We Love Clay Masks, but How Often Should We Use Them? A Dermatologist Weighs In

May 16, 2019
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | skincare.com by L'Oréal
We Love Clay Masks, but How Often Should We Use Them? A Dermatologist Weighs In

Masking is one of our favorite skin-care past times (and favorite tiny acts of TLC). We’ve proclaimed our love for sheet masks, masks that work as cleansers and now up — clay masks. Unlike other masks, clay masks are a little more advanced in the skin-care universe because learning how to use one depends so much on your skin type. We tapped Skincare.com consulting dermatologist Michelle Farber, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group to break down what to keep in mind before your next clay-masking sesh.

What Do Clay Masks Do?

According to Dr. Farber, clay masks are great for getting rid of impurities and excess dirt on the skin’s surface. “By absorbing excess oil, these masks can make pores look temporarily smaller,” she says. Even better, clay masks can also help enhance absorption of other products you apply afterward on your skin. As far as which skin types benefit most from clay masks, the oilier, the better, she says. “Clay masks are best for acne-prone and oily skin, while drier skin types or more sensitive skin can get dehydrated from these masks more easily.”


How to Incorporate Clay Masking Into Your Routine

Clay masks should be used more sparingly if you have normal or dry skin, and more often if you are oily or have acne. “Oily skin will tolerate masking twice a week, while it’s better to stick to weekly for sensitive skin types,” advises Dr. Farber. After clay masking, be sure to moisturize, but avoid using too many other products if you have sensitive skin to prevent irritation. Need a new clay mask?  “Look for ingredients like kaolin or bentonite clay to get the best effect.” We like the Acnefree Kaolin Clay Detox Mask and the L’Oréal Pure Clay Detox Mask.


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