Use Activated Charcoal To Make Your Skin More Beautiful, And To Get Your Teeth Whiter

Ingredients For Making An Activated Charcoal Facial

Activated Charcoal capsules, Coconut Oil and water.
Activated Charcoal capsules, Coconut Oil and water. | Source

Just What Is Activated Charcoal?

Don't rush out and grab some charcoal briquettes from the barbeque grill! You will wind up with a black face, not to mention a mouth full of black teeth.


Activated Charcoal is regular charcoal that is heated with gas that causes the charcoal to expand . It creates a porous surface that is able to trap toxins of many kinds. The capsules can be purchased easily from any drug store or ordered online.



How I Learned About Activated Charcoal


I first learned of the benefits of using activated charcoal from a friend who is a licensed Esthetician. She owns an upscale Spa, and as part of her job it is necessary for her to keep abreast of new developments in the field. She recently attended a national conference where she learned how to use activated charcoal to purify and enhance the skin. She is very excited to share this knowledge with her clients, and the ladies are excited to reap the benefits. They are very pleased with the results. The ladies are now sending their teenagers to her Spa to receive these activated charcoal facials to help heal their acne.

She is charging $150.00 for these facials. Even the older ladies swear their skin if much tighter and feels so much better. I will admit from my own experience, it did nothing to get rid of wrinkles, but I can certainly tell the lines around my mouth and eyes are diminished. I am happy about that!


I wish I had known of activated charcoal when I had two teenage girls who suffered from acne. I could have saved myself a lot of money I paid to numerous doctors for long term (and sometimes painful) treatment. It is easy to give yourself a facial using Activated Charcoal:




You Will Need:

A paper cup to mix the ingredients. I used a styrofoam bowl

2 Activated Charcoal capsules.

1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil (Any oil you like is fine; I just the smell of coconut oil)

A spoon to use for mixing. I used a plastic “throw away” spoon.

My granddaughter advises: If you have large pores, do not add any oil. Only use water. She had a difficult time getting the charcoal out of her pores.


Mix together the Activated Charcoal and Coconut Oil.
Mix together the Activated Charcoal and Coconut Oil. | Source

Instructions For Activated Charcoal Facial

Instructions:

Mix activated chacoal, coconut oil together. Apply all over your face.

Leave on your face for 15 minutes.

Rinse well, using warm water on a face cloth.

If any of the charcoal gets on the sink or floor, it will come up with a little soap on a paper towel.

Don't worry about the charcoal staining the face cloth. It rinses right out.

I am using this facial twice a week.


Applying the facial Activated Charcoal to the face.
Applying the facial Activated Charcoal to the face. | Source
Half of the face has been covered with the Activated Charcoal mixture.
Half of the face has been covered with the Activated Charcoal mixture. | Source
The face is now covered with the Activated Charcoal mixture.  Will let it stay on for 15 minutes.
The face is now covered with the Activated Charcoal mixture. Will let it stay on for 15 minutes. | Source
She is now rinsing off the Activated Charcoal mixture.
She is now rinsing off the Activated Charcoal mixture. | Source
Her face is now free from toxins, and is glowing!
Her face is now free from toxins, and is glowing! | Source

How To Use The Activated Charcoal To Whiten Your Teeth

People are spending a fortune trying to get their teeth whitened. After using Activated Charcoal just three times, you will see a dramatic difference!


You will need:

One activated charcoal capsule

An old toothbrush you will save just for this purpose. The charcoal might stain the toothbrush!

Your favorite toothpaste.

Another toothbrush for the final brushing.

An old towel to place on your shoulders just in case you drip some charcoal. Don't wear your favorite nightie for this procedure!


Instructions For Whitening Teeth

Open one capsule of Activated Charcoal in a container. Add a small amount of water. Mix well, Dip the old toothbrush in the mixture, and brush your teeth. Leave the charcoal on your teeth for about 10 minutes. Brush your teeth really well with the good toothbrush and toothpaste. I use dental floss after wards, just in case some charcoal is up around the gum line. That could go unnoticed until you smile at someone!


You will definitely see your teeth are whiter after using the Activated Charcoal for only 3-4 times. Activated charcoal is odorless and tasteless, so aside from having temporarily black teeth, you won’t be able to tell you’ve got charcoal in your mouth. Any whitening agent can weaken your tooth enamel over time If you notice your teeth becoming more sensitive after using activated charcoal, cut down on brushing with it to just once or twice per week, or stop using it altogether.

