A soothing, pimple-fighting and super easy clay mask recipe.
We sometimes forget that our skin is a living, breathing organ, and the largest one of the body at that. And it is not a suit of armor – everything you put on it gets absorbed into your body, something I was recently reminded of in a very tangible way. I had had a rash on my chin for over a month, tried a variety of homemade concoctions, but it didn’t get better. Then, I developed a patch of eczema on my eyelid and decided I better see my dermatologist.
She diagnosed the eczema as eczema and the rash as “atopic dermatitis” and gave me a topical antibiotic cream to put on it (not the eyelid, I was advised to only moisturize that, since you don’t want to put anything harsh near the eye). I normally stay away from medications as much as possible, but I was frankly getting very tired of the rash – it made me very self conscious and to me, looked gross. So I decided to give the antibiotics a go, at least they were only topical, right?
After the first application, my stomach got a little funny, nothing crazy, but definitely not normal. After the second application, I started feeling really nauseous, extremely tired, and all foggy, like my brain had decided to take a day-long nap. At that point, I realized it was probably the antibiotic cream, so I stopped using it, and voila! Within 24 hours, I was back to normal. Still with a rash, but feeling fine. I was actually a bit shocked at the intensity of the symptoms from just two tiny applications to my skin. A very valuable reminder to always read every single ingredient in anything you apply to your body and, if you are so inclined, muscle test yourself to make sure that whatever it is is beneficial to you.
That rash? Well, I started experimenting with making my own clay masks for it, which is something I hadn’t tried before, but will for sure do again. Luckily, because I am studying Applied Zoopharmacognosy for animals and aromatherapy for humans, I have a lot of “this kind of stuff” on hand, so I made a quick mask of clay and a few other ingredients, put it on, laid down for 20 minutes and did Reiki on myself while it was working, and rinsed off. I thought it looked a bit better afterwards, but wasn’t sure. The next morning, I made the same mask, this time put it all over my face before I got in the shower, and left it on until I was done showering. When I washed it off this time, I noticed my skin was softer, tighter and more even in color. The rash looked better, AND I think I may have inadvertently invented a pimple cure too – a pimple that had started growing (and felt like it could have become really bad, sorry for the gross details here) had gone down considerably!
I have now been using this mask for three days, twice a day, and that pimple is completely gone. The rash seems to have caught a second wind unfortunately, so I will have to keep experimenting with the ingredients for that (stay tuned!). In the meantime, here is the recipe for my homemade pimple treatment:
Resources / Where to buy
I recommend buying your honey from a local apiary, I get mine from a couple of different ones here in New England. As for the other ingredients, I buy them from the following (the links below go directly to the products mentioned):
- Green Clay: Mountain Rose Herbs
- Tea Tree Essential Oil: Mountain Rose Herbs
- Roman Chamomile Hydrosol: Nature’s Gift