Activated charcoal is a skincare power house!
It is created by super heating carbon-rich materials like wood to extreme temperatures. This 'activation' process frees up bonding sites and increases the surface area. It’s estimated that 1 gram of activated charcoal has a surface area of 3000 square metres!
The best part charcoal is that it's super absorbent and with all that surface area it can adsorb a lot of dirt and excess oil.