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Bentonite

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Also-called-like-this: Type of clay
Irritancy: 0
Comedogenicity: 0

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When it comes to oil-absorbing clay masks, bentonite will probably be one of the first ingredients on the INCI list. Technically bentonite clay is mostly montmorillonite + something else, and thanks to the something else bit, bentonite comes in different types and colors

The color depends on the mineral content of the clay: white bentonite is rich in boron and fluoride, yellow is rich in manganese and zinc, green is rich in copper, zinc, and manganese and the pink clay is rich in boron.

No matter the color, bentonite is excellent at absorbing things: it can suck up the sebum and gunk from the skin and make it instantly smooth and matte. Not only that, but bentonite has a negative ionic charge and thus can attract things with a positive charge. Things with a positive charge include bad bacteria and toxins and bentonite clay masks can help to clear those out of the skin and pores (btw, bentonite is edible and has the same detoxifying effect internally). 

Thanks to bentonite's effect against bad bacteria and pathogens, there is also some research showing that bentonite can help to calm skin infections, soothe skin allergies and might work for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

On the other hand, the downside of bentonite being such a good absorbent is that it can suck up more than the excess sebum and used too often, it can easily dry out the skin. So use it for good measure, and never forget to moisturize afterwards.

Products with Bentonite

ANCIENT HEALING CLAY Deep Facial Cleanser Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Freeman Instant, Deep Cleansing Facial + Body Powder To Clay Mask Holifrog Sunapee Sacred-C Brightening Powder Wash Honey Belle Diy Detox Mask Matcha Mint K'Pure Naturals Goal Digger Luxe Organix Bentonite Indian Healing Clay Open Formula Bentonite Clay Mask (100% Bentonite Clay) + 13% AHA Solution Rosen Skincare Tingling Mud Mask Sea-el Diy Superfood Mask Skin Creamery Deep Cleansing Powder Sky Organics Indian Healing Clay, 100% Pure And Natural Grade A TreeActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment, Bentonite Clay & Tea Tree Essential Oil Wildleaf 100% Natural Healing Clay Mask 24K Donna Bella Dmae Instant Lifting Mask Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen Pump Spray, Spf 30 BajaZen C-Boost Raw Mask Vitamin C Beekman 1802 Triple Milk Primer Spf 35 Biologique Recherche Biomagic Mask Bliss Pore Patrol Cleanser Bloomtown Blue Clay Mask Soothing Bentonite & Indigo Leaf Cara Skin Care Phytomud Pore Minimizing Mask Caudalie Instant Detox Mask DRMTLGY Clay Mint Mask Dermalactives Deep Collagen Care Mask Emina Brightening Clay Mask Emina Clay Mask Soothe & Smooth Face food Avocado Oil & Walnut Masque FarmHouse Fresh Pajama Paste Active Yogurt Mask Farryn Amber Mint Facial Mask Farryn Amber Rose Facial Mask Freeman Anti Stress Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask Freeman Anti-Stress Clay Facial Mask With Dead Sea Minerals Freeman Charcoal And Black Sugar Mud Mask Freeman Lemon Mint Oil Absorbing Clay Mask Freeman Manuka Honey & Tea Tree Oil Foaming Clay Freeman Rejuvenating Cucumber & Pink Salt Clay Mask Freeman beauty Cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Mask + Scrub Freeman beauty Detoxifying Charcoal + Black Sugar Freeman beauty Feeling Beautiful, Purifying Clay Mask, Avocado + Oatmeal G.M. Collin Pure Mask GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment Clay Mask Gh Peeling Enzimático Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Masque: Wheatgerm Ginkgo & Cranberry Herbivore Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask Hollywood Style Whitening Mud Mask HydroPeptide Miracle Face Mask Indie Lee Clearing Mask Insta Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask