When dirt, oils, and pollution take up permanent resident in your pores, a deep detox is a nonnegotiable. And in that circumstance, you can find faith in charcoal to clear out all the junk that causes breakouts and leave your face fresh and clean. Thanks to its ability to draw out impurities, conquer oiliness, and address acne, charcoal is the ingredient of the moment, and it can be found in cleansers, masks, and much more. Here’s a few buys that prove its power.
Bioré Charcoal Acne Daily Cleanser
Worried about a charcoal cleanser being too much for your face to handle? Bioré's isn't too harsh or drying, but still takes care of existing zits and grime with the superstar ingredient and salicylic acid. While it's a daily wash, we've incorporated it into our routines on particularly bad skin days and were pleased with the results.
Biore | $7
Erno Laszlo Detoxifying Hydrogel Mask
A more spa-like approach to detoxing and exfoliating your pores, this sturdy and disposable hydrogel mask is cooling while providing and refining your skin with a treatment packed with AHAs, charcoal, and antioxidants.
Erno Laszlo | $16
nügg Charcoal Skin Detox Face Mask
You don't need to spend a ton of $$$ to get the power of charcoal working on your pores either. While charcoal and clay do the detox work, oatmeal and aloe soothe your skin, while tea tree oil works to prevent further blemishes from forming. Bonus? The entire formula is 97 percent natural.
boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Exfoliating Peel Gel
For the girl who can't decide between a physical or a chemical exfoliant, we present boscia's latest sensation. This peel gel is meant to be used after you cleanse, as you work it into your skin in gentle circular motions. It's made with charcoal (obviously) to exfoliate and absorb oil and volcanic sand to exfoliate even more. Then there comes the AHAs, which whisk away dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, healthier surface.
Boscia | $34