5 Bentonite Clay Mask Recipes for Healthy Skin

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It is such a battle trying to deal with unruly skin. Whether it’s acne, dry patches, or wrinkles, sometimes it seems like your skin just won’t listen.

Well maybe it is what you are eating and drinking or maybe you just need a new acne cleanser, acne treatment, or eczema treatment; or maybe you want short term, quick, results that you can try yourself.

So get out your pen and paper and get ready to head to your local health food store like Whole Foods or your local herb store to buy the ingredients for these 5 easy-to-do DIY bentonite clay mask recipes.

What you’ll need:

  • Glass, ceramic, or wooden bowl
  • Plastic or wooden spoon
  • Measuring spoons (unless you want to go with the folk-style “guestimation”)
  • Bentonite clay
  • Rosewater and/or distilled water
  • Essential oils (tea tree, lavender, peppermint, rosehip)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Matcha Powder
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Calendula Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil (optional)
  • Kaolin Clay (Optional)
  • Organic honey

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Before we get to the bentonite clay mask recipes, here’s a quick introduction to the key ingredients, so you know the exact benefits each of them will bring. It is important to not only know that the ingredients you are using are natural, but also to know they are the right ones for your particular mask.

What is Bentonite Clay?

The superstar of this article’s masks is none other than bentonite clay, which we use in our acne treatment. It is an odorless, greenish-grey fine powder formed from volcanic ash, largely founding in from Fort Benton in Wyoming—hence its name. But it was initially discovered in Montmorillon, France. Thus it is used interchangeably with montmorillonite clay, but I usually see it labeled in American natural health stores and herb stores as bentonite clay.

The clay has a long history of use in both internal and external healing remedies across indigenous cultures, however, it is now a popular ingredient in commercial natural products or sold alone for DIY recipes due to its myriad of benefits.

Benefits of a Bentonite Clay Mask

Bentonite clay has the ability to draw out toxins, heavy metals, and acne-causing sebum, which is a primary cause of acne inflammation. The clay’s negatively-charged molecules attach themselves to the positively charged molecules in heavy metals and toxins to help you flush them from your skin. That’s why we use it in our acne treatment medication alongside our active ingredient, salicylic acid, to reduce the number of blackheads, acne pimples, and blemishes so your skin can heal and to prevent new pimples from forming.

But acne isn’t the only reason that you would want to use a clay mask. You may also want to make a bentonite clay mask to:

  • Refresh your skin by removing dead skin
  • Help fight bacteria and pathogens that cause ugly skin infections like staph or E coli
  • Promote younger-looking skin
  • Even your skin tone
  • Relieve minor skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema
  • Enrich your skin with nutrients
  • Bentonite clay is packed with minerals including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron, and potassium; thus you could easily call it food for the skin.

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Common Ingredients in a Bentonite Clay Mask Recipe?

Before you head to the kitchen, let’s take a brief look at other helpful, natural ingredients that team up greatly with bentonite clay. The ingredients below are great starters for newbies in the kitchen, however you can mix and match essential oils and carrier oils as your knowledge increases.

Matcha Powder

Matcha is a known anti-inflammatory, antioxidant superpower; which makes it very useful when combating acne.

With its high levels of catechins (specifically EGCG) and antioxidants, matcha is great for reducing redness, wrinkles, and inflammation.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This well-known potion comes from fermented apple cider. When fermented, the cider becomes acetic acid, which has amazing antibacterial benefits. The vinegar works to cleanse and prevent the formation of bacteria on areas that are planning a break out attack.

Jojoba Seed Oil

Jojoba seed oil is a common carrier oil and a significant ingredient in our very own CBDMEDIC™ formulations. It comes from a desert shrub, so it not surprising that it has an excellent ability to lock in moisture—a special talent that desert plants hold due to limited amounts of rain. It forms a seal and continues to seep into the skin for moisture. You might also be interested to know that jojoba seed oil has been known to aid with enhancing the pentration of active ingredients in topicals, which is why we use it a key ingredient in most of our formulations.

Kaolin Clay

This is another type of clay that has been said to refresh, cleanse, and detoxify skin. It is also great for eliminating oils. Kaolin clay can be found in warm, humid, areas around the United States (specifically in the southeast).

Calendula Oil

Calendula oil is used in many skin products due to its ability to soothe and hydrate the skin and help wounds recover. It has been used for eczema and psoriasis for these reasons in folk and clinical herbalism. You can purchase dry calendula flowers and cover it with olive oil and soak it in the sun for a few weeks for a quick, folk remedy. Otherwise, you can purchase it at your local health food store or online at iherb.com or Amazon.

