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Ingredients 101: Charcoal

Posted on July 13 2018

Ingredients 101: Charcoal
With so many skincare products and ingredients out there, it can be hard to determine what’s going to be best for your skin type. In our monthly Ingredients 101, we break down commonly found skincare ingredients to help demystify how these pieces make your favorite skincare products work!


 CharcoalIt may seem counterintuitive to use something that appears so dirty to clean your face, but there’s a big reason why charcoal is a hot skincare ingredient. Like last month’s ingredient, gold, charcoal has been used for years. 

Super absorbing 

Doctors and hospitals have used activated charcoal for years to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses. Charcoal’s molecular structure attracts anything nearby, making it great at soaking up toxins in overdose cases. When applied to your face in a mask, charcoal soaks up excess oil and sebum in the same way.

Regular cleansers get rid of dirt and oil on the surface of the skin but can have issues cleaning deep into the pores. Following up a cleanser with a charcoal mask ensures a full deep clean as the charcoal can absorb oil and sebum deep within pores. Over time, keeping your pores free of excess sebum helps to minimize the appearance of pores.

Masking, in particular, is a great way to use this oil-absorbing ingredient. The 15-20 minutes required for your typical mask gives charcoal a prolonged opportunity to absorb any excess oil and dirt.

Look for charcoal in your skincare if: 

  • You are prone to whiteheads and blackheads
  • You have a combination to oily skin-type
  • You hope to manage your skin's oil production
  • You are trying to minimize the appearance of pores.

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Would you use charcoal skincare products? Have you? Got other ingredient questions?
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