Benefits of Bentonite Clay for Skin, Acne and Psoriasis

Skin being the largest organ of the body protects you from UV rays, dirt and infectious bacteria. Due to internal or external elements the skin loses natural moisture and the ability to guard your body. Now, it’s your turn to pay back, topically applying natural ingredients will nourish and hydrates the skin.

Bentonite clay for skin is one such innate remedy extracted from Mother Nature. Also known as Montmorillonite, bentonite clay is composed of ashes from volcanoes. Its renowned healing properties enhance healing and detoxify the body.

This clay got the name from Fort Benton (Wyoming), a place with numerous volcanoes. Today this healing clay is harvested in France, US and Italy. Bentonite clay has significant importance in history because of its healing power. Traditionally, people in Central Africa, Australia and Andes consumed this clay to kill toxins and free radicals.

How Bentonite Clay for Skin Works?

bentonite clay for skin

Benefits of bentonite clay is not confined to skin, as mentioned above historians used it internally to cure various diseases. These assorted properties allured industries to incorporate this clay into daily used products. Anyhow, here we’ll be discussing about its benefits for skin and how it can treat acne and other chronic skin diseases.

Naturally, bentonite clay is packed with unmatched properties, when the clay comes in contact with water or fluid, a type of electrical charge is produced that binds toxins and thwarts them out. Also study shows that bentonite clay itself packed with assorted nutrients like copper, silica, sodium, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium, which is absorbed by your body.

A study quotes that, clays have antibacterial properties that may restrain bacteria.

In other words, bentonite clay is negatively charged and toxins are positively charged, when they come in contact exceptional properties in bentonite clay binds toxins and help to remove it. Likewise it effectively removes dirt, impurities and heavy metals from skin, mouth and the body.

Bentonite Clay for Skin

Your skin is most exposed part of your body, and increasing levels of pollution, dirt and impurities gives a favorable environment for the bad bacteria to invade and provoke infection. Cleansing impurities and toxins from the skin will help it to breathe well and restrain infectious virus.

For this, mix bentonite clay with water and apply it over prewashed face or skin. Let the mask dry naturally and then rinse it off. Along with the mask, properties in bentonite clay will remove impurities from the skin.

Apart from this, antibacterial and other renowned properties in bentonite clay enhances fast healing, treats allergic reactions and reduces inflammation.

For serious injuries, place solid bentonite clay mask over cuts/burns and wrap it with wet cloth. Repeat the process at regular intervals to stimulate fast healing.

For different bentonite clay mask recipes, click here.

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Bentonite Clay for Acne

bentonite clay for acne

Sebum is the natural oil secreted by the skin to keep itself moist. Internal factors like hormonal imbalance and external factors influence excess oil production, which blocks skin pores along with dead cells. Bacteria invade and feed on the dead cells aggravating acne lesion.

Highly absorbent and exfoliating quality of bentonite clay reduces acne blemishes and tightens skin pores. As mentioned above, the electrical charge created after mixing with water binds toxins and impurities that will be flushed once you rinse it off.

Bentonite clay recipe for acne:

Most common method is to mix required amount of bentonite clay powder with water and then apply it with fingers over initially washed face. Leave it for 15 minutes, so the unmatched properties in the clay start affecting. Rinse it off and pat dry.

Experts say that, using bentonite clay you can measure the amount of sebum secreted by your skin. The process involves 2-3 applications of the clay mask and it must be carried out in a well equipped lab.

Note: This clay mask may make your skin dry, so it’s recommended limiting its use if you’ve dry skin or follow with a natural moisturizer after face mask treatment.

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Bentonite Clay for Psoriasis and Eczema

Studies conclude that bentonite clay for skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema is completely safe and is hypoallergenic. Though the exact cause of psoriasis and eczema are unknown, scientist say hereditary and weak immune system may trigger chronic diseases. Unfortunately, there is no permanent treatment for these skin disorders.

Anyhow, using bentonite clay for psoriasis you can reduce the symptoms. The negatively charged elements in the clay attract positively charged bacteria, virus and toxins causing infection. Regular use will cleanse impurities and infectious bacteria.

Mix it with water and apply it over affected parts. Leave it to dry naturally and rinse it off. Don’t forget to apply jojoba oil to moisturize the skin.

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Bentonite Clay for Hyperpigmentation

bentonite clay face mask

Your body has a pigment known as melanin, which is responsible for your skin’s color. Excess exposure to UV rays or other factors like antibiotics increases melanin production leading to dark skin or hyperpigmentation.

Apart from topically applying this face mask you must stay away from UV rays or wear hat and cover the body with cloth. Bentonite clay for hyperpigmentation works effectively as it draws out all toxins and impurities from the body due to its electrical charge.

Add this natural ingredient to your beauty regimen.

Bentonite Clay for Wrinkles

In most cases, wrinkles appear when your skin loses its elasticity and impurities settled on it. A natural remedy like bentonite clay will not only flush impurities but minerals housed in this clay will stimulate healing and nourish the skin. And when the skin is free from radicals and bacteria, it functions well and enhances elasticity.

You can use apple cider vinegar instead of water while mixing bentonite clay for wrinkles. Sensitive skin people should use water.

