily face wash to clean, a face scrub to soften, and a face mask to reduce oil.
With Clay & Oats for Exfoliation, Detan & Glow
Nestled at the helm of our all-natural, highly effective range of total body care lies The Kajli Collection, products with activated charcoal as the base ingredient.
Khadi Essentials The Kajli Collection – Activated Bamboo Charcoal & Oats Face Mask
This majestic skincare product from our portfolio had its origins when the use of chemicals was unheard of. Integrated with our philosophy of using only natural and organic ingredients in all our products, Khadi Essentials The Kajli Collection – Activated Bamboo Charcoal & Oats Face Mask is at the epicentre of this legacy we rigorously follow. The Kajli Collection, products with Activated Bamboo Charcoal as the base ingredient, is your doorway to eternally fresh, vibrant and youthful skin.
The components in Khadi Essentials The Kajli Collection – Activated Bamboo Charcoal & Oats Face Mask include Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Oats, Honey, Bentonite Clay and Lemon Peel Extract, all expertly blended in this detoxifying face mask that freshens your pores to leave your skin looking and feeling clear, fresh and blemish-free. Activated Bamboo Charcoal is a supreme skin cleanser, exfoliator and brightener. It will remove impurities, blemishes and dullness from your skin. If you want glowing and dazzling skin, look no further. Oatmeal helps to retain moisture in the skin and contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins and minerals that protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays and environmental pollutants while soothing the skin. It is an oft used ingredient in premium face masks. Honey is a magically versatile and all-natural ingredient for your skin for glow and optimum moisture. Bentonite Clay has been traditionally used to remove impurities from the skin, leaving it bright and radiant. Lemon Peel has 5 to 10 times more Vitamin C than lemon and hence treats and brightens the skin that much more effectively.
Benefits of Khadi Essentials The Kajli Collection – Activated Bamboo Charcoal & Oats Face Mask
- Activated Bamboo Charcoal gently detoxifies and dynamically brightens the skin. It also unclogs the pores, removes dirt, excess sebum and oil. It also leaves the skin optimally moisturised while its natural properties provide oxygen to the skin and absorb minerals extensively, leaving the skin thoroughly detoxified, refreshed and cleansed. It is also a potent exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells and open clogged pores.
- Oatmeal helps your skin retain moisture. Its abundance of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins, and minerals guards the skin against damage, including UV rays and environmental pollutants, making it a great face mask. It will also soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin and eliminate acne and excess oil.
- Honey naturally treats acne, and as a natural antibacterial and antioxidant agent, it is a magical cure for ageing and dry skin. Moreover, it gently soothes the skin and leaves it luminescent.
Kale Charcoal Ultimate Detox Mask
Get gritty with this ultimate fighter. Blemishes can bite the dust, and oily skin gets KO'd. This green and black powerhouse detox blend combine charcoal, clay, willowherb, aloe vera and kale extract. Wear it as a mask, then massage to loosen all the rest of the junk hiding out on your beautiful skin, ready to wreak havoc. Send a finishing blow to damaging oxidised oil, blemishes, blackheads and skin clogging nasties.
Ingredients We Love
Sea Purify Balancing Clay Mask
Clay and marine extracts come together to deeply clean skin, help draw out impurities and balance skin. Great for combo skin types, clogged pores and blackheads. Powerhouse nutrients and minerals provide antioxidants.
Ingredients We Love
- Green tea
Bubbling Crystals Charcoal Shimmer Mask
Deep-clean your pores and boost your glow with this charcoal-spiked bubble mask. Just pat on a thick layer to clean, dry skin and let the mask bubble up for 15-ish minutes. When you wipe it off, your face will look super fresh and dewy.
Irish Moor Mud Mask
It is a purifying, decongesting and hydrating mask with odourless Irish moor mud to draw out dirt, oil, and impurities.
Who it's for: All skin types.
What it does: It infuses skin with moisture and vitamins, too. Containing the highest level of organic content globally, black moor mud is harvested by hand from the Irish countryside. It is rich in nutrients, essential minerals and potent antioxidants to help protect against skin damage. The look of pores, fine lines and wrinkles are minimised, leaving skin looking pure, fresh, hydrated and radiant.
How to use:
- Using your fingertips, apply evenly on clean skin.
- Leave on for up to 10 minutes.
- Remove with a warm, damp washcloth and rinse your skin thoroughly to ensure you're removing any remaining residue.
- Use 2–3 times per week or as desired.
Luminising Charcoal Mask
Peel reveals a luminous, detoxified and flawless complexion with an innovative peel-off mask powered by Activated Black Charcoal.