Keep in mind that activated charcoal is a fine black powder. Although it won’t stain your skin, it can be messy to use, so keep a wet paper towel on hand for a quick clean-up in case you spill.

My granddaughter said she could definitely see her teeth were whiter after using the activated charcoal just this one time.


The Activated Charcoal is now brushed onto the teeth. It will be left on for about ten minutes.
The Activated Charcoal is now brushed onto the teeth. It will be left on for about ten minutes. | Source
She is very pleased at how white her teeth became after just one application of the Activated Charcoal.
She is very pleased at how white her teeth became after just one application of the Activated Charcoal. | Source

Other Benefits Of Using Activated Charcoal

Use to Rid Your Body of Toxins in Emergency Situations

Activated charcoal prevents the gastrointestinal absorption of a wide variety of drugs and toxins in emergency situations, and also increases their elimination even after they’ve been absorbed by the body. This includes an overdose of:

  • Pharmaceutical drugs such as acetaminophen or aspirin, opium, cocaine, and morphine

  • Toxins from pesticides (including DDT)

  • Mercury, lead, and other chemicals

Activated charcoal is most effective if it’s administered within the first hour of ingestion of the toxin.


If someone (or your pet) has ingested a toxic substance, the activated charcoal can inactivate the toxicity of the substance and will help them pass it much quicker than the body could on its own.

I think it is a good idea to keep some medical-grade activated charcoal in the home to use in the event of an emergency.

IF SOMEONE OR A PET IN YOUR FAMILY IS SUSPECTED OF SWALLOWING ANY TOXIC SUBSTANCE, CALL TO GET IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION!


I know people who would never go on a cruise or visit a foreign country without taking along some deactivated charcoal capsules in case of any stomach upset.


If beans or other foods cause you to be “gassy”, try taking just one capsule of Activated Charcoal for relief.





Use Activated Charcoal For Bee Stings And Insect Bites

To Relieve Bites and Bee Stings

Some people swear by using a mixture of activated charcoal , water and cornstarch can help eliminate the pain of bee stings and poison ivy outbreaks.

I have read online stories by people who claim their lives were saved by using this mixture to use on spider bites and even snake bites.

I would never use activated charcoal for any treatment in lieu of a qualified medical professional. Activated charcoal can be used in emergency situations where your life or the life of someone else is at stake, but this is only to buy you valuable time to get to an emergency room for qualified care.

Some People Use Activated Charcoal For Whole Body Detoxing

To Detox The Body

I cannot recommend detoxing the body with Activated Charcoal. I have read many articles where people claim they use it to rid their bodies of built up toxins.

Many claims have been written about how regular use of activated charcoal flushes accumulated toxins from the body and promotes healthy function of the digestive tract.

Regular users swear flushing out toxins brings benefits beyond improved overall health.

I will leave you to do your own research if you are interested in detoxing your body. I am only interested in enhancing my skin and whitening my teeth using Activated Charcoal.

Thank You, Granddaughter!

Thank you, Granddaughter for taking the time to try the Activated Charcoal facial, and for allowing me to take the photos I used for my article. I am so pleased you are satisfied with the outcome of both the facial and using the Activated Charcoal to whiten your teeth.

You expressed your delight when you looked at your teeth afterward.

More and more people are discovering Activated Charcoal to make their skin more beautiful, and their teeth whiter! I am very pleased with the results, and I think you will be too.

Are you willing to try Activated Charcoal capsules to enhance your skin, and to whiten your teeth?

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© 2015 Mary Hyatt

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billybuc profile image

billybuc 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

Well there you go. I've never even heard of this, let alone tried it. Nice research on this, Mary. You've given me something to think about for sure.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

Well special thanks to you granddaughter for being your model. Nice job and happy to hear her teeth are whiter!

I've been using cornstarch mixed with water on bee stings for years.

Thanks for all the new information. I just may have to give activated charcoal a try.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

Wow, Mary, this is fascinating stuff here! I have never heard of using activated charcoal. I am not sure what activated charcoal is, but I see it is black like the charcoal briskets. Your granddaughter was great to test both of these out and so glad she liked the results. I will have to work up the courage to try these. It is funny how the black actually makes one's teeth brighter.

