5 Ways Bentonite Clay Battles Acne  

By June 15, 2018 June 29th, 2018 facials

Acne is the WORST. It’s painful. It’s frustrating. It messes with your confidence. And no matter what anyone told you when you had your first adolescent breakout, it continues long after your teenage years. In fact, if you have naturally oily skin, battling breakouts can be a lifelong endeavor.  

If that’s the case for you, then you’ve probably had an ongoing love-hate relationship with acne treatments. Prescriptions from your dermatologist. Products from infomercials. Restrictive diets. You’ve tried them all. 

Hopefully, some of these treatments helped. But if you’re still looking for that one thing that really puts your acne it’s place, here’s another option you should consider: 

Putting mud on your face. 

Well, not mud exactly—clay. More specifically, bentonite clay.  

This suggestion may sound crazy at first. After all, anyone who’s dealt with acne (and seen the movie “Gremlins”) knows that getting dirt on acne-prone skin is like feeding a mogwai after midnight…you’re just asking for trouble.  

No touching your face with grubby fingers. No drying your face with used bath towels. No laying on unwashed pillowcases. These are the unwritten rules of living with acne, because dirt and acne-prone skin just don’t mix. 

So, why would a muddy substance like clay help with acne? 

Well, even though bentonite clay seems like mud, it’s actually volcanic ash brimming with minerals and nutrients. As a result, it has some unique benefits that help you battle acne, like: 

1. Absorbing sebum 

Acne-prone skin produces a lot of an oily substance called sebum [1]. Sebum acts as a natural moisturizer for your skin. But when sebum production gets out of control, you end up with oily skin and clogged pores [2]. If you can get rid of excess sebum, though, your skin should clear up quickly. Putting bentonite clay on your skin is one proven way to suck up that pore-clogging sebum [3;4]. 

2. Fighting bacteria 

Acne is caused by bacteria trapped beneath the skin. But bentonite clay has proven bacteria-fighting abilities. In fact, research shows clay can kill a wide variety of bacteria, including some of those antibiotic resistant strains you’re hearing so much about nowadays [5]. Basically, bentonite clay can zap that bad bacteria contributing to your breakouts.

3. Drawing stuff to the surface 

Bentonite clay has a powerful drawing power. That’s because it has a negative electrical charge, while toxins, bacteria and impurities have a positive charge [6]. As a result, clay attracts these positively-charged toxins, drawing them to the surface [6]. This is great news for acne sufferers, because the sooner you draw bacteria and other gunk to the surface, the sooner your breakouts clear up. If you deal with cystic acne especially (those massive, underground breakouts that take forever to go away), bentonite clay could make a big difference.

4. Exfoliating 

If you have acne, you might be scared to exfoliate your skin, because you don’t want to make it more red and irritated than it already is. But exfoliation is essential for acne-prone skin, because along with sebum and bacteria, dead skin cells are one of the culprits clogging your pores [7]. The key to exfoliating acne-prone skin without causing more irritation is keeping things gentle. And applying the fine granules of bentonite clay to your skin is the perfect way to gently slough away dead skin cells without upsetting your skin [8].

5. Fading acne scars 

Any acne sufferer knows clearing up breakouts is only half the battle. The other half is getting rid of acne scars. Luckily, bentonite clay may be able to help fade these stubborn skin discolorations. Tons of acne-prone people say adding bentonite clay masks to their beauty regimen causes acne scars to fade significantly. That’s probably because bentonite clay has a scientifically-proven ability to promote skin regeneration and healing [5;9]. 

So, if you suffer from bad breakouts on the reg, why not give bentonite clay a try? All you need is clay, water, some entertaining reading material and 15 minutes to sit around looking like an extra from an old-school horror movie. You have nothing to lose…except maybe your acne. 


[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6219137
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2835893/
[3] https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(83)70023-X/abstract?code=ymjd-site
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11096379
[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5632318/
[6] https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Arvind_Singh56/post/How_else_can_calcium_bentonite_be_used_apart_from_being_part_of_fertilizers/attachment/59d6301f79197b807798e3cf/AS%3A361196348821509%401463127328274/download/1.pdf
[7] https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sacha-devoretz/adult-acne_b_4966392.html
[8] https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/bentonite-clay-beauty-benefits/
[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2904249/ 


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