Peel-off masks get a bad rap—and they can be irritating in people with sensitive complexions. But if you have oily, acne-prone skin that's prone to blackheads, this charcoal peel-off mask will help get rid of impurities and reduce shine, says Debra Jaliman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City and the author of Skin Rules. Note: Be sure to apply a thick layer of product so you can easily peel the mask off in one go.
The original charcoal mask and reigning fan favourite, Luminising Charcoal Mask, is a peel-off mask powerhouse that unveils a post-peel, pore-less glow worth sharing. Chock-full of powerful antioxidants like Activated Charcoal and Vitamin C, this powerfully detoxifying mask helps minimise pores' appearance, banish blackheads, and enhance radiance while leaving your skin feeling flawlessly fresh and clean!
Preferable for all skin types.
Clinical studies show after four weeks of use:
- 100% of users reported their skin felt clean and less oily.
- 94.7% of users reported their skin felt softer.
- 84.2% of users reported their skin appeared brighter and more radiant, and their pores felt tighter and more refined.
Absorbs dirt and excess oil, detoxifies, and exfoliates to refine the appearance of pores instantly and overtime
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay
First discovered in Montmorillon, France, in the 1800s, it is considered the premier quality clay containing 67 minerals.
Absorbs excess oil, impurities, and toxins gently exfoliate dead skin cells and minimise the appearance of pores instantly and over time.
Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Glucoside)
- Help brighten skin tone and minimise fine lines as it defends against free radical damage
- Contains Boscia signature botanical blend
- Jojoba helps to prevent free radical damage while nourishing the skin
- Willowherb helps to calm skin inflammation and reduce visible redness and irritation
How To Use ?
Apply a thick, opaque, even layer to clean, dry skin. Avoid eye area, eyebrows, hairlines and lips. Leave on for 30 minutes or until completely dry. Gently peel off the mask from the outer edges and rinse off any residue. Follow with moisturiser. Use once or twice a week. Warning: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse eyes thoroughly with water. Please do not use it on skin that is irritated, broken or sunburned. If irritation develops, discontinue use immediately and consult a physician. Avoid contact with clothing. If contact occurs, rinse immediately with warm water.
On the nights I get home late and pass out in my makeup (whoops), I'll wash my face the next morning and pop on this charcoal sheet mask. It's like a 10-minute undo button that helps suck up all the excess oil and old makeup that's stuck in my pores.
Which skin type is it good for?
What it is:
A charcoal mask that effectively cleans pores delivering visibly purified skin in as little as 15 minutes.
This product is free of parabens, sulphates, and phthalates and is also vegan.
Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
Salicylic acid, 2% Masque, is formulated to target lacklustre tone and textural irregularities. The formula, infused with charcoal and clays, aims to enhance smoothness and clarity, leaving the skin feeling refreshed. The structure of salicylic acid facilitates its lipophilicity and miscibility with the lipids located on the skin's surface. It is a suitable ingredient for targeting the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of oily and blemish-prone skin to reveal more radiant skin. Charcoal and clays are renowned for their deep cleansing abilities due to their porosity and large surface area available for adsorption. They aid the removal of facial impurities that would otherwise remain on the skin surface and clog pores. In comparison to Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is a rinse-off formula. Leave on for no longer than 10 minutes to maximise the exfoliating benefits.
This charcoal mask attacks blackheads and whiteheads by combining two of the best anti-acne ingredients out there: salicylic acid and charcoal. They work together to reduce excess sebum, cut down on inflammation, and dissolve the dead skin cells and oil that clog pores and trigger breakouts.
Contraindications: This formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling, or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided Directions.
Note: While exfoliating acids can result in quick, visible benefits, we generally suggest indirect forms of skin exfoliation in favour of direct forms such as this formula due to potential inflammation and sensitivity associated with acids. Please refer to NIOD's Non-Acid Acid Precursor for such a suggested formula.
Use once or twice a week on thoroughly clean, dry skin. Please do not use it on wet skin. Apply evenly across the face using fingertips, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Do not use sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes both during application and rinse off. Patch testing before use is advised: Apply the product as directed to a small area once a day for three days to test if you are sensitive to this product. If you develop severe irritation, hives, swelling of eyes and mouth, blistering, or difficulty breathing, rinse off, cease use and consult a physician right away. Keep out of reach of children.
Sunburn Alert: This product contains a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.
Ulta's Detoxifying Charcoal Deep Cleansing Clay Mask is excellent for oily, acne-prone skin and congested pores. Deeply cleanse and purifies pores for a clear, healthy-looking complexion.
- Activated charcoal helps draw out dirt and impurities from the skin.
- Kaolin Clay helps absorb oil and mattify skin.
- Menthol helps calm and cool skin.
- Not for use on sensitive skin
How to Use?
Cleanse skin before use. Apply mask evenly over skin, avoiding the eye and mouth areas. Allow to dry for up to 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use up to two times per week or as needed. For multi-masking, apply to oily or acne-prone areas of the face such as the forehead, nose, and chin.
Precautions: For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Not for use on sensitive or broken skin. Test a small quantity of mask on the inside of the upper arm before use; if sensitivity occurs, do not use it. Avoid direct contact with eyes. If the product gets into the eyes, rinse well with clean water.
3 Balancing Set
It'sIt's hard to practice self-control when clogged pores are begging to be squeezed. Skip the scarring that comes from manual extractions with this profoundly cleansing activated charcoal mask. Nutrient-rich kaolin clay absorbs excess oil, and salicylic acid exfoliates for an un-clogged, balanced complexion.
The ultimate balancing act. Formulated with safer ingredients, this collection of daily skin enhancers gently refines oily, uneven skin. The trio includes a Facial Mask, Facial Mist, and Facial Oil infused with ylang-ylang. Featuring activated charcoal, the formulas absorb excess oil and refine skin texture to give you a smooth, polished appearance. Perfect for those concerned with clarity, calming, and balancing.
Find Clarity Purifying Mask
White and bamboo charcoal join forces with clays to detoxify your skin without drying it out. Other ways to use this mask: Put a dab on a blemish as a spot treatment or mix a little with water and use it as a cleanser on days your skin is feeling extra oily. This convenient packet is also only 1.5 ounces, so you can easily travel with it.
An acne-clearing mask made with two types of clay and two types of charcoal to detoxify (not dry out) skin. The clays (kaolin and bentonite) mildly exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin cells and sop up excess sebum and oil. The charcoal (binchotan white charcoal and bamboo) act as a magnet, attracting toxins and drawing impurities out of the skin. The smooth, creamy clay doesn't dry down completely, so it won't suck the life out of your skin. Instead, when you rinse, your skin feels refreshed and clean. Its handy pouch makes easy use and cleans up without taking up too much precious shelf space as an added benefit.
How To Use?
HOW: Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.
WHERE: Entire face.
WHEN: 1-3 times a week.
GOOD TO KNOW: Use a dab of the mask as an overnight spot treatment on pimples, or use a small amount on wet skin as a clay cleanser (great for oily skin types).
Use within 12 months once opened, or keep it on your vanity unopened for up to two years.
Is Activated Charcoal for Skin Care Worth the Hype?
What is it?
When regular charcoal is exposed to high heat, it produces a fine black powder, aka activated charcoal. So don’t worry, it’s not the same as what you grill with.
The powder is porous and highly absorbent, which can help suck up gunk. This might leave you with clearer maybe-they’re-born-with-it skin.
Activated Charcoal Skin Benefits
Some anecdotal evidence supports activated charcoal’s skin benefits. But TBH, more hard evidence is needed to prove that it actually works.
Here’s what it might do.
The lovely result of oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells building up in our pores. It can lead to painful redness, swelling, irritation, and scarring.
The good news: There are plenty of ways to zap your zits, and activated charcoal is one of them.
The antibacterial and porous properties of activated charcoal might be able to draw out bacteria trapped in your pores. This can improve your overall complexion.
Some skin experts think that activated charcoal masks can help remove impurities from your skin. That’s because it acts like a magnet, absorbing bacteria and toxins. This might leave you with a clearer complexion.
Treat insect bites
Bug bites are the WORST. Thankfully, activated charcoal can help you ditch the itch. It might be able to help neutralise the toxins in insect venom, soothing the sting.
Thanks to its oil-absorbing superpowers, activated charcoal may be able to unclog your pores. This leaves them free and clear of the nasty impurities that can lead to whiteheads and those stubborn AF blackheads.
You might also notice that your pores appear smaller over time (though pore size can’t shrink), but there’s little to no natural science to support this.
Treat skin conditions
Activated charcoal’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties can help heal damaged skin. It may also soothe symptoms of skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. But keep in mind, very little research is available in this area.
Because of its gritty yet soft texture, activated charcoal serves as a natural exfoliant. It can slough off dead skin cells to reveal the healthy glow of the fresh new skin underneath.
What About The Risks?
Activated charcoal isn’t harsh, so it probably won’t hurt your skin. But as with any skincare product, overuse can lead to dryness, redness, or itching.
While we all love a great online deal, beware of charcoal goods sold by unregulated vendors.
The law doesn’t require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than colour additives, to have FDA approval before going on the market. Always opt for products that have been through third-party testing.