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Charcoal Face Scrub Benefits | Why You Should Consider Using Them

Charcoal Face Scrub Benefits | Why You Should Consider Using Them

Charcoal Face Scrub Benefits | Why You Should Consider Using Them



Raise your hand if you got coal in your stocking this past year. Yeah, we thought so. 

If you were personally victimized by Santa we’ve got great news-charcoal is actually really good for your skin. Okay, we can’t guarantee you’ll be able to use a lump of coal on your face (in fact, you definitely shouldn’t try that), but we can guarantee that a charcoal face scrub will give you amazing skin. 

Charcoal face scrubs are a great addition to any skin care regimen. Don’t have a skin care regimen? Facepalm. Man, you’ve got to catch up. Sexy skin is in, and the only way to get it is to take care of it with the right products. 

Lucky for you, Disco has the products you need. We’ll drop some knowledge about charcoal face scrubs, why you should use them, what you can expect, and how to find the very best. 

Why Do I Need to Put Charcoal on My Face?

Charcoal isn’t just good for cooking burgers and brats, it’s incredibly beneficial for keeping your skin deeply cleansed and helping you avoid breakouts. 

The charcoal that is used on your skin, however, has a different chemical structure than the bricks you use on the barbeque. The charcoal you find in skin care products is “activated charcoal.” Same thing, different science. Here’s how. 

Activated charcoal is essentially the same material as your grilling charcoal, but it has been purified and altered with extreme heat to expand its surface area, making it more porous. Extra pores mean extra power in terms of skin benefits. 

Charcoal is an all-natural ingredient, and let’s be honest-the fewer chemicals we put in and on our bodies the better. Charcoal has been used for centuries for its absorbent properties. It’s widely used in the medical field for absorbing toxins in the body. 

When you use activated charcoal products on your skin, it helps to absorb the toxins in your pores, which leaves your skin cleaner and healthier. For more mind-blowing charcoal benefits, read on.

Benefits of Charcoal Face Scrubs

Activated charcoal can be added to face scrubs, masks, and other special skin treatments. We love it in a cleanser because it allows the charcoal to really get your skin super clean. No other ingredient has the absorbent ability that charcoal does. Here’s what it does in your favorite face scrub. 

Deep Cleans

Daily cleaning is a necessity, but if you really want your skin to as clean as possible, using a charcoal cleansing scrub every day can level up your cleansing game. 

Charcoal has the ability to absorb dirt and excess oil from your skin. It’s more effective than a cleanser that doesn’t contain charcoal because those cleansers only remove dirt and oil from the surface. 

Charcoal digs deep inside pores to lift out the gunk, leaving your skin as clean as possible. 

Helps Fight Breakouts

Unless you’re just a lucky SOB, you deal with breakouts from time to time. What causes them? There are about a million factors, and determining the source of yours can be like attempting to find the fountain of youth. 

In the end, pimples are caused by clogged pores. You can tackle clogged pores by using a charcoal face scrub. Charcoal helps pull impurities like dirt and sebum (your skin’s natural oil) from pores, preventing them from clogging and forming bumps. 

Charcoal Face Scrubs Elevate Your Shave

Shaving can make your skin sensitive. Razor burn, bumps, and ingrown hairs are all uncomfortable side effects from shaving that many of us have just simply adjusted to. Some of us even decide on facial hair just to avoid the hassle of shaving daily. 

Using a charcoal face scrub prior to shaving can prep your skin for a much closer, much more comfortable shave. 

Dead skin cells on the surface of your skin can get trapped in your pores as you shave, causing ingrown hairs and large, painful bumps. 

Charcoal acts as a mild exfoliant, helping lift away dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. The result? Fewer chances for ingrown hairs and razor burn, and an all-over closer shave. 

Keeps Your Skin Youthful

It may not be the actual fountain of youth, but charcoal definitely helps keep your skin looking young and sexy. 

Cellular turnover is the process by which your cells renew and create new skin. The faster this process happens, the younger your skin will look. 

As you get older, the cellular renewal process slows. Dead skin cells begin to collect on the surface of your skin, sending the message to healthy skin cells to slow down. Using a charcoal scrub helps kick start your cellular turnover by removing dead skin cells and helping promote healthy cell renewal. 


Your skin doesn’t just have dirt and oil on the surface. Your skin is constantly exposed to chemicals and toxins, even in the air. External stressors like pollution, cigarette smoke, and even some cleaning products can collect on your skin. 

Charcoal puts your skin in detox and removes the toxic trash from your skin, so toxins don’t have a chance to damage your skin. 

How to Use a Charcoal Face Scrub

To use a charcoal face scrub, you’ve first got to grab one. Lucky for you, Disco has the very best. Our Charcoal Face Cleanser Stick contains activated charcoal to deep clean, and all-natural ingredients to help keep your skin hydrated and soft. 

  • Coconut oil. Our cleansing stick contains coconut oil, which helps break down dirt and oil, making it easier for charcoal to absorb. Coconut oil is also an emollient, which means it will fill in dry, rough areas and keep your skin feeling softer and more touchable. 
  • Phytic Acid. Sourced from almonds, phytic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid that helps gently exfoliate (remove dead skin cells) your skin, effectively accelerating the natural skin rejuvenation cycle. 
  • Aloe. Our cleanser contains aloe to help soothe your skin and keep it hydrated. Aloe can help calm irritated skin and make it less noticeable and more comfortable. 
  • Eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil has antibacterial properties which can be great for dudes struggling with breakouts. It’s also ideal for keeping skin moisturized and hydrated without the use of heavier oils. 

    Eucalyptus oil helps keep your skin hydrated by increasing your skin’s ceramide levels. Ceramides are naturally occurring lipids that help your skin retain water. 

How to Use

It’s super easy to incorporate a charcoal face scrub in your skin care routine, or even add one if you are still a soap and waterman. Throw out your bar soap and start your day with a super-easy charcoal scrub. Disco’s is in stick form; it literally couldn’t be easier.

  • Wet your skin. Apply the charcoal face cleanser stick to your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. 
  • Lather with your hands for about thirty seconds; long enough for the charcoal to work its magic. 
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel. 
  • High five yourself for getting the cleanest skin possible. 

You can use a charcoal face scrub, like Disco’s, twice a day, morning and evening. If you want to level up your charcoal skin care benefits, we’ve got you covered. 

Our purifying face mask contains activated charcoal and bentonite clay, another dirt and oil absorbing powerhouse, for a combination that deep cleans your skin and helps improve overall texture. 

Our mask also contains all natural willow bark extract to help calm and soothe irritated skin. Willow bark acts as an astringent (which means it helps tighten your pores) and as an anti-inflammatory, reducing redness and swelling on your skin (which can help bumps look smaller and less noticeable). 

Let’s Disco

You’ve got choices when it comes to skin care, but Disco is the skin care line founded by a man, for men’s skin. Our team of dermatologists work tirelessly to formulate our products so they work best for men’s skin. 

We’ve already taken care of the stuff you don’t have time to figure out (like why it’s important your products keep your skin’s pH level properly balanced). Our skin care is free from toxins, parabens, sulfates, and harsh chemicals. Most of our ingredients are completely plant-based. 

We also make sure that our products are 100% cruelty-free and sustainable, so you can keep a clean least about your skin care. 

If you’re ready to give charcoal skin care a shot, we say cheers to you. You may not be able to detox your life from your vile ex, but you can definitely detox your skin with a great charcoal face scrub. 




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