Charcoal and why it is so good for acne & Problematic Skin. With Recipes & Product recommendations

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Charcoal is one of the trendiest natural ingredients in skincare today.The black powder called activated charcoal. People have been using activated charcoal for health and beauty purposes for thousands of years and there is good reason.

If you are invested in skin health, you’ve likely already seen this substance advertised in soaps, cleansers, toothpaste, and even deodorant. So what’s the deal with activated charcoal, and how can it benefit your skin?


Benefits of Charcoal

// Exfoliation without stripping the face of natural oil

// Deeply cleansing to pores

// Soothing for acne 

// Removes blackheads

// Relieves skin impurities 

// Detoxifying and purifying  

// Shrinks pores 

// Tightens the skin

// Antibacterial and antifungal 


If you are interested in making your own skincare, we have recipes ready for you! Just click on the recipes below. 


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Not a maker?

If you are interested in this amazing ingredient but aren't a maker then there are amazing charcoal products out there for you. We have summarised the best products out there for you. 

Carbon Theory - Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil, Breakout Control Facial Cleansing Bar

 This sell out soap bar is aimed at problem and acne prone skin sufferers. It detoxing the impurities in your skin, causing breakouts then balances, hydrates and brightens your complexion. Pretty good for under €10.

Boscia - Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser

This is one-of-a-kind jelly-textured face cleanser that deep cleans pores with purifying Activated Black Bamboo Charcoal, leaving skin refreshed and deeply cleansed. The unique, innovative targeted jelly design creates a playful, but effective cleansing experience which can even be used on sensitive skin. This will not strip your skin. 


Lumity 4 in 1 Cleanse

This Lumity 4-in1 Cleanse is a luxurious, skin-nurturing botanical balm from nature is a delightful multi-tasker that 1. Removes make-up 2. Deeply cleanses the skin 3. Gently exfoliates and it can be left on as a 4. Luxurious revitalizing masque treatment. It harnesses the benefits of 31 powerful botanical ingredients. This is a real treat for you skin and senses and it is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive, this cleanser gently exfoliates, leaving skin feeling clear, balanced and polished.


Nip & Fab Charcoal Mandelic Acid Fix Cleansing Bar Face and Body Soap

A 3 in 1 Charcoal cleansing Bar to cleanse + treat + moisturize your skin and reveal a smoother + clearer complexion. It contains charcoal extract - helps to absorb excess oil, mandelic acid - blemish fighting properties and shea butter - leaves the skin feeling soft + nourished. 

Nip & Fab - Charcoal + Mandelic Fix Cleansing Pads

If you need to cleanse in a hurry these are your bestie. The perfect pads to actively cleanse and refine the pores without over-drying the complexio, Containing charcoal extract - known to remove toxins + impurities, Witch hazel - visibly minimise the appearance of pores and Lotus flower extract - regulates oil production.

Carbon Theory - Charcoal, Tea Tree Oil & Mineral Mus Breakout Control Wet Mask

Our Breakout Control Mineral Mud Mask deeply nourishes and detoxifies skin via an intensive repair and anti-breakout treatment. Dead sea mineral mud, which is packed with magnesium, naturally exfoliates, soothes and repairs the skin. Organic activated charcoal gently draws out bacteria, toxins and excess oil. Organic tea tree oil reduces inflammation and acts as a natural antiseptic. Shea butter keeps skin nourished and hydrated without clogging the pores

Carbon Theory - Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil, Breakout Control Facial Exfoliating Scrub 

Our Breakout Control Facial Exfoliating Scrub cleanses and exfoliates the skin, removing dirt, excess oil and impurities to clear clogged pores and prevent breakouts. Pumice particles accelerate natural exfoliation to unclog pores and leave skin feeling bright and refreshed. Pink grapefruit citric acid gently exfoliates, while removing dead skin cells and helping to promote cell turnover. Organic activated charcoal gently draws out bacteria, toxins and excess oil. Organic tea tree oil reduces inflammation and acts as a natural antiseptic.

Revolution Skincare - Charcoal Purifying Mask

This is formulated with purifying Charcoal to help absorb excess sebum and dirt from the pores to leave skin purified and balanced. This is really good for oily and acne prone skin. 


Disclaimer: This information and content does not replace that advice of a dermatologist or medical advice. Please seek medical advice if you suspect that you have a dermal condition. 

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