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The Lowdown on Charcoal Soaps

by Rebecca McCusker February 23, 2019
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While we all love a good craft soap, charcoal soaps aren’t your typical bath bar. First of all, most bars of soap aren’t jet black, and most of them don’t claim to suck the impurities from your skin. It might seem strange at first, but there may be some serious benefits to switching to charcoal soap, especially if you have oily, acne-prone skin.

Where did charcoal soap come from?

The health benefits of charcoal are well known and span centuries. Ancient Egyptians used activated charcoal to alleviate intestinal ailments and to absorb unpleasant odors. In 400 BC, the Hindus and Phoenicians discovered the antiseptic properties of charcoal and began using it to purify their water, and we still use activated charcoal to purify water today!

Modern medicine also has a place for activated charcoal, otherwise known as “activated carbon.” Typically used to stop certain types of poisoning, the medical profession has no doubts about the efficacy of activated charcoal for specific medical uses. But, can it really be a boon to skin health?

The benefits of charcoal soap

Charcoal soap has microscopic pores, just like a sponge. And just like a sponge, charcoal sucks up impurities, heavy metals, and toxins, leaving your skin pure and fresh.

Charcoal soaps may also be beneficial for people with oily, acne-prone skin. They help remove excess oils without drying you out. So, if you struggle from excessively oily skin, washing your face with a charcoal soap bar might help you keep flair-ups under control. What’s more, charcoal soap helps exfoliate the skin and shrink the size of pores.

The only way to know if it works for you is to try it yourself. While the research is still in its infancy, charcoal soaps seem to have a place to stay in our bathroom cabinets.

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