Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when the sebaceous glands of your skin secret too much oil. As a result, the oil gets trapped in your pores along with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria. There are several types of acne, which are classified into two categories:
- Non-inflammatory – mild acne lesions that are not swollen and only slightly tender.
- Whiteheads – these are closed comedones that are small bumps on the skin. Usually whitish or skin-colored.
- Blackheads – open comedones that have black or dark-colored surfaces due to oxidation.
- Inflammatory – more severe and often result in complications such as scarring and pitting. Usuall, acne lesions are red, swollen, and tender to the touch.
- Papules – acne formed under the skin’s surface. The raised lesions are firm, solid, and tender.
- Pustules – often called pimples, pustules are tender bumps on the skin. The center is filled with white or yellowish pus, with the lesion having pink to red base.
- Nodules – larger and deeper than papules, nodules are hard, painful, and swollen lesions. Occurs when the cells and tissues beneath the skin are damaged due to clogged pores.
- Cysts – it’s the most severe type of acne. Formes deeper within the skin and are often large, painful, and soft. Cysts are filled with pus and often cause scarring.
What are the activated charcoal benefits for acne?
Activated charcoal helps relieve acne through its adsorptive and anti-microbial properties. You’ll experience the following activated charcoal benefits for acne if you use it regularly:
Clean, clear skin
Activated charcoal is the most adsorptive material on the planet. It’s capable of sucking out dirt, oil, dead skin cells, pus, toxins, and impurities that are stuck deep inside your pores. These particles bind to the highly porous surface of activated charcoal, helping you wash them out with the least amount of effort.
Dead skin accumulates in layers, resulting in a dull, unattractive complexion. Activated charcoal is an excellent exfoliant that removes that unattractive layer from your skin, leaving it smooth, soft, and glowing.
Lighter scars and blemishes
As you remove dead skin cells and impurities from your skin, you’ll notice that your scars lighten up to almost the same color as your skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of activated charcoal also help calm down red, inflamed acne, making them appear less swollen and noticeable.
Balanced and conditioned skin
Activated charcoal is an inert material that balances the pH of your skin, enhancing its natural microbiome. When coupled with the activated charcoal’s anti-bacterial properties, your skin will have a better defense against harmful bacteria that is the cause of pus formation. You also eliminate excess oil that causes breakouts to form.
Activated charcoal products for acne
For controlling facial acne, use Actinera® Bamboo Charcoal Face Wash to deep clean your pores. It has peppermint leaf extract that helps calm and soothe inflamed acne. The facial wash is suitable for all types and severity of acne.
If you have acne on your neck, chest, and back, or suffer from dry skin, we recommend Actinera® Charcoal Dead Sea Mud Bar. Infused with Dead Sea mud minerals, it’s effective in revitalizing and nourishing dry, damaged skin.
Use Actinera® Deep Pore-Suction Mask after cleansing to control oil and soothe irritation. It has hyaluronic acid that delivers and binds moisture to your skin. However, we do not recommend using this for inflammatory acne.
What to consider when using activated charcoal for acne?
- See a dermatologist if you have moderate to severe or persistent acne before using any activated charcoal remedies.
- Be careful when using activated charcoal on dry, sensitive skin. The adsorptive properties of activated charcoal will draw out even more oil and moisture. This results to further sensitivity and irritation.
- Use smooth, gentle circular strokes when using and applying any forms of activated charcoal on your skin. Strong pressure does not clean your face better. It only leads to irritation, causing breakouts to form on the surface of your skin.
- Always moisturize with water-based moisturizers after using activated charcoal to replenish lost moisture.
- Do not overuse activated charcoal on your skin. Although Actinera® activated charcoal products are hypoallergenic, too much of the product can still irritate.
What type of acne do you have? Did the use of activated charcoal help you with your acne problems? Please share your experience at the comment section below!