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5 Best Charcoal Face Scrubs

5 Best Charcoal Face Scrubs

5 Best Charcoal Face Scrubs



You keep hearing that charcoal is good for your skin, but scrubbing your face with your barbeque bricks hasn’t made a difference. Bro, we’re here to help. 

Charcoal has some amazing skin benefits, but only when you use it correctly and only when you use the right type (hint: it doesn’t come from your grill). 

Feeling lost? Disco to the rescue. We’re your skin care gurus, and we’ll tell you all about what charcoal does for your skin and give you some tips for finding the best charcoal face scrubs available.

So… Not the Stuff from the Grill?

Correct. The type of charcoal used to help you get amazing skin is called activated charcoal. It’s similar to grilling charcoal, but activated charcoal has been purified through the process of exposing it to extremely high temperatures. That process also increases the surface area of the charcoal and makes it more absorbent. 

Activated charcoal is black to greyish, like the bricks on the grill, but impurities have been removed so it’s safe to use on your skin. 

What Does Charcoal Do for Your Skin?

Why should you care about charcoal? There are several reasons, and only one of them involves perfecting that iconic smokey, flame-grilled steak flavor. The rest help you get sexy, touchable skin that’s as fresh as your grill game.

Charcoal Absorbs

When charcoal is activated, it becomes more porous, allowing it to absorb more surface area. That’s good news for your skin because charcoal can suck the dirt and grime out of your pores better than any other skin care ingredient around. 

Charcoal deep dives into your pores to dig out excess oil and dead skin cells, leaving your skin incredibly clean. 

Charcoal Detoxes

Just like it pulls out dirt and oil, charcoal also removes toxins from your skin. Chemicals,  bacteria, and microparticles don’t stand a chance against the absorbent properties of charcoal. 

Charcoal particles “stick” to toxins and lift them away from skin. When you rinse your skin with your charcoal scrub, the toxins get washed away too.

Charcoal Cleanses

Charcoal works well as an everyday cleanser. While other ingredients can be too harsh on your skin, charcoal works to cleanse the skin without leaving it feeling dry and chapped. 

Charcoal is also generally well tolerated by all skin types, making it a great option for you even if your skin is dry, oily, or a combination of both. 

5 Best Charcoal Face Scrubs

Charcoal is great for skin, but when it comes to picking out a charcoal face scrub, you should look for ingredients that work with charcoal to give you even better-looking skin. 

Here are our top 5 recommendations for the best charcoal face scrub ingredients. 

1. Charcoal + Coconut Oil

Any face scrub should include a moisturizing agent. Otherwise, you could end up with dry, flaky skin. Coconut oil is a great choice because it’s all-natural and deeply penetrating. 

Coconut oil is an emollient, which means it’s great for keeping your skin’s texture soft. It’s also a powerful cleanser itself; coconut oil helps break down dirt and oil, making it easier for the charcoal to absorb it and lift it away. 

2. Charcoal + Phytic Acid

You might not be thinking about anti-aging products right now, but trust us, you will be. Taking good care of your skin earlier in life helps Future You stay forever young. 

Phytic acid is a great option for keeping your skin looking younger. It’s a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that works to stimulate your skin’s natural rejuvenation cycle. This means your skin rejuvenates faster, producing newer, healthier (aka younger) looking skin. 

Paired with charcoal, phytic acid is able to work even better. Charcoal deep cleans your pores so phytic acid can penetrate more deeply and become more effective. 

3. Charcoal + Aloe

All this cleansing and deep pore action could leave your skin dry and irritated if your charcoal face scrub doesn’t include a healing ingredient like aloe. What mom puts on your sunburn works also works great to calm irritated skin.

Even super sensitive skin can use a charcoal face scrub if it contains a soothing ingredient like aloe. Aloe can prevent irritation before it starts and help to calm it if it’s already there. 

4. Charcoal + Eucalyptus

We can’t stress it enough -- your skin needs moisture, man. If you’ve been using soap and water and feeling like your face is cracking every time you try to flash your sexy smile, it’s because your skin is dehydrated. 

Eucalyptus is a powerful, all-natural moisturizer. It works by increasing your skin’s ceramide levels. Ceramides are a type of naturally occurring fatty acid in your skin that helps your skin stay hydrated and protected.

Eucalyptus works well in a charcoal scrub because it helps seal in your skin’s natural moisture content after charcoal has removed dirt and excess oil. This helps your skin maintain balance so you don’t end up with oily and/or dry patches. 

5. Charcoal + Bentonite Clay

When you’re in need of the deepest, deep clean around, opt for a charcoal skin product that contains bentonite clay. Bentonite clay is a naturally occurring clay that is renowned for removing dirt, excess oil, and toxins from skin. 

Combined with charcoal, bentonite clay helps get your skin next-level clean. Think of it like spring cleaning your face. 

How to Find the Best Charcoal Face Scrubs

It’s easy. Head over to Disco’s website and check out our products. We’re not ones to brag, but we pretty much hit it out of the park with our Charcoal Face Cleanser Stick

Our face cleansing stick contains everything you need to keep your skin:

  • Cleansed. Our stick contains coconut oil and charcoal for a deep-down clean you can feel.
  • Hydrated. Coconut oil and eucalyptus help keep our scrub nourishing to your skin, never itchy and dry.
  • Youthful. We pack our face cleansing stick with phytic acid so you can keep your baby face. 

Using our face cleansing stick couldn’t be easier. Just swipe it on your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin wet your hands and lather. Splash your face with water to remove the scrub, and the filth, from your face. 

Bonus Points

When you want a really deep, down clean, you want a mask. Trust us, masks are miracle workers, especially if you’ve got blemish-prone skin. 

Disco’s Purifying Face Mask makes it easy to use the powerful effects of charcoal for an even deeper clean. We combine all-natural bentonite clay to help remove all traces of excess oil, dirt, and toxins from your skin. Think of it like the $7 upgraded car wash, but for your face. 

Make it a Routine

Charcoal is powerful, but it’s gentle enough to use daily if you have the right scrub, like our cleansing stick. 

You can easily use the cleaning stick both morning and night to keep your kisser clean. It’s the first step in developing a good skin care routine.

Don’t have a skin care routine? Dude, it’s time. Taking care of your skin is just as important as taking care of your body. Disco makes it easy to get the skin you want without a lot of time or hassle. 

Just Starting Out

If you're new to the skin care party, try our starter set. It has everything you need to build the foundation for healthy skin with just three simple products. 

You’ll get our charcoal face cleanser stick, an exfoliating face scrub, and our super hydrating face moisturizer. 

It has all the benefits of charcoal face scrubs, plus the ultimate in hydration and exfoliation, making it the total package in three simple products. 

Level Up

When you’re ready to level up your skin care game, try the advanced set. You’ll get our charcoal mask to deep clean your pores and skin along with our award-winning under-eye stick.

Our under-eye stick helps keep your eyes looking smooth, youthful, and awake. It’s the perfect solution for eyes that look tired and for battling crow’s feet. 

Let’s Disco

Taking care of your skin is in, and you can do it with all-natural products that deep clean your skin and help it look as sexy as you feel. You can count on charcoal to vacuum the dirt out of your skin and help it stay blemish-free and smooth. 

Not sure where to shop? Disco has your back with products that are easy to use, all-natural, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. We’ve got the best charcoal products for your skin, so step away from the grill (or throw a steak on it) and let Disco handle your mug. 



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Nanoparticles – known and unknown health risks (

Eucalyptus increases ceramide levels in keratinocytes and improves stratum corneum function (


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