This all natural, yet super powerful, clay has been around for ages. You may or may not have heard of it, but I definitely recommend trying it! It’s usually sold out online for a reason.
You may be asking “what makes this clay so special and different from others?” Good question. Firstly, this clay can be taken internally and externally. It has a vast array of benefits, but since this is an acne-related website and post, I will stick to the acne benefits.
Bentonite clay is also known as montmorillonite clay, which means that it expands when absorbing the liquid. It is composed of ash from volcanoes. This clay is unique due to its ability to change its electrical component and produce an electrical charge when added to a liquid. Since most toxins and heavy metals are positively charged, this gives bentonite the ability to literally “pull out”/absorb toxins and impurities from our skin. It also “pulls” excess hydrogen from our cells, therefore allowing them to replace with oxygen.
So here is a mask that is natural, healthy, detoxifying, and helps with acne, but how can we use it for optimal results? Many times I see reviewers that state that bentonite clay made them break out. While it may be true that these individuals did break out after using this clay as a mask, it is most likely NOT the bentonite that broke them out.
Remember that bentonite clay has “pulling properties” so while it pulls out toxins, in a way it is also “pulling out” your pimples. Pimples form before they surface, so you may have had pimples forming and the clay just brought them out faster and more at once.
Another concern I have seen many times is the redness that comes with using this product. When the clay begins to dry on your skin you will most likely feel your face pulsate, this is due to an increase of blood flow to the area with the mask. When you wash the clay off you will then experience a shade of pink/red, which is normal! This redness will go away in about an hour.
Remember to never leave your mask to dry completely. Clay does its magic while it is damp, when dried it does nothing more for your skin other than dry it out (which is NOT what you want when you have acne, even if you have oily skin). I also recommend using ACV (apple cider vinegar) instead of water. This clay is alkaline, but our face is slightly acidic, so using ACV (which is acidic) will aid better results.