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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

Another great discovery Mary! Sounds really great and there is nothing like natural. Sure beats $150 treatments too! Voting up and sharing. Will tuck this back to try as soon as I can. ^+


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ChitrangadaSharan 22 months ago from New Delhi, India

This sounds interesting! I have never tried this although I had heard about it from some of my friends.

Thanks for sharing the full details and also thanks to your granddaughter for the demonstration. She looks beautiful!

Thanks for sharing and voted up!


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

Who would have thunk it???? I love reading of discoveries such as this and when they come from trusted sources like you I know I can give them a try. I can just imagine my baby grandson's face the first time I use the mask when he comes to visit.

Thanks for sharing Mary Angels are on the way to you this morning..

Shared and voted up


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

I did try it and it was hard to get the charcoal off my teeth.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, billybuc you may not interested in having nicer skin, but I'll bet Bev would be; be sure and tell her about this, OK? Thanks for reading and commenting; I do appreciate that! Hope you have a wonderful day with all your chickens, etc.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, tillsontitan The granddaughter was such a good sport about this. She was reluctant to use the charcoal on her teeth, but then she was amazed at how white they were afterward. Thanks for reading, commenting, and the votes, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Faith Reaper I have to agree with you...I found this info fascinating, too! You can buy the capsules at any drug store. Yes, it turns the teeth black, but it rinses right off to reveal whiter teeth! I hope you will give activated charcoal a try, and let me know how you like it!

Thanks so much for the votes and the shares; I do appreciate that! So nice to see you today! Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Jackie Lynnley I do hope you will try activated charcoal on your face and teeth. You will be surprised just like my granddaughter was! Thanks for reading, commenting, the votes and the share. Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, ChitrangadaSharan I'm glad you have heard of using activated charcoal. I never had until my friend told me. I had to rush out and buy some capsules from the drug store. The granddaughter was really pleased. She was a good sport about having her photos taken! Thanks for reading and the votes. Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morningn pstraubie48 It is amazing how much I learn from HP articles, too! I do hope you will try the activated charcoal on your face and teeth. I can just imagine the reaction you will get from the grandson. My granddaughter and I had a great time doing this project. She was a little hesitate about putting the black stuff on her teeth, but she was very pleased even after one application.

Thanks for your sweet angels coming my way! Mary


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida

This is all news to me. I've never heard of using activated charcoal for the remedies you list in this article. Very interesting. I may give it a shot.

Thanx for sharing this information, Mary!


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sujaya venkatesh 22 months ago

useful hub


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi,Lady Guinevere I am assuming you used the activated charcoal that comes in a capsule? We just used regular toothpaste, and the charcoal came right off her teeth. I suggested she use some dental floss afterwards, but she refused. Said her teeth were just fine, and she was really pleased.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, bravewarrior This was all news to me, too, until my friend told me. She is getting good feedback from her clients, especially teenagers who are fighting acne. Let me know what results you get from the activated charcoal, OK? Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, sujaya venkatesh I do hope my article will prove useful for many people who want to improve their skin and whiten their teeth. Thanks for reading, and commenting, Mary


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Yes, that is what I used and then had to brush my teeth again with toothpaste.


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colorfulone 22 months ago from Minnesota

Mary this is interesting, entertaining, engaging, informative and educational all at the same time. Well done!


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

This is certainly news to me! I wonder what Skippy, Dusty and Peaches would think if I showed up with a blackened face like that? Ha! If spas are charging $150 for a facial treatment, doing it at home would certainly be a bargain! Charcoal capsules are very inexpensive.

You cautioned that any whitening of teeth weakens tooth enamel over time. I did not realize that. Wonder if all the TV personalities and actresses who regularly use these products have trouble in later years?

Up votes on this interesting hub and will be happy to share, tweet and pin.


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DreamerMeg 22 months ago from Northern Ireland

Interesting hub. Had heard of activated charcoal but not for these uses. Must give it a try!


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Bob Bamberg 22 months ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

Hi Mary, interesting hub. I'd just be hesitant to use the charcoal on my teeth for fear it's too abrasive, even as a fine powder, not knowing how durable 68 year old tooth enamel is. Voted up and interesting.


