I am not a medical professional, but I do know a bit about Konjac and Charcoal and their tremendous absorption properties when taken internally. I take Konjac supplements in the form of Glucomannan, and those pills absorb a glass of water and expand just like a sponge.
Likewise, Charcoal is so absorbent that supplement bottles warn against taking it if you are on medications because the charcoal will render them useless.
So, what about external absorption? I gave The Japanese Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal Facial Cleanser Puff a try on my combination skin.
Unused, the sponge is extremely hard and tough. It’s got a rough texture.
I recommend not running water over the sponge, but rather immersing the sponge in warm water for about three minutes. Afterwards, it becomes soft and squishy – but you can still tell by the feel that it’s going to have scrubbing power without too much abrasiveness.
You can either use the sponge alone or with your favorite cleanser. I opted to use it with my regular facial cleanser and moved it in circles on my face.
I patted my skin dry, followed up with a moisturizer, and slept. It really left my face feeling clean! I have a serious problem with acne and oil in my T-zone, and this is excellent for an all-around clean. Especially since I was previously using my fingers. This makes quite the difference!
When you’re finished with the sponge, you’ll want to hang it in a dry place. I do not recommend hanging it on the sink or in your shower. I opted to install a hook next to my mirror, and there it has plenty of room, and my bathroom doesn’t get so steamy that the sponge would collect mold. You may want to hang it outside your bathroom depending on the size and frequency of use. But definitely do NOT keep it in a dark, damp place!
It’s recommended that you use the sponge no more frequently than every two days. Even though it is very gentle on the skin, it still has two very absorbent components, so you won’t want to dry out your face.
I think this is a great product, and probably one I will replace when the time comes. You can purchase the sponge from several online retailers, including Amazon, where it is currently on sale for $11. For a complete list of retailers, visit the Japanese Konjac Sponge Official Website.