5 Charcoal Detox Products You Need In Your Beauty Routine

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October 18, 2016

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.

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Face Mask

Face masks are one of the most popular ways to use activated charcoal, because they can help dry up excess oil, says Bordone. This organic coconut charcoal face mask purifies, detoxifies, and rejuvenates your skin by exfoliating and absorbing oil without disrupting your skin’s natural balance. Add water, yogurt, or raw honey to turn it into a paste and use it on your face and neck.

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Detox Soap and Scrub

This beauty bar and scrub set works to remove toxins without drying out your skin. Both are made with only organic ingredients and is free of beauty additives like formaldehyde and preservatives. 

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Facial Puff

If you have sensitive skin, this is the charcoal product for you. The natural sponge exfoliates and cleanses while restoring your skin’s natural pH level. Thanks to its extra fine texture, the facial puff won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. You can use it with or without soap and it can last up to three months.

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Acne Treatment

Only need spot treatment for the occasional blemish and don’t want the harsh chemicals that can dry out your skin? Try this organic zit zap spot treatment mask. It packs a serious beauty punch with basil essential oil and activated charcoal, and is free from the major chemical enemies—parabens, phthalates, fragrances, and preservatives.

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Complexion Soap

If your skin is acne-prone, this charcoal and sea salt complexion soap offers a winning combo that could help you get your best-looking skin, says Bank. The charcoal helps remove impurities, while the salt adds beneficial nutrients back into your pores.

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