Activated charcoal has long been regarded as a very valuable substance. Its ability to attach itself to toxins makes it incredibly effective for drug overdoses and alcohol poisoning, and hospitals rely on it constantly. Recently, it has become all the rage in skincare products. Its impressive absorbency is ideal for gently lifting dirt and oil from the skin. As such, activated charcoal cleansers are one of the hottest products available for radiant, flawless skin.


How do activated charcoal masks and cleansers work?
Activated charcoal cleansers are crammed full of skin-nourishing goodness. Like the activated charcoal used in A&E, the varieties used in cleansers are brilliant at absorbing impurities. When you apply it to your face, excess skin oil, dirt and grime are drawn to the tiny black grains and away from the skin. When washed away with water, they remain attached to the activated charcoal, leaving your skin feeling fresh and your pores clear. This makes activated charcoal cleansers or a charcoal mask ideal for people who have skin that is prone to blackheads, such as teenagers and pre-menstrual women.

Hormones from puberty and menstruation can cause the skin to produce more sebum (the skin’s natural oil). Sebum protects the skin from infection and irritation, but if the body produces too much it can block pores, causing both blackheads and whiteheads. The only way to get rid of blackheads is to unclog pores and balance out the oil in the skin. So, if you have issues with blackheads, an activated charcoal cleanser could be just what your skin needs.

What kinds of activated charcoal cleansers and masks are available?

There are several types of activated charcoal cleansers and masks available: the type you choose depends on your needs. Gel cleansers simply clean the skin and can be applied twice a day and washed off. They are soap-free and gentle, and reduce sebum to promote radiant skin. They are often fortified with fruit extracts containing skin enhancing vitamin C. This is a great choice for everyday use.

The Pure Active Intensive Charcoal range includes an activated charcoal cleanser that works as a wash, scrub and face mask. It is rich in antibacterial salicylic acid, exfoliating particles and super-porous charcoal clay. The trio of high quality ingredients means that you can use it every other day. A charcoal mask can be particularly effective at reducing blackheads and clearing pores because it is designed to stay on the face longer than the washes. The longer the activated charcoal stays on the skin, the more impurities it can lift away. If you’ve had a particularly bad breakout and want to get it under control, it makes sense to use an exfoliating face mask. The only difference between this one and others is that it won't just exfoliate, it will deeply cleanse and nourish the skin. And because it is natural, it won't irritate your face.

Activated charcoal has long been used in filtration and hospitals, but now, it is taking skincare to the next level. It is a super-efficient ingredient and very gentle, so it seems clogged pores and blackheads will finally be a thing of the past.

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