I have struggled with my skin for years. I have adult acne that is cystic and painful at times. When I eat properly and drink plenty of water I always see an improvement but it’s never quite “good”. I went to a dermatologist and he gave me some oral meds that helped. I don’t however, want to take a pill forever. So, I decided to try somethings out.
I started reading about Bentonite Clay. Bentonite clay is revered for being one of the most effective and powerful healing clays in the world. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities and chemicals.
I had also been reading about the use of turmeric in your skin care regime and wanted to explore it. Turmeric is known to have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, all of which would make it ideal for use in acne treatment.
Then there is the mother of all natural remedies… wait for it… Yep, you guessed it! Apple Cider Vinegar and like every cool kid “in the know” I prefer Bragg’s as my ACV of choice.
So, this is what I did… I combined the three into a paste and applied it as a facial mask. I have done this 2-3 times per week for a few weeks. Here is what I’ve noticed: I seem to have smaller pores. I am not certain that this is possible but it seems so. I definitely have smoother skin. The turmeric has an edge to it. There is a fine grainy feeling that doesn’t seem to disappear with liquid. I have fewer and less painful pimples, though I still have some acne. My skin looks brighter and tighter with fewer black heads. So, there you have it. I will keep you all abreast of my progress.
You will need the following:
* 1 teaspoon Bentonite Clay powder (available at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Amazon and most health food stores)
* 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
* 1 teaspoon ACV
1. Mix all ingredients together in a non-metalic bowl.
2. Once it moistens to a paste, apply to clean skin in a thin layer, allow to dry (about 20 minutes)
3. Rinse with warm water
While the mask is drying you will notice a pulsating sensation. It feels as though it is drawing the impurities out of your skin. I know it sounds crazy but the Bentonite clay is supposedly unique in it’s ability to produce an “electric charge” when hydrated. For this reason it is recommended to not use metal implements when mixing with liquids as you may negate this effect. I don’t pretend to know the science behind this and the “electric charge” may be nothing more than hooplah. What I do know is that my skin feels good looks better and I’ll keep you posted.