How to Make & Use a Bentonite Clay Face Mask (and why you should!)

 Acne is the absolute worst. If you haven’t already, you can read about my acne “journey” (more like black hole) here. I have been trying everything to clear up my hormonal acne without going on any medications or pills. Vitamins, supplements, every kind of face wash, face cream, spot treatment, diet changes…you name it–I’ve tried it. Each has worked okay, nothing has been perfect.

My acne’s not gone, but I have seen noticeable changes to my skin after using a Bentonite Clay face mask twice a week for the past month or so. I discovered this “Aztec Secret” after washing my hormonal-acne-riddled face one night, heading into the vast WWW and desperately searching for answers. When I came upon Bentonite Clay on Amazon and read the reviews, I ordered a jar immediately.

How to make and use a bentonite clay face mask | Blair Blogs

What is Bentonite Clay? According to Mountain Rose Herbs,

“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy meats, impurities and chemicals.

Here’s what you’ll need:

How to make and use a bentonite clay face mask | Blair Blogs

So here’s what you do:

1. Scoop out a few spoonfuls of clay into your plastic bag (you could use a bowl, but it’s 10x easier to mix it in a bag!). Make sure you use a plastic utensil and bag (or bowl)–do not use anything metal. It messes up the clay’s electric charge (which is important, because that’s what allows it to draw out the toxins and junk in your pores!).

How to make and use a bentonite clay face mask | Blair Blogs

How to make and use a bentonite clay face mask | Blair Blogs

2. Add the same amount of water or Apple Cider Vinegar if you have oily skin, then a little more until the correct consistency is achieved. It should be like yogurt (regular yogurt, not thick Greek yogurt!).

How to make and use a bentonite clay face mask | Blair Blogs

3. Leave some air in bag and seal it. Mix up the clay and water or ACV by shaking and kneading your bag.

How to make and use a bentonite clay face mask | Blair Blogs

4. Now, use your face mask brush and apply a thin layer of clay on your face. There will be clumps in your mixture; avoid them, just use the mixed parts. Oh–don’t go crazy. You want the mask to have time to dry, keep it thin!

How to make and use a bentonite clay face mask | Blair Blogs

How to make and use a bentonite clay face mask | Blair Blogs

Here’s the thickness you’re going for:

How to make and use a bentonite clay face mask | Blair Blogs

5. Wait 15-20 minutes, or until you literally cannot move your face because the clay has completely hardened. Bentonite clay is like a sponge…when it’s wet, it expands. As it dries, it contracts. This means that as your mask dries, it will literally feel like your face is pulsating and being sucked off by the clay. In some ways, that is what’s happening–the clay draws out toxins, impurities, oils, and any other junk in your pores while it dries!

Here’s an up close photo of what your desert face will look like (it’s kind of scary):

How to make and use a bentonite clay face mask | Blair Blogs6. Using warm water and a washcloth, gently remove your face mask.

7. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturize. Your face will probably be very red–this is normal! Don’t freak out. Because everything in your pores was sucked out, your face is a bit raw and red. This will go away in about an hour!

8. Repeat about once week.

Have I convinced you to try a Bentonite Clay face mask? It’s super cool guys. Your pores literally get vacuumed out by clay! I mean, really, who wouldn’t want to try that? (If you need clay, buy it here. A face mask brush? Buy it here.)

Have you ever tried a Bentonite Clay facial? Tell me all about it!

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Comments

  1. Can we use our fingers? Or does having the brush really make a difference? I’m really curious, this stuff looks like it’s got some super neat science behind it!

  2. I’m definitely going to try this! But is it safe to rinse out the brush in the sink? Just want to make sure before I mess up anything…

    • Rinse out the brush in your kitchen sink (for the garbage disposal)–but first, get all the clumps off. Rinse as much as possible to avoid clay clogging your sink!

      xo,
      b

  3. If you haven’t already, try washing your face with raw, organic honey. It works great for me and I hear it is also great for acne prone skin. Thank you for the clay information!

    • My best friend swears by washing her face with honey! I’m afraid it will be a sticky mess, but she promises that it isn’t. I have to try it now that you’re recommending it, too! :)

      xo,
      b

    • Do NOT use honey on your skin!! The sugar FEEDS the bacteria, aggravating the situation (acne) and making it worse :( Stick to clay ladies!! Bentonite clay is great, but if you have dry/sensitive/mature skin, try Rhassoul (from Morocco) or French green clay :) Both are wonderful, and my clients swear by it ;)
      (I am an Organic Skin Care Therapist)

  4. Can I do do this like 3-4 times a weeks?

    • I wouldn’t recommend doing it that frequently. 1 or 2 times a week is best, otherwise you’ll suck all the natural, necessary oils out of your pores and break out more because of oil overproduction! Let me know how it works for you! Thanks!

      xo,
      b

  5. Is it ok to use this mask while pregnant?

  6. wow. my face turned bright red after using clay of bentonite. I was totally freaked out untilI found your post. Thanks!!!

    • :-) I had the same reaction! It makes sense, though, after you think about it. If your pores are being sucked out, your face is going to be a bit red! Glad I could help alleviate your concerns.

      xo,
      b

  7. So I used organic raw apple cider vinegar and it kinda made my face itch while having the mask on. Is this normal?

    • Yes, this is normal! It’s because the mask removes all the moisture from your skin, taking all the oil out. Because of this, it can be irritating. Next time, try using water or don’t leave it on as long!

      Thanks for reading, Tyler! :)

      xo,
      b

  8. Did you find it dried your out too much or irritated you? I suffer from combination skin with a really oily yet sensitive T zone :(

    • It isn’t drying if you use a great face wash and moisturizer after the mask! And don’t use it too frequently. I’d recommend using the OCM (oil cleansing method) if I were you…I bet it’d balance out your skin!

      xo,
      b

  9. Aboutclay.com recommends using a hydrated clay mask twice a day for two weeks and then scaling back to twice a week. I mixed mine with rose water which is also very good for your skin. I too have been dealing with hormonal acne (thanks to the starting birth control) and am on my second week and let me tell you; my skin looks great! I still have acne on my chin and neck but it has improved and my pores on my forehead , nose and cheeks which were large are almost invisible! Oh and the reason your face turns red is because it increases the blood circulation to the skin, which aids in the healing process. You can also take the clay internally which is also supposed to have amazing results but I haven’t tried that yet.

  10. Bentonite clay masks can do amazing things, but you should NOT let it dry on your skin. Once it begina drying it becomes ineffective and can actually harm your skin more than it will help it. I mix bentonite clay with raw organic honey and apple cider vinegar and its done a fabulous job at clearing up my skin.

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