Used for thousands of years, clay masks are part of the quintessential spa experience. There are several different types of clay commonly used in these topical treatments. Each has different properties and composition. Clay can be enriched in a wide range of trace elements.

Clay Face Masks and Acne

Clay-based face masks are commonly incorporated into acne treatment regimens. They may be used as a primary treatment, particularly when combined with other active ingredients, such as essential oils. Clay masks are also popular as supportive treatments as they have been reported to reduce inflammation and improve the appearance skin.

There is minimal scientific research into the efficacy of clay facial masks as a treatment for acne. However, many people have reported beneficial effects.


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