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Charcoal on skin?

I I have hard that charcoal has the ability to soak up toxins and germs. Would it be bad to use this on skin as a mask? Maybe grind up NATURAL charcoal and then add a little water to make a paste and if necesary add thickeners to make kind of a covering for skin for health?

Charcoal is pure carbon. There is no difference between NATURAL carbon and anyother kind....
there is a difference... I know you're trying to seem witty and all but sorry had to point out that you're wrong. Natural carbon comes from NATURAL resources. Fake carbon is obviously man made. and in case you didn't know you cant get 'unnatural' carbon because scientists do not know how to make carbon. They have only been able to make a few artificial elements which are specified on the periodic table. So please do know what you are talking about before posting a comment :) Because you are influencing this young man's decision and he expects a valid answer; not someone's invalid opinion.
Natural carbon comes from NATURAL resources. Fake carbon is obviously man made ...

but by your own admission, it can't be manmade, and it can't be "fake".

and in case you didn't know you cant get 'unnatural' carbon because scientists do not know how to make carbon

Of course its possible to "make carbon" - that's how we all got here, our carbon was forged in supernovae.

I really don't see your argument here. Charcoals are virtually pure carbon. The hotter you process it, the purer it gets, as Gorfram points out, its 98% pure carbon, and ash residue.
'Of course its possible to "make carbon"'

Why did you point this out, may I ask?
Jenny wasn't saying it wasn't possible, but rather that scientists are unsure of how to make carbon themselves with processes that can used by humans.

I quote from "Jenny"

in case you didn't know you cant get 'unnatural' carbon because scientists do not know how to make carbon

She clearly says scientists don't know how to make carbon, I was correcting her.
your point is invalid because all carbon comes from NATURAL resources - petrol results in carbon from car exhaust fumes... petrol is natural. diamonds are carbon... diamonds are natural. the list goes on... wood, coal ect - all natural elements derived from the planet EARTH. You cant get 'unnatural' carbon because scientists do not know how to make carbon. They have only been able to make a few artificial elements which are specified on the periodic table. So please do know what you are talking about before posting a comment because you are influencing this young man's decision and he deserves a valid answer.
Um, no. As Wikipedia puts it:
"Charcoal is the blackish residue consisting of impure carbon... ...is 85% to 98% carbon with the remainder consisting of volatile chemicals and ash."

Also, I will happy swap you, pound-for-pound straight across, carbon in its naturally occuring graphite and/or anthracite forms for any carbon you might happen to have in its naturally occurring diamond form. :)
The bio-char I have been dealing with for pyrolysis research is virtually activated charcoal - there's nothing left in it. The process that point removes all the easy stuff.
JennyBaby2 years ago
If you are using it on your skin it is not bad for you if it is in something like african black soap :) its all natural and has improved my skin after using it for 1 month and i DONT have oily skin anymore and also, the 'charcoal' it contains is: cocoa pod ash and palm wood ash :) Hope this helped!
trf (author) 4 years ago
Thank you very much everyone. I will use activated charcoal as i want it to obsorb oils and such. The reason i said NATURAL is cause i have past experience with briquettes. They contain much more then charcoal. They contain adhesives to help keep its form. Chemicals to make it burn better. And yes also coal.
V-Man7374 years ago
Activated charcoal is what you want. And just eat it, it does much more for you that way. NATURALLY.
(You never hear clamor for naturally-occurring poisons... Maybe "natural" has come to mean something else?)
Gorfram4 years ago
If you use activated charcoal, the kind used for filtration, just make sure it hasn't already been used for that and picked up whatever bugs and toxins might have been there for it to find.

Lump charcoal (used as an art supply, and also as one type of BBQ charcoal) should be fine, as should extruded charcoal (used in art pencils). The kind not to use is briquette charcoal (the most common type of BBQ charcoal), which is made of coal with all sorts of other additive stuff that you wouldn't want on your face.

Or just cut the head off a matchstick (match heads are not good for you and your skin), light it with another match, blow it out, and use that.
(after it's cooled down - but I didn't need to tell you that, right?)
orksecurity4 years ago
No, it won't "soak up toxins and germs germs". _Activated_ charcoal does soak up some things, mostly organic volatiles (which is why it's used to absorb odors), but it doesn't know the difference between a toxin and a tocatta. Applying it to your skin is about as likely to extract something you want to keep as to extract something you want to remove -- and really isn't all that likely to do anything but stain your skin grey.