Friday, December 28, 2012
Activated Charcoal Soap
Activated charcoal is very similar to common charcoal except, to make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals.
Activated charcoal is widely known to treat poisonings and intestinal issues when ingested and is currently being explored in its' treatment of skin ailments such as acne. Activated charcoal is an adsorbent, that's right, "adsorbent, not "absorbent". Adsorbtion is when ions, atoms, or molecules from a gas, liquid, or dissolved solid adhere to a surface, in this case the activated charcoal. This process creates a film of the adsorbate on the surface of the adsorbent. This is different from absorption, when a liquid (the absorbate) is dissolved by another liquid or a solid.
Being an adsorbent, it is believed that activated charcoal, when applied topically, will clear the skin's surface of debris and even extract toxins from beneath the skin.
Our activated bamboo charcoal facial soap contains all these wonderful qualities and is a gentle alternative to the harsh chemicals used in many other soaps, plus, you have to admit it is a pretty cool looking soap!