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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

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Open Formula Bentonite Clay Mask (100% Bentonite Clay) + 13% AHA Solution TreeActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment, Bentonite Clay & Tea Tree Essential Oil BajaZen C-Boost Raw Mask Vitamin C Beekman 1802 Triple Milk Primer Spf 35 Caudalie Instant Detox Mask DRMTLGY Clay Mint Mask Face food Avocado Oil & Walnut Masque Freeman Anti Stress Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask Freeman Rejuvenating Cucumber & Pink Salt Clay Mask Freeman beauty Cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Mask + Scrub Freeman beauty Detoxifying Charcoal + Black Sugar GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment Clay Mask Indie Lee Clearing Mask Insta Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask Kopari Coconut Detox 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 Nu Skin Nutricentials Polishing Peel Skin Refinisher For All Skin Types 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 Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Mask Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque Algenist Algae Brightening Mask Alpha-H Clear Skin Blemish Control Mask Beauty Formulas Clay Mask Beyond Belief Skin Vitality Lift And Firm Clay Mask Bioelements Restorative Clay Bobbi Brown Instant Detox Face Mask Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot. 33 Lilas D'Or Cosmedix Clear Deep Cleansing Mask Derma E Purifying 2-In-1 Charcoal Mask Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque Earth’s Care Acne Spot Treatment First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser With Probiotics Formula 10.0.6 Be Berry Fresh Balancing Mud Mask Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Facial Mask Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure G.M. Collin Exfozyme Generation Clay Detoxifying Charcoal Clay Mask Generation Clay Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask Generation Clay Ultraviolet Brightening Purple Mask Glytone Acne Treatment Mask KLAVUU Special Care Pearl Glow Mask Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque Margaret Dabbs London Black Leg Masque