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Bentonite + Apple Cider Vinegar Mask Recipe
This deep pore cleansing clay mask infused with apple cider vinegar might just be the answer to your acne woes. Bentonite and apple cider vinegar mask is one of my favorite acne-busting, super pore cleansing go-to masks.
After years of relentless acne, numerous treatments and trying many skincare options available, I finally found a product that worked. Bentonite clay!
Which turned out to be not a “product” at all. The products that I kept purchasing or getting prescriptions from my doctor for were all products that contained chemicals and preservatives. I even tried the “green” natural products to no avail.
Bentonite was the simplest solution from nature itself. Clay, was the answer!
I love this clay mask, with simple 2 ingredients. Incorporate this mask into your weekly skincare routine 1-2 times per week. For me, I notice a great difference with my acne. If I feel a breakout might be around the corner, a bentonite clay mask is my go to. The breakout will not happen at all or Bentonite will decrease the length of it’s stay, dramatically.
What is Bentonite Clay?
Made of mostly montmorillonite, derived from volcanic ash, the most dominant mineral in the clay determines it’s name, calcium bentonite or sodium bentonite.
In addition to the dominant mineral in each type of clay, they also vary in the sorption method of adsorption or absorption. Both clay types do a “ion exchange”, which in simple plain english terms means they attract the positive charge toxins, bacteria, chemicals and leave behind minerals.
Check out: Definitive guide to Bentonite Clay and 10 everyday uses.
The largest mineral deposit of clay is found in wyoming, USA, where we source our bentonite from for our facial clay assortment pack. I have another article (in the works) that goes much farther in depth into the history, benefits and how bentonite works.
Bentonite, also known as the Indian Healing Clay, has many, many benefits for your skin.
What does Bentonite Clay do for your face?
- fight acne and blemishes
- help with oily skin
- balance complexion
- detoxify your skin of bad bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals
- deep pore cleansing to get rid of built up impurities
- reduce the appearance of pores
- remineralize and rejuvenate your skin
- reduce appearance of dark spots
You might suffer from acne or bad complexion, in which case Bentonite will do a lot of good for you. But even if you do have perfect skin and complexion, a deep pore cleanse will ensure that you stay that way.
When applied, the clay mask feels like a “pulsating” reaction is happening on your face. After removing the mask, your skin will feel sooooo smooth.
What you need for Bentonite Clay+ Apple Cider Vinegar Mask:
Now let’s get to the good stuff! Doing the damn thing 🙂
To get started, you only need 2 simple ingredients and a couple easy to find equipment items from your kitchen.
You will need:
- 1 tsp Bentonite Clay
- 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “mother”)
- 1 tsp of purified water (optional)
- 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”?
You can easily tell the difference of an apple cider vinegar “with the mother” and one without. An apple cider vinegar without is clear and you can almost see through it. An apple cider vinegar that contains the mother, my favorite is Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar above, is murky, often with sediment at the bottom.
It contains strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria, all which are the most beneficial part of the apple cider vinegar. So if you are buying a brand without the mother, it’s straining out a major part of the nutrients.
Because those strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria settle at the bottom, make sure before use, you give the bottle a good shake.
Bentonite Clay is very alkaline, with a PH balance of 8.9 to 9.
The first time I tried a Bentonite Mask, I was mortified. It looked like a gooey, and lumpy mask that was hard to apply and felt like it wouldn’t stick. When mixed with water it can cause this clumpy mixture. If you let the bentonite and water sit for a couple hours, you will avoid this clumpy mixture.
What’s the answer? Mix it with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is very acidic and contains many anti-inflammatory properties that are great for your skin. When mixed with the high alkaline of Bentonite Clay, it creates a smooth, perfect mixture mask.
How to Mix Bentonite Clay
In a small glass mixing bowl, with a plastic spoon or mini spatula, mix together 1 tsp clay with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of water.
If you look at other recipes available that are similar, you will notice they indicate to do a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio of apple cider vinegar, without the water.
I like to mix the liquid portion with part apple cider vinegar and part water. Don’t forget to shake up the apple cider vinegar before pouring, especially if it’s an organic ACV with the “mother”.
The first time I tried the straight mixture, I was so excited to finally get a smooth mixture. I immediately drew myself a bath, applied the mask and settled in to relax. Within minutes of relaxing into the bath, my eyes started watering from the strong scent of the apple cider vinegar. This did NOT make for a relaxing bath at all and I found myself counting down the time till I could take the damn thing off.
That’s why I have tested and recommend that you mix the liquid portion with part apple cider vinegar and part water, it’s a much more enjoyable experience overall.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE apple cider vinegar. In fact, I also use a diluted mix of ACV as my daily toner. In general, it’s not suggested to use undiluted apple cider vinegar directly on your skin.
Water is completely optional, if you decide to forgo the water, mix 1 teaspoon of bentonite with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.
How to apply Bentonite and Apple Cider Vinegar Mask to your Face:
Using a facial mask brush is my preferred way to apply a mask. You can absolutely apply with your fingers if you don’t have one.
By using a brush, you can avoid any bacteria that might be on your hands getting transferred to your face. We included a brush in our facial clay mask multipack for this reason.
I also find when applying with my fingers I lose product to my hands vs applying as much as I can to my face.
Using the face mask brush to apply the clay mask to my face gives me flashbacks to getting a facial where the esthetician is smoothly applying a mask and instantly let’s me relax.
Using the face mask brush, apply an even layer to your face and jawline. Do not get too close to or in your eyes. To apply the mask, I like to start by first applying a thin layer to my face, and evening out with a second layer.
You should apply an approx 1/8″ layer of mask to your skin. So not super thin, but a moderate application. It will look something like below, you can see how I have applied a good layer. This is the bentonite and apple cider vinegar mask I applied after I took the photos for this post:
The #1 rule for clay masks is to always make sure to always remove the mask BEFORE it dries. Read more about how to do a dry clay mask here.
I answer a bunch of the common FAQ’s about clay masks, here’s a short recap of some of those:
1. How often should you apply a bentonite mask?
1 to 2 times per week for normal, combination or oily skin. If you have dry skin start with just once per week. Here’s a more detailed guide on how often to apply a mask.
2. Can you apply a Bentonite mask everyday?
When I first started with clay masks, I applied one everyday for 4 days and for my super oily skin this worked well and now I do maintenance of 1 to 2 times per week. However only do this for a max 4-5 days, only if you have oily skin, and moisturizer properly.
Check out our manuka honey kaolin clay face mask that’s much gentler for everyday use.
3. Should you apply before or after a shower? After a shower is best. Not because your pores are “open” after a shower. Hint, that’s a myth. Here’s why.
4. Does Bentonite clog your pores? No! In fact is does the complete opposite and removes impurities from your pores. In fact, clay can reduce the appearance of your enlarged pores.
This is by far one of the most popular clay mask recipes that you will see on pinterest. It’s just really is great stuff for your skin! If you LOVE this Bentonite clay mask, here’s some more you will really love:
Bentonite and Apple Cider Vinegar
A bentonite and apple cider vinegar mask will fight those pesky breakouts in a strong detox mask that "pulsates" while it cleanses deep into your pores.
- 1 tsp Bentonite Clay
- 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “mother”)
- 1 tsp of purified water (optional)
1. Mix 1 tsp with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of water. Add more clay or water accordingly to get to a smooth paste.
2. Apply approx 1/8" layer of mask to your face
3. Wait approx 10 minutes, for dry skin apply for 5 minutes.
4. BEFORE the clay mask dries, rinse from skin.
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Did you try this mask? I would love to hear how it worked for you! Leave a comment below.
Do you moisturize after?
Yes, definitely moisturize after a clay mask. Clay masks are great for absorbing and removing excess oil so it’s important to moisturize after. I love rosehip seed oil after my masks.
Thanks for your question Katie! I updated that information in the post. I realized I had it only in the how to use a clay mask instructions.
I used aloe vera as my face was really red and hot.
I used the ‘classic’ face mask and once the pulsating feeling stopped, I washed the mask off.
