Having heard a lot of good stuff about this soap cleanser and suffering with a bad breakout, it was time to give it a go.
Maybe I’m late to the table with this one? The online hype goes back to 2019 with the media and customers raving about the brand’s charcoal soap. It claims to be aimed at acne sufferers, with many before and after photos being posted online of faces going from red and spotty to clear in a few months.
The good news is that it’s 100% vegan and cruelty free. It includes tea tree oil which acts as a way to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria naturally – always a top priority with acne prone skin. Shea butter to soothe and hydrate skin so it can repair faster, and the icing on the cake – activated charcoal. This ingredient is said to help draw out and unblock your pores due to its absorbent particles.
According to Women’s Health, contrary to popular belief, activated charcoal is chemically inactive, and there is zero clinical evidence to prove it helps get rid of acne. Could it be then, that the star of the show is actually tea tree oil? It’s widely known as a spot treatment, but whether it is strong enough to clear stubborn acne is unproved.
The reviews looked promising, with people calling it a ‘miracle’
To use the soap, put it under warm water and rub it between your hands to layer up those suds. Use these suds to gently massage your fingers over your face for at least two minutes to give the ingredients some time to work, then rinse.
I did this routine morning and night, and at first my face felt great. I was having a few acne issues and was desperate to sort it out (you know how it is). The reviews looked promising, with people calling it a ‘miracle’. It soon became apparent that either my skin was purging (the product bringing spots from underneath my skin up to the surface) or I was reacting badly to it. My skin was also drying out so much that it was becoming itchy and flaky, no matter how much I moisturised after cleansing.
Personally, I gave up on the soap and my skin calmed down. I have used tea tree oil in the past with it helping to heal acne areas quicker. Purging of the skin seems to be quite common with this soap, with the majority of people sticking with it to find clearer skin on the other side.
What you’ll find is that skin products do not agree with everyone, and that opinions can only be just that, an opinion. Carbon Theory’s charcoal soap may be a game-changer for you, but not for somebody else (e.g. me!). It is inexpensive for something that will last for months, so is worth trying out. Good luck and let us know how you get on.
Item was bought by MODAN, and not sent to be reviewed. The opinions expressed in this article are that of the author’s. What works for them, may not work for you. But it’s always fun giving a new product a go!
Photograph by AJ