Learn about the health benefits of activated charcoal and a line of clarifying facial products to try if you struggle with oily or acne-prone skin.
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Relief in Times of (Gastric) Trouble
I became a believer in the health benefits of activated charcoal (carbon) some 20 years ago. A bunch of us had just set up camp along a crystal clear river in a remote corner of Washington State when my tummy began to rumble. Within hours, full gastric distress had set in. Ack!
Observing my agony, one of the girls in the group offered me a little black capsule of activated charcoal. Being in a state of desperation, I didn’t even question what it was. I popped it down and within hours I was much relieved.
Since then, I’ve kept a bottle of activated charcoal capsules in the bathroom vanity and use it when the kids come down with the tummy bug or I’ve had one glass of wine too many on a night out on the town.
What is Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal looks similar to common charcoal but is made especially for medicinal use. To produce “activated” charcoal, an organic substance like bamboo, cocoa pod or coconut husk is heated in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop many “pores”. These pores create more surface area to which toxins can adhere. When taken internally, activated charcoal is not absorbed, but rather passes through the digestive tract and out the body, carrying with it the toxins that have adhered to it.
Recently, activated charcoal’s use has gone beyond water filtration systems (it’s what’s in that Brita filter) and treatment of acute poisonings and overdoses. Today it is being used widely in the body care industry!
Activated Charcoal in Body Care Products
Today you can find activated charcoal in everything from toothpaste to shampoo to facial cleansers and scrubs. And then there’s the DIY set that is making deodorant (hmmm, not to sure about black pits), eyeliner and even mascara with it—all with the intent of detoxifying the body and avoiding harmful chemicals.
One line of detoxifying and balancing products that we recently tried was Nubian Heritage’s African Black Soap. I would say this homeopathic line is suited for those with congested, oily and acne-prone skin. Being that my skin challenges fall in the “dry and aging” category, I asked our teen babysitter, Chrissy, to give the African Black Soap line a try.
Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Bar
This is a bar I feel any skin type could benefit from. It is non-drying and develops a good lather. Though I had never used it on my face, Chrissy did and reported that she experienced some tingling when washing, but that she felt it left her skin smoother. In bar form, this soap will last you a long time. It is hydrating and the scent is quite pleasing.
Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Mud Mask
This mud mask is like a thin gray pudding and is especially fun to apply with a fan paint brush (an old trick I learned from my Aveda facial days). After using it a couple of times a week, Chrissy noticed her pores looking clearer and smaller.
Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Targeted Exfoliant Spot Treatment
This little product comes in a handy tube with a unique spot applicator. Chrissy’s results with this product weren’t too favorable, but my husband’s were! He observed that it helped dry up blemishes for faster healing. The ingredients list includes Cocoa Pod Ash (activated charcoal), but you would never know it because the spot treatment is a clear gel.
Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Moisturizer
This moisturizer is thick and nourishing thanks to shea butter, mango butter and hemp seed oil. Again, the ingredients list includes Cocoa Pod Ash (activated charcoal), but you would never know it because the moisturizer itself is creamy white.
Give Nubian Heritage a Try
If you’d like to give Nubian Heritage products a try, check them out on Amazon or order direct from www.nubianheritage.com (some products are only available on their site).