The Surprising Miracle Worker for Skin

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Charcoal in your beauty products? Yep. While it may sound strange to use anything on your skin that contains charcoal, truth be told, it just may be the secret to flawless skin because it absorbs dirt and oil for the cleanest pores ever.

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Morihata Binchotan Charcoal

Straight from Japan comes this charcoal stick that can be used for a multitude of detoxifying purposes. Try it in the bath: Add it to hot water to improve blood circulation and induce a sense of calmness. $15, bigelowchemists.com

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Giovanni Cosmetics D:tox Purifying Facial Mask 

Loaded with charcoal, volcanic ash, goji and acai, this impurity-busting mask draws anything and everything out of clogged pores to make them squeaky clean. $10, giovannicosmetics.com

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Kuro Shampoo

Unlike anything else we’ve ever seen before, this charcoal-based shampoo, which works wonders for normal and oily hair, lifts away impurities so you’re left with hair that’s shiny, bouncy and perfectly healthy. $21, sortofcoal.com

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GlamGlow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment

Designed to treat and heal problematic skin, this charcoal-, AHA-, BHA- and clay-based treatment literally sucks debris out of your pores to take down whiteheads, blackheads, razor bumps and ingrown while leaving your skin with a healthy glow. $69, glamglowmud.com

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Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Cleansing Stick Treatment

A different way to cleanse your skin, massage this stick onto wet skin to create a lather. The blend of activated bamboo charcoal, glycolic acid, jojoba leaf and artichoke leaf extract work together to remove toxins and reduce the appearance of your pores while lending an anti-aging benefit, too. $28, sephora.com

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