What is Charcoal?
Charcoal is the result of burning carbon-based materials, which makes sense if you’ve ever come in contact with the chalky, sooty substance. Although you might hear the terms “charcoal” and “activated charcoal” used interchangeably in the beauty industry, activated charcoal has been treated to produce a much larger surface area which benefits absorption. When charcoal is treated with gases or inorganic chemicals, it’s forced to open up and form pores (think of a microscopic sponge) on your skin.
Technical jargons aside, but activated charcoal works by using dispersion forces, which is a type of intermolecular force. Dispersion forces are sticky forces that act between all substances microscopically. They form due to temporary dipoles formed from the movement of electrons. Because activated charcoal has a large surface area, it has a lot of space to form dispersion forces with other substances. It’s this sticky characteristic that makes activated charcoal effective at removing substances when it comes in contact with them and why it’s earned a reputation for being such a good detoxifier. Activated charcoal is usually part of the ingredients in masks, face soaps, exfoliating sponges, deodorant, and hair and scalp treatments.
Activated Charcoal is one of the best natural pore cleansing ingredients and it’s beneficial for your skin in many ways too.
Do you want younger looking skin and refined pores? Of course, you do! But seriously though! Who doesn’t want youthful looking skin and teeny-tiny, unclogged, non-existent pores?
By now you know you should keep your pores clean and healthy for younger looking skin, but did you know that your skin will benefit from using activated charcoal?
Just one teaspoon of activated charcoal has a surface area of more than a football field! When you use a skin care product that’s formulated with activated charcoal, that’s some powerful pore-cleansing detoxifying potential for clear, blemish-free skin.
What are the Characteristics and Benefits of Activated Charcoal?
- Exfoliation without stripping the face of natural oil.
- Deep cleansing for pores.
- Acne soothing.
- Blackheads removal.
- Relieves skin impurities.
- Detoxifying and purifying.
- Shrinks pores.
- Tightens the skin.
- Antibacterial and antifungal.
- Help treat insect bites.
6 Activated Charcoal for the Skin
Some anecdotal evidence supports activated charcoal’s skin benefits. But to be honest, more research evidence is required to prove that it actually works.
Benefits of Activated Charcoal :-
Acne – The annoying result of oil, bacteria and dead skin cells building up in our pores. It can lead to painful redness, swelling, irritation and scarring. The antibacterial and porous properties of activated charcoal might be able to draw out bacteria trapped in your pores. This can improve your overall complexion.
Some skin experts believed that activated charcoal masks can help remove impurities from your skin. That’s because it acts like a magnet, absorbing bacteria and toxins for a clearer complexion as a result.
Treat insect bites
Bug bites are the WORST. Thankfully, activated charcoal can help you ditch the itch. It might be able to help neutralize the toxins in insect venom, soothing the sting.
Thanks to its oil-absorbing superpowers, activated charcoal may be able to unclog your pores. This leaves them free and clear of the nasty impurities that can lead to whiteheads and those stubborn blackheads. You might also notice that your pores appear smaller over time (though pore size can’t actually shrink), but there’s little to no real science to support this.
Treat skin conditions
Activated charcoal’s antibacterial and antifungal properties can help heal damaged skin. It may also soothe symptoms of skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. But remember, limited research is available in this area.
Because of its gritty yet soft texture, activated charcoal serves as a natural exfoliant. It can slough off dead skin cells to reveal the healthy glow of the fresh new skin underneath.