Struggling with Skin Appearance
Ranging from pimples, comedo and a bit of acne, I have been struggling with keeping my face skin flawless for the past few years. I have rather smooth skin for a 23 year old guy but it seems that there are always one or two spots on my face that keep it from looking pimple-free.
I have always been of the opinion that the body’s outer appearance is influenced by our nutrition and gut biome to a large extent. Recently, I had suspected that an allergic reaction to dairy may be causing some of the flaring up on my face. I cut out dairy for 5 weeks – with no positive results on my face. I have my nutrition pretty dialed in so I was suspecting less and less that it may the contributing factor for my pimples.
I have been looking for other biohacks and it seems that I have found something very powerful – Medicinal/Bentonite Clay. The mixture I am using (German: Luvos Heilerde) consists of loess which is a mixture of sand, clay and silt. There is a wide range of benefits to be had from ingesting or externally applying bentonite clay. The benefits go from anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties very helpful in disruptions of the digestive tract.
Clay is chock-full of trace minerals (up to 75 minerals). The most dominating and interesting mineral is definitely Silica. In 1939, Nobel Prize winner for chemistry, Prof Adolf Butenadt, proved that life cannot exist without silica. Silica plays a vital role in regulating the delicate calcium-magnesium balance. It also acts as a catalyst for assimilating phosphorus which is crucial for strengthening bones, connective tissue, hair, nails and important in my case: SKIN.
Let’s Get Muddy: Clay On Skin
Previously, I had experimented with dissolving clay in water and downing this sandy beverage. The effects of drinking clay are similar to Activated Charcoal. Clay has a negative ionic charge and it binds to things that have a positive charge, i.e. heavy metals, mycotoxins, harmful bacteria etc.
A few days ago I decided to do a face mask by topically applying the muddy clay on my face and seeing what happens. I let it dry on my face for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
The results so far are very promising and visually evident right away. My skin feels a lot more smooth and silky, and my previous dry patches are gone. I will keep doing a face mask each day for the next few days. After that, I will probably dial it back and keep doing it once a week for maintenance.
It may seem weird for a guy to be experimenting with face masks. That’s usually stuff women do, right? To be honest, I couldn’t care less what others think about this practice and don’t give a crap either. Right now, it’s delivering very noticeable results by cleaning up my face. By the way, there are many guys out there whose pimple-covered and faces could benefit from regular clay face masks.
Next Challenge: Killing Dandruff
The package insert of the Luvos clay I bought mentions how it is effective at binding excessive sebum present on the scalp. Clay also seems to be opening up clogged skin pores and thereby preventing the production of dandruff.
More than 2 weeks ago, I have completely cut out soap & shampoo for 4 weeks. The experiment is still running and I will give a more detailed update once the 4 weeks are over. However, one negative side effect I can share is that I have been getting more dandruff than usual. To get rid of it, I will massage the clay into my scalp and see if the dandruff will start receding.
People for centuries have have sworn by the efficacy of clay and in today’s world it still remains an incredibly cheap biohack (500 g clay = 5 Euros). I urge you to give it a shot before reverting back to chemical-rich anti-pimple lotions and commerically available anti-dandruff shampoo. The chemicals inside them probably do more harm than good in the long term.
Kudos go out to Andy Nhilo who has amazing skin and who first brought up the idea of clay masks in a recent podcast.