When applied topically, Activated charcoal effectively cleanses the skin, unclogs pores, removes impurities, and dead skin cells. The result is smooth, supple, and even-toned skin. PHOTO CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCKPutting activated charcoal in your hair and on your face might not seem ideal, but it’s proven to have many beauty benefits when used safely. Here are the benefits: 1. Smaller pores Throughout the day, toxins from the concrete around us clog our pores. When your pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion. Activated charcoal–like in our Charcoholic Soap–binds to dirt and helps pull it out of your pores, making them less visible (it’s the oil and dirt that makes them appear bigger). This leaves your face feeling fresh and smooth. 2. Balances oily skin Oily skin? Activated charcoal may be just the ingredient you need to balance things out. Activated charcoal can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it smooth. 3. Treats acne Depending on the specifics of your acne–how severe it is, what’s causing it and what else is going on–activated charcoal may be able to help. In soap form, it’s slightly gritty, which might provide the gentle exfoliating you need. It will also absorb oils and toxins on and below the skin. Activated charcoal is inert, which means that it doesn’t cause allergic reactions nor will it irritate sensitive skin if used correctly. In fact, activated charcoal can be used to help remedy allergic skin reactions. Check out our Charcoholic Activated Charcoal soap to unlock the goodness of natural activated charcoal!