The Purifying Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Although it is a relatively recent addition to the mainstream skincare industry, activated charcoal has been around for ages. The secret lies in its ability to adsorb toxins. And no, you didn’t read that wrong. Active charcoal adsorbs instead of absorbing.

So what’s the difference?

Instead of simply absorbing whatever toxins it happens to touch, activated charcoal acts as a magnet, drawing any nearby toxins toward itself. Activated charcoal (as opposed to the type of charcoal you might use for grilling or drawing) is oxidized, significantly increasing its porosity and surface area. 

It works like a superpowered magnet with so much surface area full of negatively charged ions, attracting the positively charged heavy metals and other toxins that we’re exposed to every day. Those toxins then bind to the outside of the activated charcoal until it is washed away.

Activated charcoal attracts toxins so effectively that you’ll find it in water filtration systems and emergency rooms. It’s often given to patients as a means of accidentally adsorbing ingested toxins before they can be systemically absorbed into the bloodstream.

You can imagine the power of this product on the skin! Here are a few of the amazing purifying benefits that activated charcoal can have for the skin.

1. Unclogged Pores

Because activated charcoal attracts toxins with ease, it’s an incredible weapon against clogged pores and acne. Instead of having to flush out dirt and debris from pores with harsh chemicals, activated charcoal simply coaxes the grime out of its hiding places inside of pores.

2. Reduced Oiliness

Activated charcoal is a great ingredient for people who struggle with oily skin because it pulls excess oil away from the skin. However, it is important to note that activated charcoal does not differentiate between “good” and “bad” oils. 

This type of treatment should only be used once or twice a week, and it should be followed up with moisturizers or other serums that encourage the skin to create “good” oils.

3. Skin Recovery

Acne, insect bites, and stings all have one thing in common:  Toxins. The activated charcoal paste can be helpful for people who are trying to help their skin recover from minor bites, stings, and acne. However, activated charcoal is not capable of combating every poison. In cases of medical emergencies, professional help should be sought out.

4. Enhanced Benefits with CBD

Did you know that activated charcoal can be used in conjunction with a wide range of ingredients to enhance its amazing benefits? When combined with CBD, activated charcoal can work to soothe irritated, dry skin, allowing you to have hydrated, smooth skin and an amazing fresh-faced look you’ll love.

Treat Your Body to the Best

At Skin Zen, we love activated charcoal for its ability to provide powerful effects without the use of heavy chemicals. Are you interested in learning more about organic skincare? We can help!