Activated charcoal has overnight become the key ingredient in skin care products. You can find it in everything from face wash, soaps, scrubs, and masks. When using activated charcoal on your skin, it can help draw out pollution, toxins, and chemicals safely, and help eliminate them. That is just some of the benefits. Activated charcoal also has antibacterial properties, reduces inflammation, decongests and brightens the skin! Did we mention it’s all natural? Now that you know what activated charcoal is, let’s introduce you to our favorite beauty products featuring this mysterious black powder.
Earth Therapeutics Purifying Vegetable Body Sponge Infused With Bamboo Charcoal $5.99 This sponge has a luxuriously soft texture but has the ability to deep cleanse your skin. I like to use it in the shower or bath by lightly adding my favorite body wash and gently rub my skin in a circular motion. The charcoal not only clears your skin of dead cells but it also keeps your pores clean and free from impurities. Also, it easily rinses clean.

Dr.Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask Black Charcoal Sheet Mask $32.95

This is a black sheet mask infused with Korean charcoal to help detoxify and reduce the appearance of pores. It’s also great for oiliness, acne, and blemishes

HERBIVORE Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar $12.00 This is the best body bar soap! This soap is mild yet effective. It evens out the skin, gets rid of anybody acne and blemishes. You will notice a difference in your skin right away! I highly recommend for acne prone skin.
BOSCIA Charcoal MakeUp Melter Cleansing Oil-Balm $32.00 This oil-balm cleanser gently yet effectively removes makeup and impurities. The sunflower oil carries black and white charcoal which detoxifies and balances the skin and gently removes even the toughest waterproof makeup with no pulling or tugging.

Here is a little DIY product for those of you who like to experiment.

What you will need:

  • 1 tsp bentonite clay (I like to use Aztec Clay)
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal powder
  • 2 tsp water or apple cider vinegar ( feel free to add more for right consistency)
  • 1 glass or ceramic bowl


  • In a small size bowl add your water or apple cider vinegar.
  • Then add the bentonite clay or Aztec clay to the water and stir well. The bentonite clay may get clumpy so you should keep stirring until the mixture is pretty smooth.
  • Next, add the charcoal powder and mix well.
  • Start by applying the mask to your face and neck and leave on for at least 10-15 minutes, or until the mask is dry.
  • Rinse off and then gently pat dry. If the mask is too hard to remove feel free to grab a soft and wet cloth to remove the mask gently.
  • Make sure to use a really good moisturizer after as the mask may dry your skin a bit. You can use the mask 1-2 times a week for clear and healthy skin.