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The Best DIY Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser

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The Best DIY Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser

As many of our long term followers know, I am IN LOVE with witch hazel and tea tree oil. I find any and every excuse to use it because it leaves my skin feeling clean, clear and gorgeous…not to mention blemish and bump free.

I use it in my facial spray, face masks, to reduce razor burn and so many other skincare related things. I truly did not think the combination could get better until I discovered active charcoal.

There’s a pharmacy company in Thailand (where I lived for several years!) called Boots that makes their own line o skincare and beauty products. While perusing the shelves there one day I discovered a tea tree oil and activated charcoal facial wash. Obviously I felt compelled to try it.

For those of you who don’t know, activated charcoal is a great natural remedy for ridding your body of toxins. You can take it orally to remove toxins like booze from your tummy, turn it into a paste and use it to help whiten your teeth and so much more.

It is incredibly porous and works by pulling molecules, atoms and ions towards its surface and sticking to it. This process is called adsorption; not to be confused with absorption.

As far as your skin is concerned, the activated charcoal seduces all the nasty bacteria and toxins away from your skin, holding tight onto them until you wash them away. The result – a clean, clear, bright complexion.

Since I began running out of my new fave cleanser and was no longer in Thailand to purchase more, I decided to give it a little DIY loving with a twist of Sabrina. After all, we love a good DIY around these parts.

My DIY Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe

All you need is:

  • 1 part Powdered Activated Charcoal (not the tablets)
  • 1 part Witch hazel
  • 1 part Pure Aloe Vera gel
  • 3 drops Tea Tree Oil

Each ingredient is mixed in equal parts so you can make bigger or smaller batches depending on how you like it. In a little bowl, mix together all of your ingredients until thoroughly blended.

You will notice that the activated charcoal tends to separate from the other ingredients, but I’ll share a quick fix for that in a minute.

To use this facial cleanser all you need to do is:

  • Start by splashing your face and neck with water
  • Give your cleanser a good stir then scoop a quarter-sized amount up and rub it between your fingers **this helps keep the ingredients together
  • Rub the cleanser all over your face and gently massage it into areas where you experience regular breakouts and black heads. Do this for at least 1 minute
  • Rinse and pat your face dry with a clean towel
  • Apply your favourite moisturizer

My skin felt immediately fresh after using this DIY activated charcoal facial cleanser. After just a week I noticed my pores tightening and blackheads (especially on my nose) disappearing. It was pretty amazing. I was also amused daily by the black colour of the cleanser because most cleansers are clear or a very girly colour. This felt bad ass and like it was ready for some serious skin cleansing action. I’m easy to amuse, what can I say!

So go on and give it a try. Be sure to share your experience in the comment section below.

If you’re not up for a DIY remedy, but still want the same results, get your hands on Exposed Acne Treatment systems. It will clear your skin right up and send those blackheads and pimples packing for good.

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Minimize Acne Scars with MSM

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Minimize Acne Scars with MSM

It feels like it’s been ages since I talked about acne with you, so I decided it was time the topic made a reappearance. This may also have something to do with the fact that I woke up with 2 big spots on my face, located in the most obscure area of my cheek.

As I was inspecting these bad boys in the mirror, I couldn’t help but notice a few acne scars. While I’ve been pretty damn lucky to never have serious acne, I’ve definitely had my fair share. Being a picker (is this getting TMI?…Sorrrrrrry!) I never let them be, so needless to say I have a few scars.

To make a rather long and boring story short, I decided it was high time I even those suckers out. I’m pretty good about my skincare routine. I exfoliate regularly and do routine at home microdermabrasion treatments, but these weren’t exactly doing the trick. Being the ever clever DIY diva, I took to the interwebs to conduct some research. [Keep Reading]

3 Tips for Treating Hormonal Acne

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Treating Hormonal AcneUgh, Acne.

Acne is one of the most frustrating skin issues we have to deal with. Now, we all know that certain behavior and habits can cause acne to be worse, but today we’re talking about a cause we truly have no control over; hormones.

