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How To Use Activated Charcoal For Your Face?

Ever wondered how to take out the gunk and debris that’s dwelling no your face? Something that would just suck out all the junk like a vacuum. Such a thing actually exists!


Activated charcoal is that one ingredient that can help pull out toxins from our skins.

Using activated charcoal for face

What Is Activated Charcoal?

First, let’s decode what “activated” really means here. Well, it’s simply just plain charcoal, but it’s heated in a way that it develops tiny spaces within it that traps chemicals. This increases the surface area for chemical reactions and adsorptions. To acquire the activated carbon, wood or any other substance is exposed to heat for a long time in an airless environment.

What Does It Do?

It does quite a bunch of stuff, ranging from skincare, haircare, and health in general. For this article, we will highlight its uses for face only.

Charcoal Powder

Reduces Acne

It battles the acne-causing germs, sucks out impurities and cleans the pores ever so thoroughly. While it helps keep the gunk out of the pores, it enables the pores to stay cleaner. Hence there is almost little to no bacteria to grow and turn into a nasty painful pimple.

Treating acne with charcoal

Look for cleansers that have activated charcoal in it. Many companies nowadays are introducing activated charcoal in their skincare products due to its reaping benefits. The good news is that it doesn’t come with any side effects. Just make sure no to over-expose your skin to raw activated charcoal as it may cause irritation. Less is more, with this one!

Balances Oily Skin

One of many properties of charcoal is that it aids in balancing the oils on our skins. So, again individuals suffering from acne can reap benefits. Moreover, combination skin will love using this as well as any oil being over-produced will be handled by the absorption property of the activated charcoal.

Unclogs Pores

How does it do that, right? Well, as the particles of activated charcoal are so fine and powdery, it’s easier for them to go inside the pores and start a clean-up. Any pore that is blocked will be wiped out clean with the use of activated charcoal.

Face Masks

There are many variations of face masks that can be formulated with charcoal. You can really get creative with this little black guy! Let’s see a few best ones!

Rose Water And Activated Charcoal

Rose water is a nature toner and makes a great duo with activated charcoal.

Empty 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal in a clean ceramic bowl. Mix 1 tsp of rose water and apply to clean dry face.  Leave it on till it dries out and then wash it with tepid water. Pat dry. Repeat twice a week for faster results.

Honey And Activated Charcoal

Honey consists of naturally occurring anti-bacterial properties. By far natures most potent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory product. Pairing it with charcoal alleviates the level of healing it can bring to the skin.

Honey and charcoal face mask

Empty 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal in a clean ceramic bowl. Mix 1 tsp of raw organic honey. Apply generously on the entire face. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water. Pat dry. Repeat this mask once a week to see noticeable results.

Aloe Vera And Activated Charcoal

Aloe Vera, the miracle plant! With its countless benefits for the skin, coupling it with activated charcoal brings in a very soothing effect to the skin during the application of this mask and even afterward. Aloe vera helps lightens dark spots and brightens the skin.

Empty 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal in a clean ceramic bowl. Add 1.5 tsp of aloe vera gel. Mix well, making sure the gel combines fully with the powder. Now, apply a moderate layer of this mask over your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Take off with a lukewarm warmed muslin cloth. Repeat once a week.

Bentonite Clay And Activated Charcoal

Bentonite and activated charcoal mask

Bentonite clay is a naturally occurring ingredient and contains potent powers of healing. Combined with activated charcoal it creates a full strength mask for treating acne, blemishes and skin conditions alike.

For the mask,  empty 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal in a ceramic bowl. Add 1 tsp of bentonite clay (use non-steel utensils for this as it may react with the polarity of the bentonite clay). Add 1 Tbsp of water or 1/2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Layer it on your dry face and wait for it to dry. It may take up to 20-30 minutes to completely dry off.

DIY Makeup

Yes! A makeup DIY with activated charcoal is plausible! Since it’s black you can easily guess what we can curate from it. An all natural black eyeliner and an all natural mascara! Sounds promising already, doesn’t it?

Making mascara and liner from charcoal

Let’s begin the formulation!

DIY Eyeliner And Mascara

Starting off with the eyeliner first. Take a few pinches of activated charcoal and add a few drops of water. You’ll be able to gauge the consistency very easily. Mix well, and create a smooth paste. Dip your liner brush and apply on your lids as you would any eyeliner. Viola! You have yourself, your very own non-toxic eye-liner! This liner will wash off very easily with water, no hassle there.

Coming over to mascara, you’ll need a few more ingredients to formulate it.


  • Activated Charcoal — 1/2 to 1 Tsp
  • Aloe Vera — 1 to 3 Tsp
  • Bentonite Clay — 1/8 Tsp
  • Guar Gum — 1/8 Tsp
  • Vitamin E Oil — 1 Capsule
  • Lavender Essential Oil (optional) — 3 drops

Aloe vera acts as a natural astringent, controlling the oiliness level and provides a great base for mixing the activated charcoal. The clay helps with faster drying once the mascara is applied to the lashes. Lastly, guar gum as a thickener. Vitamin E and lavender are popped in their for extra lash nourishment.


Start by mixing in all the ingredients, except bentonite clay, in a small glass dish. Once, you’ve readily mixed all these up, add the clay and mix with a wooden spoon (to ensure we do not mess with the polarity of the clay).

There you have it! Your mascara is ready! Transfer it to an empty mascara bottle and use it as you may!

We hope, this article was knowledgeable and beneficial for you. Do try out these awesome uses and let us know which one you loved doing the most, in the comments below.

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