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Clay Mask For Treating Acne – Is It Safe And Effective?

Acne develops when there is excess secretion of oil or sebum from the sebaceous glands. This increase in secretion clogs the skin pores with dirt and dead skin cells and creates a favorable environment for bacteria to multiply in the skin pores resulting in skin eruptions or acne. More than eighty five percent of people are affected with acne, especially those between 12 to 24 years.

Using clay mask to treat acne on skin and draw out impurities while protecting and improving your skin condition is one of the many benefits of it.

But there are other predisposing factors that are responsible for acne. Factors like imbalance in hormonal levels, unhealthy eating habits, stress, an unhealthy lifestyle and an immune system not functioning properly could also precipitate acne.

The most common areas for acne to erupt are the facial region, the back and chest and these can be got rid of by correcting eating habits and using topical formulations. But the good news is that there are simple home applications that can be used to remove acne. These include tea tree oil, honey, garlic, lemon and mask of clay. In this write up we’ll discuss in detail how you can use a clay mask to get rid of acne.

Beneficial Properties Of Clay Mask

  • Clay has an inherent quality of controlling excess secretion of oil from the sebaceous glands.
  • It also cleans the blocked pores and makes them small.
  • It controls the bacterial activity in the pores.
  • The exfoliating property of clay drags out dirt and dead skin cells.
  • It improves the skin tone by strengthening the connective tissues.
  • Clay also reduces inflammation and improves the blood circulation in the affected area.
  • It also helps in the reduction of scarring.
  • Clay is safe for all skin types.

Using Clay Mask For Acne Treatment

There are a number of clay varieties that you can use to treat your acne. Various methods with different varieties of clay that you can use to get rid of your acne have been detailed in this write up. The choice is yours but the only thing you need to keep in mind is using the method regularly.

Bentonite Clay

Clay Mask with Bentonite Clay

Using this clay mask will help in cleaning the blocked pores, reduce their size and remove pimples.
Procedure 1 – Mix proportionate quantities of bentonite clay and water and apply the mixture in a thin layer to the acne affected area. Leave the mask till it dries completely and then wash it off with water and dry the area. Repeat the procedure thrice in a week. You could also use lemon juice in place of water.
Procedure 2  with Tea Tree Oil – Make a thick paste with bentonite clay and water. Mix thoroughly with a couple of drops of tea tree oil. Apply the mask onto the acne affected area and leave it for 5 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Repeat procedure thrice in a week.

Yogurt & Bentonite Clay

Yogurt in combination with bentonite clay helps to shrink pores, clean them and reduce scars.
Procedure – Thoroughly mix 1 tbs. of yogurt and bentonite clay each. Apply the mixture evenly onto the acne affected area and leave it for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure thrice in a week.

Honey & Bentonite Clay

Procedure – Thoroughly mix 1 tbs. of honey, water and bentonite clay each. Apply the mixture evenly onto the acne affected area and leave it for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure thrice weekly.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Bentonite Clay

When apple cider vinegar is combined with bentonite clay, the antibacterial property of apple cider vinegar helps to remove acne causing bacteria and also maintain the pH level of the skin.
Procedure – Proportionately mix bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar thoroughly. Apply thinly onto the acne affected area and rub gently in circular motions for a couple of minutes. Wash off with water and dry the area. Repeat the procedure twice in a week. For better results, add 1 tsp. of ground coffee to the mixture.

Oatmeal & Bentonite Clay

The rationale behind this combination is that oatmeal has the ability to soak up excess oil thus helping in the process.
Procedure 1 – Thoroughly mix 1 to 2 tbs. of water, 1 tbs. of ground oatmeal, 4 drops of essential oil and 1 tbs. of bentonite clay. Apply the mixture onto the acne affected area and leave it on for about 15 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure thrice weekly.
Procedure 2 Adding Baking soda (to regulate the pH level of the skin) – Mix proportionately bentonite clay, powdered oatmeal, baking soda, water and a good herbal tincture. Apply the mixture onto the acne affected area and leave it for 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Repeat procedure thrice weekly.

