The version used in beauty products helps purify your skin and hair.

By Cindy Hatcher
June 22, 2015
By: Cindy Hatcher Prop Styling: Claire Spollen

Charcoal is an oil magnet, making it beneficial for acne-prone skin; it helps heal pimples and prevent further breakouts. Activated charcoal is treated with a gas, like oxygen, to be more absorbent. Here are 5 products we recommend.

Sort of Coal Kuro Shampoo ($21) Black shampoo? Yes! It deeply cleanses hair with white charcoal (which is, mysteriously, black in color), leaving behind shinier, healthier strands.

Garnier Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub ($8) This facial scrub helps draw out dirt to prevent blackheads from forming and gives skin a matte look.

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser ($28) As you lather, this cleanser warms in your hands. Apply to face for an oil-busting experience, courtesy of activated charcoal.

Origins Clear Improvement Detoxifying Body Scrub ($22.50) Bamboo charcoal keeps skin beach-ready. Use this body scrub before self tanner.

Bioré Charcoal Pore Minimizer ($9) Clogged pores look like larger pores—no one wants that—so help banish dirt and oil that lingers there with this charcoal-enhanced facial treatment.