How to Make a Bentonite Clay Face Mask

Bentonite clay is a great natural face mask for clearing acne, shrinking pores, removing excess oils and detoxing your face. It is also really simple to use. 

You will need:

  • Bentonite clay (2 Tbsp)
  • Water OR Apple Cider Vinegar OR Red Wine Vinegar (2 Tbsp)
  • A bowl to mix your mask in*
  • A mixing utensil*

*Note: There is some debate online about using a metal bowl or spoon with bentonite clay. The common belief is that introducing any metal into your clay mask will either absorb part of the metal or remove a negative charge to your clay. We have yet to find any scientific proof of either claim, and have not seen any difference in our own informal testing when used as a face mask. Having said that, there is no harm in avoiding metal bowls and spoons if you wish to.

Time: 25 mins

Method

  1. Mix one part clay to one part water/apple cider vinegar/red wine vinegar. Feel free to play with the ratio if you want a thinner or thicker mask.
  2. Apply an even layer to your skin using a brush or your finger.
  3. Allow 15-20 mins for the clay to work. As it begins to dry, you'll feel a slight pulsating sensation, which is perfectly normal.
  4. Rinse clean with warm water. Depending on how your skin responds to this clay mask, you may have a slight redness to your face after treatment. This is normal and will disappear within 30 mins. Reducing the time of the face mask in future applications will prevent the redness from recurring.

FAQs

Q. What is the difference between using water, apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar?

Generally most people recommend apple cider vinegar when making this recipe. The reason has a lot to do with the pH levels of the final mix. If you're not familiar with it, the pH scale measures the acidity or alkalinity of a substance on a scale of 1 - 14 with 7 being neutral. Bentonite clay on its own ranges around 8-9, which makes it alkaline. When mixed with water (which is neutral with a pH of 7), this remains a slightly alkaline mask, which can cause that redness after treatment to some skin types. 

Apple cider vinegar on the other hand is naturally acidic with a pH of 4-5. When mixed with the alkaline bentonite clay, the two balance out into a mask that is fairly pH neutral. This tends to prevent any redness after use.

Red wine vinegar works much the same as apple cider vinegar. If you don't like the smell of apple cider vinegar you can try using this instead.

Q. How often should I use this face mask?

A. We recommend starting out at once per week. From there, you can increase or decrease the frequency as needed. Using this facial too frequently can result in dry skin, as it draws the oils from your face.

Q. Can I also use this for my shoulders and underarms?

A. Yes. 

Q. Does it heal acne scars?

A. There have not been any official studies performed to prove the effectiveness of bentonite clay in healing acne scarring, however we have seen numerous reviews and testimonials claiming that it does with extended use. If you have experienced results in this yourself, we'd love to hear your story.

Q. Can you peel if off for blackheads?

A. This particular recipe is not a peeling mask, however we are testing peeling mask recipes using bentonite clay currently and will be posting a guide on making your own peeling mask with bentonite clay shortly.

Q. What skin type is this for?

A. Bentonite clay masks are beneficial for all skin types, though it can leave your face feeling dry afterwards. As such, it is most helpful oily and acne prone skin types. We recommend using a moisturizer after treatment regardless of your skin type to balance the drying effects of the clay mask.