Acne is a skin ailment in which natural skin oil and dead skin cells block the hair follicles. It often manifests through whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and generally appears on the forehead, face, chest, upper back, and shoulders. Though it affects people in all age groups, acne is more common among teenagers. Young men and women often have to grapple with this pesky skin condition. In women, acne often flares up a week before menstruation. However, the symptoms tend to get better without any additional medication in women who take contraceptive pills.
However, many people have found ways to treat acne with Bentonite clay. In this article you get all the information needed how to use clay and why it can reduce your symptoms. Bentonite clay is a great possibility to take action and fight against your health problem, but you should also contact a physician if you are unsure or if you suffer of severe forms like cystic acne.
What makes acne a serious problem is that it does not go away easily; it is persistent. The bumps and pimples heal slowly, and when one starts to disappear, two new seem to crop up. Acne can leave a scar on the skin and cause emotional distress. Bentonite clay is believed to have ability to lighten the scar and remove it altogether with regular use. If you suffer from acne scars we have a guide written for you to.
Depending on the severity, the symptoms of acne can vary.
• Small tender red bumps
• Large, painful lumps under the skin
When to See a Doctor?
There are many popular self-care remedies to treat acne and in many cases, they are able to clear the blockage of the follicles and improve the symptoms of acne. If self-care remedies are not able to clear the acne, you should consult a primary care doctor who may prescribe stronger medication to remove the blockage that causes acne. If acne is severe and persists, you may need to consult a skin specialist doctor or dermatologist.
For many people, acne can persist for years and decades. In women, it generally flares up a week before menstruation. Many non-prescription acne cleansers, lotions, and skin products are popular as an alternative treatment for acne. But these products can cause a serious reaction on your skin. This kind of reaction is rare and serious. You should seek emergency medical aid if you feel any of the following symptoms after using a skin product:
• Difficulty breathing
• Swelling of the face, eyes, lips or tongue
• The tightness of the throat
There are basically four main factors that lead to acne:
• Excess oil production
• Clogged hair follicles
• Excessive activity by a type of hormone
Acne typically appears on areas of skin that have the maximum oil (sebaceous) glands. Oil glands are connected to hair follicles. That can lead to the following symptoms:
Whitehead & Blackhead
The blocked follicle wall bulges and produces whitehead. Or it may open up on the surface, darken, and cause a blackhead. It may seem like dirt stuck in pores but it is actually oil and bacteria that turn black when exposed to the air. Pimples look like raised red spots tipped with a white center. They develop as the blocked hair follicles get inflamed and infected with bacteria. Some of the blockages and inflammation develop deep inside the follicles and produce cyst-like lumps under the skin. Face mask made with Bentonite clay is widely used to treat acne. So what are the ways to treat Acne with Bentonite clay?
Acne Treatment With Bentonite Clay
Bentonite Clay is a trendy self-care remedy for acne is often hyped as a cure for many skin conditions. However, there is one criterion where Bentonite clay scores high marks: It absorbs excess oil from acne-prone skin. Bentonite clay is believed to have many properties that help manage and cure acne and related conditions. It draws out toxins from the pores, allows the skin to reduce and heal inflammation. It also helps in lightening the acne marks. Bentonite clay is believed to be highly effective healing clay. If you are suffering from excessively oily skin, acne, or clogged pores, Bentonite clay is certainly worth giving a try. It is such a strong absorbent that it pulls out stubborn oil and toxins straight from the skin.
If you are planning to use a clay mask, you should use it for your skin and hair weekly or fortnightly. Regular use of calcium Bentonite clay gives your skin and hair healthy, fresh and smooth look. In severe skin conditions like acne, you can use Bentonite mask every day till the symptoms do not go away completely. If you want to know how you can determine the frequency of the face mask check this guide.
Advantages of Bentonite Clay
Since ages, people across different geographies have been using clay as face mask and even ingesting it. How can Bentonite clay help against acne?
Clay is classified as an elemental substance having multiple uses, especially in pottery making. However, the therapeutic properties of clay have been an area of great interest and conjecture. Bentonite clay is also called Montmorillonite and it’s popular as therapeutic clay that cleanses the body. The clay is actually volcanic ash that contains minerals like sodium, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Bentonite clay has been named after an American city Fort Benton (Wyoming), where the largest deposit of Bentonite clay is located. When water is added to it, Bentonite clay gets negative electric charge. This gives the clay ability to cleanse the body, both internally and externally, of the toxins.
If you are impressed by the therapeutic values of Bentonite clay and want to use it yourself, there are good reasons do so:
1. Clay Unclogs the Pores
Even if you don’t have oily skin, your pores will get clogged at some point or the other. Shrinking the area of pores helps in achieving cleaner and unblemished face. By drawing out the sebaceous the clay leaves the pores free and dry. Afterwards the pores are way smaller and that will give your face a really nice look.
2. Draws Out Toxins from Skin
Bentonite clay when mixed with water develops a negative electrical charge. It bonds with toxins that have positive charge. It draws out and absorbs toxins, heavy metals, chemicals, and bacteria from skin. It also releases useful minerals for the skin to use and heal itself. Bentonite clay also draws out hydrogen from the skin cells that make room for more oxygen. This process improves circulation and the skin experiences a significant improvement in its health and vitality. These detoxing properties are the main reason for using bentonite clay even internally as a drink.
3. Makes Skin Softer
Clay has a high concentration of silica, a mineral that energizes connective tissue. It makes the skin supple and super soft. Using Bentonite clay allows you to reap all the benefits of silica.
4. Gives Glow to Face
Bentonite clay offers great nourishment and conditioning to the skin by removing excess natural oil, dead cells, and bacteria from the skin. It also revitalizes the skin cells with the minerals that it contains. Regular use of Bentonite is a perfect way to achieve a super glowing and vital face. Making a face mask is super easy too. Just take a little Bentonite clay and mix it in water to prepare a paste. Add a little tree tea essential oil. Keep it for about 10 minutes and remove with lukewarm water. You will get instant results. You have a soft and shining face that looks fresh and vital. This face mask will improve your blood circulation and that also leads to a healthy glowing skin.
5. Clay Exfoliates
Exfoliating is an important aspect of any skin care program. It removes dead cells, dirt, and oil from the pores. Many exfoliating products are available in the market but they often contain questionable ingredients and harsh chemicals. Some of these harmful substances could be glycerin, plastics, fragrances, phthalates, parabens, and similar questionable ingredients. You can prepare a natural and powerful exfoliating scrub with Bentonite clay. Mix a little Bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar, prepare a thick paste. Use it on your face in a gentle circular motion. Rinse with water. You will remove all the old cells and make room for new skin cells.
How Can I Use Clay Against Acne?
You can use Bentonite clay against an outbreak of acne. The best way to use this powerful natural substance is to make paste or face mask out of it by mixing with water or rose water. Apply the mixture on your face, neck, and adjoining areas. Leave it for 10 to 30 minutes and clean with water. Pat dry your skin with a towel. You can also use a little moisturizer or oil to ward off the dryness that the clay mask induces on the skin. The clay face mask removes the dirt and impurities not only from the skin but also from within. This gives the skin exhaustive nourishment and conditioning that result in a healthier, softer, supple, bright face.
The acne often has other causes like a terrible diet. You can drink bentonite clay to detox from the inside. I know drinking mud might seem a little strange but has huge benefits for your inner organs like your gut. Of course you have to change your diet.
If you want to know wich Bentonite clay products work best against acne check this page.
How Often Can I Use Face Mask When I have a Strong Acne Breakout?
If you have a severe acne problem, you should use a clay face mask more often. In normal conditions, Bentonite face mask once in a week or fortnight provides effective cleansing of the face skin, pores and hair follicles. However, if you have acne, you can use the face mask even daily until you are fully recovered. The only problem that you may face with excessive use of clay facemask is dry skin. Since the clay mask effectively removes all the excess natural oil from the face skin, it leaves your skin dry. This problem can be solved by using some moisturizer or oil on skin. By using the face mask for a shorter period of time, for example from 5 to 10 minutes, you can save your skin from dryness while the face mask would do its job as it is being used every day. As we mentioned above we have a great article about frequency of face masks here.
Can I Go for an Overnight Mask?
Yes, you can keep the face mask overnight. In case of severe acne, you might need to remove extra natural oil from the skin more often to keep it in a healthy state. Acne is a condition characterized by overproduction of natural oil or sebum. So keeping the face mask overnight helps the clay to seep deep into the skin and draw out natural oil, dirt, and bacteria from the pores and follicles, giving them a more thorough cleansing. Your skin feels much better with all the toxins, extra oil, dirt and bacteria having been taken away. The only problem you will face by keeping the facemask overnight is dry skin. Alternatively, you can use a face mask every day for a short period of time, for example from 10 to 30 minutes. Daily use of clay will keep your skin in a glowing state.
I actually tried the Aztec Healing Clay mask overnight. The problem was that my sleep was disturbed by the pulsating effect of the mask, so I was tired in the morning. I would suggest you give it a try at the weekend or so.
What Is an Acne Spot Treatment?
Spot treatments are non-prescription-over the-counter skin care remedies that focus on treating and healing individual bumps, pimples, and other acne related symptoms. These products are not used on the entire face, but only on the blemishes. Some spot treatments can be used overnight while others dry up and disappear quickly and can be used during the day as well. You can also find a tinted spot treatment that just camouflages the acne breakout. Spot treatments work for surface level minor papules and pustules. They don’t treat deeper. By contrast, Bentonite clay can be used on the entire face and it offers a much deeper cleansing and nourishment of the skin than any spot treatment can. But you can try bentonite clay as a spot treatment as well, simply covering only a few pimples. I don’t do spot treatments because I love the ‘wellness’ and ‘meditation’ aspect of face masks that I don’t want to miss.
There are easy ways to treat acne with bentonite clay. It is natural and effective and does not have any side effect. It does a more exhaustive cleaning and conditioning of the skin than spot treatment can do. If you have acne or your skin is prone to developing it, you should definitely try Bentonite face mask. Remember, acne is a stubborn skin condition that does not get better instantly. You need to have patience and continue with face masks to get rid of all those blemishes on your face. Combine the clay treatment with other helpful routines to get rid of your acne problem.