Green Clay

Green Clay Mask for detoxification

Procedure – Mix 1 tbs. of green clay, 2 tbs. of water, geranium oil 8 drops and patchouli oil 4 drops. Gently massage the combination onto the acne affected area for a couple of minutes. Leave it till completely dry and then wash off with warm water and dry the area. Repeat procedure once weekly.

Green Clay Mask for Restoration

Procedure – Dilute green clay in 2 tbs. of previously brewed chamomile tea, 1 tbs. of macadamia oil and clary sage oil 12 drops. Apply evenly onto the affected area. Leave it till the mixture starts to dry and then wash off with water and dry. Repeat procedure once or twice weekly.

Rose Water & Green Clay

Procedure – Take 1 oz. of green clay, 3 tbs. of rose water and 7 drops of tea tree oil and lavender oil each and mix thoroughly. Apply over acne affected area. Leave for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure once weekly.
Alternately, you could use only rose water without adding tea tree and lavender oil.

Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus & Green Clay

Procedure – Add a bay leaf into a cup of herbal tea. Wash the affected area before application. Mix adequate quantity of green clay and herbal tea and add a drop of tea tree oil and a drop of eucalyptus oil to it. Apply onto the acne affected area and keep it overnight. Wash off next morning with warm water. The leftover mixture can be stored in a non-metal container for later usage.

Kaolin Clay

Thyme & Kaolin Clay

Procedure – In a mug of hot water put 1 tsp. of dried thyme and let it steep for about an hour. Thoroughly mix proportionate quantities of the thyme infusion and kaolin clay and apply onto the acne affected area. Leave for 25 minutes and then wash off with water and dry the area. Repeat procedure twice weekly.

Strawberry & Kaolin Clay

Procedure – Mix one tsp. each of kaolin clay and ground oatmeal, 1 to 2 strawberry pulp and adequate yogurt to make a paste. Apply mixture thinly onto acne affected area and leave for 25 minutes. Scrub off the mixture with wet hands, wash off with water and dry the area. Repeat procedure thrice weekly. Honey could also be used instead of yogurt.

Apple & Kaolin Clay

Procedure – Peel and blend half an apple. Thoroughly mix adequate quantity of kaolin clay, apple paste and half tsp. of dried leaves of tulsi. Apply onto the acne affected area and leave for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure thrice weekly.

Herbs & Kaolin Clay

Procedure – Take one tsp. of kaolin clay, 1 to 2 tsp. of powdered oatmeal, one tsp. each of lavender, chamomile and rose herbs. Mix with adequate water and apply a thin even layer onto the acne affected area and leave for 25 minutes. Wash off with water. For dry skin, use yogurt in place of water and for sensitive skin, use honey in place of water. Repeat procedure twice weekly.

Glycerin & White Kaolin Clay

Procedure – Take 1 tbs. each of honey and white kaolin clay and mix thoroughly with 1 tsp. of glycerin. Apply onto acne affected area and leave for 10 minutes. Wash off with water and dry the area. Repeat the procedure once weekly.

Morocco Red Clay

Morocco Red Clay Bath

This type of bath provides symptomatic relief for acne on the chest, back, legs and elsewhere on the body.
Procedure – Put 1 to 4 cups of this red clay into a jar and fill with water till the water level is about a few inches above the clay. Mix thoroughly till the clay completely dissolves. Prepare bath tub with warm water and add this mixture to it. Optionally, essential oils of choice can be added. Soak in this bath for about 20 minutes and bathe normally. Dry off after bathing. Repeat the procedure every second day.

Rose Water, Essential Oils & Morocco Red Clay

Procedure – Take 2 tbs. each of this clay and rose water, half tsp. of jojoba oil, two drops of rose essential oil and chamomile essential oil each and mix thoroughly. Apply onto the acne affected area and leave for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat the procedure twice weekly.

Avocado, Argan Oil & Morocco Red Clay

Procedure – Take a bowl and put 2 tsp. of morocco red clay, half tbs. of avocado paste, 4 tsp. of oatmeal, 6 tsp. of rose water and a couple of drops of argan oil into it and mix thoroughly. Apply onto acne affected area and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with water. Repeat the procedure twice weekly.

