Charcoal is Great, but Can be Drying

Hey y’all,

As some of you may know, I have an inflammatory skin condition (eczema). I’ve tried every home remedy I’ve come across to help it. The only thing that’s really worked has been changing my diet to a Monkey Diet).

However, I recently learned about activated charcoal baths, and I tried taking them to aid the detox process.

Charcoal has been used for years to filter things. It’s a common water filter, and scientists use it to detox lab rats after experiments. Charcoal has the ability to bind with toxins. It pretty much soaks them up like a sponge, so taking baths in it made sense.

I dumped about 1/4 c of activated charcoal powder in my bath water.

The baths did make me feel like a fae princess bathing in liquid night, but it didn’t actually seem to do much for me (although I’ve definitely read that it did help certain people). In fact, after a week of taking charcoal baths, my eczema began to get worse! For me, the charcoal seemed to have a drying effect on my skin.

Both before and since, I’ve taken the charcoal internally (I mix 1/2 – 1 tsp into 1/2 c of filtered water and drink it). I’ve found that if I do this every 2-3 days, it does help my skin and doesn’t dry me.

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