Charcoal has long been used in the medical field to treat intoxication by drugs, snake bites, and chemicals. However, the current fad has taken to the use of activated charcoal in skin treatments; teeth whiteners and detox cleanses. Activated charcoal and regular charcoal are almost similar only that the former is only used for medicinal use. Activated charcoal is formed by heating regular charcoal with oxygen that allows the charcoal to expand thus creating a perforated surface that locks in toxins.
As a result, activated charcoal works by chemically binding harmful substances to its surface. Additionally, it has a large surface area created by the pores since a cubic inch of charcoal has a surface area equal to a 150,000 square foot area making it a perfect natural ingredient for skin purification and deep-clean skin. So what are the benefits of getting a charcoal face wash?
The antibacterial and absorbency properties of activated charcoal make it an excellent remedy for oily skin types that are prone to acne. As such, it is used in acne products to heal pimples, rid off impurities and avoid more breakouts. It also helps remove makeup.
To make an activated charcoal face wash, mix one-half capsule of the powder in a teaspoon of rosewater or water, a teaspoon of aloe Vera gel, a pinch of salt and 3-5 drops of tea tree oil. Mix the ingredients to an even consistency is obtained. Apply to the skin, let it dry and rinse off. Note that the face mask is black in color and while you can stain your countertop or clothing, it doesn't stain your skin.
Activated charcoal is also used to make the skin smooth and tighten the pores. It also minimizes inflammation which often causes premature aging.
Charcoal face masks comprise of fine dark powder also used in washes and soaps. Allegedly, the powder helps decongest the skin and rids off any irritation creating a clear, even-toned look.
Other general benefits
Note that no proven evidence supports the benefits of activated charcoal on the skin yet. Still holistic beauty fans claim to obtain amazing results from its use.