Battling acne can be a long and exhausting process. Especially when everything you do seems to be working against you, and your skin constantly feels angry and inflame.
As unlikely as it might seem, “Kill them with kindness” is what works with this condition.
You have to remember to be patient and not go aggressive on your skin. Using harsh products will further irritate your fragile skin and will lead you nowhere near a solution.
Being well familiar with the obnoxious process of acne healing, I must say that natural face masks have helped me a lot on my journey. I have particularly found bentonite clay extremely helpful for my cystic acne breakouts.
My skin is always left feeling fresh and clean after applying this mask, and I love it. After doing some research on bentonite clay I started becoming familiar with the many therapeutic values this wonder clay has to offer.
Here’s some of them:
Bentonite Clay & Its Benefits
Bentonite clay also called Montmorillonite is a very popular healing clay with many therapeutic values.
This clay is rich with minerals such as iron, sodium, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, which form naturally from aged volcanic ash. In clay’s natural state, it possesses negatively charged molecules.
Because of its molecular charge, clay naturally seeks out positively charged toxins to bond with. Once discovered, they bind and are free to leave through the surface of the skin.
Clay has been used for centuries by ancient civilizations due to its ability to clear the body and skin of toxins, oils, debris, and dirt. Bentonite clay draws out toxins and impurities from the skin, unclogs pores and naturally exfoliates.
It has powerful detoxifying and antimicrobial properties.
It is recommended to mix bentonite clay with raw apple cider vinegar, but if your skin is damaged and sensitive, you may probably find this a bit too harsh.
So I came up with a solution that worked wonders for me:
“Washing your face with rice water will soothe inflammation and relieve acne and dermatitis.”
Mixing bentonite clay with warm rice water will detoxify your skin without further irritating it. Rice water can be used to soothe skin inflammation and rashes naturally.
It also helps to heal acne as well as calm the redness of an outbreak. It acts as mild astringent on the skin as it tightens the pores without causing swelling.
Washing your face with rice water will help minimize free radicals and promote cell healing.
Rice water is excellent for the recovery of sun damaged skin as well as scarring and pigmentation due to the high level of antioxidants, including vitamin A, vitamin C, flavonoid and phenolic compounds.
It is an inexpensive and excellent natural brightener.
Mix Bentonite Clay With Warm Rice Water
I have always been very interested in Aromatherapy, and I have found adding essential oils to my homecare routine beneficial. Especially whenever I’m preparing my own face masks, I cannot resist without adding a drop or few of these wonderful aromatic oils.
Add two drops of lavender essential oil to this mixture to boost the antibacterial effect.
Lavender is a natural antiseptic and has healing and calming properties. It is used to treat many health conditions like high blood pressure and infections, and it is excellent for treating skin congestions and conditions like acne rosacea, inflammation, and even sunburn.
I would recommend leaving this mask on the face for 5-7 minutes and no more than that as it is a potent mixture of powerful agents and it doesn’t take long for the skin to absorb the beneficial properties of the ingredients.
A mild tingling sensation is normal when your skin is dehydrated.
I have also noticed that when my skin feels a little bit dehydrated, this mask tends to give me a mild tingling sensation.
So remember that experiencing this symptom is quite normal and it is an indicator that you should probably hydrate your skin a little bit more frequent.