Alyssa Tria
Alyssa Tria

What’s the Deal with Charcoal Skincare Products?

Charcoal. No, I’m not talking about the coal used for summer BBQs (as much as I want to talk about food), I’m talking about the trending beauty ingredient. In case you’ve been living under a rock, activated charcoal in skincare products continues to be in the spotlight. Seriously, it’s everywhere: face masks, cleansers, scrubs, soaps, exfoliators, you name it. But what’s so great about charcoal-infused products besides looking cool and all, you may ask? Well, activated charcoal is known for its absorbency. So if we’re talking skincare, it totally makes sense, absorbing dirt, excess oil and toxins from your clogged pores. Activated charcoal could potentially be your new BFF if you’re trying to fight acne. Here are a few activated charcoal-infused skincare products that I’ve been obsessing over:

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser


I have combination skin, but during the summer it’s more on the oily side. I’ve been going crazy over the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, which claims to draw twice as much dirt from the skin as any other basic cleanser. It’s an absolute must-have for anyone who has oily skin. I’ve been using this cleanser every day and I’m loving how it leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth, without sucking the moisture from my skin.

Clarisea Skintox Activated Charcoal Salt Bar


I’m not a huge fan of facial bar soaps, but I do love using this charcoal salt bar for my neck and the rest of my body. I usually get acne on my face during that time of the month, but I suffer from backne all the time, and it worsens during the summer. The Pacific Ocean and Himalayan Pink Sea Salts in this soap really helps to control and clear the acne on my back and close to the hairline around my neck. I like showering with this charcoal salt bar after a workout and even when it’s an extremely hot day. It allows my skin to breathe and feel refreshed throughout the day.

Life Brand Charcoal Peel-off Mask


I refer to this peel-off mask as my beauty glue. I apply a thick layer on my skin and leave it for 30 minutes or until it’s completely dry, then gently peel it off. It sort of feels like peeling glue off my face, which is why I call it my beauty glue. Formulated with activated charcoal powder, it gently removes impurities from pores. I try to use this mask only once or twice a week, but I honestly use it all the time; it’s just so fun! I’m not sure if that’s because it brings back major nostalgia feels of Elmers glue from grade school or because I’m super gross and I like seeing all the gunk absorbed on the mask. What’s great about this product is that you can use it on your entire face or just for selected areas, such as your nose or chin.