5 Skin Benefits of Bentonite Clay

By Jenny Smiechowski


Smiling woman with bentonite clay mask on half of her face

Article at a Glance:

  • Bentonite clay is a natural, affordable skincare product that beautifies skin in multiple ways.
  • Research shows that bentonite clay absorbs sebum, the oily substance that contributes to clogged pores and acne.
  • Studies suggest bentonite clay can support your skin’s defenses.
  • According to research, bentonite clay acts against bacteria as well.
  • It can also ease itchy skin, according to studies.
  • Bentonite clay has the texture of a fine powder, which means it can act as a gentle exfoliant.

In a world full of serums, toners, exfoliators, lotions, and lasers, taking care of your skin can feel confusing and complicated. But it doesn’t have to be.

Simple skincare works, as long as you choose products that do double-duty, triple-duty, or—dare I say—quintuple-duty for your skin. If you’re looking for that unicorn skincare product that’s simple, natural, and affordable but still beautifies your skin in multiple ways, bentonite clay may be the thing for you.

People have been applying clay to their skin for centuries. The ancient Egyptians did it. The Aztecs did it. And people still do it today. For a beauty practice to have that kind of staying power, there must be something to it, right? Scientific evidence and anecdotal evidence show there definitely is.

In fact, there’s plenty of evidence that bentonite clay can help your skin in at least five feel-good (and look-good) ways:

1. It sucks up sebum.

Sebum is an oily substance that your body produces to keep your skin and hair moisturized. But sometimes your body produces too much sebum, and that causes clogged pores and acne. Studies show, though, that bentonite clay can soak up sebum. That may be why so many people say bentonite clay masks are literal skin (and life) savers.

2. It helps your skin’s defenses.

It may sound far-fetched that a bit of clay can help your skin’s defenses. Isn’t that the immune system’s job? But studies show clay can interact with the immune system to encourage skin repair and regeneration. In fact, it’s even been shown to support people dealing with skin wounds and ulcers.

3. It battles bacterial bad guys.

Just like you have a microbiome (community of bacteria and other microorganisms) in your gut, you have a microbiome on your skin too. Unfortunately, when certain strains of skin bacteria get out of hand, they can cause acne. But bentonite clay has a proven ability to fight bacteria. That may explain why so many people rely on it to knock out breakouts.

4. It soothes that insatiable itch.

Irritated, itchy skin can have a lot of causes—poison ivy, allergic reactions, bug bites. But bentonite clay can support your skin no matter what the culprit. Studies show it can ease dermatitis (red, itchy, inflamed skin) caused by poison ivy, poison oak, eczema, allergic skin reactions, and diaper rash, among other things.

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5. It exfoliates.

Exfoliating your skin has a lot of benefits. It gets rid of dead skin cells, brightens your complexion, and helps keep pores clean. But people are getting pretty aggressive with the exfoliators nowadays. Chemical peels and harsh at-home scrubs may work for some people. But they can also damage your skin. So, if you’d prefer something gentler, try bentonite clay. Bentonite clay has the texture of a fine powder, so it can provide less intrusive exfoliation that still has a bunch of benefits.

If you’re new to the world of bentonite clay skin and beauty treatments, you may be wondering how to use clay on your skin. The answer’s simple: Just add water. By hydrating your clay, you make a paste you can apply to your face or other areas of skin that need a little TLC. You can try our clay powder for affordable, effective skincare or our facial mud for pre-hydrated clay that’s less messy and more portable. Our facial mud also includes colloidal silver, which has even more amazing skin benefits you’ll love!


What are the best ways to get rid of large pores?— Medical News Today.

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Comments (8)

Cindy Hyden

Can the clay be rinsed down the drain?
Redmond Life replied:
Hey Cindy! Wet clay can be rinsed down your drain, but we wouldn’t recommend dry clay going down the drain!




Some people mix it with apple cider vinegar. Would that be ok?
Redmond Life replied:
Yes- absolutely!

Kimberly Hansen

Can you also pour in a tub and bath in this clay?
Redmond Life replied:
Hi Kimberly!

Yes you can! You need a handful of clay (approx. ¾ of a cup) and the hottest water you can stand. Then go ahead and soak for about 30-35 minutes.


How long do you leave the paste on your face before removing it? I’ve never used a clay mask before.
Redmond Life replied:
Hey Penny!

You can leave the facial mud or charcoal masks on until they dry, which usually takes about 10-15 minutes.