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Activated Charcoal Oily Skin Remedy

If you have oily skin, you know that shiny look and oily feeling on your face. Many of you have no doubt tried literally dozens of skin care products to get your oily skin under control.

But have you considered using natural skincare products containing activated charcoal? Activated charcoal could be just the remedy your skin is after.

What is so great about activated charcoal for oily skin?

When you have oily skin, you need to eliminate excess oil while also maintaining soft, hydrated healthy looking skin. It can be a tricky balance. Skincare products formulated with charcoal or charcoal extracts can be a great match for oily and blemish-prone skin.

Related: To learn more about the natural benefits of activated charcoal in skincare products, click here.

There are numerous products on the market which use activated charcoal as an ingredient. If you are looking to maintain balanced, shine-free skin, there are a range of activated charcoal skincare products to choose from.

How activated charcoal treats oily skin

Skin experts recommend the use of activated charcoal based face washes, cleansers, lotions and facial scrubs and masks to treat oily skin issues. When activated charcoal comes into contact with your skin,  it adsorbs the dirt, impurities and grime out of your skin. The process acts to soak up excess oil from your skin, leaving you with a less shiny complexion.

If you struggle with oily skin, consider using a face mask or wash with charcoal to draw out toxins and eliminate excess sebum from your complexion.

A word of warning – Don’t used activated charcoal products for oily skin more than once or twice a week 

If you start to see results with skincare products that contain activated charcoal, don’t be tempted to use the products on your skin more frequently than once or twice a week. Used too regularly, your skin will dry out.

Of course we also recommend that you try to source skincare products that contain natural ingredients.

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Here are some activated charcoal skincare products that are great for oily skin

Derme Purifying Gel Cleanser with Marine Algae and Activated Charcoal

Biore Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser

Garnier Mens Pore Purifying Charcoal Face Wash and Mask

Brickell Purifying Charcoal Face Mask

To see more of our favorite activated charcoal skincare products, click here.

DIY Activated Charcoal Oily Skin Recipe

If you would prefer to make your skincare products from scratch, here is an easy and effective DIY activated charcoal face mask recipe designed for oily skin:

  • Mix together 2 capsules of activated charcoal, ½ teaspoon bentonite clay, ¼ teaspoon coconut oil, ¼ teaspoon avocado oil and a teaspoon of water.
  • Mix together all ingredients with a wooden or plastic spoon.
  • Use a cosmetic or other brush to apply the mixture to your face. Be careful to avoid your eyes and mouth.
  • Let the activated charcoal face mask sit on your face until it dries, then remove it with a warm washcloth, rinse your face with cool water, and pat dry.
    Note: Always perform a patch test before using a new product on your skin, to test for sensitivities.

Have you got any favorite oily skin remedies? We would love to hear about them in the Comments section below.

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