It is being branded a ‘wonder ingredient’ and ‘game-changer’, but could charcoal really be the secret to perfect skin?

We use it for Shisanyama or braais, but did you know that charcoal has superb cleansing powers for leaving skin fresher and brighter?



Everybody has different skin, and as a result, everybody’s skin needs different care and attention. No matter what, everybody’s skin needs to be kept clean. Queue activated charcoal, a wonder ingredient for grooming.


Activated Charcoal has become increasingly popular in grooming - but what is it? Activated Charcoal isn’t quite the same stuff that’s left behind after a shisanyama or braai. It goes through a process by which its structure is changed under very high heat. This structure change means that Activated Charcoal has an increased surface area and is more porous as a result. These porous properties are what makes Activated Charcoal for skin so effective, as it draws out dirt and toxins from the skin – much like a sponge.


And benefits for the different skin types.


1) Removes Impurities From Your Skin

Activated charcoal is highly porous, which means it can draw out impurities from your skin. In simpler terms, it sucks out all the dirt! This can be beneficial for your skin all over the body, but activated charcoal for face cleansing is the most popular use. This is because your face is often more prone to collecting dirt and an area that people are most conscious about keeping clean. Using charcoal for face cleansing will help to keep your skin clean and healthy. NIVEA MEN Deep Face Wash deeply cleanses your skin from residues and oil without drying out the skin.


2) Controls Oily Shine

You may be more prone to oily skin which can also lead to breakouts. This is normal and everyone experiences it at some point. As well as drawing out dirt and toxins, Activated Charcoal can also draw out excess oil from your skin. This means that less oil is built up and your skin can combat breakouts. Activated Charcoal also creates a mattified effect. As a result, Activated Charcoal will leave your skin appearing clearer and less shiny. For a perfect matte finish, try NIVEA MEN Deep Matte Finish Moisturiser for an anti-shine, fast-absorbing moisturiser.


3) Helps To Reduce Acne

Acne is caused by a buildup of oil, dirt and dead skin cells that block your pores. Activated charcoal helps to remove any impurities in the skin - which keeps your skin healthy and prevents the breakout of acne. Activated Charcoal also fights bacteria that cause pimples and inflammation.


4) Clear Healthy Skin

There’s nothing like clear, healthy-looking skin to improve your confidence. Including Activated Charcoal in your skin care creates a healthy environment for your skin to work at its best. NIVEA MEN Active Clean Shower Gel with naturally derived charcoal works as a dirt magnet that cleanses your skin thoroughly without drying it out.