Activated Carbon for Your Skin

Activated Carbon for Your Skin
Dr. Thajudheen MD
Feb 05, 2018 | Skin care

Previously used for the treatment of drug poisoning in emergency rooms, Activated carbon – nowadays, has turned out to be an integral and inevitable component in beauty therapy.

Now, what is activated carbon? Its charcoal has been heated to a certain level, increasing its porosity, adsorption, and absorption properties.

Present in face masks, face washes, face scrubs, bars, exfoliators, shampoos, nose strips (for blackheads removal), toothpaste, toothbrush, and why not, even in juices obviously with flavour; activated carbon does unbelievable changes by cleansing out the micro pores formed via pollution through the air, water and smoke; namely pollutants formed in the form of dust, dirt and oils.

Magnificient role on the skin!

Activated carbon attracts oils snd dirt from the clogged pores of the skin, making it deeply cleansed, leaving you with an instant glow and appearing fairer than before.

Thanks to its non-oil property, facial masks with activated carbon stays the first choice for people suffering from the oily face; not to apply facial masks more than once a week. People with dry face are suggested to stay away from beauty products with activated carbon, as they tend to make the skin even drier whilst applied frequently.

Activated carbon can cure ZITS (A kind of comedo formed due to excess oil getting trapped in the pores), making it one of the perfect reasons to treat Acne. It can be incorporated into your face wash or as a spot mask, as gentle exfoliation can also be done with this.

How activated carbon helps your hair

A shampoo wash with an activated carbon component helps you get rid of unhealthy scalp trends & hair issues by pulling the residues left on the scalp, making the hair look more voluminous and bouncy.

If your hair is of a light colour, be cautious enough not to get it stained while using high content carbon products. But, be cautious when you have light coloured hair as it might stain your pretty looks! So, it’s always recommended to do a patch test before you cleanse immensely.

Shampoos with activated carbon content are available in the market. However, if you couldn’t find it, you may add a teaspoon or a capsule of it into your regular shampoo and use it as usual.

More uses of activated carbon

Activated carbon can also be used for treating insect bites on the affected area (where stung), and you may repeat it if necessary. However, you’re recommended to consult a dermatologist if the irritation persists.

When mixed with toothpaste, activated carbon helps teeth whitening (recommended usage: thrice a week).

Keep in mind; this may stain any veneers or crowns you’ve applied earlier.


Dr. Thajudheen MD

Dr Thajudheen is a dermatologist and cosmetic laser surgeon. He founded Dr Thaj Laser Skin & Hair Clinics in cities across southern India, where he pioneered the use of advanced lasers and cosmetology techniques.


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