Essential Oils

There are over 90 essential oils. Each have their own scents, benefits, and properties.

The ones that will be used in our masks are:

  • Tea tree oil: With its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, it is great for reducing swelling and calming redness. It is also said to help with acne and acne scars.
  • Lavender oil: Known to reduce blotchy skin and redness, lavender oil soothes the skin and works wonders for itchy skin, redness, bits, or sun irritation.
  • Rosehip oil: Has anti-aging properties, brightens skin, and can help reduce skin pigmentation.
  • Peppermint oil: Peppermint is associated with numerous benefits for the skin, including offering a cooling relief for itchy, irritated skin—as well as muscle and joint pain. Menthol, an active ingredient in our pain relief products, is derived from peppermint, and popular in many OTC pain relief products. Just be careful not to get it into your eyes or other mucous membranes.

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5 DIY Bentonite Clay Mask Recipes for Glowing Skin

Now that you have an understanding of bentonite clay and ingredients it partners well with, let’s find out how to use them together! Here are 5 masks you can try easily at home.

One essential note: If you are more of a folk remedy junkie like me, you don’t have to be particularly precise in the measurements. The key thing to remember is not to overload the oils and essential oils. Additionally, you need to balance wet ingredients with dry ingredients in order to make a smooth paste with the consistency slightly wetter than your average toothpaste.

1. Bentonite Acne Fighting Mask


  • 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay
  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • ¼ teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Rosewater or distilled water (as needed)


  1. Mix the rosewater with bentonite clay until it forms a smooth, wet paste.
  2. Once that is done, add the other ingredients.
  3. Apply the mask on your face, excluding your eyes and mouth.
  4. Leave on until it hardens.
  5. Wash off with warm water.

2. Bentonite Hydrating Skin Mask


  • 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay
  • Rosewater (as needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of jojoba seed oil
  • 3 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of calendula infused oil


  1. Again, mix the rosewater with clay until it forms a paste
  2. Next, add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Apply the mask all over your face, but avoid your eyes and mouth.
  4. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes.
  5. Then, wash it off with warm water.

3. Bentonite Anti-Aging Mask


  • ¼ cups of matcha
  • 2 tablespoon of bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon of kaolin clay
  • ⅓ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of water


  1. Mix the water and kaolin clay together.
  2. Add the bentonite clay. (You can add more water if necessary, to create a thick, smooth paste.)
  3. Lastly, add the matcha until it blends into the mixture smoothly.
  4. Finally, add the apple cider vinegar.
  5. Apply the mask all over the face, except your eyes and lips.
  6. Let the mask dry for 15-20 minutes
  7. Wash the mask off with luke-warm water.

4. Bentonite Rash and Irritation Relief Mask


  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil or jojoba oil
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 3-4 tablespoons of bentonite clay
  • 5 drops of calendula infused oil


  1. Mix the warm water with the grapeseed oil and put some on your face.
  2. Once the mixture dries, add the clay to the remaining oil in a bowl and mix together.
  3. Apply the mixture to your face, excluding your eyes and mouth. Wait until the mask hardens and then rinse with warm water.

4. Bentonite Anti-Redness Mask


  • 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay
  • 5 drops of lavender oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of honey


  1. Mix all ingredients together. (If the clay is too dry, you can add distilled water or rosewater to make a smooth paste).
  2. Apply liberally to your face, excluding your eyes and mouth.
  3. Rinse with warm water after 15 minutes.

While this is a simple mask to make; you can save yourself time, money, and energy by using our Eczema Therapy Medicated Ointment or Itch, Rash, & Pain Relief Ointment to soothe your irritated skin.

Tips to Maximize the Benefits of Your Bentonite Clay Mask

Here are some tips to make sure that you can maximize the benefits of these easy DIY masks!

  1. Wash your face with CBDMEDIC’s Natural Foaming Facial Cleanser. Remove excess dirt and makeup before applying a face mask for optimal results.
  2. Use these masks no more than twice a week. This way you can prevent your skin from getting dry and irritated.
  3. Mix these masks in a non-metallic bowl. The metal takes away some of the beneficial qualities of the bentonite clay.
  4. Store the excess mask in a glass jar and keep it in the refrigerator. It will better preserve the healing and moisturizing properties.

Time for battle!

Well, there you have it! 5 masks granted as weapons against the battle of unruly skin. Get out to the battlefield and try them all!

Leave a comment telling us which mask you loved the most and why!

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Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been approved by the FDA to diagnose, treat, prevent, cure, or mitigate any diseases or conditions. We use CBD in our products for cosmetic purposes only.

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