Blemish Busting Bentonite Clay Face Mask

8 Aug

My skin is super confused lately. I’m not sure if I got too much sun on vacation or if it’s high stress levels or what, but my skin needed a little tough love. I could tell it was a bit oily and irritated with some random breakouts. No bueno.

I have a bag of bentonite clay that I wanted to find a good skin care use for. Bentonite clay is great for the skin because it absorbs toxins and adds beneficial minerals. Some people even take bentonite clay internally as a way to detox the body.

Another powerful skin product is apple cider vinegar. It works well as an astringent and also does a good job of drying out breakouts. Some people use it as a toner to fight blemishes, so I thought it would be perfect in this face mask recipe.

Blemish Busting Bentonite Clay Face Mask |

You may notice that your skin appears a bit pink or red after you wash off the mask. This goes away shortly, if it happens at all (sometimes my skin gets red and sometimes it doesn’t) and what is left is smooth, clean, detoxed skin. When my skin is breaking out, that’s usually gone in a day or two after using this mask.

If you are looking for something for more sensitive skin, consider using water in place of apple cider vinegar for making this mask.

Do you use bentonite clay for beauty products or for detoxing?

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7 Responses to “Blemish Busting Bentonite Clay Face Mask”

  1. Emma October 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    PSA: Never mix bentonite clay with water, ESPECIALLY if you have sensitive skin. The pH of bentonite can be as high as 9.7 (very alkaline) and so the reason you mix it with raw apple cider vinegar is to bring the pH closer to your skin’s natural pH (5.5 ish). If you mix bentonite clay with water and put it on your skin, your results are likely to be burning, rash, redness, and/or breakouts. Its the opposite of what you should do for sensitive skin.

    Please. Seriously. Don’t do it. If your skin is sensitive, mix your mask with a little raw honey or apple a little raw honey afterwards for a few minutes.

  2. Julianne October 15, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Hi! Do you need to put on a moisturizer after you use the clay and the ACV? I have an oily skin. I don’t like to put on a moisturizer because they usually clogged up my open pores.

    • Laura October 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

      Yes! Not using a moisturizer can make your skin more oily because your skin will over compensate and produce extra oil when it feels dry without a moisturizer. I have oily skin and use jojoba oil after this mask. I notice less oiliness after. :)

      • sarah January 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

        I can’t wait to try this! have you ever added a few drops of essential oil for a more pleasant scent? i don’t completely mind ACV, but thought perhaps peppermint or lavender might be a nice addition. Would the essential oil interfere with the clay or ACV?

        • Laura January 24, 2014 at 11:23 am #

          I haven’t tried it with essential oil, but that would make it smell nicer. I’m not sure how if it would interfere with the rest of the mixture, but I’d imagine it would be okay.

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