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Can Bentonite Clay Acne Treatments Offer a Quick Fix for Clear Skin?
What a great question! If you’ve taken a moment to search online lately, you have probably seen thousands and thousands of supposed acne remedies circulating. So how do you separate the best from the rest? Well, today I’m going to use my years of experience as an aesthetician specializing in natural skin care to explore the latest natural acne remedy of bentonite clay acne treatments…
Do Bentonite Clay Acne Treatments Really Work?
Within many of the natural health blogs that I read online, bentonite clay acne treatments were greatly recommended since bentonite clay is a natural and purifying ingredient that is known to stimulate internal healing.  So far, so good, right?
Bentonite clay has been used as an ancient medicinal therapy by indigenous cultures for centuries, and it is now a staple of alternative medicine to promote inner cleansing and potentially treat health issues like depression, cancer, heart disease, and even osteoarthritis. 
So how does one simple ingredient potentially provide these health benefits and even clear up the skin? Bentonite clay comes from rocks located in Fort Benton, Wyoming, and these deposits can be found all over the world.
Bentonite is actually not a mineral, but it is the commercial name used to describe the active mineral called “montmorillonite” found in a number of medicinal clays.
This clay has the ability to absorb water and toxins when ingested, which is often why it is used as a tool to promote healthy digestion and even prevent diarrhea. As a topical treatment, many health blogs online believe that a bentonite clay acne mask can dry out the surface of the skin to remove oils that often mix with dead skin cells and create acne lesions.
All of these benefits sound truly great, yet these health blogs are missing the main point of the matter: acne is not caused by surface oils on the skin.
Yes, it is entirely possible that using a bentonite clay acne mask can temporarily relieve inflammation in your skin by drying surface oils and preventing the spread of acne bacteria, yet this natural ingredient is only targeting acne at the surface so that it does not provide a long-term fix.
To give you a clearer picture, here’s what a few acne sufferers from the acne.org forums had to say about bentonite clay acne treatments:
I also highly recommend “Aztec healing clay” bentonite. I mix mine with organic green tea. It’s the only acne product I use on my face besides water. If I wear makeup, that’s the only thing I use to take off my makeup at night too. It is totally non-irritating and non-toxic and really does clear the pores and also feels wonderful while it’s wet and after it’s removed.
I tried it for about a month with no results – which to be fair may not be long enough for it to have a positive effect, but it seemed to be giving me little white Milia spots, and it’s quite unpleasant on the face (it dries rock hard like cement, and scraches the surface of the skin because it’s so coarse).
Bentonite Clay you can buy at the health food store in liquid form. You take a tablespoon mixed with juice on an empty stomach 2 times a day. It has no taste. It is for internal cleansing. I tried it also as a mask and all it did was dry me out. I didn’t see any difference in my skin while using it, but I also have a very good diet and don’t eat a bunch of crap anyway.
What Is a Long Term Acne Solution?
While I am one of the first people to recommend seeking out natural acne remedies to temporarily soothe and calm the surface of the skin, you will never see long-term success if you don’t dig a little bit deeper.
So many of the health and beauty blogs online neglect to mention the fact that the true cause of acne lies within an unhealthy diet loaded with chemicals and preservatives that clogs the body with toxins and overwhelms the skin in the form of acne breakouts.
In the meanwhile, a topical treatment like a bentonite clay acne mask could temporarily offer relief for surface inflammation, but it will not provide a long-term fix…
- “Bentonite Clay for Internal Healing.“ Healing through Detoxification, Cleansing, Chelation, and Juicing. Web. 28 Jan. 2011. <http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/bentonite-clay.htm>.
About the Author: Bethany Ramos is an aesthetician and makeup artist with a special interest in using nutrition to heal and alleviate a number of conditions in the skin. You can find out more skin care and makeup tips by visiting her blog at FacebyBethany.
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