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Activated Charcoal: What does it do for your skin?

What is Activated Charcoal?

Charcoal becomes “activated” once it becomes exposed to extreme heat. This process creates spaces inside giving it the ability to trap toxins or chemicals. This is why it is commonly used in hospitals to purge toxins from the gut in cases like alcohol poisoning.

How does charcoal work?

Just like how it works in the gut, activated charcoal can attract dirt and oil and unclog your pores.

For oily and acne-prone skin types, having activated charcoal in your cleanser and mask might make it easier for you to keep your skin free from excess oils.

Since it also has antimicrobial properties, not only can it lift dirt from your skin, but also target bacteria lurking in your pores.

Activated Charcoal: Benefits, Side Effects, and Preparations

Will it work on dry sensitive skin types?

You might want to be careful if you have dry and sensitive skin because it can possibly strip off the moisture your skin needs.

But if you really want to give activated charcoal a try, opt for products that are combined with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

Which products have activated charcoal?

  • Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask To Purify & Nourish
  • Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
  • Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque

Also Read: How Sensitive Skin and Sensitized Skin Are Different?

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About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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