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Is Activated Charcoal Really the Secret to Perfect Skin (and Teeth)?
Until recently, the word "coal" probably made you think of summer cookouts, the mining scene in Zoolander, or Santa's naughty list. Enter activated charcoal, the beauty ingredient of the moment. It's been added to cleansers, face masks, toothbrushes, and even juices for its ability to absorb toxins and pollutants. But is it effective? Here, we explore ten activated-charcoal products that really work—and one that, well, doesn't.