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Japanese charcoal cleanser

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin, Large Pores
January 3, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
A friend, who has frequently traveled to Japan, has just given me a tube of cleanser made from black charcoal. It comes in an innocuous charcoal (as you might expect) gray packaging and can be bought at any drugstore in Japan. It is simply called Charcoal Facial Cleanser.

I have tried it a couple of times and it is impressive. I don't think my skin has ever been so clean. Charcoal is extremely efficient at absorbing impurities. In Japan, it is a favorite spa and public bath house product.  And it seems to pop up in all sorts of things, such as toothpaste and even cotton buds.


Personally, I would only use the facial cleanser once or twice a week as it is pretty powerful. I should think that for anyone with oily skin and/or a tendency towards enlarged pores would find it extremely effective.

Finding it, unless you get the chance to go to Tokyo and stock up, is tricky. I did find something similar via Amazon, although it is a soap bar rather than liquid cleanser. The link is here.

  • August 17, 2011

    by celeste

    i just got a tube of charcoal cleanser from a japanese shop in doncaster shopping centre melbourne it was $2.80 from the $2.80 shop!!!

  • June 6, 2009

    by Samantha

    My mom recently pick up the bar soap a few months ago while at the beach in Deleware. I use it every time I shower and it is amazing.I used to have major problems with acne and my face has improved dramatically since using the soap. I highly recommend it.

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