Clay masks are a popular skin care treatment for many reasons. Clay masks have been around for thousands of years (not just for millennial hipsters). They're a great way to harness the healing power of nature's rich, mineral-rich, and exfoliating ingredients to help restore your skin to a healthy, glowing state. But there's more to that story than meets the eye: clay masks are also an amazing detoxifier and pore-reducing treatment. Here's why clay masks are so wonderful, and why you should use them...
Wonderful for Treating Acne
Clay masks are wonderful for treating acne. (Why: because kaolin absorbs excess oil, exfoliates skin, increases collagen and elastin production, heals blemishes and scars, reduces wrinkles, reduces pore size, moisturizes, reduces inflammation, and so much more!) Kaolin is used in many clay masks for absorbing excess oil, because it is insoluble, but when it is woven into cloth it becomes impermeable, like a thin layer of plastic. Kaolin is ideal for treating skin conditions such as oily skin, acne, sensitive skin, rosacea, acne redness, itching, pruritus, dermatitis, chapped lips, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and dermatitis/pustular psoriasis. It's also been shown to reduce inflammation and to provide short-term relief from migraine headaches.
Clay masks can also benefit people with rosacea. Rooster bumps caused by hormonal changes, stress, or heredity may help to grow and spread rosacea. The red, itchy bumps are often painless, but patients often feel tingling or a tickling sensation. Researchers are testing a variety of clay derivatives for treatment of rosacea. One of the possible benefits of using a clay derivative to treat rosacea may help to prevent and reduce the redness and irritation caused by the condition.
Clay masks can be used on healthy skin to remove excess oil, dirt, bacteria, toxins, and impurities. Clay has natural antibacterial activity, which can help to kill harmful microorganisms that reside in clogged pores. Cleansing the skin with a clay mask can also remove debris from the pores and stimulate the growth of new cells.
Clay masks can also be used as a natural detoxification method for removing accumulated toxins from the body. They can be used on the skin to cleanse the body of accumulated toxins through steam, or they can be used on the face to remove facial impurities through the application of clay masks. Both methods cleanse the face, but the clay masks are much more effective for removing the toxins from the deep layers of the face. A green clay mask revitalizes the skin by penetrating deeply into the skin to pull out dirt, bacteria, and pollutants.
Clays are excellent for exfoliation and to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. The ingredients in clays make it easy to exfoliate without causing too much damage to the surface of the skin. This is because it is non-irritating and will not cause any pain or inflammation. When using clay masks for the first time, it is important to follow the directions on the container. For best results, it is recommended that you use the clay masks two to three times per week, or whenever you notice that your skin is becoming dry or flaky. Clay also helps to soften and tighten the skin, which makes it ideal for treating dry, oily skin types.
Cleaning Your Skin
Clay masks designed for treating acne are also available. These products work to reduce pimples and eliminate blackheads by deeply cleaning your skin and dissolving the oil and bacteria that have accumulated inside pores. Most of these pink clay face masks contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other skin nourishing ingredients such as kaolin, benzene gel, and vitamin E. Some of these products are suitable for people with acne problems, while others are only for people suffering from mild cases of acne. For more severe cases of acne, there are oral medications that can be taken orally.