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always exploring 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

There's no maybe about it, I will do this. I have never heard of using activated charcoal for the skin and teeth. I hope you can buy it at walmart, it's the only store close. Thank you..


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, colorfulone Thanks so much for reading about activated charcoal and its benefits, and for the nice compliment, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy W Well, Baby and my granddaugter are great buddies, so you should have seen Baby's reaction to her black face!! Yes, I think any substance that whitens teeth would be abrasive after time.

Thanks for the votes, the share, tweet and pin; I appreciate that. Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, DreamerMeg Yes, using activated charcoal to enhance skin and whiten teeth was new to me, too, until my friend told me about it. I just had to try it; hope you will, too. Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Bob Bamberg I have to agree...even my granddaughter said she didn't think she would be using the activated charcoal on her teeth often, but she intends to use the facial a couple of times a week. Thanks for reading and the votes, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, always exploring I am so glad you are willing to try using activated charcoal on your skin and teeth. I'll just bet you can find it at Walmart; look in the digestive department. That's where I found mine to use for this Hub. Lots of people take it for gassy stomachs. I'll be anxious to know how well you liked using! Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, again, Lady Guinevere I did mention you need to brush your teeth with fresh toothpaste after you rinse out the activated charcoal. I'd also use some dental floss to get it out of the spaces in the teeth. Mary


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StephSev108 22 months ago from Atlanta, GA

wow! Thanks for sharing. I never thought of using activated charcoal on my teeth. I will have to try it.


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Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL

Thank you, Mary and lovely granddaughter for my learning lesson on the day! I appreciate you mentioning not to use regular charcoal, I can't imagine how many people could have just assumed!! Myself included :)


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Nell Rose 22 months ago from England

Hi mary, what a great idea! I tend to keep the activated charcoal tablets in the house for stomach and other medical things, but never thought of using it on my face or teeth! now I definitely be trying it! what a great idea!


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, StephSev108 My granddaughter was very pleased at how white her teeth became, and I hope you will be, too. Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Sunshine625 Oh, I don't think you would have used regular charcoal, Linda!! You would have had a black face and black teeth for sure! I'm sure glad I discovered activated charcoal; I'll be using it often now. Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, there, Nell Rose I have a friend who takes activated charcoal for her tummy upsets all the time. So now you know there is another use for it: to make your skin more beautiful and to get your teeth whiter! It really worked on the granddaughter's teeth just after one use. Mary


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Vellur 22 months ago from Dubai

Very useful and informative hub about activated charcoal, will try to whiten my teeth with it. Thank you for sharing.


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travmaj 22 months ago from australia

I'm amazed and definitely going to try activated charcoal. So useful for so many things. And a natural product, another bonus.

Thanks to you and your lovely granddaughter for this informative hub.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Vellur I'm glad you will try using activated charcoal. You'll be shocked when you first apply it to your teeth, but then you realize it washes right off. Just use your regular toothpaste afterward. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, travmaj I was amazed, too, after I discovered activated charcoal could smooth the skin and whiten teeth! It's a great product to keep around the house. One of my daughters takes a capsule after she eats beans!!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Easy Exercise 22 months ago from United States

Mary,

Love this! Have shared it out on Google + - wonderful info and photos! You are brave girl! Awesome!


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there Easy Exercise Thanks so much for loving how we used activated charcoal for our skin and teeth. Yep, it really works! Thanks so much for the shares, I appreciate that, Mary


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DDE 22 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting about using charcoal for the skin. I have known for the use of teeth. Sounds a great idea. You shared a helpful hub and with perfect photos. Voted up, interesting, and useful.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, DDE. I'm glad you found it was interesting to learn of using Activated Charcoal for the skin and teeth. My granddaugter says she will definitely use it on her face a couple of times a week.

Thanks for reading, commenting and the votes, Mary


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RTalloni 22 months ago from the short journey

I have often wondered about the benefits of using activated charcoal and done a little reading. You've convinced me to try the facial and to do more research on other reasons to keep it handy. Thanks!


