How do Clay Masks Prevent Acne?

Clay masks come in many shapes, sizes and formulas. One of the many reasons to use a clay mask is for the avoidance, or eradication of acne, pimples and blackheads.

In this article we are going to explore what clay masks can do for acne and how they work.

At a high level, clay masks prevent acne by unclogging pores and absorbing excess oil, known as sebum. This helps reduce acne breakouts and is especially great for managing whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples, which can all occur when pores get clogged.

3 ways clay masks help acne-prone skin

Restore balance: Excess oil production on your skin is one of the main causes of acne. Combined with sweat, dirt, and dead skin, sebum can clog and enlarge pores. Clay masks help to absorb this excess sebum without stripping the skin of it entirely. This is important because sebum plays a role in moisturizing and protecting your skin. Ridding yourself of the oil completely will leave your skin dry and dehydrated.

Draw out impurities: Pimples occur due to clogged pores, and clay helps to unclog these pores by drawing toxins and other contaminants out like a magnet. The way the clay does this is by providing a negative PH charge that attracts the positively charged skin particles and pollutants in your pores. This effect draws out the blockages and cleanses the pores.  

Provide rich nutrients: Clay masks can help diminish the appearance of acne scars. This is because they are rich in calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, silica, and sodium, which come with their own set of benefits. For example, silica is a mineral that helps keep skin firm and elastic, minimizing acne scars.

Do clay masks ever cause acne?

Clay masks typically help treat acne, but everyone’s skin is different, and so their skin may react differently to different types of masks, formulas or ingredients. Every skin has its limits, and a bad reaction to a skincare product could be due to a variety of factors like skin type, skin condition, skin age and even the weather or time of year.

What is the best clay mask for acne?

Montmorillonite clay, also known as bentonite clay, is a powerful tool for treating acne. It can help absorb the excess sebum and help soothe skin during a breakout. Montmorillonite clay can be found in green clay, which gets its name from its color. Green clay contains many other minerals, iron oxides, and decomposed matter such as algae or chlorophyll. Whether you choose a green clay mask or another type, you are sure to find one suitable for any type of acne issue, including cystic acne, fungal acne, or to help repair acne scarring.

Glorio's Detox Cleansing Clay Mask has been specifically formulated for oily, acne-prone or combo skin types. The product is formulated using a rare, ethically sourced green clay from Brazil. It's then infused with salicylic acid that helps unclog pores, glycolic acid that helps exfoliate the skin and acai oil that soothes irritated skin, among other ingredients. We think it's one of the best formulas on the market!


The product is also packaged in individually-sealed treatments that contain the exact amount for one treatment. The benefit here is your product never has time to degrade because as soon as you open it and it's exposed to air, it does not have time to oxidize or degrade because you use it immediately, while it's fresh. As an added eco-benefit, all the packaging is 100% recyclable so you are never adding waste, plastic or glass into the environment. Give it a try!