Why is charcoal detoxing such a trend in the beauty world? In hospitals, activated charcoal is valued as a poison control agent—since it isn't absorbed into the body when ingested, it helps clear harmful substances out of the gastrointestinal tract. These same toxin-sucking properties make activated charcoal appealing to anyone seeking all-natural ways to fight blemishes and acne, too. "The idea is that it binds to the toxins on the skin to help clear someone’s complexion," says Lindsey Bordone, MD, dermatologist and instructor at Columbia University Medical Center. The ingredient is ideal if you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, she says.
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"Activated charcoal is a great ingredient in any skincare regimen because it is a mineral-rich product that is beneficial for a beautiful complexion," says David E. Bank, MD, dermatologist and author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking Her Best at Any Age. Looking to give the trend a try? Here are five products that Bank recommends you consider adding to your beauty routine.