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Activated Charcoal Soap: Why Is It Popular? What Are the Benefits?

Medically reviewed by Sue Kua, MD · Dermatology

Written by Fiel Tugade · Updated Oct 12, 2022

Activated Charcoal Soap: Why Is It Popular? What Are the Benefits?

Activated charcoal soap is an updated version of your regular soap. As the name suggests, this key ingredient – charcoal – has been “activated” with oxygen at very high temperatures. Activated charcoal has the capacity of trapping chemicals. It works by binding to toxins and other chemicals and prevents the body from absorbing them.

What Is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal comes usually in powder form and can be manufactured in different ways. Some people may use charcoal as a treatment for poison or hangovers. Thoough more studies are needed to confirm its efficacy.

It has even often been referred to as a “universal antidote” that could treat gastrointestinal decontaminationAnd in addition, it is beneficial for the skin as charcoal soap.

Benefits of Using Activated Charcoal Soap 

Many people swear by the use of activated charcoal for whitening their teeth. But, there are also others who consider using charcoal soap for better skin.

It Can Help Prevent Acne Buildup

According to studies, activated charcoal can help draw out microparticles and impurities such as:

  • Dirt
  • Dust
  • Chemicals
  • Toxins
  • Bacteria

Doing so helps remove excess oil and thoroughly clean the face of residue. A deep cleanse can aid in treating blemishes and blackheads around the face.

In addition to that, activated charcoal also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This is why many people with oily or acne-prone skin opt for soaps and cleansers with this ingredient. Consistent use can improve the skin’s appearance to appear smoother and clearer. 

It Can Treat Skin Infection and Inflammation

Activated charcoal’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties make this an all-around product for use. Experts recognize activated charcoal’s ability to treat skin infections like:

  • Insect stings
  • Bites
  • Cuts and wounds
  • You may use activated charcoal soap to clean the infected area.

    It Promotes Hair Treatment and Growth

    Did you know that you can use charcoal soap to maintain and grow your hair? 

    Activated charcoal shows promising effects for hair growth as it can help detoxify hair and the scalp,from oil and dirt accumulation. As a result, it leaves the scalp area free from toxins and allows the hair root to breathe. This aids in the process of hair growth.

    Key Takeaways

    Activated charcoal has become a popular ingredient to look out in many skincare products such as soaps and cleansers. 
    While charcoal soap may be advantageous for many people in terms of skin application, there are still minimal studies that can back it up. 
    Should you wish to give it a go, it would be best to inform and consult your dermatologist first. Your doctor may be able to tell how it can help your skin.

    Learn more about Skin Care and Cleansing here.


    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Sue Kua, MD


    Written by Fiel Tugade · Updated Oct 12, 2022

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