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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

TreeActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment, Bentonite Clay & Tea Tree Essential Oil Beekman 1802 Triple Milk Primer Spf 35 Caudalie Instant Detox Mask Face food Avocado Oil & Walnut Masque Freeman Anti Stress Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask Freeman beauty Cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Mask + Scrub Freeman beauty Detoxifying Charcoal + Black Sugar Indie Lee Clearing Mask MyChelle Sun Shield Clear Spray Spf 30 MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid Spf 50 Non-Tinted Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Wash-Off Clay Mask Tailor Skincare Polish ULTA Age Defying Matcha Green Mud Mask 7th Heaven Creamy Coconut Mask A'pieu Stone Peach Pore Less Bubble Mask AcneFree Therapeutic Sulfur Mask Algenist Algae Brightening Mask Beauty Formulas Clay Mask Beyond Belief Skin Vitality Lift And Firm Clay Mask Earth’s Care Acne Spot Treatment First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser With Probiotics Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure G.M. Collin Exfozyme KLAVUU Special Care Pearl Glow Mask Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint Spf 50 - Nude MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid Tint Spf 50 Nature Republic Bamboo & Charcoal Mud Pack Origins Clear Improvement™ Charcoal Honey Mask To Purify & Nourish Pacifica Sea Purify Balancing Clay Mask Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask PureHeal's Volcanic Pore Tightening Mask Queen Helene Avocado And Grapefruit Mask Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask Sand and Sky Purifying Pink Clay Mask Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Radiance Mud Mask SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask SheaMoisture Matcha Green Tea And Probiotics Clay To Cream Cleanser Sukin Detoxifying Clay Masque Super Greens Sukin Oil Balancing Anti-Pollution Facial Masque Sukin Sensitive Pink Clay Facial Masque Tula probiotic skincare Exfoliating Treatment Mask in.gredients Turmeric Cream Mask African Botanics Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant