Activated charcoal has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes, mainly as an antidote to poison, as well as for its detoxifying properties. Its ability to draw out toxins and dirt makes charcoal a key ingredient in soaps and cleansers. It can also be used to treat dandruff and whiten teeth.
Charcoal soap benefits those with oily and acne prone skin in particular, as it can draw out the excess oil and impurities from your skin, making it cleaner, brighter and with less blemishes. It is also effective in clearing out your pores, thereby making them smaller. At the same time, charcoal soaps can also be used by those with sensitive or dry skin, due to its moisturizing properties. Using charcoal soap for acne is effective as the charcoal removes the impurities and bacteria causing acne from the skin. Other beauty benefits of charcoal include treating skin conditions such as eczema as well as firming and tightening loose skin, as shown in the infographic below.