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Benefits of bentonite clay for skin are enormous and safe to use. If the clay makes your skin dry, apply moisturizer evenly when the skin is still damp. Chronic skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles can be treated using this healing clay.

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Bentonite Clay Face Mask Recipe

bentonite clay face mask

Clays have significant role in detoxifying, healing clays like bentonite clay mask has been used as a remedy to get rid of toxins. Though its use decreased significantly, its minerals and exceptional properties enticed cosmetic world to put this natural clay back to work.

If you pay attention, you’ll notice that animals eat dirt and clay to remove toxins from their body. (1) Yes, you can also consume bentonite clay mask to remove toxins from the body. Actress Shailene Woodley, disclosed in an interview that consuming clay will remove metals and toxins from the body. (2) If you’re not brave enough to follow this actress, you can use bentonite clay face mask topically.

What is Bentonite Clay and How it Works for Skin?

Bentonite clay is an absorbent consists of montmorillonite. It’s nothing but a volcanic ash discovered near Fort Benton, Wyoming. It comprised of minerals, which can remove toxins from the body internally and externally. When you add water to this bentonite clay, it produces negative electric charge that removes metals and toxins.

In other words, bentonite clay mask (mixed with water) produces negative charge and it bonds with positive charged toxins. So, when a metal, toxin or chemical comes in contact with this clay it absorbs metals and releases minerals in to the body to use.

Benefits of Bentonite Clay Face Mask

  • Cleanse dead cells and impurities from the skin.
  • Enhances healing and regenerate skin tissues.
  • Unclog blocked skin pores and remove impurities out of it.
  • Helps to get rid of discoloration and fade scars.
  • A great exfoliator.
  • Makes your skin smooth and glowing.
  • Treats blackheads and prevent them.
  • Helps to get rid of skin allergies and provides required minerals.

In the book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration”, Dr. Weston reported that native cultures in Central Asia and Australia use to make ball of dried clay and mix small amount in water to prevent poisoning from toxins.

Minerals housed in clay can turn out to be an inexpensive treatment to kill bacterial infections in the body. (3)

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How to Make Bentonite Clay Face Mask?

You can get bentonite clay powder from a local store or try it over online. There are different types of bentonite clay depending on chemical composition. I recommend buying sodium bentonite clay; you can try other types too.


  • Bentonite Clay Powder – 1 table spoon
  • Water – 1 table spoon

Note: Avoid metal spoon or metal bowl.

  • Mix the two ingredients in a bowl; if you don’t have sensitive skin then you can replace water with apple cider vinegar. People with sensitive skin must use water and apply thin layer of the clay.
  • Make smooth paste, you can add little powder or water if needed to make consistency. Wash your face and apply bentonite clay face mask over the skin evenly. You can also apply it around the neck and on other parts of the body.
  • Use your fingers or cotton ball for application. Leave it for about 20-30 minutes to dry naturally, and then rinse it off with water.

Don’t worry if your face looks pink, it happens usually as blood flow increases when face mask attracts toxins towards it. Follow with a moisturizer.

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How Often Should You Use the Bentonite Clay Face Mask?

If you’re using this clay face mask for the first time, then use it once in a week. After using it for weeks, you’ll notice positive results, then you increase or decrease usage of bentonite clay mask.

Want to give this exceptional experience to your body? Increase quantity of ingredients and add it in your bath tub. Soak your body in the bentonite clay bath for not more than 20 minutes and rinse it off. Here is complete guide on clay bath.

Bentonite Clay for Acne

Hormonal imbalance stimulates excess production of sebum resulting in pimples. Recent studies show that inflammation has supportive role at all stages of acne development. Along with these triggers, alarming levels of pollution accumulated over skin worsen acne.

Properties in bentonite clay mask absorb excess sebum secreted by skin and its anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation. Its renowned cleansing properties will remove toxins, impurities from skin and unclog blocked pores.

Bentonite clay mask has astringent agents, which shrink and tightens the pores.

Bentonite Clay Mask for Acne Recipe

You can directly mix this natural clay with water and topically apply over acne lesions. Else, follow below recommended recipe.

Things you’ll need

  • Bentonite clay powder – 1 table spoon
  • Comfrey leaf tea – 1 table spoon
  • Grounded elder flowers – 1 table spoon
  • Grounded Strawberry leaves – 1 table spoon
  • Lavender oil – 1 drop

Now mix all mentioned ingredients in a bowl (avoid metal bowl and spoon). Mean while expose your acne-prone skin to steam or wash it with lukewarm water and pat dry, so that skin pores opens up. Using your fingers topically apply the bentonite clay face mask over acne lesions. Leave it to dry naturally and rinse it off with water.

Note: If you’ve extremely dry skin, apply natural moisturizer after using bentonite clay for acne.

You Can Measure Sebum Using Bentonite Clay Mask

In a lab you can measure the amount of sebum secreted by you. According to William J. Cunliffe’s book ACNE, a small patch of bentonite clay mask applied at 3-4 hours of internal in 24 hour period can help to measure person’s sebum production rate.

Did you ever use bentonite clay face mask topically or internally?

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