Activated Charcoal – The black ingredient that works wonders on your skin

We humans have been using charcoal for centuries. What once was used for multiple activities is now being used in skincare.

Yes, activated charcoal has gained momentum in the skincare industry for the past decade.

But wait a second,

What’s activated charcoal?

activated charcoal

Charcoal best suited for its absorbing quality. When it is treated to increase this quality, it is called activated charcoal. Post treating the charcoal, it becomes like a magnet that attracts dirt, oil, and various other impurities when applied to your skin.

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What are the benefits of activated charcoal?

As mentioned above, activated charcoal becomes a magnet to clean dirt off your skin. Here are some of the best benefits;

1. Can Treat Acne:

Using beauty products with treated charcoal, you can get rid of excessive oils and toxins are hidden in the pores of your skin. As your skin gets rid of all these, it helps in treating acne.

2. Reduces impact & size of pores:

Many often complain about pores that grow in size and affect their look and confidence. But with the help of charcoal in face wash, all dirt and oils will be pulled out of those pores. This will automatically clear the pores and reduce their size.

3. Best solution to treat oily skin:

Men and women with oily skin can use activated charcoal beauty products to help them deal with oily skin. The excessive oils will be cleared out. But ensure you don’t overuse it as there’s a high chance that you will over-dry your skin.

How do I use activated charcoal?

Off late, I have become a fan of charcoal-based products. Hence I have added it to my skincare treatment. Face wash, Face scrub, Bath and Shower Gel, Shampoo, and Serum are some of the products that I have tried. Recently I started using charcoal products by Bryan and Candy. Here’s what I think about them;

Bryan and Candy Activated Charcoal Kit

Face wash:

This face wash exfoliates and cleans dirt and every other impurity caused by the pollution we face. While charcoal-based products usually have a cold after effect on your skin, this one doesn’t have that effect. Hence you can use it even in winters and utilize its benefits.

Face scrub :

The face scrub does a fantastic job thanks to the combination of aloe vera and charcoal that protects your skin from aging, sun damage, cleaning dirt and oil, etc. I found this to be quite decent.

Bath and Shower Gel :

As bath and shower gels have started gaining popularity, I added this special charcoal-based gel. It does have an amazing scent and helps you keep your skin clean from excessive dirt and oils.

5 in 1 serum :

Now, this is one special product that I like the most. This special serum best to repair wrinkles, improve your skin’s natural healing process, hydrates your skin, and brightens your complexion as well. It’s a lot of benefits this one product provides.


Finally, I use a shampoo that is known to remove any impurities that deal with your scalp. This shampoo is foamy, does make my hair silky smooth, and is a work-in-progress for my hair fall issues.

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Additionally, all these 5 products come in one pack, with nice packaging, making it ideal for Gifting. A great thoughtful gift for your near and dear ones.

In conclusion, I believe that adding activated charcoal products to your skincare regimen is perhaps the best thing that you can do!

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Sandy Vyjay says:

    Activated Charcoal products are indeed assuming more and more importance. They are really effective, have personally used shampoos and face washes that contain activated Charcoal.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Totally, liked products with charcoal more

  2. Ramya Pandey says:

    Afreen these look like great products. I have also heard a lot about charcoal usage in beauty products. I recently use face scrub containing charcoal with some other brand and was glad of the results. This convinced me of the goodness of charcoal, will definitely try out the products of this brand.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Totally Ramya. You should try Bryan and Candy face serum too. It’s really good, my current favourite

  3. Most of my face washes and scrubs are now with the activated charcoal element only. very useful post on this ..

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Glad you found it useful

  4. Bedabrata Chakraborty says:

    I knew activated charcoal was a treatment for stomach gas. Its skin care property is news! And good news!

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      It’s a good news with a positive effect for sure 🙂

  5. Nidhi Gupta says:

    I have been using activated charcoal face-pack and can see the benefits. Definitely gonna try these products. They seem godsent.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      That would be great, do share your views too once you use the products.

  6. Raksha says:

    Wow these activated charcoal products seem so cool. I didn’t know it had so many benefits for the skin, I will try to pick some of them.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      That’s great to know

  7. Prachi Mehta says:

    I have heard a lot about Bryan & Candy products but have used none. After reading your post it seems like surely need to buy this activated charcoal kit. Product benefits are mesmerising, and what is more important than one’s skincare. Thank you for sharing this lovely post.

    1. Afreen Ansari says:

      Totally agree, do let us know how you found them too

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