The Ancient Acne Treatment That Actually Works

The Ancient Acne Treatment That Actually Works

The $8 beauty essential that could solve all your skincare woes.

The $8 beauty essential that could solve all your skincare woes.

Text: Danielle Combs

In theory, an $8 clay mask—especially one that doesn’t advertise widely and whose website sports a GeoCities-style design—shouldn’t create a widespread beauty frenzy. Then there’s its wildly unglamorous packaging, which can be described as, uh, “loud.” And yet, Aztec Secret is one of those under-the-radar products that has amassed a cult following of beauty fanatics. Even the notoriously choosy reviewers on MakeupAlley rate it a collective 4.4 out of 5, a feat only accomplished by few products.

So what’s behind the hype? Clay, essentially—more specifically, bentonite clay, which is derived from volcanic ash is known for its ability to absorb toxins, heavy metals, and impurities. It’s packed with detoxifying minerals including calcium, sodium, and aluminum, which are beneficial to oily or acne-prone skin.

Ready to join the covert beauty club? If you’ve ever woken up to a small army of pimples on your face, consider this your fastest and most effective defense. Take one tablespoon of dry powdered clay, add equal parts water, and mix—be sure not to use a metal bowl or spoon—until it’s a smooth paste. For an acne-busting mask, blend one tablespoon of raw honey (it's antimicrobial) into the mixture.

Once you’ve finished mixing the ingredients together, apply the mask in a thin, smooth layer. As the clay dries, your entire face will begin pulsating and tightening, which is normal. Once the mask is dry after a 20-minute session, delicately rinse it off with lukewarm water. Upon completion, relish in the sight of a dreamy complexion that’s brighter, tighter and pimple-free. Get in on the secret below and see the results for yourself.

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