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  • Writer's pictureLauren Scheff

Bentonite Clay: The Ancient Dirt That Will Reverse Your Blemishes Overnight

Updated: Mar 18, 2023

It seems to go that when it comes to our skin, the worst breakouts stem from forgetting to take our makeup off before falling asleep, or we always have a poor reaction to a new skincare product after investing a good amount of money and hope into it. We resort to finding a quick fix that will reverse the damage, but it usually only adds fuel to the fire. Would you believe that a clay thousands of years old holds the anecdote to healing your skin in just minutes?


Bentonite Clay Can Save the Day... and The Century

Called “Ee-Wah-Kee" by the Native Americans, which translates to “The Mud That Heals,” Bentonite Clay might be the closest to magic we have. This powder is formed as ancient volcanic ash ages in prehistoric sea beds. Its purifying properties have been utilized by people for centuries, and even animals in the wild have been observed routinely licking the deposits where it is found. But the best part about it? You can enjoy the many benefits of this elixir for as low as six dollars!



The Positive Effects

Bentonite Clay carries a negative charge. When it comes into contact with a positively-charged substance (such as a heavy metal found in a cosmetic product) it will attract that substance. The clay acts as a sponge, absorbing the toxins, chemicals, dirt and oils our pores are clogged with to leave behind a protective barrier against those toxins we are exposed to daily. Bentonite Clay is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and contains many important minerals such as magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, and silica that feed the skin and strengthen it.


The soothing effect that comes with using Bentonite Clay is ideal for taming allergic reactions and flare ups. These can occur with skin conditions such as dermatitis, or by coming into contact with poison ivy. Combining Bentonite Clay with other natural anti-inflammatories will give your skin that extra boost of vitamins and minerals it needs to heal. Told you it is magic!



The Easy Way To Use It

The simplest way to use Bentonite Clay powder is by combining it with water. You can apply it as a face mask to combat the stubborn acne you’ve been fighting, or topically for that inflammation that refuses to leave. After only ten minutes, wash it off and enjoy the clean, smooth surface it leaves behind. Remember- the Bentonite Clay absorbs metals easily, so be careful not to use any metal cutlery to mix it with.


Pay attention to how often you need to apply the mixture. It is a clay, so it may have a drying effect on your skin if used fairly often.



3 Ingredient Anti-Inflammatory Face Mask

Combine equal parts Bentonite Clay powder with Apple Cider Vinegar in a bowl and mix using a non-metallic spoon. Add in four to five drops of Rosehip Oil, mix, and apply to the face and neck for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water then pat dry. The Apple Cider Vinegar contains antimicrobial properties which balance the skin’s pH levels, while the Rosehip Oil can calm irritation with its richness in polyphenols, anthocyanin, and vitamin E as well as moisturize.



So, what do you think? Are you ready to erupt with joy instead of breakouts?




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