3 reasons why charcoal is a godsend for all you oily-skinned peeps out there

If you’re struggling with your oily skin, then don’t fret. Charcoal has a plethora of benefits for you, including curing acne.
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Charcoal can balance your oily skin and cure your zits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shahnaz Husain Updated: 2 Aug 2020, 14:21 pm IST
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It is sometimes hard to believe that this gravelly-black ingredient, charcoal, can have immense benefits for your skin. Putting charcoal on your face might not seem glamorous, but it’s proven to have many beauty benefits when used safely and properly.

As a new beauty trend, more and more people are finding themselves thrilled with the results of adding charcoal to their beauty routine. As toxins stick to activated charcoal, it is a naturally good deep cleanser and detoxifier. But the best thing about charcoal is that it’s all natural and doesn’t have many chemicals.

Also, read: These 5 natural face masks will boost collagen and keep your skin young

Here are some benefits of using charcoal for your skin:

1. It can deep cleanse your skin like never before
Cleansers containing activated charcoal are available in most drug stores these days. However, you need to be careful not to use these cleansers daily, after all you don’t want to soak up the healthy oils and moisture your skin needs.

Check out the other ingredients if you’re buying a liquid cleanser–some are designed to neutralize the acidity in your skin, others have deodorizing properties; some can even double as shaving cream. Buy the product that best suits your personal needs and follow the directions on the bottle.

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Say hi to charcoal based skin-care products! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Stabilizes oily skin
Many of us have oily skin and this oiliness just becomes worse during monsoon. But do not be perturbed if you have oily skin, charcoal is just the ingredient you need to balance things out. Mostly used in cleansers and masks, charcoal can pull out unwanted excess oils from your skin, leaving it glowing and vibrant. However, one should take care to use it sparingly. Don’t use a charcoal product more than twice a week.

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3. Panacea for acne
Charcoal can also be very beneficial for treating acne. Depending on the condition of your acne or how severe it is, charcoal might be able to help. In soap form, it’s slightly grainy, which might provide the gentle exfoliating you need. It also absorbs excess oils and toxins on the surface and below the skin. You can use it as a spot treatment if you don’t want to use it on your whole face.

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Shahnaz Husain is the founder, chairperson, and managing director of The Shahnaz Husain Group and is considered a pioneer in the realm of herbal beauty in India. ...Read More

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