Dealing with spots is never fun, but full blown acne is a whole different ball game – and according to a recent study in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, it’s very much on the rise.
With more of us dealing with daily stress in high pressured jobs, extra pollution and hormonal methods of birth control, it’s no wonder more people are having to deal with flare-ups of the skin condition. Expensive treatments and skin specialists are all well and good, but these can take a serious toll on your bank balance. So what’s a girl to do?
Well, we have some potential good news in the form of a bar of Charcoal Soap; created by skincare brand Carbon Theory. The Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Breakout Control Cleansing Bar is formulated with soothing shea butter, and, well, Charcoal and Tea Tree Oil (the clue is in the name).
The brand recommends you wet it, rub it between your hands and then gently rub the soap suds into your face, once in the morning and once before bed.
Acne sufferers have taken to Instagram to show their appreciation for the product, and we think the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics speak for themselves.
Not only is the product vegan and cruelty free, it’s also available in your local Boots or Waitrose, so you can throw one in your trolley during the weekly shop. Oh, and did we mention the teeny tiny fact that the soap costs just £6?
Before you go rushing straight to the soap aisle, though, an aesthetic skin specialist, Dr David Jack, has weighed in on the ‘wonder’ product, saying:
‘Tea tree is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so it makes sense that this is a popular ingredient in many natural skincare products. Likewise, shea butter is moisturising. But, it is a fatty acid and primarily acts as an emollient in the skin – so I’m not convinced of its relevance in a product being marketed for acne. Charcoal has zero significant clinical evidence for its use in acne. Indeed, all charcoal is carbon, which is basically inert, and, if anything, could potentially clog pores.’
So the jury’s still out it seems, and although a one-size-fits-all cure for acne is near on impossible, the transformation pics (and sub-tenner price tag) are good enough for us. We’ll totally be giving this a go…