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5 reasons to use a Charcoal Cleansing Bar solid wash for your skin

From pore cleansing to exfoliation, charcoal cleansers have multiple benefits for the skin. Explore 5 reasons to use a charcoal face wash with Garnier. 


Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Justine Kluk, explains three key factors behind blackheads and blemishes:

  1.  An excess of sebum, which is the natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin. These are most concentrated on our face, particularly the T-zone.
  2.  A build-up of dead skin cells which mix with the sebum and get trapped in our pores. This mixture oxidises on exposure to air, turning the material black and giving blackheads their typical appearance.
  3. Blemish-causing bacteria triggers inflammation in the skin.

Devising a consistent, targeted skincare routine that includes ingredients known to reduce oiliness and inflammation can help to calm skin and reduce blackheads and blemishes.

*Global Acne Market Report For 2016-2026

Once upon a time, charcoal was reserved for barbecues – but it turns out we were all missing out on some serious beauty benefits. Charcoal – or, more specifically, activated charcoal – has become an essential part of our arsenal thanks to its natural skin-boosting properties. Here are some of key reasons you should be incorporating it into your everyday skincare routine.


Who is the new Charcoal Cleansing Bar for?

Charcoal makes a great addition to any skincare routine, but it’s particularly useful to those who suffer with blemish-prone or oily skin. It’s used to reduce the appearance of blemishes, blackheads, and imperfections, so it’s a definite must-try for anyone looking to smooth out their skin and get a more even complexion.

The benefits of charcoal cleansers 

1. It’s pore-cleansing

This natural  treasure is known for absorbing the dirt, oil, and excess oils that can clog up your skin, leaving you feeling ultra-fresh and looking radiant..

2. It’s naturally exfoliating

By targeting dead skin cells, charcoal helps to leave your skin feeling softer and smoother without treating it too roughly. Simply massage it into your skin in circular motions, rinse it away, and watch it take the dead skin cells and everyday grime with it. 

3. It helps manage oily skin

Because charcoal is ultra-porous, it’s perfect for soaking up excess oils. That makes this treatment perfect for those who struggle with oily skin – whether that’s your natural skin type or something that flares up with hormonal or lifestyle changes. By absorbing the unneeded oil produced by your skin, charcoal can help to reduce shininess and leave you with skin that feels smoother and more manageable.

4. Our formula is proven to reduce the appearance of blemishes

You don’t just have to take our word for it – the benefits of charcoal have been proven! After using our Charcoal Cleansing Bar, 78% of users reported that their face appeared purified, while 73% said the skin on their neck and back was less oily. In fact, even after just one use, 85% said the bar removed impurities on their face and 89% said the skin on their back and neck looked clean and clear*. 

*self-assessment, 55 subjects

5. It’s hypoallergenic and vegan-formula* 

Our charcoal soap is made with 96% natural origin ingredients and is vegan, meaning there are no animal-derived ingredients or by-products involved. As with all Garnier products, our charcoal bar is approved by Cruelty Free International under the Leaping Bunny Programme. The product is suitable for people who are prone to acne. 

*vegan formula – no animal derived ingredients or by-products


How to use our charcoal cleansing bar

To get the best results from your charcoal cleansing bar, use it once or twice a day, focusing on the areas you want to target. Simply wet your skin, rub the bar over your face and body, and rinse off thoroughly afterwards. Oh, and make sure you stash it somewhere safe like a soap dish or a tin to avoid black marks in your bathroom!

Other charcoal skincare products from Garnier

Want to go all-in with your charcoal routine? We’ve got a whole range of complementary Pure Active Charcoal range, including our Charcoal 3in1 Wash Scrub & Mask designed for oily skin, our Charcoal Peel-Off, and our Charcoal nose strips – perfect for blackheads and blemishes. There’s also the our fantastic on the spot Anti-Blemish SOS stick and our mattifying Anti-Imperfection face sheet mask. You can pair products together or pick-and-mix to see which ones best suit your skin type. 

This range is part of our Green Beauty initiative . This charcoal soap comes wrapped in paper packaging so there is zero plastic waste*. 

*except the glue that is necessary to seal the paper


Want to see more? Check out the Garnier Pure Active Charcoal Bar for yourself!