Our Favorite Charcoal-Based Beauty Products

This ingredient can benefit your skin, body, scalp, and hair.

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask
Photo: Courtesy of Sephora

Beauty trends involving various botanical-infused products come and go, but charcoal-based skin has been a mainstay on the market for years—and for good reason. "Charcoal, which is the dehydrated carbon remnants of burned organic substances such as wood, contains numerous pores," explains Dr. Audrey Kunin, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of DERMAdoctor. "These pores are able to absorb toxins, removing them from the skin."

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Dr. Robin Schaffran, chief dermatologist and co-founder of BalmLabs, describes its effects as a "micro sponge." Thanks to its many little pores, Dr. Schaffran says, "it will trap the oil and sebum on the surface of your skin, so when you wash the charcoal away, it will take all of that oil and debris along with it." Oily, acne-prone complexions can especially be improved by charcoal products, says Dr. Schaffran. Since dirt and residue is thought to stick to the activated charcoal, it then pulls impurities from your skin and unclogs pores once the product is washed away. However, if you have dry or sensitive dermis, Dr. Kunin warns that these products may not be for you, since they can be drying. If you do want to give them a try, you've come to the right place: From face masks and body scrubs to shampoos and scalp serums, we've rounded up several of our favorite charcoal beauty products, ahead.

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Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum
Courtesy of Sephora

No matter your hair texture, this serum can make your scalp healthier. By managing your scalp's oiliness and removing any impurities, it helps with itchiness and flakiness.

Shop Now: Briogeo "Scalp Revival" Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum, $32, sephora.com.

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clinique All About Clean 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask + Scrub
Courtesy of Clinque

"Activated charcoal works by trapping all of the toxins, environmental pollutants, and excess sebum in your pores and pulling them out to the surface so they can be washed away," explains Edyta Jarosz, an esthetician at Shafer Clinic Fifth Avenue. This five-minute detoxifying face mask and scrub improves your skin texture by doing just that.

Shop Now: Clinique "All About Clean" 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask + Scrub, $22.50, clinique.com.

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GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask
Courtesy of Sephora

Charcoal and six different exfoliating acids team up to clear your pores once you apply this mask. It's formulated for people with combination and oily skin.

Shop Now: GlamGlow "SUPERMUD" Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask, $60, sephora.com.

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Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
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Reduce the prominence of your pores, target any dullness, and wash away environmental toxins with this bamboo charcoal and clay mask. By removing excess oil, this product can also stop blackheads before they start.

Shop Now: Origins "Clear Improvement" Active Charcoal Mask, $28, macys.com.

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May Lindstrom Skin

may lindstrom skin the problem solver warming correcting masque
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Bamboo charcoal, raw cacao, spices, salts, and soil nutrients help this mask stimulate collagen production, target breakouts (or stop them before they even start), treat inflammation, and brighten skin.

Shop Now: May Lindstrom Skin "The Problem Solver" Warming Correcting Masque, $100, maylindstrom.com.

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Courtesy of Violet Grey

"The ​​gritty texture of charcoal makes it helpful as a physical exfoliant," says New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Hadley King. This sandalwood-scented vegan body scrub sloughs away dry skin, while glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids strip away dead cells.

Shop Now: Nécessaire The Body Exfoliator in Sandalwood, $30, violetgrey.com.

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Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser
Courtesy of Ulta

If you have oily skin, this charcoal cleanser goes deep enough to clear clogged pores and prevent acne breakouts.

Shop Now: Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, $7.99, ulta.com.

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igk FIRST CLASS Charcoal Detox Clarifying Shampoo
Courtesy of IGK Hair

The cleansing powers of charcoal don't just benefit your skin. This shampoo targets residues from hair products, chlorine, and various pollutants—all of which can affect your hair color. "This shampoo helps my clients' color last longer—and they don't have to over-wash their hair," says Cyrus Miller, a Los Angeles-based hair colorist. "The charcoal provides excellent oil absorption. I recommend first massaging it into the areas where you get the most build-up before adding more. It's also great for adding volume and texture."

Shop Now: IGK "First Class" Charcoal Detox Clarifying Shampoo, $29, igkhair.com.

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APOTHEKE Luxury Scented Lotion
Courtesy of Amazon

Packed with botanicals and a refreshing scent of cedarwood and sandalwood, this charcoal lotion quickly absorbs into your skin.

Shop Now: APOTHEKE Charcoal Plant-Based Lotion, $22, amazon.com.

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boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment
Courtesy of Sephora

This face mask is enriched with charcoal, jojoba leaf, and willowherb to repair damage from UV rays, pollution, and various environmental toxins. It's dermatologist tested, preservative free, fragrance free, and gluten free to boot.

Shop Now: Boscia "Charcoal Pore Pudding" Intensive Wash-Off Treatment, $19, sephora.com.

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