How to Use Activated Charcoal for Your Face

By Sara . Updated: August 9, 2017
How to Use Activated Charcoal for Your Face

If you are tired of conventional beauty products and want to try something new yet natural then activated charcoal is just the thing for you. Activated charcoal is a bit different from regular charcoal as it is treated with certain gas which expands the charcoal creating a porous surface that traps toxins. Activated charcoal had been in use for thousands of years for its medicinal properties but it had emerged as a beauty trend recently. To use activated charcoal as a beauty product keep reading this onehowto article on how to use activated charcoal for your face.

Activated charcoal as a face mask

Using activated charcoal as face mask helps in deep cleansing the facial skin and also cleans the pores and makes them smaller. For activated charcoal face mask follow the steps given below.

You'll need:

  • 1 tsp activated charcoal in powdered form
  • 1 tsp aloe vera gel/aloe vera juice
  • 1 tsp rose water/water
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 5 drops tea tree oil


To make the face mask just mix all the ingredients together into a thin paste. Then apply a thin layer all over your face. Leave it on your face until it dries and then wash it off.

For more, take a look at the best activated charcoal face masks article, which include peel-offs!

Activated charcoal to reduce acne

Acne is one of the most usual conditions on the skin of the face. This condition becomes even worse when the warm months come. Sweat and constant use of sunscreen leads to clogged pores which worsen acne. An activated charcoal face mask can be a great way to absorb the excess oil and prevent acne breakout.

You'll need:

  • 1 tbsp activated charcoal in powder form
  • 1 tbsp bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar



Mix the activated charcoal powder and bentonite clay and then use apple cider vinegar to make a paste. When you have a paste, spread it all over your face. Let it dry and then rinse it off with cool water.

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To remove excess oil from face

Excess oil on face can make you look drab. So, to balance things out you can use activated charcoal to remove the excess oil. This product, besides removing the excess oil will also make the skin smoother to the touch. You can use a face wash that contains activated charcoal, but don't use it more than two times per week. Using it more than that would make your skin dry.

To whiten your teeth

Activated charcoal is not only good for our skin, it can also be used for other beauty purposes such a whitening your teeth. White teeth can add sparkle to your face. So, if your teeth had become stained from beverages like tea, coffee or wine then you can use activated charcoal to make your teeth white. Also, it prevents teeth cavities, gum diseases and bad breathe. Toothpaste containing activated charcoal is easily available in market.

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