Why Activated Charcoal is Good for Your Skin

Activated Charcoal is a really popular ingredient within the green beauty industry. It dates back to ancient times and is known for its ability to cure and heal a number ailments. This fine, black powder is odourless and is often made from wood or coconut shells. It effectively fights acne and gives you flawless skin, which is why I use it in our Sacred Earth Botanical Cleansing Clay + Mask.

Activated Charcoal Mask

Clears Acne-Prone Skin

Activated Charcoal holds up to one thousand times its weight in toxins. It draws acne bacteria, impurities, dirt, and debris to the surface of the skin, encouraging cleaner, clearer skin.

This unique ingredient is so good at absorbing toxins, that it’s often used as an emergency decontaminate for high amounts of toxins or poisons within the body. If a person has ingested a chemical, poison or drug, activated charcoal is used to absorb these toxins from the body.

Soothes Insect Bites

When applied to spider bites, mosquito bites or any other type of bug bite, activated charcoal helps to clean and soothe the skin.

Minimizes Body Odour

Thanks to its toxin clearing abilities, activated charcoal is a really effective ingredient in natural deodorants. Daily application to the underarms will help prevent body odour. It is important to be cautious though if making your own deodorant, as this fine, black powder can stain clothing.

Whitens Teeth

When you use activated charcoal to brush your teeth, it changes the pH balance in your mouth, which can help prevent cavities and gum disease. Because its small pores hold toxins, it works as a really effective natural whitener by removing plaque and stains from the teeth.


Our environment contains a lot of toxins in the air and on the food we eat. Pollution in the air and pesticides on our non-organic food can create abnormal cells within the body, causing different diseases and can also cause premature aging.

Activated charcoal, used externally on the skin and taken orally (capsule form) can help to clean your body of these toxins, helping your cells be normal and healthy, in term, helping you to age more gracefully.

It is important to keep in mind that when introducing any sort of new, internal supplement, you should always consult your doctor first. Activated charcoal is very effective, but can interact with medication, vitamins and other supplements.  This is why I, personally, prefer to use its benefits externally.

If you have any other uses for activated charcoal, I’d love to read your comments below!


About Rachel Devine

Rachel Devine is a multi award-winning holistic aesthetician and the founder and skin care formulator of R Devine Organic Skin Care. With a difference approach to healthy skin, Rachel strongly believes in the importance of self care, self love, and taking a full body holistic approach to skin care, both inside and out.