The use of clay topically for soothing and healing the skin, and even for internal medicinal uses traces back throughout ancient history. Clay as medicine has been referenced as far back as ancient Rome, 60 BC to be exact. Aristotle – the Father of Medicine – also referenced the conscious effort of eating the earth, in the form of soil or clay for its therapeutic benefits as far back as 384–322 BC.
Clay helps absorb oils and control shine. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you may already be very familiar with clay masks. Clay is popular for these skin types for good reason