It looks toxic but is just the opposite.
Charcoal has made its way into grooming products on the promise that it removes toxins from your skin. It shows up in soaps, shampoos, deodorants—even toothpaste.
“The body cannot absorb charcoal, so toxins that bind to it get washed away and are eliminated safely,” says Heather Rogers, a dermatologist in Seattle. For instance, charcoal in a face scrub extracts dirt and oil from pores to help avoid breakouts.
One caveat: Deploy these products sparingly. Use soaps and cleansers two or three times a week and masks once a week at most, so you don’t dry out your skin, Rogers says.
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