Skip Nav
Beauty Tips
How the Hell to Get Hair Off of Your Upper Lip
Makeup
Don't Miss ColourPop's Flash Sale to Save on Ultrashimmery Highlighters
Beauty News
Ruff Day? Relax Like This Adorably Chic Dog at the Spa!

Charcoal Products

There Is Such a Thing as Clean Coal — on Your Face

Ages ago, in the first half of the 20th century, charcoal was a common ingredient in everything from toothpastes to soap to indigestion pills. As Americans began using new, "modern" synthetic products, charcoal went out of vogue, consigned to the world of unreliable folk remedies from your great-aunt and the sketchy back aisles of fetid hippie-run co-op grocery stores. Which is sad, because charcoal is a very effective cleanser, non-acnegenic, and totally biodegradable. Plus, unlike a lot of synthetic surfactants we use to clean ourselves, when it gets into your water system, it doesn't take eight trips to the processing plant to make the water potable again, and there isn't nasty chemical run-off.

Thankfully, then, the "green" trend has brought charcoal products back from the brink. Charcoal's effective as a topical ointment for zits, makes a really nice exfoliant, and on oily skin, there's nothing more naturally effective as a cleanser. If your skin has become sensitized lately to your product regime, or you're looking for a cleanser or acne solution so non-toxic you can eat it, make like Great-Aunt Edna and check out charcoal.

Source: Flickr User jbcurio

Join The Conversation
countchocula countchocula 7 years
I love the Origins Clear Improvement mask!
Ayu Ayu 7 years
I use both Coalface, Dark Angels and You Snap the Whip from Lush and they're all great exfoliators that don't dry out my skin at same time.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I used the coal mask from Origins in my teens and I always felt FANTASTIC afterwards. I just remember thinking it was super expensive so I wouldn't buy it... I'm a grown up now with actual income other than babysitting money so I might look into this again for periodic deep cleans!
TammyO TammyO 7 years
I LOVE Coalface from Lush! I use it every day, it really helps keep my formally broken out face looking clear as a bell.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I have never considered charcoal as a beauty ingredient/product. I think I'll have to check it out. I just read comments the other day on fit's vegetarian diet post that activated charcoal pills can prevent gas.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I have been using the charcoal mask from Origins for years. I really like it.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Sure thing, Bella!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Please do! If you feel like writing a review, I know a lot of people would be excited to hear about it :)
amybdk amybdk 7 years
I just got a sample of DHS charcoal body wash - Once I use it, I'll have to report back!
Frank Body Lands at Ulta Stores
How to Recycle and Dispose of Grilling Charcoal
Best Beauty Products For July 2017 | Summer Shopping
Using Betadine For Acne | Charlotte's Book
From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds