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Kaolin clay masks: mild, effective and safe

Posted By May

Clay masks are effective for absorbing excess oil from the skin and other benefits that well be exploring below. Lets discover the perks of using kaolin clay as a wonder skin care ingredient.

Kaolin is a soft clay made primarily with kaolinite, a soft and usually white mineral. Also known as China Clay, Kaolin was used to make Chinese porcelain, and its use expanded to include skin care.

The science and benefits of using kaolin clay masks

Kaolin Clay Masks offer a lot of benefits and advantages for you:

  • Safe
  • Mildest and most gentle clay used in skin care
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-aging
  • Healing
  • Helps address oily skin

In general, clay masks have been used to treat acne, blackheads and spots. Mixing clay with hot/warm water is the key because it helps open up pores and rid the skin of impurities.5  

To reap its full benefits, using clay masks long-term is also highly recommended. A study showed that short-term use of certain clay masks had no effect on the skins viscoelasticity.

Not only that, enjoy its wondrous anti-aging perks too. Clay masks have been found to increase the skins collagen fibre.4

Kaolinite in particular, along with other clay minerals, has been used for its healing properties since prehistoric times.2 Kaolin masks are mild and gentle, ideal for sensitive skin.3 In fact, a panel of experts conducted a Cosmetic Ingredient Review and declared kaolin safe to use in cosmetics.1

Kaolin facial must-haves

If you have dry skin, we recommend that you look into moisturizing/hydrating masks. But if you have normal or oily and sensitive skin  a kaolin clay mask is perfect for you.

Check these out. Here are our top recommended facial masks with kaolin clay:

Want more personalized and professional skin care advice? Talk to our beauty advisors for free today to know which solutions are right for you.


  1. Elmore, A. R., & Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel (2003). Final report on the safety assessment of aluminum silicate, calcium silicate, magnesium aluminum silicate, magnesium silicate, magnesium trisilicate, sodium magnesium silicate, zirconium silicate, attapulgite, bentonite, Fuller's earth, hectorite, kaolin, lithium magnesium silicate, lithium magnesium sodium silicate, montmorillonite, pyrophyllite, and zeolite. International journal of toxicology22 Suppl 1, 37102. 

  2. Fox, L., Csongradi, C., Aucamp, M., du Plessis, J., & Gerber, M. (2016). Treatment Modalities for Acne. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland)21(8), 1063. (

  3. Quinn, D. (2021). Kaolin clay mask benefits for clearer, brighter skin. Healthline. 

  4. Valenti, D. M., Silva, J., Teodoro, W. R., Velosa, A. P., & Mello, S. B. (2012). Effect of topical clay application on the synthesis of collagen in skin: an experimental study. Clinical and experimental dermatology37(2), 164168. 

  5. Velasco, Maria & Zague, Vivian & Dario, Michelli & Nishikawa, Deborah & Pinto, Claudineia & Almeida, Mariana & Trossini, Gustavo & Vieira-Coelho, Antonio & Baby, André. (2016). Characterization and Short-Term clinical study of clay facial mask. Revista de Ciencias Farmaceuticas Basica e Aplicada. 37.


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