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, RTalloni Yes, there are many reasons to keep activated charcoal in the house. My granddaughter and I both are sold on the facial. We could really see a difference (and on our teeth, too). Thanks for readng, and I'm glad you are interested in using this remarkable product. Goodnight, Mary


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AudreyHowitt 22 months ago from California

Wow Mary I had never heard of this before--so interesting--


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PurvisBobbi44 22 months ago from Florida

Hi Mary,

You are a savvy woman and thanks for sharing as I am sure it will help the ones with wrinkles and makes others skin glow.

I will try this with my cousin when she visits---it will be a fun thing to do.

Thanks and I will share with Twitter and pin on my re-pin board.

Bobbi Purvis


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AliciaC 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very interesting and informative hub, Mary! I've never given activated charcoal much thought, but I've certainly started thinking about it after reading your article. Thanks for sharing the information.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, AudreyHowitt I had not heard of the benefits of using activated charcoal for the skin and to whiten teeth, either until my friend told me about it. I am certainly glad I know of it now. Good to see you, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, PurvisBobbi44 My granddaugher and I had fun using the activated charcoal together, and I hope you and your cousin will enjoy it, too! It looks terrible when you first do it, but then later your skin and teeth look SO much better.

Thanks so much for the Twitter and the Pin, Mary


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, AliciaC I'm so glad you found my article on using activated charcoal interesting and informative! Thank you. I have really learned a lot about it, too. Goodnight, Mary


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Anna Haven 22 months ago from Scotland

Hi Mary615

I had never even heard of this. Very interesting and it seems to have a lot of uses. Your granddaughter was a great model for it and her teeth did look very white.


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Anna Haven Yes, it was amazing to see how much whiter the granddaughter's teeth were after just using the activated charcoal one time!! She was a good sport for serving as my model.

Happy Valentine's Day to you!


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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany

Wow! I have not heard about this activated charcoal. Not even in the spa where I worked a few years ago. Mary, I remember though that when I was a child, my mother taught me how to use the coconut charcoal ashes from our "dirty kitchen" (a kitchen where we cooked with firewoods and empty coconuts) for brushing my teeth. Yes, it made my teeth white. Thanks for reminding me this. I have to do that next time I´m in my home country or just buy that activated charcoal if I can find that here.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Thelma Alberts Oh, that is so interesting that your mother showed you how to clean your teeth with the coconut ashes. I can tell you for sure activated charcoal will whiten your teeth! Most drug stores carry this in a capsule. Lots of people use it for indigestion. So nice to see you, Mary


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Suzanne Day 21 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Interesting hub and I was particularly taken with the black charcoal. Your intro was funny and made me laugh! I suffer from adult acne and painful cysts on my face, do you really think the black charcoal helps with this? Let me know, I'd be open to trying it! Voted useful x


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Suzanne Day My friend who owns the spa tells me she has teenagers coming to her now to get activated charcoal facials. She is having good results. I would suggest to just purchase some capsules and try using it. It costs very little, and it might be worth the try! It may take several facials to begin to see the results. Let me know how it works for you. Good luck!


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Nadine May 21 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Yes in the beginning I had to laugh since I had visions of black charcoal, thinking now Ive heard it all. I have nevertheless not ever heard of this treatment and I'm not even sure if this product is available in our Chemist, but I will check it out. Useful!


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nadine May LOL! Yep, as you can see by the photo, it not a pretty sight when the activated charcoal is applied to the face. My Granddaughter and I laughed, too, especially when she brushed her teeth with it. It is truly amazing to see the great results, though. Activated charcoal is sold wherever products are sold for upset tummies or indigestion in pharmacy departments. You can also buy it from Amazon. I do hope you'll try using Activated Charcoal. I think you'll be pleased. Thanks, Mary


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alexadry 21 months ago from USA

Thanks Mary for such an interesting read. The facial mask and teeth cleaning recipe sound awesome. Sometimes the best beauty products are natural and found right in front of us and work better than using all those chemicals found in commercial products. Voted up and useful.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, alexadry I'm glad you found my article on using Activated Charcoal interesting; thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad I discovered a new use for activated charcoal from my friend.

Thanks for the votes, Mary


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas

This is something I have never heard of doing before. Wish I'd known about it years ago. Voted this up and useful, pinned it to my 'Beauty Treatments and Skin Care' board, and will share with my followers.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi, Au fait Well, this was new to me, too, until my friend told me about the benefits of using activated charcoal. It really works! Thanks for reading, commenting, the votes and the Pin.

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