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I Tried The Bestselling Aztec Clay Mask From Amazon, And The Hype Is Real

I took a chance and tried the wildly popular Aztec clay from Amazon to see if it would shrink my pores and clear up my skin. Turns out the hype is real.

A couple months ago I had been doing research on a DIY face mask piece and came across the ever so popular Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay from Amazon. It had, and still has, an overwhelming amount of reviews: 18,063 to be exact, with an overall four-and-a-half star rating.

The clay’s claim to fame? It boasts skin cleansing and healing properties. Reviewers claimed using the hydrating clay to make an mask helped hydrate dry skin, clear up acne, and minimize their pores.

Being a girl who is prone to the occasional breakout and always on the lookout for the next best thing in skincare, I was intrigued. When I found out I could get the clay for my Aztec clay mask for only $8.30 on Amazon with Prime two-day shipping, it was a done deal.

Container of Aztec Bentonite Clay.

Buy it: Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay - 1 lb., Amazon, $8.95

The Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay arrived on time. My initial impression: the clay has a ground chalk texture with earthy green color and does not have a discernible scent that I can pinpoint.

A bottle of apple cider vinegar and jar of Aztec bentonite clay.

To make my Aztec clay mask, I followed the face mask instructions by beauty blogger Farah Dhukai and mixed two tablespoons of the clay with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar together in a ceramic bowl until creamy. It’s important to note that using ceramic or plastic utensils and bowls are essential with this particular type of clay because metal conflicts with the elements in the clay.

After mixing the two ingredients I immediately spread the contents of the bowl evenly across my freshly cleansed, makeup-free face.

Writer holding mixture of apple cider vinegar and Aztec clay for the face mask.

The smell was… not the best. Apple cider vinegar, despite the word “apple” in the name, still has the sharp scent of vinegar. I noticed it when I first began mixing the mask together and when I applied it to my face, but got used to it, and as it began to dry the scent lessened.

One thing I didn’t expect was the sensation I got as the mask dried: I could feel the mask tightening and my skin began to itch. Thankfully that feeling didn’t last long, nor was excessive. I put on an episode of Bob’s Burgers and waited 20 minutes til the mask dried completely.

Writer with Aztec clay mask applied to face.

From there it was clean-up time. I recommend using a wash rag because the removal takes some soaking to remove the clay without pulling on your skin. My skin ended up being bright red beneath the mask, which is normal, and baby soft to the touch. My pores did appear tighter than prior to mask and within a half hour, the redness dissipated and my acne redness had subsided as well!

Writer displaying red skin post clay mask.

One thing I will note, I did this mask on a Sunday night because when using pore-cleansing and acne-clarifying masks such as this, I tend to break out afterwards. This is completely normal and often a sign that the mask is doing its job pulling the gunk out of your skin and bringing it to the surface. Therefore, I prefer to do face masks or spa facials at the beginning of the week so by the following weekend my skin is clear, glowing, and ready for whatever!

All in all I was pleased with the Aztec clay mask and will be passing along my experience to friends and family who want a DIY facial for softening their skin’s texture and minimizing their pores. And at $8.30 for a pound of clay this product will last for many facials.

Sidney Burds

Sidney is an Editor at More.com and the University of Northern Iowa is her alma mater. She's a fashion connoisseur who enjoys vintage clothing, flea market furniture and anything wicker. Currently she's pushing the boundaries for how many cacti can fit into her studio apartment.

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