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Colleen Stinchcombe from SheKnows magazine interviewed various doctors and experts about the recent Charcoal trend in the article “Why Are You Seeing Charcoal in So Many Foods, & Is It Any Good for You?”

But its not just about the food. The article notes that certain charcoal products are fair game to use on your face too. “Activated charcoal is certainly a new way to cleanse and exfoliate the face,” says Dr. Michele Green in the article. However, products that contain activated charcoal can cause irritation, especially if the activated charcoal is paired with glycolic acid or salicylic acid, but it can make “a great acne mask when activated with water.”

Activated charcoal however is not regulated by the FDA, as it is classed a supplement. So while it may be a popular option, its best to proceed carefully and research all options. Or consult with your dermatologist to see what would work best for your skin type.

Read the full article at http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/1138845/health-benefits-charcoal

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