Activated charcoal chemically binds other substances to its surface and hold them there, so molecules adhere just to the surface of the activated carbon. This is called “adsorption” (not the same as absorption where one substance is incorporated into another).
Charcoal can adsorb thousands of times its own weight. As mentioned before, it also has an incredibly large surface area due to all its pores – one cubic inch of charcoal has the surface area equivalent to a 150,000 square-foot field which is a lot of adsorption power!
That’s why just a bit of charcoal can absorb so many toxins from our skin.
People have been using activated charcoal for thousands of years. Its detoxifying properties have been used by ancient Egyptians or Native Americans. In the early 20th century, activated charcoal was used to remove the colour of sugar, was even used in World War I in gas masks to prevent soldiers from being poisoned by chemical exposure.
Nowadays, activated charcoal is used to treat stomach-intestinal problems, it absorbs bacteria in the throat when suffering from cold, it removes odour from the mouth and even it eases the symptoms of a hangover. Activated carbon is used to filter and purify drinking water and even to whiten teeth.
I have done brushing teeth with activated charcoal and must tell you it was a lit bit bizarre. Looking at my mouth, in which it is foaming black, is not really encouraging, especially if the paste guarantees teeth whitening.
1. Takes Care of Oily Skin
Oily skin? Many of you might be fed up with trying out innumerable ways to treat oily skin. It gets even worse during the summer season. Activated charcoal may be just the ingredient you need to balance things out. Activated charcoal soap can pull the unwanted excess oils from your skin along with the dirt from the skin. This gives you an oil-free, smooth look. Moreover, it also effectively removes unwanted oil from the face as well from the body.
2. Deep Cleans Your Skin
Charcoal soap has the perfect ability to control facial oil, it’s also effective in the removal of dead cells, thus providing clean and flawless skin. It works wonders on clearing the pores of the impurities which are responsible for blackheads. It works by absorbing oil, deep-seated debris and environmental pollutants to detoxify the skin. After using it, your skin should feel smooth and your pores should be visibly refined. It gives an amazing deep cleanse because toxins stick to the activated charcoal.
3. Help Reducing 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. Charcoal soap is known to be highly beneficial in the treatment of acne. Soap with activated carbon will also adsorb toxins and remove skin impurities and oils on and below the skin. This way soap eliminates acne. Sometimes it even clears facial marks resulting from acne.
4. Reduces Pore Size
Throughout the day, dirt, toxins are settling over your pores making them more noticeable and enlarged in appearance. When your pores aren’t clear, neither is your complexion. Charcoal soap is the best solution for this as Activated carbon binds to and helps pull the dirt and grime out of your pores, making them less visible and reduces their size. This leaves your face feeling fresh.
5. Very Gently Exfoliates
The texture of charcoal makes for a gentle natural exfoliator. Soap with activated carbon is slightly gritty, which might provide just the gentle exfoliating you need. It helps to remove dead skin cells along with the extraction of dirt and grime from the skin, while its antimicrobial properties help prevent skin infections. Essential oils further boost bactericidal properties, therefore, our activated charcoal soap is coupled with tea tree essential oil, which has antibacterial, antiseptic properties and the ability to treat skin disorders including acne, blemishes.