Top Rated Skincare Products With Activated Charcoal

Based on 78,128 Influenster Reviews

Traditionally, activated charcoal has been used to help treat a poisoning or drug overdose by binding to drugs and toxins and ridding your body of them. According to WebMD, it's also used to prevent gas, reduce high cholesterol, and prevent a hangover, though there isn't concrete evidence for these uses.

Lately, activated charcoal has entered skincare routines to harness this toxin removal and apply it to dirt and oil that's trapped in your skin. The jury is still out on whether this does indeed work, but Influensters seem to think it might. They've left tons of reviews on which skincare products with activated charcoal are the best and we've rounded those up into a list for you to check out.

Would you try an activated charcoal skincare product?

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Ashley C.
ByAshley C.said...
I suffer from dry skin, blackheads, and frequent breakouts. I wanted to add something to my skincare routine that could help all of this, without being too harsh. Origins Activated Charcoal Mask does exactly what I was hoping. I let it sit on my skin for 15 minutes, gently eash it off and my skin immediately feels more hydrated, tighter, smooth, soft, and my pores looked a lot smaller. Long-term I noticed that my pores stayed small, my blackheads disappearing, breakouts less frequent and lasting for shorter periods of time. I also find it significantly easier to get rid of stubborn blackheads after using this. I barely press on my skin with my Comedone extractor and everything releases from my pores. I have been using this for 2 weeks and already have most of my pores on my nose completely clean and are the smallest I've ever seen them. These results are only with using the product 3x week. I will update at 1mo with more pictures.
I suffer from dry skin, blackheads, and frequent breakouts. I wanted to add something to my skincare routine that could help all of this, without being too harsh. Origins Activated Charcoal Mask does exactly what I was hoping. I let it sit on my skin for 15 minutes, gently eash it off and my skin immediately feels more hydrated, tighter, smooth, soft, and my pores looked a lot smaller. Long-term I noticed that my pores stayed small, my blackheads disappearing, breakouts less frequent and lasting for shorter periods of time. I also find it significantly easier to get rid of stubborn blackheads after using this. I barely press on my skin with my Comedone extractor and everything releases from my pores. I have been using this for 2 weeks and already have most of my pores on my nose completely clean and are the smallest I've ever seen them. These results are only with using the product 3x week. I will update at 1mo with more pictures.
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Andrea A.
ByAndrea A.said...
Can I just say how scared I was to try this thing out when I first put it on?! I thought it was going to do the opposite of what it said and GIVE me blackheads all over my nose instead of actually cleaning out all my pores, but boy was I in for a shock. That sucker cleaned my nose out like whaaaat. I was SO shocked at how well it did. It did a better job than the regular Biore strips, and it actually was less painful to come off my nose than the regular strips too (if that's even possible). I couldn't stop staring at all the crap that this thing just pulled off my skin & I kicked my self in the hiney for not taking before and after pictures because my nose was as clean as I'd ever seen it. I wanted to examine that crap under my husband's microscope because it was ridiculous. I threw it out before he came home though because I still wanted him to think I was adorable, and my nose just sorta was perfectly clean all the time.
Can I just say how scared I was to try this thing out when I first put it on?! I thought it was going to do the opposite of what it said and GIVE me blackheads all over my nose instead of actually cleaning out all my pores, but boy was I in for a shock. That sucker cleaned my nose out like whaaaat. I was SO shocked at how well it did. It did a better job than the regular Biore strips, and it actually was less painful to come off my nose than the regular strips too (if that's even possible). I couldn't stop staring at all the crap that this thing just pulled off my skin & I kicked my self in the hiney for not taking before and after pictures because my nose was as clean as I'd ever seen it. I wanted to examine that crap under my husband's microscope because it was ridiculous. I threw it out before he came home though because I still wanted him to think I was adorable, and my nose just sorta was perfectly clean all the time.
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Victoria S.
ByVictoria S.said...
