Activated Charcoal

Charcoal has been a seriously hot topic this year.  Consider 2017 the year of charcoal. Charcoal has been used for filtering our water, face masks, and is now being considered for toothpaste. Charcoal is a great purifier, specifically "activated charcoal". Activated charcoal is made from regular charcoal and highly processed with oxygen to make it have little tiny holes to pick up impurities. So why wouldn’t it be a good tool in the benefit of our teeth? 

What are the benefits of activated charcoal? 


Activated charcoal has been used as a poison control medicament since ancient times.  It has the ability to absorb toxins, poisons, and drugs that are in the gastrointestinal tract.  To eliminate toxins is a good thing.

Prevents Gas/Bloating:

Different studies showed different results, but it showed that some people get abdominal bloating relief.  

Skin Improvement: 

Activated charcoal is actually great for the skin because of it’s detoxification properties.  It eliminates acne and skin impurities.  It also can help in removing makeup! There are plenty of masks and skin care that have activated charcoal within that can help improve your skin.  

Teeth Whitening:

A crazy new trend is using activated charcoal for our teeth.  Activated charcoal doesn’t have a taste, and it’s odorless.  Sprinkling powder on your toothpaste and brushing can help whiten teeth.  

What are the negatives of activated charcoal? 

There are risks to activated charcoal including

Severe constipation


Can alter drug absorption

Black tarry stools 

So if you’re going to take an activated charcoal supplement, remember the risks and talk to your doctor if anything changes.  It is not a medicine, but can be beneficial to your skin and teeth, so why not give it a try?