Most of acne and anti-bacterial ingredients in skin care products are drying skin and eventually causes adverse reaction, because of the layers of dead skin cells on the surface. Activated charcoal powder is extremely useful for acne and blemish skin conditions without being drying. I knew for my whole life that activated charcoal helps with stomach aches and food poisoning, by helping detoxify the body. Activated bamboo charcoal powder absorbs odors, purifies water, and has beauty benefits as well. Most water purifying systems use charcoal to clean the water. Activated bamboo charcoal absorbs into the pores on your skin & draws out the toxins, impurities and dirty oils from the pores. Great for shaving!