I look like I have been sunburnt and my face is so red where the mask was. It looks like I have a sunnies mark that you get when you have sunglasses on when you get sunburnt lol!
What could have caused this to happen? Also happened to my house mate who used the mask.
Hi Jas! Originally I linked to our “how to use a clay mask” instructions in this article, so after your comment I just updated the most important part into this article for others too. That is to always remove the mask BEFORE it dries. So that’s often before the “pulsating sensation”. Normally around 5 to 10 minutes. If you remove before the mask dries you should experience little to no redness. Some redness after a clay mask can be normal because as the clay dries it is absorbing your natural oils.
Did you leave the mask till it was dry and cracked?
If you do forget to remove before it dries, which I have been guilty of, you will find that your skin will return to normal in about 30 minutes. Your skin is a wonderful thing that will replenish your natural oils pretty quickly. I always suggest a toner and moisturizer after your face mask.
Hi I have this Bragg apple cider vinegar (all natural drink) that contains apple-cinnamon , can I mix it with Aztec Healing Clay Mask? Is the effect “with the Mother” and this are same ?
Hi Jean! Bragg ACV “with the mother” is a great brand, it’s what I prefer. However, cinnamon is a very strong spice that I do not suggest applying to your face. Years ago, before I discovered clay masks, I would try anything to help my acne, and that included one of those YouTube masks with cinnamon and egg. It was horrible, the cinnamon almost immediately caused my skin to go super super red in addition to the immediate burning sensation.
Wow Thank you for response~!
Yes you are right “the mother” is most suggested, it’s actually the one that I will buy but it’s out of stock here so I have no choice. T___T
Actually the one that I have is an ACV with the mixed of apple-cinnamon on it (I think the grains on the bottle is the cinnamon). I’m just thinking if I will use this acv that I bought because it would be a waste if I won’t use this but at the same time I am 17 y.o and I have no idea what will be the effect of cinnamon-apple in my face so I am curious also.
I did a research about the benefits of cinnamon on face and it can help heal acne. So maybe I will try this particular acv with aztec (twice a week cause I have super oily skin) , and if I ran out then I’ll follow your suggestion. I will buy acv with “the mother”.
Is that okay for my face? (I’m desperate to get rid all of this) T___T
Of course! I know, the large ACV was out in my area as well right now so I had to settle for a small bottle.
I had a further look into it. I recall using cinnamon for the reason of trying to get rid of my acne as well (bentonite is my go-to to keep my acne at bay). Cinnamon has been reported to have anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties (both of those are good for acne). I found this study that found a significant improvement in acne lesions with cinnamon in a gel application. Note, that the cinnamon was only .22-.38% of the gel so a very, very small amount. So I imagine that the ACV also has a small amount of cinnamon added, so this might actually work. I haven’t tried it myself, so I can’t definitely recommend it. But as always, patch test a small amount before applying to your face. Let us know how it goes!
Yes, Miss. Thank you for your tips! I might update how will this effect in my face. xo
Do you think this mask with acv will work on fungal acnes? I doubt that I don’t have a regular acne, I bet it’s fungal acne / malassezia.
Hi Mai! For fungal acne, it often appears on your T-zone, chest, upper arms, and back often around your oily areas. It can appear as large itchy bumps or small tiny little bumps but they don’t puss the same as acne. There’s not a lot of studies about bentonite and fungal acne. The fungus (malassezia) actually feeds on the oils on your skin, so keeping your sebum production under control can definitely help, and bentonite is amazing as adsorbing excess oil. Also with fungal acne, there’s a lot of traditional bacteria focused ingredients you want to avoid so mixing a bentonite mask you can easily avoid those. You will want to remain consistent, remember to do your masks twice a week. And for fungal acne, I would also try a manuka honey clay mask.
But can I use acv as my toner to treat fungal acne?
Apple Cider Vinegar has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties, so I think it would be a good choice for your toner. ACV toner tends to work better for those with oily skin. I alternate between ACV toner and rose water toner. But always make sure to dilute the ACV with filtered water. Also ACV is amazing to take internally, I drink it every morning mixed with manuka honey, and your diet is especially important for fungal acne as the cause is yeast based.