All You Need To Know About Charcoal For Skin

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated in order to expand its adsorptive capability. This makes the charcoal act like a magnet that attracts dirt, oil and other impurities so that they stick to it. It is a food-grade charcoal powder, and it’s okay to ingest it. Remember, this charcoal is incredibly different than the charcoal you usually get and grill with. This one is only available in pharmacies.

Below are the benefits of using activated charcoal for your skin and hair care:

  1. Smaller Pores

Throughout the day, toxins from our surroundings clog our pores (the damage that air pollution is doing to your skin us unbelievable!) When your pores are not clean, your complexion doesn’t look clear either. When we use activated charcoal in a face mask, it binds to dirt and impurities and helps pull it out of your pores, making them smaller and less visible. This leaves your face feeling fresh and clean.

2. Balances Oily Skin

Oily skin issues? Activated charcoal may simply be the ingredient you need to balance things out. Used in the form of a cleanser or mask, it can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it smooth and clean. It’s best to cleanse with charcoal once or twice per week at the most so that your skin doesn’t dry out. If you already have dry skin, you’re best to steer clear of it, but for those with oily skin can also use a gentle cleanser on a daily basis.

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3. Treats Acne

Depending on the tendency of your acne–how severe it is, what’s the cause of it and what else is going on–activated charcoal may be able to help with your skin’s acne issues. It’s best to use it in soap form which is slightly gritty, which might provide the gentle exfoliating you need. It will also absorb all the oils and dirt on and below the skin. You can even use it as a spot treatment if you don’t want to use it on your whole face.

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4. Deep Cleanses Your Skin

Cleansers that contain activated charcoal are pretty common these days. Some may be a little more powerful than others, It’s best to not use those days, as you don’t want to soak up all the healthy oils and moisture your skin requires. Buy the product that is best suited for your personal combination of needs and follow the directions on the product.

5. Soothes And Heals Skin Irritation

Activated charcoal can help speed up healing and relieve symptoms of irritation or cuts. For minor skin conditions such as insect bites, stings, cuts, scrapes, and minor infections, it’s recommended to apply activated charcoal topically. When you apply activated charcoal as a paste, it helps absorb venom and infection. It will also bring down swelling and lessen the pain.

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6. Free Your Hair Toxins

A charcoal shampoo can gently detox your scalp by attracting dirt and oil which is then washed away after rinsing. And because it’s mild, it will not disrupt your hair’s natural moisture levels.

7. Adds Volume To Your Hair

If your scalp has a lot of dirt and oil, your hair will start to sag and regular shampooing may not be able to get it all out. In fact, your hair can roughly gain about 4 percent of its own weight in the build-up from scalp oils, impurities and dry shampoo. Regular shampoos remove what’s on the surface, but activated charcoal shampoo will pull out even more. Also, activated charcoal won’t leave the residue as some shampoos do, so your hair will feel lighter, cleaner and look more voluminous.

8. Remedy Scalp Conditions

Activated charcoal can help relieve dandruff, redness, oily and itchy scalps. The activated charcoal shampoo will work on your scalp the way it does on your skin and hair, it will pull out toxins and help in purifying.

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Some of Maccaron’s Charcoal inclusive recommended products are:

  1. Mirabelle Gold + Charcoal Dual System Facial Sheet Mask 25ml

2. The Man Company Charcoal Face Scrub for Exfoliation, Anti-acne & Pimples, Blackhead Removal 100g

3. Mamaearth Charcoal Natural Face Wash for oil control and pollution defense 100ml

Activated charcoal is an amazing all-rounder ingredient in the skincare industry. It’s a game-changer in skin and hair care. You should definitely use this ingredient in your routine.

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