That’s right, during puberty, pregnancy or even when we are highly stressed out, our hormones can wreak absolute havoc on our skin. So how can we make the most of a bad situation? [Keep Reading]

A DIY Acne Treatment You’ll Think Is Crazy!

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DIY Acne TreatmentWhen it comes to acne, it seems there are a million and one ways to treat it.

You can treat it by eating certain foods or cutting some out all together, using acne face masks, spot treatments or balancing your hormone and stress levels.

Now, I’ve tried many a DIY acne treatment in my day,  but none that seemed as crazy as this concept. What is it I’m talking about?

What if I told you to do nothing to your face.

When I say do nothing, I mean, don’t even wash your face. In fact, rarely let water grace your face at all. [Keep Reading]

DIY Treatments for Cystic Acne

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treatment for cystic acneWe love hearing back from our readers and answering any questions you may have. After all, that’s what we’re here for.

We want to inform you about anything and everything. That being said, we’ve been getting asked a lot of questions about cystic acne lately.

You asked, so I’m answering with a few fab DIY treatments for cystic acne. [Keep Reading]

The 4 Best Products for Head to Toe Acne Care

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Head to Toe Acne CareFacial acne, body acne, scars and more. It seems like every part of your body can become affected by acne.

You know what though? I’m not putting up with it any longer. No siree, Bob!

I’m going take charge, unleash my ance know-how and warrior my way to clear skin. Good news, you’re coming on this little acne-fighting battle with me!

If you’ve suffered from acne then I have a fix for whatever the issue is. Blackheads, body, scarring, what have you. Prepare yourself for this tsunami of awesome. [Keep Reading]

What Your Acne Says About Your Health

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What Acne Says About Your Health*This is a guest post from Jessica*

Acne sucks. There, I said it. You know it, I know it, heck even the acne knows it!

Yet it’s a skin condition that continues to blight us, even when we leave behind our teenage selves and think we just might be getting closer to being an adult.

Wait, maybe I’m being too harsh, could acne be telling us something about our health that we shouldn’t ignore?

Yes, your facial acne could actually be telling you something about the general health of your body. [Keep Reading]

Common Foods That Cause Acne Flare Ups

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The Foods That Cause Acne*This is a guest post from Lana*

Remember the situation when you just woke up one morning and couldn’t figure out why your face had become your worst enemy overnight, bursting with pimples and acne?

Yes, I’m sure we’ve all been there. And then we rush to the nearby store, spend money on skin cleansers, masks and what not, but still, little or nothing changes—our skin is still full of red spots.

Well, perhaps many of us have been barking up the wrong tree.

Now, certainly there are things we cannot change, such as genetics, but there are some everyday habits that can easily be avoided. Like food. Or more specifically, foods that cause acne.

But before we get into that, let’s stop for a moment and consider some facts about acne[Keep Reading]

4 Acne Scars Home Remedies (who knew a scar fix was right in your kitchen?)

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4 Acne Scars Home Remedies*This is a guest post from Jill*

I had terrible acne for almost 15 years. Then one summer, I cleared it for good. And it was ‘effing awesome!

One problem though: The scars.

Really!? Really??!! I suffered with acne for fifteen years only to clear it and be stuck with these terrible marks on my face? I was so upset.

That being said—part of my journey to clear my acne involved using food to clear my skin. I drank a ton of green juices, added in five thousand veggies a day (not really, but kinda), stopped eating gluten, dairy, meats (plus a few other things) and my skin freaking bloomed.

So naturally, when I was looking for acne scars home remedies, I looked to food first. [Keep Reading]

My 3 Favourite Homemade Blackhead Removal Tips

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My 3 Top Homemade Blackhead Removal TipsIt appears as though I’ve been holding out on you guys!

I frequently write guest posts for other sites and have been the queen bee of banishing blackheads. After a recent dig through our very own archives I realized that I haven’t shared that wealth of knowledge with you!

Seriously, what’s wrong with me?

I figured it was time to rectify that so today I’m going to be sharing with you my top 3 homemade blackhead removal tips so you too can live free and clear! [Keep Reading]

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