Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is a form of purified charcoal that has been treated to increase its abosrbent capacity. Activated charcoal is used as a treatment for certain kinds of poisoning. Once ingested, its aborbent properties allow it to sequester (trap) certain types of toxins. Activated charcoal also has a wide range of uses in Naturopathic medicine.

Activated Charcoal and Acne

Activated charcoal is occassionally used in Naturopathic acne treatments. For the treatment of acne, activated charcoal is generally prepared as a face wash or face mask. There is limited research-based evidence to suggest that topical use of activated charcoal improves acne symptoms. However, there are people who have reported that activated charcoal treatments were helpful.


Preparation of Face Wash Using Activated Charcoal and Green Tea Extracts. Kabra, et al. 2018.
Formulation and Evaluation of activated charcoal peel off mask. Kulkarni, et al. 2017.