I may receive commissions from purchases made through links in this article. Full Disclosure

An Activated Charcoal Face Mask has got to be craziest mask you’ll ever use! We’ve all gotten used to the idea of putting dirt (clay) on our faces but charcoal is a newer ingredient on the beauty scene!

That’s right charcoal! This lovely little mask is amazing at killing bacteria, getting rid of acne, and giving your face a nice deep cleaning, plus it’s a fun way to scare family members.

What is Activated Charcoal?

What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is not the same charcoal as you would find in your barbecue. It is thankfully a bit different. Activated charcoal has been oxidized and causes the surface to become porous.

Thanks to this, activated charcoal attracts metals, chemicals, and toxins. They are then bound to the charcoal and can be removed. Think of activated charcoal as an impurity magnet.

Now activated charcoal by itself is great but I’ve added a few other ingredients to this mask recipe to really increase it’s benefits! In this recipe, you will also see that I’ve added bentonite clay and coconut oil.

You can find activated charcoal in most supermarkets in the supplement and vitamin section. You can also find it online. Capsules are a nice way of keeping the charcoal as mess free as possible (although it will be messy no matter what).

Not sure what to do with leftover activated charcoal? It’s amazing at whitening your teeth! You can also use it in a deep cleaning sugar scrub.

10 Skincare Ingredients You Need

Why Bentonite Clay?

Bentonite clay much like activated charcoal is a sponge for impurities. You’ve seen me use it before in my detoxifying face mask because it helps detox the skin of these impurities and it also helps exfoliate the skin. Naturally, it’s a great partner to activated charcoal for this face mask!

Why Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is a favorite ingredient in pretty much every skin care recipe under the sun and for good reason! Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. It’s great at killing any bacteria that could be causing break outs and it’s a wonderful moisturizer as well.

Activated Charcoal Face Mask - This lovely little mask is amazing at killing bacteria, getting rid of acne, and giving your face a nice deep cleaning, plus its a fun way to scare family members. #activatedcharcoal #facemask #detoxify #acne #deepcleaning #naturalskincare #greenbeauty


Activated Charcoal Face Mask

2 capsules of activated charcoal (or 1/2 tsp)
1/2 tsp. bentonite clay
1/4 tsp coconut oil – softened or melted
1 tsp water

Mix activated charcoal and bentonite clay in a small bowl.
Try to avoid using any metal objects as both activated charcoal and bentonite clay will try to draw out the metals.
Mix in coconut oil and water.

Once mask has been fully incorporated, apply to a clean face.
Allow the activated charcoal face mask to dry and then remove with a warm wet washcloth.

Note: Activated charcoal can be quite messy so be careful and avoid getting it on anything.

Want more ways to use activated charcoal?

How to Whiten Teeth with Activated Charcoal
Deep Cleaning Activated Charcoal Scrub
45 Ways to Use Activated Charcoal