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Bentonite Turmeric Mask – Crazy good on Acne

by | Last updated Sep 8, 2020 | Published on Mar 8, 2019 | Recipes

You know that super yellow/orange spice that’s in the cupboard that you use to make heavenly indian curries?  That’s the spice we are using in this bentonite turmeric face mask!

If you are familiar with the spice, you also know that it stains everything it touches.  Plates, wooden utensils, countertops, towels, knives and fingers.  I list everything that I have personally experienced staining with.

Don’t worry, I’ve got a couple tricks up my sleeve to ensure that this wonderfully potent spice does not leave you looking perma Donald Trump tan. 

Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, which as a result will help cleanse your pores from acne causing bacteria.  Being anti-inflammatory it will also balance your skin complexion.  I especially love it for it’s anti-acne benefits.

I have test turmeric with turmeric masks for 7 days in a row, after the 7 days I noticed a definite improvement with my acne and overall complexion.  However I have noticed a stronger improvement with my acne and complexion since using Bentonite clay.

So combining 2 super treatments that have been effective for me = good idea.  Actually after doing 7 days of Turmeric masks was how I first discovered Bentonite Clay with this recipe.

Turmeric Bentonite Clay Mask for Acne

This face mask uses Bentonite Clay from our Facial Clay Masks assortment pack. The bentonite in our assortment pack is NOT industrial grade and specific healing clay for cosmetics and food grade (we do not market as food grade).

I could not find any face mask products that have a turmeric clay mask pre-made. Mixing bentonite is super easy and you know you are getting the purest form of ingredients.  Click ?? to get our hand packed in Canada Bentonite clay in a clay mask assortment pack.

I don’t put anything on my skin without first understanding why or if it’s good for my skin.

Benefits of Why Turmeric is AMAZING for your Skin

Turmeric benefits for your Skin

There’s one special ingredient in Turmeric that accounts for why it is so amazing.  That’s the curcumin

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What is turmeric made of

  • 60-70% carbohydrates
  • 6-13% water
  • 6-8% protein
  • 5-10% fat
  • 3-7% minerals
  • 3-7% essential oils
  • 2-7% fiber
  • 1-6% curcimonoids (aka curcumin)

There is an endless list of health benefits if you integrate turmeric into your diet.  So the super food that can help prevent serious diseases can also work wonders when applied topically. 

Benefits of using turmeric in your skincare routine:

  • Antibacterial properties can kill acne causing bacteria
  • Revive your skin with a natural glow (no I’m not talking about yellow staining!). Anti-oxidants in turmeric balances your skin tone for a beautiful glow.  
  • Reduce redness of acne and redness of skin complexion with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Heals wounds and help eliminate psoriasis

Through 18 studies that were conducted, turmeric use resulted in a significant improvement for the following skin diseases:

  • acne
  • alopecia
  • atopic dermatitis
  • facial photoaging
  • oral lichen planus
  • pruritus
  • psoriasis
  • radiodermatitis

Through these studies, it was discovered the both topical and internal use of turmeric curcumin are beneficial for the skin and skin diseases.  More studies required to determine how and to further into mainstream medicine.

Will Turmeric Stain my Skin?

Yes, it will.  No, it will not stain your skin if you take easy precautions.

I have always avoided the permanent stain (except with cloths).  One of my girlfriends however left the turmeric on overnight on a white marble countertop, which was near to impossible to get out.

The first precaution is quality of turmeric.  I was travelling in Asia when I first tried this for 7 days of Turmeric face mask. I got a simple, non organic, turmeric from Tesco.  This was wayyyyy harder to get off than the simply organic turmeric I use now.   If you plan on doing this often, invest in a katsuri turmeric, which does not stain your skin.

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The second precaution is after removal of the face mask, there probably will be a slight yellow tinge to your skin. Don’t freak out.  Just grab some of the extra apple cider vinegar that you used in the recipe to help remove.  Don’t apply undiluted apple cider vinegar to your skin.  In a bowl, add equal parts apple cider vinegar and water.  Dip a face pad and then cleanse your skin.  After 2-3 pads, your should see no more yellow on the pad.  

I use a diluted apple cider vinegar toner daily anyhow, because of the oodles of benefits ACV does for your skin. 

Can you apply Turmeric to your Skin Everyday?

I used a turmeric face mask on my skin for 7 days in a row and only experienced benefits.  Like my acne breakouts started to face and balanced my skin tone. That’s my experience, please always listen to your skin when trying something new.

From customer comments, those choosing to use Katsura turmeric, some found it to be irritating to the skin if used in larger than 20% concentration mixtures or if used more than 3 times a week. 

How long can you leave Turmeric on your face?

You can leave Turmeric on your face for up to 20 minutes.  However, in this face mask recipe, with the use of Bentonite Clay always make sure to remove before the clay mask dries.

If you have sensitive skin, only leave on for approx 5 minutes.


Bentonite Clay benefits for your Skin

Bentonite is my go-to acne busting clay.  It’s the star ingredient of so many of my acne face mask recipes, purely because of its effectiveness.  A couple of my most recent bentonite clay masks are cucumber pink salt clay mask and avocado oatmeal clay mask.

