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Activated Charcoal: BBQ Essential or Beauty Ingredient?

Activated charcoal mask, activated charcoal shampoo, activated charcoal toothpaste- what is “activated charcoal” exactly?

Is it the same charcoal that you can find at the bottom of your barbecue grill?


By: Zeila Edrial

According to Wellness Mama, activated charcoal is “odorless, tasteless, and non-toxic.” It’s important to distinguish the difference between the two, because the charcoal found in grills can be toxic and full of harmful chemicals.

Activated charcoal can be made from substances such as coconut shells, olive pits, or sawdust. This fine black powder is “activated” by processing it in very high temperatures. Since it’s very porous, it traps toxins and chemicals that it comes in contact with.

As a result, it has many different uses, including alleviating gas and bloating and lowering cholesterol. It can even save lives in the case of emergency toxin removal!

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Due to its absorption abilities, it has recently grown in popularity in beauty products. Here are some of its uses:

Teeth Whitener

Have you seen activated charcoal toothpastes lately? It’s because the activated charcoal absorbs the substances that cause stained teeth. You can achieve whiter teeth after regular use! It can also improve your oral hygiene because it can bind to the bacteria living in your mouth and help prevent cavities and gum disease- as well as bad breath!

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Face Wash or Mask

Some skin products contain activated charcoal because of its detoxifying properties. It can reduce blackheads and acne by drawing dirt and impurities away from your pores. And if you’re a victim of oily skin, this ingredient is a life-saver!

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According to Natural Living Ideas, activated charcoal is a environmental-friendly natural exfoliator. It can be a substitute for exfoliators with “tiny plastic pellets which wreak havoc on the environment and aquatic life.”


Since activated charcoal is both antibacterial and antifungal, it can improve the health of your hair. It removes any build up and impurities that may result in oily hair or dandruff. It’s a deep cleanser that can also eliminate any odors from your hair and scalp. In fact, you can also use it to eliminate any unpleasant body odors!

More on Black castor oil is also a great ingredient for your hair care regimen. Read about it here.

Activated charcoal has many uses that make it an essential ingredient to keep at home. What are other ways you have used this ingredient? Let us know in the comments below!

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