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The Benefits Of Charcoal For Oily Skin, Plus Where To Buy The Best Products

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Aside from niacinamide, sulfur, and clay, another popular ingredient that keeps grease at bay is charcoal. It acts like a magnet to draw out impurities from your pores, leaving you with a matte and clear complexion. If you're ready to wave goodbye to your oil-blotting papers and powders, you've come to the right place. Below, we discuss its benefits, plus the best charcoal-infused skincare products to try:

What are the benefits of using charcoal-infused products?

  1. It mattifies oily skin.

    Charcoal acts like a magnet, dislodging toxins and impurities from your skin such as oil, gunk, and sweat. This makes it a fan-favorite of those with shine-prone complexions.

  2. It minimizes the appearance of pores.

    Although you can't make your pores disappear (sad), you can make them look smaller. Charcoal lifts the dirt from your pores, thus minimizing their appearance and lessening their overall visibility.

  3. It deeply cleanses your skin.

    Charcoal has a porous surface that binds to impurities and pulls them away, leaving you with fresh, glowing skin. This the major reason it's a popular ingredient in detoxifying masks!

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  4. It whitens teeth.

    Aside from its purifying benefits for the face, activated charcoal is a popular teeth whitener due to its ability to remove surface stains.

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  5. It soothes irritated scalps.

    If you suffer from a frequently irritated and itchy scalp, switching to a charcoal-infused shampoo might relieve your condition. It will also get rid of buildup, thanks to its gentle exfoliating and deep cleansing properties.

What are the best charcoal-infused products I can use?

  1. Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Garnier Serum Mask Pure Charcoal

    For a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the week, plop on this sheet mask from Garnier. Aside from activated charcoal, it's also enriched with black algae extracts and hyaluronic acid that work together to hydrate and refine your skin's texture.

    Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Garnier Serum Mask Pure Charcoal
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    Garnier Serum Mask Pure Charcoal, P79, Watsons

  2. Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

    We can't stop raving about this popular Korean clay mask—it has everything we want in one tub! It works hard in sucking out all the dirt and gunk from your pores, leaving you with clearer and healthier skin. It also has AHA that helps in evening out your skin tone.

    Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask
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    Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, P610, BeautyMNL

  3. Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Lush Coalface

    If you're looking for a gentle bar soap for your face, try Coalface from Lush. Aside from mattifying your skin, it also combats breakouts because it is enriched with antiseptic rosewood oil. It can also be used on your body if you suffer from bacne.

    Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Lush Coalface
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    Lush Coalface, P625,

  4. Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Dear Klairs Pore Gentle Black Charcoal Soap

    This black charcoal soap from Dear Klairs absorbs excess sebum with the help of Moroccan ghassoul. It deeply cleanses your pores without leaving your skin feeling tight and dry.

    Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Dear Klairs Pore Gentle Black Charcoal Soap

    Dear Klairs Pore Gentle Black Charcoal Soap, P630, BeautyMNL

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  5. Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

    If your pores are looking congested and your face dull, use a hardworking purifying clay mask such as this one from The Body Shop. It's infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves, and organic tea tree oil that draw out your skin's impurities and refine your complexion's appearance.

    Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

    The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, P1,195, Lazada


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  6. Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask

    Breakouts and congested pores meet their match with this detoxifying clay mask from Origins. It helps flush out toxins, dirt, and debris, so you can say goodbye to dull-looking skin. 

    Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
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    Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, P1,500, SM Makati

  7. Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment

    If you're feeling a little boujee, treat your skin to this wash-off mask from Boscia once a week. It's powered by black and white charcoal that can absorb impurities 1,000 times its weight. This powerful duo works together to minimize the appearance of pores and absorb excess sebum without leaving your skin feeling dry and taut.

    Best Charcoal-Infused Skincare Product: Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment

    Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment, P2,745,


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