Activated Carbon or what is better know as Activated Charcoal is a material that is produced from carbonaceous source materials, such as coal, coconuts, nutshells, peat, wood, and lignite, the stuff pretty much any living thing is made of. Just a fun fact about carbon, it is the backbone of almost all life. The primary raw material used for activated carbon is any organic material with a high carbon content. The carbon-based material is converted to activated carbon through physical modification and thermal decomposition in a furnace, under a controlled atmosphere and temperature. Activated carbon is mainly available in three forms or shapes: powder, granular and extruded.
Today, the uses of activated carbon are many. It can be found in virtually every hospital,
to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses.The material is used in a variety of industries, including corn and cane sugar refining, gas adsorption, dry cleaning, pharmaceuticals, fat and oil removal, alcoholic beverage production and much more. The biggest market for activated carbon is in the purification of municipal water supplies. However, we are going to talk about of the use in personal skin and body care.
Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil. A charcoal mask is extremely effective in cleaning pores and keeping your skin acne free. My favorite way to use activated charcoal is in a face mask, I use an activated charcoal mask weekly to keep my pores unclogged and acne at bay.