Known as the “black diamond’ of Chinese medical healers since the Ming Dynasty, activated bamboo charcoal has been used to filter tea water, prepare traditional medicines, even ‘sweeten’ tea by infusing it with minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Yet the health properties of bamboo charcoal aren’t limited to tea or Asian medicine: charcoal is known as a safe and effective anti-acne compound, as well as being used to treat eczema, psoriasis, and dry and cracked skin.
The fast-growing bamboo plant is actually a grass, not a tree or shrub, and is therefore a highly renewable, environmentally-friendly resource. “Activated” bamboo charcoal is made by heating, or ‘carbonizing’ the harvested bamboo grass at very high temperatures. This activation is responsible for bamboo charcoal’s ability to absorb and remove harmful minerals, toxins, and other impurities from your skin, without being absorbed itself, leaving skin cleaner and healthier.
Among its many benefits, bamboo charcoal can act as an exfoliant, sloughing off dead skin cells that dull your skin and contribute to clogging pores. When used in soap, its antibacterial properties kill off bacteria and allow the skin’s natural moisturizers to combat eczema and psoriasis as well as acne. In addition, bamboo charcoal is antifungal and antiviral as well as antimicrobial, making it ideal for people exposed to or suffering from fungal and other skin diseases.
Due to its incredibly effective ability to exfoliate, detoxify and heal skin, Derma9 has included bamboo charcoal in its Zone Mask System. It’s now easier than ever to make bamboo charcoal a part of your regular skin care routine.