Rhassoul Clay

Neem & Rhassoul Clay

Procedure – Make a paste of handful of neem leaves with boiling water. Thoroughly mix a small amount of turmeric and this clay with the neem paste. Apply onto acne affected area leave it for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure thrice in a week. Neem powder can also be used in place of neem leaves.

Honey & Rhassoul Clay

Procedure – Take adequate quantities of honey and rhassoul clay and mix properly. Apply this mixture onto the acne affected area and leave it for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure daily.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Rhassoul Clay

Procedure – Mix 1 tbs. of powdered oatmeal and 1 tbs. of rhassoul clay and add adequate quantity of apple cider vinegar to this and mix thoroughly. Apply onto acne affected area, keep for some time and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure twice weekly.

Rhassoul Clay Mask

Procedure – Mix adequate quantities of this clay with 2 to 3 drops neem oil and 2 to 3 drops of rose oil and sufficient water to get a smooth paste. Apply this paste onto the acne affected area and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with water and dry the area. Repeat the procedure once weekly.

Yogurt, Avocado & Rhassoul Clay

Procedure – Mash one fourth piece of avocado and mix with 1 tsp. of yogurt and sufficient quantity of rhassoul clay. Thoroughly mix and apply onto acne affected area and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash off with water. Repeat procedure twice daily.

Fuller’s Earth Mask

Cucumber & Fuller’s Earth

Procedure – Blend half a peeled cucumber to a paste and mix with sufficient quantity of fuller’s earth. Apply onto the acne affected area and leave for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure thrice weekly.

Rosewater, Honey & Fuller’s Earth

Procedure – Take 2 tsp. of fuller’s earth, 1 tsp of honey and 1 tsp. of rose water and to this add about 3 drops of tea tree oil and mix thoroughly. Apply onto acne affected area and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash off with water and dry the area. Repeat procedure twice weekly. In place of honey, lemon juice can also be used.

Egg White & Fuller’s Earth

Procedure – Take 2 egg whites and 2 tbs. of fuller’s earth and mix thoroughly. Apply the mixture onto acne affected area and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with water. Repeat procedure twice weekly.

Aloe Vera, Turmeric & Fuller’s Earth

Procedure – Take a small amount of turmeric and 1 tbs. of fresh aloe vera gel and mix thoroughly with about 3 tbs. of fuller’s earth. Apply the mixture onto the acne affected area and leave for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure twice weekly.

Pink Clay Mask

Procedure – Take 1 tbs. of pink clay and mix thoroughly with 2 tbs. of rose water and one drop essential orange oil. Apply thinly onto the acne affected area and leave for 20 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure thrice weekly.

Dead Sea Clay Mask

Agave Nectar & Dead Sea Clay

Procedure – Thoroughly mix sufficient quantities Dead Sea clay and agave nectar and apply onto acne affected area. Leave for 25 minutes and then wash off with water. Repeat procedure thrice weekly. In place of agave nectar, honey or manuka honey can also be used.

Ground Coffee & Dead Sea Clay

Procedure – Mix Dead Sea clay and ground coffee in the proportion of 2:1 respectively. Make a smooth paste by adding water. Apply the mixture onto the acne affected area and massage gently for a couple of minutes. Leave it on for some time and then wash off with water Repeat procedure once weekly.

Thing To Keep In Mind

  • Before applying any mask, steam your face as this opens up the pores and gives better results.
  • If you are allergic to any ingredient, avoid using the method.
  • Apply a non-oily natural moisturizer if your face feels very dry after applying the mask.
  • Do not touch, pick or scratch the acne with your hands, especially if they are dirty. This could lead to infection and scarring.
  • Cover your face when going out in the sun or in polluted dusty places.
  • Before going to bed remove all make up.
  • Gentle regular exfoliation works wonders for your skin.
  • Always use a mild soap to wash your face.

Leading a healthy lifestyle with adequate exercise and including vegetables and fruits in your diet and keeping the body hydrated will not only give your skin a glowing look but also help in preventing the eruption of acne.

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