Activated charcoal for acne

Activated Charcoal for Acne – Secret to Smoother Skin?

Activated Charcoal for Acne – Benefits

There is no shortage of information about the cause of acne. Experts believe that the main cause is a rise in the level of a hormone called androgen. Others suggest that the probability of developing acne may be genetic.

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Whilst typically acne occurs during puberty, people of all ages may get acne. Acne can be affected by a range of environmental factors also including the diet, anxiety and stress, climates, the menstrual cycle for women and the use of oil based skincare products (including make up).

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It is scientifically proven that there are four main factors that can cause acne (source: mayoclinic):

  • Oil production
  • Dead skin cells
  • Clogged pores
  • Bacteria

Acne typically appears on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. These areas of skin have the most oil (sebaceous) glands. Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Whatever the cause, no-one loves acne! Read on to see how activated charcoal may be able to assist you in your fight against acne.

How Effective is Activated Charcoal in Acne Products?

Whether activated charcoal as an active ingredient can solve your acne worries depends on a few things:

  • How severe your acne is
  • The cause of your acne
  • The type of pimples you have (ie blackheads, whiteheads etc)
  • Your skin type
  • How much activated charcoal is in the skin care or body care product you use – there is little research available to confirm what quantity will provide a benefit to your skin
Activated Charcoal for Acne Products

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There are many skin care and body care products on the market that contain activated charcoal. C&B recommends you look at specific products and their reviews on your website of choice to see what others are saying. Take particular note where the product reviewer has the same or similar skin type and pimple type as you.

Our Recommended Activated Charcoal Acne products

There are many products on the market with activated charcoal for acne:

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser read our review here
Blackhead Acne Removal Activated Charcoal Set  read our review here
Remain Simple Bentonite Clay read our review here
Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Detox Deep Pore Cleanser for Men read our review here
Balm+Co. Activated Charcoal Cleanser read our review here
Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Deep Cleasne Body Bar read our review here

Key Things to Look out for in Acne Treating Skin Care and Body Care Products

Here’s our tips for buying any type of acne control skincare product:

  • See whether the product contains ingredients such as menthol that can cause a stinging sensation
  • Stick to the regularity of use reflected on product packaging as overuse may cause very dry and irritated skin
  • If you have very sensitive skin, opt for organic, natural products that are free of artificial ingredients
  • Remember – always do a test sample of the product before you commit to using a particular product

The Benefits of an Activated Charcoal Blackhead Face Mask

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Given activated charcoal has some cleansing qualities you could consider creating your own activated charcoal blackhead face mask. That way, you can control all of the ingredients and build a face mask that is just right for your skin type. Here are a couple of recipes that you might like to try:

DIY Charcoal Face Mask from Oh, The Things We’ll Make

There are so many different DIY activated charcoal face masks that are great for more general acne control as well. Here are another couple of activated charcoal acne mask recipes to try:

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DIY Charcoal Face Mask for Acne and Blackheads from Root and Revel

If you are considering a commercial activated charcoal acne mask, remember to look carefully at the ingredients. Click here to see some nasties you should avoid in any activated charcoal skincare product.

Will an activated charcoal cleanse make my acne go away?

No products are categorically proven to get rid of acne. Often cleansers that contain activated charcoal also contain a range of other ingredients as well. That makes it hard to determine if activated charcoal is the active ingredient that treats your acne. There could be other ingredients in the cleanser that play a role in your acne control.

Activated charcoal and Acne Scars

The jury is out on whether many skincare products are effective in treating acne scars. Activated charcoal is no exception. Whilst people with acne scars may report an improvement after using a skin care product with activated charcoal as an ingredient, it is very difficult to determine if that is the specific ingredient that reduces acne scars.

Activated charcoal acne reviews

With so many skincare products on the market, brands are scrambling over one another to sell you the latest and greatest acne skincare products. Those who shout the loudest often win your business.

As we mentioned earlier in this article, you should look up specific activated charcoal acne reviews for any products you are considering. There are so many beauty forums online. That means you can tap into the feedback from people who have tried the skincare product you are considering.

Be warned. It is not uncommon for people to use products without any research. Sometimes they have used activated charcoal acne skincare products that have worsened the condition of their acne. No one is smiling when that happens!

What the Research Says about Activated Charcoal for Acne

Research into the effectiveness of activated charcoal in skin care and body care products that treat acne is not scientifically conclusive as yet. In addition, no significant research has been conducted to show what amount of activated charcoal in a particular product provides a benefit to your skin. Some dermatologists and other health care professionals point to other ingredients as potential “heroes” in skin care and body care products that contain activated charcoal – ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide which are scientifically proven to help with acne breakouts.

The good news is that it has been proven that activated charcoal will not to do any harm to your skin. So if you are looking to give a product containing activated charcoal a go, it seems like you don’t have much to lose. C&B.

What is your experience in clearing acne with products that contain activated charcoal? Leave your feedback in the Comments section below?

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