The Beautiful Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Jacqueline Rosenhek

November 14 2017


Lately, you have probably seen a few YouTube tutorials on how to make face masks with activated charcoal. You probably also know how activated charcoal is an effective natural teeth whitener. People have also used it as body soap, in body and facial scrubs, as a primary ingredient in soap, to get rid of rashes and reduce bites, as a deodorant and a few other things. How is this fine black powder capable of all these things? What is it even made from? Common charcoal is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum. Activated charcoal is similar to common charcoal, but is made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal, you heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal trap unwanted chemicals and bacteria and prevent their absorption. When you use activated charcoal as a beauty/detoxifying product it basically traps unwanted toxins and prevents them from penetrating into our pores. Here are some basic recipes and functions for active charcoal you could do at home!

  1. Face Mask: To create your mask, mix 1 tbsp of activated charcoal with 1/2 teaspoon of green clay and 1 1/2 teaspoons of water and mix into a smooth paste. Apply the mask evenly avoiding eyes and lips. Leave on for 7-10 minutes.
  2. Teeth Whitener: Mix 1 tsp with 1 tsp of melted coconut oil, 1 tbsp of baking soda, and 15 drops of peppermint essential oil and 3 drops of cardamom essential oil. This AC toothpaste will pull toxins from your mouth, remove stains, and effectively kill bad breath.
  3. Acne Removal: Mix ½ a tsp of activated charcoal with ½ a tsp of aloe vera gel and apply to affected area with a q-tip.


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