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charcoal

Charcoal has unique absorption properties and may disinfect wounds. (See source for the specifics of the study.)

There’s no evidence it has any benefit for breakouts or clogged pores when applied topically.

Sources
http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/definition/charcoal
http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia-skin-care-reviews/by-brand/clinique/_/Pore-Refining-Solutions-Charcoal-Mask
Effect of activated charcoal dressings on healing outcomes of chronic wounds.
Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2010
Western Journal of Medicine, 1986

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