Five Reasons to add Activated Charcoal to Your Facial Offerings

barefootster/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Rays from the sun, pool and beach water, and other outdoor elements tend to take a toll on skin during the summer. Now that fall has arrived, it’s time to treat skin to a period of recovery. Activated charcoal has the ability to draw out impurities and help skin return to a healthy glowing form.

This ingredient has become popular in beauty products because of its ability to deeply penetrate skin and draw out dirt and impurities within the pores. With many products available that contain activated charcoal, it’s important to know its uses. 

Margarita Lolis M.D., board-certified dermatologist with over 20 years of experience, offers five benefits of activated charcoal for skincare. By incorporating activated charcoal into your services, you can help revive clients’ post-summer skin.


Like this story? Subscribe to For Estheticians!

Skincare professionals rely on For Estheticians as their must-read source for the latest news on skincare treatments, trends, tips and more. Sign up today to get bi-weekly top stories delivered straight to your inbox and read on the go.

Shrinks Pores –Pores are expanded and enlarged due to excess perspiration. Activated charcoal helps pull out toxins and dirt from your pores to make them less visible Lolis says, “The key here is you want to allow enough time for the charcoal to do its thing. Don’t scrub and be sure to rinse with lukewarm water.”

Removes Oil from Skin- Many properties within activated charcoal can help balance skin and soak up oil from the face. Lolis says that activated charcoal has a strong ability to vacuum up oil. It is recommended that people with normal to dry skin use charcoal 1-2 times per week to avoid over-drying. Those with oily skin can use a combination of activated charcoal soap daily with a charcoal mask twice per week.

Exfoliates- Activated charcoal can be a miracle-worker for skin’s texture. Lolis says that in addition to extracting oil and dirt, activated charcoal also removes dead skin. “You get the deep clean plus the surface clean when you use activated charcoal,” she says.  

Calms Breakouts and Minimizes the Appearance of Acne Scars- ­By lifting off the darkened dead skin, activated charcoal can lighten acne scarring. Since it is also rich in anti-inflammatory properties, activated charcoal helps soothe skin and prevent future breakouts.

Anti-Aging- “Whenever you are exfoliating the skin and accomplishing a deeper clean, wrinkles decrease and supple skin rejuvenation occurs,” says Lolis Clients who struggle with acne can benefit from the use of activated charcoal, as it helps with breakouts, overall skin texture, and radiance.



The Popular "It" Ingredient Your Spa is Missing

Three Matcha Services Your Clients Will Love

Repêchage's Five Reasons to See an Esthetician

Suggested Articles

Live Love Spa has started a new Instagram stories series titled "What's in the Box," where they unveil the goodies in the bimonthly Fresh Finds…

LYCON wax is known around the world as the crème de la crème of waxes. Formulated with the finest of resins, pure beeswax and sensuous aromatherapy, LYCON…

Companies typically underinvest in management. Here are 12 ways to invest in yourself instead.