Charcoal has been used medicinally since the beginning of time. Ancient Egyptians are believed to have used it as a poultice to keep wounds clean; Hindu documents from 450 B.C. discuss charcoal for water filtration. In the 18th century, charcoal was studied by chemists and pharmacists, who were interested in its ability to protect the human body from toxins. Activated carbon is still used today in water filters and as a poison antidote.
How It Works
Activated charcoal has high absorptive powers, which means that it draws other elements into itself. Charcoal is activated through heat and exposure to steam and certain chemicals. This process causes the carbon to form enlarged “pores,” which are fissures and pockets in its surface. When it is exposed to contaminants, they literally become trapped in the carbon’s pores. Charcoal also has antibacterial properties that can help heal wounds. Activated carbon is used for everything from industrial water filtration to medicinal supplements.
Your skin is a living organ, which has pores of its own. These pores, and the skin’s permeable membrane, allow chemicals and toxins to pass both into and out of your body. Acne has many possible causes, including blocked pores; dirt and bacteria on the skin’s surface; excess sebum, or oil; and poor diet. Applying activated charcoal to your skin, it’s claimed, will remove detritus from your skin’s surface and can even extract toxins from beneath the skin, according to Health 911. The antibacterial properties of charcoal can also help alleviate infections, or keep them from happening.
Acne Control with Organic Charcoal Soap
Our bars of soap infused with Activated charcoal will not harm your skin, which makes it a good addition to your cleansing routine. If you suffer from dry skin, use our charcoal soap to replace harsher cleansers. For adults with mild acne, use one of our charcoal soap bars or scrubs to help prevent outbreaks. However, don’t expect charcoal soap to magically solve your skin problems. Instead, eat healthier, clean and moisturize your skin regularly. (Activated Charcoal Becomes Active In Hot Water) Below I have listed a few of the many benefits of Activated Charcoal and its glory.
Cuts and Wounds: Activated charcoal, when applied topically to a wound, has been shown to neutralize many types of pathogens which can directly or indirectly promote infection.
Internal Poisoning: In instances of ingestion of drugs, poison or household chemicals, activated charcoal works well to draw out harmful toxins preventing them from entering the bloodstream. Add one teaspoon of activated charcoal to a glass of water and drink the full glass. IMPORTANT: You must seek medical advice should you ingest any dangerous substances.
Spider and Snake Bites: An activated charcoal poultice can be applied topically to spider bites (including Brown Recluse and Black Widow bites) and snake bites to draw out toxins – usually within an hour.
Teeth Whitening: Add activated charcoal onto your toothbrush and brush. It will whiten your smile fast. To learn more about whitening your teeth with activated charcoal, click here. Water Filter: Activated carbon is often used in water filters due to its ability to trap impurities, such as chlorine. Click here to take a look at an activated charcoal filter.
Gas: Activated charcoal, when taken internally, can help to reduce the amount of gas produced by some foods.
Odor Control: Activated charcoal is an extremely effective odor eliminator as it adsorbs and traps bad odors. You can make an activated charcoal air freshener following this tutorial – simply replace baking soda with activated charcoal and you can skip the essential oils.