Kaolin Clay is a Game Changer for Oily Skin
Got a shiny T-zone? Kaolin clay is a mineral rich ingredient that’s your one stop solution to mattify your complexion. It’s an excellent detoxifier and exfoliator which is why you can find it in a variety of skincare products including cleansers, exfoliants and masks as it leaves skin looking bright and clear after every use.
What is Kaolin?
Kaolin is also known as white clay, China clay, hectorite or magnesium silicate and is a type of fine grained, natural, soft white clay that is used in skincare products, medicines and makeup. It’s most commonly used in skincare due to its ability to absorb oil and smooth skin. Rich in the mineral kaolinite, kaolin is gentle and suitable for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin. You may have heard of bentonite clay before, so what is the difference between it and kaolin? It all lies with their ability to absorb oils. Both can successfully do it however bentonite clay is excessively drying therefore should only be used by those with very oily skin.
Benefits of Kaolin for Skin
Absorbs Excess Sebum: Kaolin absorbs excess oils from the skins surface and balances the skin oils to reduce acne breakouts.
Helps Clogged Pores: It helps prevent pores from clogging by removing dirt, dust and dead skin cells that can accumulate on the skin’s surface and gently exfoliates the skin to minimise the appearance of pores.
Draws Out Impurities: It’s a natural cleanser drawing out acne causing impurities from your skin that can lead to breakouts. Kaolin rich products are a must have for anyone with oily and acne prone skin.
Kaolin clay reduces excess oils that lead to breakouts
Side Effects of Kaolin
There are no known side effects of applying kaolin to skin but if you suffer from extremely dry skin you may want to avoid leaving on a face masks that contains kaolin for a long period of time as it may be too drying. When adding any new products to your routine, it’s best to conduct a patch test first before applying to your entire face. Start with a small patch on the side of your neck and monitor for any adverse side effect.
How Often to Use It?
Kaolin is often found in masks and usage is dependent on your skin type. For oily skin there may need to be multiple applications per week in order to control oil and shine. Overusing clay masks has the potential to dry out skin. If you already have dry skin you may want to limit your use of clay masks to once per week. Kaolin works well in formulations where it’s combined with other botanicals and minerals that soothe and calm skin and also ones that hydrated the skin without the use of oils.
Exfoliant for oily skin, Detoxifying Exfoliant with Kaolin