Activated charcoal, also called activated carbon, is a fine black powder that’s produced when common charcoal is exposed to high heat. This exposure creates tiny internal spaces or holes in the charcoal, making it highly absorbent and able to trap chemicals and toxins.
Remove impurities from the skin. Because of activated charcoal’s ability to absorb bacteria and toxins in the body some skin experts believe that a charcoal face mask can help draw impurities from the skin. By removing trapped dirt and bacteria from the skin, using a charcoal face mask can lead to a healthier, clearer complexion.
Fights acne. Acne is caused by a buildup of dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria that gets trapped inside the pores in your skin. Acne-causing bacteria can trigger pimples and other inflammatory lesions, resulting in irritation, redness, and swelling. The antibacterial properties of activated charcoal, however, may help lift bacteria from the pores. This may help with reducing acne and improving overall skin complexion.