Activated charcoal is now a common ingredient in skincare products. Some of the big brands in the industry are now creating products with charcoal as the highlight ingredient. From clearing pores to helping you have a glowing skin, there are numerous benefits of charcoal for skin. Dermatologist Kiran Lohia Sethi agrees and takes to Instagram to share how charcoal helps you have a healthy and young skin. Charcoal is especially beneficial for removing dirt from skin pores. One of the most effective remedies for blackheads is activated charcoal.
Here’s everything you should know about effects of charcoal on the skin
1. Applying charcoal on the skin will not lead to allergic reactions or irritation on the skin. However, the effect of charcoal on the skin has not yet been proven scientifically.
2. The fact that charcoal doesn’t lead to allergic reactions or skin irritation has made it a useful ingredients for face cleansers, makeup removers, soaps, facemasks and hand washes. Dr Kiran writes in her post that there are some toothpastes and toothbrushes too that have charcoal in them.
3. You can use a charcoal facemask for removing impurities from your pores. It can make the pores look smaller and clearer.
4. Charcoal has the ability to absorb toxins from other parts of the body as well.
5. Charcoal works wonders for removing pollution from the skin and scalp.
6. Charcoal can also be used to disinfect wounds.
How to use charcoal for skin?
You can mix half a teaspoon of powdered charcoal in water. Mix it to form a paste and apply it on the skin for a few minutes. Remove it with a damp cloth. Do this for few days to get smooth skin free of impurities.
Things to keep in mind
As is recommended for most skincare products, you must do a patch test before using charcoal for skin. Some feel nausea and vomiting on using charcoal. Respiratory complications may also occur on applying charcoal on the skin. It is best to check with a dermatologist to avoid complications.
(Dr Kiran Lohita Sethi is a dermatologist at Isya Aesthetics)
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