Charcoal has steadily become more and more popular in the beauty world recently. Why does this unlikely ingredient have the ‘it’ factor? Activated charcoal helps with redness, blemishes, pores and other impurities…it’s a sensitive skin savior. Read on for our favorite charcoal beauty products.

You’ve probably heard of GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment. It is arguably the most famous charcoal beauty product, and with good reason. It truly lives up to the hype – there’s just no mask quite like it. Apply it to your face, let it sit for a few minutes and watch the magic happen. You are left with visibly smaller pores and skin that feels so soft and clean it’s as if you just walked out of a facial. Definitely worth the splurge.

Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser is a 2-in-1 cleanser: it gets rid of dirt and impurities, while gently exfoliating your skin with maple extract. It’s a perfect face wash for anyone with sensitive or problematic skin. Try it if you deal with acne rosacea and eczema. Another perk? It can also be used as a shaving cream and body wash — and you know how much we love multitasking beauty products!

Kuro Shampoo by Sort of Coal is a black shampoo – yes, black shampoo – that could be just what every oily haired girl has been searching for. The shampoo is made from White Charcoal, which quickly absorbs unwanted dirt and oil from hair.

Finally a lump of coal isn’t a bad thing! Lush’s Coalface is a deep cleansing bar that is perfect for oily skin. The powdered charcoal absorbs oils while pulling double duty as a mild exfoliator.

There’s nothing quite like that feeling of seeing your pores shrink before your eyes. Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal gently exfoliates and cleanses skin to create a smoother, brighter, pore-free complexion. It’s suitable for the most sensitive of skin, and can even be used on the delicate under-eye area.

Origins Skin Diver Body Soap draws out dirt, oil and pore-cloggers to give you the smoothest skin and prevent unwanted things like breakouts and bacon. The intoxicating smell of spearmint and rosemary will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.

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