Activated charcoal has become an almost magical word, especially in the skin care industry. Its effectiveness, usefulness, after-effects, side-effects have all been debated for a long time and quite rightly so. However, the truth of the matter is that there is still a lot of confusion regarding activated charcoal, especially since there aren’t many scientific evidences proving anything.
Use of activated charcoal has been seen for ages. In fact, Egyptians have been known to use it to purify wounds using this form of charcoal. The lack of any scientific evidence means that there are many people who cannot completely trust its effectiveness. While there may be no concrete scientific research that proves the effectiveness of activated charcoal, there is ample evidence of people who have openly praised it and said how beneficial it has been to them. In fact, keeping this in mind it is not really any wonder that today top cosmetic brands are launching skincare products that are being made using activated charcoal.
Many confuse activated charcoal with briquettes that are used to heat a grill but essentially they are both very different. Their only similarity is that both are the residue of carbon-rich organic materials such as peat, wood and coconut shells. However, the similarity ends here. To make activated carbon, charcoal is heated using steam or hot air which makes the charcoal extremely porous – so much so that it gets oxygenated. The heat erodes the internal surface, increases the exterior surface and makes it so adsorptive that it gets the capacity to pull out the toughest of stains or dirt from any surface.
It is mainly due to this reason that activated charcoal has for a very long time been used by emergency units in hospitals to treat overdosed or poisoned patients. Activated charcoal can pull out the poisonous elements before it can harm the human body majorly.
There are increasing number of evidences towards the fact that activated charcoal works to remove dirt, grime, excess oil from the skin. That is probably the reason why it is becoming increasingly fashionable to use a face scrub or a body mask which is made using this miracle ingredient. There are quite a few types of skincare products that have activated charcoal as its primary ingredient. Let’s take a look at them –
It is quite evident from the number of skincare products that are made using activated charcoal how evident it really yes. But it is wise to summarize the benefits of it, which we have done below.
While activated charcoal can bring effective changes to your skin, it must be used wisely and not indiscriminately. Excess use of activated charcoal can expose the skin to harshness. However once in a while or at least once a week is enough. If you want long-lasting results, use activated charcoal and see the difference for yourself.