If you’re like 80% of the people on this planet you’ve experienced acne at some point between the ages of 11 and 30, and breakouts always seem to happen at the worst time. While that’s probably due to the fact that stress increases your chances of having an acne breakout, there is something you can do about it. I’m sure that you’ve seen faces covered in clay in beauty spas across the world. I myself have always looked at this practice with a raised eyebrow of cynical disbelief. How can covering your face in mud make you more beautiful? It turns out that there is some solid scientific evidence behind this.
The Beauty of Bentonite Clay
There are many types of clay. Whether it is Kaolin clay, French Green clay, Bentonite clay, or any of the other clays out there, not all clay is created equal. Today we are going to talk about Bentonite clay because it has two properties that make it perfect for eliminating acne.
Bentonite is to clay as Bounty is to paper towels. It is highly absorbent. In fact, it is so reliably absorbent that it has been used in two scientific studies to remove oil from the skin in order to study whether children with acne prone-skin actually produce more oil (sebum) than kids who are not acne-prone. (Spoiler alert: acne-prone kids produce over 2x the amount of sebum as kids who are not acne-prone.)
Bentonite clay is so absorbent that not only can it suck the oil right off of your face, it can get down into your pores and suck the oil right out of them, too. This is a good thing if you are teeming with oil. However, it is a very bad thing if you are not. Bentonite clay can severely dry out your skin causing severe skin irritation. You shouldn’t use it if you have dry to normal skin.
Bentonite clay is a broad-spectrum antibacterial when combined with water. A broad spectrum antibacterial is a substance that acts against a wide range of disease-causing bacteria. While its effect on P. acnes has not been formally studied, it is reasonable to expect that it is effective against it since its effect has been proven on a variety of bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), penicillin-resistant S. aureus (PRSA), methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), Escherichia coli (E.coli), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Mycobacterium marianum, and salmonella.
Acne is caused by excessive oil (sebum) production that clogs pores which become infected with the bacteria P. acnes. Bentonite clay is effective in removing oil both on the surface and deep inside the pores. It is also likely effective against the bacteria P. acnes which causes redness and inflammation inside those clogged pores. Using a mask of Bentonite clay can help eliminate acne. However, it is not recommended for individuals with dry to normal skin as it can be too drying, resulting in severe skin irritation.
Kaiya Naturals has a mask specifically designed with this purpose in mind. It is our Seedalina Mud Mask. It is specially formulated with Bentonite clay, along with other ingredients, like hemp seeds, which have been proven to be effective against acne. Sold dry, it can be mixed with a number of liquids, including yogurt, honey, watermelon or cucumber juice – however, the antibacterial property of this mask is unleashed when it is combined with water.
How To Use The Seedalina Mud Mask
1) Only use the Seedalina Mud Mask once a week.
2) Clean your skin with a gentle cleanser like Kaiya Naturals Face & Body Wash (only available at a Kaiya Naturals Event).
3) Prepare the mask by mixing a teaspoon of the clay mixture with half a teaspoon of water in a separate bowl. Mix together with your finger, or a wooden spoon. (Make sure that the bowl is not made of metal and don’t use any metal utensils to mix the mask! Another property of clay that we haven’t discussed here is that it absorbs heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, lead and benzene. This is great if it is pulling those metals out of your face. It’s not so great if it is pulling those metals out of your bowl, or spoon, and depositing them onto your face.)
4a) This is an optional step. You can open your pores by putting your face over a bowl of steaming water for a few minutes. However, if you do choose to take this step be careful not to burn yourself.
4b) Apply the mask to your face avoiding the area around your eyes.
5) Wait until the mask is dry. This usually takes 15-20min.
6) Wipe off with warm water.
7a) This is an optional step. Apply a toner like Kaiya Naturals Seedalina Toner to close the pores.
7b) This is an optional step. Apply a moisturizer like Kaiya Naturals Seedalina Moisturizer to add moisture back into the skin.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.