Do you have oily skin?
If you do, you probably know it.
Oily skin is characterized by excessive oil (or sebum) production, especially in the T-zone. You might also notice large pores and suffer from frequent breakouts.
It’s tempting to attack oily or acne prone skin with harsh cleansers and scrubs, but this often makes the issue worse!
Drying out the skin by over washing prompts the skin to make even more sebum, because you’ve just stripped away its entire supply, and now it has to compensate.
Remember, sebum isn’t unhealthy and you don’t want to remove it completely.
Excess sebum (along with dead skin cells, bacteria, etc.) can lead to more blemishes though.
What you want is clean, balanced skin that produces an appropriate amount of sebum. It’s also important to gently cleanse oily skin to minimize bacteria, dirt, and dead skin cells that can clog the pores and mix with sebum to cause acne.
We want to balance and cleanse oily skin, NOT dry it out.
Bentonite clay is an amazing way to cleanse and exfoliate the skin without drying it out, which helps regulate sebum production.
Bentonite Secret is our favorite bentonite clay for clearing acne and balancing oily skin.
This clay is very popular with those who have oily skin for several reasons:
1) The clay is highly absorbent and can trap a lot of oil without drying the skin out.
2) It also carries a slight electrical charge that draws dirt, oil, and impurities out from deep within the pores.
3) Finally, the clay gently exfoliates the skin, which removes dead skin cells that could otherwise get trapped in the pores and cause—you guessed it—acne.
Bentonite clay works well for most skin types, but it’s especially effective for oily skin.
How to Use a Bentonite Clay Mask for Oily Skin
Step 1: Mix
If you get the stuff in the tub, mix the powder with equal parts water or apple cider vinegar. (A tablespoon or two of each should do.)
Make sure to use a non-metal bowl and utensils so you don’t interrupt the slight electrical charge that occurs when the clay is mixed with liquid.
Step 2: Apply and dry
Then, use your fingers or a brush to spread the mask evenly over your face. Let the mask dry for 15 minutes before washing off.
Though highly effective, that process can be messy and time-consuming. If those are deal breakers for you, you might want to try our ready-to-use, pre-mixed bentonite clay mask. You can apply the clay right out of the bottle and wash it off after five minutes.
Step 3: Moisturize
Whichever option you choose, make sure to apply a water-based moisturizer after you wash off the mask. It might sound counterintuitive, but remember, we don’t want to dry your skin out. Moisturizing after cleansing or using a clay mask will help your skin regulate itself because it doesn’t need to produce the excess oil to moisturize.
How often should you use the mask?
Bentonite clay mask is gentle enough to use on any skin type. While more sensitive or drier skin types might only want to use the mask once a week, those with oily skin see better results with more frequent use.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, try using the DIY mask 3 times per week. Our premixed mask can be used every day.
You can get even more benefits from the clay by using products that contain it like a scrub, cleanser, and moisturizer.
You don’t have to be “stuck” with oily skin and acne. Choosing the right products can make a huge difference!