Ingredient Glossary

Oil Control Pore Cleansing

Activated Charcoal

What does it do?

Not all charcoal is "activated". Charcoal is activated by heating it to a very high temperature. This process causes a change in structure to a fine carbon powder and, as a result, makes it more porous. This allows the charcoal to act as a magnet and collect impurities and dirt from the skin, making it perfect for face masks.

Where does it originate from?

Activated Charcoal is created by heating a carbon-rich material to a very high heat without oxygen. At Q+A, we use Bamboo.

When should I use it?

This ingredient is best used 2-3 times per week to avoid drying out the skin.

What skin type is it best suited to?

Activated Charcoal is suitable for oily, combination and blemish-prone skin types.

What does it work well with?

Activated Charcoal works well with Kaolin, a natural clay, to help detoxify the skin and give clay face masks a luxurious texture. 

Which Q+A products feature Activated Charcoal?