Activated charcoal is one of the best natural pore cleansing ingredients, and it's beneficial for your skin in a few other ways too. This active ingredient is suitable for combination and oily skin types due to its ability to absorb excess oils on the skin without over-stripping it. It is also a miracle worker for those who have pores that look and feel enlarged and clogged. Charcoal has an adsorptive quality and works to pull impurities off the skin, such as dirt and other pollutants from our environment. In addition to removing impurities, activated charcoal has a slightly gritty texture that provides a gentle exfoliation to the skin.
Why you need to be deeply cleansing your pores:
Our pores act as a gateway for excess oil (sebum) that our bodies naturally produce. When your pores are congested and not properly cleaned, this can lead to enlarged-looking pores and other problems. You can't magically make your pores disappear; our bodies need them! But you can minimize the appearance of your pores by ensuring you've cleansed them with a balanced charcoal cleanser, like our private label Active Charcoal Purifying Cleanser.
Tips from an esthetician for minimizing the appearance of pores:
- Stop touching your face through the day with unwashed hands, and stop picking at your skin. Let the estheticians extract clogged pores.
- Skip aggressive exfoliation because it actually aggravates your pores. Opt for a gentle enzyme or AHA exfoliant that contains ingredients like salicylic and glycolic acid instead.
- Don't skip the moisturizer. All skin types should be using a moisturizing product, but if you are prone to clogged pores, use a non-comedogenic moisturizer. Another option for oily skin types is a gel-based moisturizer with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, panthenol, and organic aloe. These ingredients deeply hydrate the skin without congesting it.
Cleansing with activated charcoal:
Apply just a few drops of our botanical charcoal cleanser, add a little water to emulsify, and massage into the skin for a minute or two. If you are doing your nighttime routine, a double cleanse will further help remove excess makeup and SPF. The beauty of our private label activated charcoal cleanser is that it removes the impurities without adsorbing vitamins and nutrients, leaving your skin radiantly healthy. Next, apply the rest of your skincare routine!