Activated Charcoal and Skin Care- A Magnetic Combo

When many people think about charcoal, they think of hot summer days and BBQs! However, there is a different form of charcoal that is disrupting the skincare and beauty scene known as activated charcoal. 

What is Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal, which is sometimes known as simply active charcoal or sometimes activated carbon, is much different than charcoal found in charcoal bricks one would cook with. This form of charcoal is most often found in powder form.

How is Activated Charcoal Created?

Activated charcoal is created by heating carbon-rich materials such as coconut shells, sawdust, wood, or peat to very extremely high temperatures. This heating or activation process removes the charcoal created from the absorption of molecules and frees up bonding sites on the carbon material. 

This process to create activated charcoal also reduces the size of the pores within the charcoal, increasing its surface area. According to Medical News Today, a single teaspoon of activated charcoal has a larger surface area than a football field. So, what does this mean for your skin, and why is it included in so many beauty products?

What Benefits Does Activated Charcoal Offer the Skin?

Researchers have hypothesized and concluded that activated charcoal helps to pull out microparticles to the surface of the skin, making it easier to remove things such as dirt, chemicals, bacteria, dust, and toxins from the skin’s pores.

In addition to helping remove microparticles and toxins from the skin, activated charcoal is also a substantial exfoliation substance that helps to provide a more youthful feel and appearance to the skin. Research also suggests that by utilizing a balanced activated charcoal cleansing product, you can minimize the appearance of your pores.

Activated charcoal is considered inert. This means that it is highly unlikely to cause an allergic reaction or to irritate sensitive skin. Research suggests that activated charcoal can actually help provide relief from allergic skin reactions when utilized correctly.

Most Popular Activated Charcoal Skincare Products


Activated charcoal is a highly sought-after ingredient in facial and body cleansers. This is because when utilizing these cleansers, heavy metals, toxins, chemicals, and other microparticles are attracted to the charcoal particles helping to better cleanse your body and skin of these impurities. A high-quality cleanser that includes activated charcoal should also provide a balance of vitamins, essential oils, and emollients to help protect your progress and keep your skin moisturized.

Potency No. 710’s Filthy Face charcoal cleanser includes organic aloe vera and vitamin B5 to help retain moisture and hydrate the skin. It also provides vitamin C to help brighten the skin and organic coconut oil and green tea for their powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

The super-potent magnetic-activated charcoal included in the Filthy Face cleanser instantly absorbs dirt and oils and is suitable for all skin types. The combination of organic and non-toxic plant-based ingredients makes this two-in-one exfoliating cleanser non-abrasive and ideal for daily use.


Activated charcoal face masks are another prominent item in the beauty scene being embraced for this remarkable ingredient. While there are many DIY charcoal mask recipes available on random blogs and on Pinterest, it is essential to know that pure activated charcoal can be extremely damaging and drying to your skin if not correctly blended and used in the right concentration. Products such as the Future Face CBD Charcoal Face Mask offered by Potency No. 710 make it easy to reap the benefits of these highly potent products without fear of doing damage to your skin.

We describe the Future Face mask as a magical, deep cleaning, antioxidant-rich, terpene-filled, omega-pack badass of a mask, and the testimonials we have been receiving echo this. The Potency Future Face Charcoal Mask includes hyaluronic acid, CBD, coconut oil, blueberry extract, Kaolin clay, bentonite clay, coconut, and sunflower seed oils, as well as vitamin B2, B5, and B12.

These activated charcoal skincare products are SLS and die-free, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and backed by third-party lab results. Ready to feel the difference of activated charcoal in your skincare products? Check out

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