I always like to get sheet masks for a quick easy treatment for the skin so when I saw this one it really intrigued me. I do have acne prone skin and I struggle with blackheads & larger pores on the inner portion of my face. I also have combination oily skin. This mask is more of a gel mask. When you open it I will say that the mask feels very wet and super slippery to the point when it was a little difficult to place it onto my skin. Once I got it on there it immediately had a cooling effect which I really liked. At times I felt like it was going to fall off but it didn't it was probably just because of the consistency of the mask. After taking the mask of I massaged whatever was left of the mask into my skin. I was very impressed the next day. My skin felt clean, refreshed, and it improved the clarity/texture. For using this mask only one time and seeing that is pretty amazing. Whenever I want to pamper myself with an inexpensive mask I will go for this one and use it with my sister or my friend. It really works.
I always like to get sheet masks for a quick easy treatment for the skin so when I saw this one it really intrigued me. I do have acne prone skin and I struggle with blackheads & larger pores on the inner portion of my face. I also have combination oily skin. This mask is more of a gel mask. When you open it I will say that the mask feels very wet and super slippery to the point when it was a little difficult to place it onto my skin. Once I got it on there it immediately had a cooling effect which I really liked. At times I felt like it was going to fall off but it didn't it was probably just because of the consistency of the mask. After taking the mask of I massaged whatever was left of the mask into my skin. I was very impressed the next day. My skin felt clean, refreshed, and it improved the clarity/texture. For using this mask only one time and seeing that is pretty amazing. Whenever I want to pamper myself with an inexpensive mask I will go for this one and use it with my sister or my friend. It really works.
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Jennifer M.
ByJennifer M.said...
I am amazed at how well this product works! I have adult acne. It's not severe acne but it's severe to be an adult with uncontrollable acne. I have tried so many products but they only get so far and do nothing more. I had read a lot about the powers of charcoal and wanted to make my own but I don't have the time or patience to make it and try it and hope it works. I grabbed a bottle of this at the grocery store because I knew Biore was a good skin care line and have been through many bottles since. Immediately I noticed my skin felt tighter and cleaner. The redness in my face was gone besides around freshly irritated pimples. Each day my pores appeared smaller and smaller, meaning it was pulling everything out if the pores and allowing them to shrink back down to their normal size. After 3 bottles my skin is 90% better. If you had seen my skin prior you would understand how wonderful that is. 90% on my skin is a miracle! I use an oil blend after washing.
I am amazed at how well this product works! I have adult acne. It's not severe acne but it's severe to be an adult with uncontrollable acne. I have tried so many products but they only get so far and do nothing more. I had read a lot about the powers of charcoal and wanted to make my own but I don't have the time or patience to make it and try it and hope it works. I grabbed a bottle of this at the grocery store because I knew Biore was a good skin care line and have been through many bottles since. Immediately I noticed my skin felt tighter and cleaner. The redness in my face was gone besides around freshly irritated pimples. Each day my pores appeared smaller and smaller, meaning it was pulling everything out if the pores and allowing them to shrink back down to their normal size. After 3 bottles my skin is 90% better. If you had seen my skin prior you would understand how wonderful that is. 90% on my skin is a miracle! I use an oil blend after washing.
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Kelly D.
ByKelly D.said...
After trying multiple charcoal masks, I have found the one I'll be sticking with! While the price is on the higher end of the spectrum, it's worth the money. When you first put it on you notice that it's very dark but after a few minutes it turns to a lighter gray. I could actually see it cleaning out my pores. I have cystic acne (meaning I get a few here and there, it's not all over my face) I used this mask everyday for a week for 10minutes each night. My acne has cleared up, that was the biggest selling point for me! It's gentle, not harsh at all. My skin feels smoother after using. The only con? It's a bit messy to wash off. Most charcoal masks are but this one you really have to scrub the washcloth or it will stain.
After trying multiple charcoal masks, I have found the one I'll be sticking with! While the price is on the higher end of the spectrum, it's worth the money. When you first put it on you notice that it's very dark but after a few minutes it turns to a lighter gray. I could actually see it cleaning out my pores. I have cystic acne (meaning I get a few here and there, it's not all over my face) I used this mask everyday for a week for 10minutes each night. My acne has cleared up, that was the biggest selling point for me! It's gentle, not harsh at all. My skin feels smoother after using. The only con? It's a bit messy to wash off. Most charcoal masks are but this one you really have to scrub the washcloth or it will stain.