Does Activated Charcoal in Beauty Products Live up to the Hype

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 2:46:22 AM



Activated charcoal is often used to treat poisonings in the emergency room. While it is a powerful sorbent for poisonous substances, the widespread health claims made for its use in an increasingly wide array of cosmetics and wellness products such as in facemasks to unplug your pores, toothpaste to whiten your teeth, or juices to detox your intestines are questionable. Environmental health specialist Clare Wiseman, an Assistant Professor with U of T's School of the Environment and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health,explains how activated carbon is made and helps to demystify its use in health and skincare products.

Read the article in the Toronto Star: Does activated-charcoal in beauty products live up to the hype?