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How to Use Activated Charcoal to Make a DIY Face Mask

Activated Charcoal is all the rage these days. That’s because has so many health benefits, especially for our skin. Skin Care experts believe it can absorb the toxins in our skin that lead to breakouts and acne.

Activated Charcoal can be used for helping upset stomachs, toothpaste, creating a hair mask to a face mask. Being an inert ingredient, charcoal is less likely to cause irritation or allergic reaction when used on skin

This article has a few ways to use activated charcoal on our skin. My favorite is the DIY face mask with bentonite clay, tea tree essential oil and lavender essential oil. You’ll save money over buying a store bought version and feel good about it because there’s no toxic preservatives or synthetic ingredients.

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Benefits of Activated Charcoal for our Skin

Activated Charcoal has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties which make it good for acne prone skin.

Some of the benefits of Activated Charcoal:

  • Prevents breakouts by absorbing excess oil and impurities
  • Reduces inflammation and redness
  • Cleans pores and balances pH levels
  • Leaves skin soft and smooth
  • Can be used daily or as needed
  • Suitable for all skin types

Where to buy Activated Charcoal Powder

You can get activated charcoal at a health food store near you or our friend, Amazon.

Here’s my favorite Activated Charcoal on Amazon

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DIY Activated Charcoal Face Mask Instructions

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DIY Charcoal Face Mask with Tea Tree Essential Oil

Author: Dawn Goehring
Use this DIY Activated Charcoal Face Mask recipe with tea tree essential oil to revamp and improve the look and texture of your skin. The sea salt will help to fight bacteria and acne. Charcoal will aid in cleansing and detox your skin cells. Tea Tree helps fight acne causing impurities. When used once a week or twice a day, your skin is guaranteed to feel refreshed, soft, firm and glowing.
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  • Mix the ingredients in a container.
  • Once done, apply generously to your face, avoiding the mouth and eyes.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water.
  • Afterward, if need be, you can add a small drop of argan oil, magnolia oil or olive oil to moisturize your skin.

More Ways to Use Charcoal in your Beauty Routine

The facemask above is my favorite way to use activated charcoal. Here’s a few more ways you can use activated charcoal in your beauty routine.

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Charcoal Used as a Cleansing Scrub

In addition to the Activated Charcoal Face Mask, you can also make a quick and easy cleansing scrub that can help exfoliate your skin, fight bacteria and acne.


You will mix a 1/2 tablespoon of activated charcoal powder and half a tablespoon of rose water and half tablespoon of fine grain sea salt.

The benefit of using these ingredients is that the sea salt will help to fight bacteria and acne. Charcoal will aid in cleansing and detox your skin cells. You might find the consistency a little bit runny. You can add more of the ingredients as you see best.

A Super Simple Charcoal Face Mask for when you’re in a hurry

If you’re in a hurry or don’t have all the ingredients needed for the full charcoal face mask, here’s a quick and simple charcoal face mask you can whip up that will still help pull impurities from your skin.


  • Activated charcoal
  • Water

The amounts you will use depend on how much you want to make. Add water a little bit at a time, mixing well to get the right consistency.


Add charcoal to a bowl and add water until the consistency is that of pudding. Put a thin layer of oil on your face and apply the mask to your face using your fingers or cotton ball. Allow it to sit for 10 to 30 minutes, or an hour but spritz some water so that it doesn’t dry and crack. Rinse your face with warm water and apply oil to moisturize your skin.

5 DIY Detoxifying Salt Scrub Recipes for Glowing Skin

You may also love these easy detoxifying salt scrub recipes which will help you get exfoliated, glowing skin for your whole body.

Final Tips on the Charcoal Face Mask

Make sure when doing the facial mask that your clothes are covered, the counters as well. If you get it on anything, use baking soda and dish soap in warm water to scrub it off. On your laundry, add baking soda to clean the paste off.

When used once a week or twice a day, your skin is guaranteed to feel refreshed, soft, firm and glowing. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin, use the face mask wisely. Do the mask only when you notice that your face needs a revamp.

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About The Author

Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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