Bentonite clay can swell up to 18 times its size when mixed with a liquid, and releases a ton of minerals into the paste it is mixed with.  Those minerals actually do a cation exchange on your skin.  Which means it swaps the good minerals from the clay with same charged ions on your skin.  This removes bad ions like chemicals, toxins and heavy metals from your skin.  It’s a very effective detox and gives you an insane clean.  This is just a short intro to how clay works on your skin.

There are a lot of everyday uses for Bentonite clay with benefits like: 

  • fighting acne breakouts and blemishes
  • reducing the appearance of acne scars
  • balance complexion
  • reduce the size of pores
  • reduce excess oil of skin 

If you can’t tell, we at facial clay masks are pretty crazy about clay. Because it works!  After trying so many acne brands and even getting medicated acne treatment, clay was the only thing that worked for me.   

Bentonite Turmeric Face Mask Ingredients:

The ingredients for this acne fighting bentonite turmeric clay mask are pretty simple. This recipe yields 1 face mask.

You will need:  

Equipment required:

  • 1 glass, wooden or plastic bowl (glass is preferred)
  • 1 plastic, or wooden spoon
  • 1 face mask brush (included in our facial clay assortment pack)

What is Apple Cider Vinegar “with the mother”?
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Always send love to your mother! That even includes in your apple cider vinegar.  The “mother” in apple cider vinegar is essentially the good stuff.  It’s the enzymes and proteins that float like particles in the acv and sit at the bottom when left to sit.  My favorite brand is Bragg , but acv without the mother will look clear and basically have “the mother” strained out.  

How to Mix Bentonite Clay and Turmeric Mask

This recipe yields 1 face mask recipe.

Step 1: Prepare the dry ingredients, 1 tsp of clay and 1/4 tsp of turmeric in a bowl.

Get your bentonite clay from our facial clay assortment pack. Once you fall in love with Bentonite, you will also want to try Rhassoul Clay, French Green Clay, and Kaolin Clay.

Our Bentonite clay is very high quality cosmetic/therapeutic grade, sun dried calcium bentonite. 

Turmeric Bentonite Clay Face Mask

Step 2: Add in the apple cider vinegar to the dry clay mix.  It’s pretty cool to see if fizz and bubble when you add the acv.  This is because of the acidity of the acv activates with the high alkaline levels of the bentonite clay.

*Note: The mixing of Bentonite clay can vary depending on the quality of the clay, if it contains fillers and the particulate size.  Our Bentonite clay is very fine, at 325 mesh so it mixes with a 1:1 ratio.  aka, no clumps!

Turmeric Bentonite Clay Face Mask

Step 3: Mix all ingredients together to form a paste.  You don’t need to over mix. 

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Option: For sensitive skin types looking for complexion balancing results you can also substitute bentonite with kaolin or french green clay. 

This recipe is similar to apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay mask recipe

How to apply Bentonite Turmeric Mask to your Face:

Starting with a clean palette, wash your skin to begin with.

Apply an even layer of face mask to your face and jawline.  Approx 1/8″.  I would definitely recommend using a face mask brush to apply this face mask.  That way you don’t get turmeric coloring stuck underneath your finger nails.  We include a bonus face mask brush in our face mask assortment package.

Turmeric Bentonite Clay Face Mask

Leave on your skin for approx 10 minutes, don’t forget to remove the face mask BEFORE it dries.  Here’s why it’s important to remove from your skin before it dries in our how to use a dry clay face mask.

Some redness after the mask is completely normal for up to 30 minutes after application.  So probably best not to apply this face mask before going out on a date!

If you experience a yellow tinge of your skin after you wash the mask off.  Don’t fret, simply grab a face pad and dip into apple cider vinegar diluted with water.  Clean your face with the pad until you don’t get any yellow on the pad.  It might take 2-3 pads.  Coconut oil is also effective for removing any yellow and as an added benefit it’s also hydrating.  Don’t leave the coconut oil on your skin, as that will clog your pores. 

See my evidence of no staining and some redness.  This picture was taken right after removing the mask.  

Turmeric Bentonite Clay Mask After

My skin was super smooth after this mask!  And the best part, I woke up the next day and couldn’t even feel the acne breakout along my jawline raised on my skin that was there the day before. 

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This turmeric and bentonite clay mask is one of my 9 favorite bentonite clay mask recipes

Turmeric Bentonite Clay Face Mask

Bentonite Turmeric Face Mask

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Antioxidant rich turmeric + detox, pore cleansing healing clay = mask heaven. Fight acne, scars + you a glow for days


  • 1 tsp of Bentonite Clay
  • 1/4 tsp of organic turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp of water


  1. Mix the dry ingredients, 1 tsp of Bentonite Clay and 1/4 tsp of organic turmeric.
  2. Mix in 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1/2 tsp of water.
  3. Mix thoroughly together and apply to cleansed skin.

Disclaimer: Our content does not constitute a dermatologist or medical advice.

Did you try this mask? I would love to hear how it worked for you! Leave a comment below.

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