Kaolin clay is commonly used in skin care products due to its ability to absorb oil and smooth skin.
Because kaolin clay is gentler on the skin than other types of clay, you can also use it as an exfoliant.
It may offer mild anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and healing benefits, according to Blair Murphy-Rose, MD, FAAD, a New York-based board certified dermatologist.
Because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, kaolin clay may be beneficial in treating rashes and irritation, but more research is needed to prove its effectiveness.
Sensitive and dry skin
Kaolin clay is fairly gentle and safe to use on sensitive skin. Still, it shouldn’t be used if you have dry skin.
“Kaolin clay can be excessively drying, and therefore irritating, for already dry skin,” Murphy-Rose says.
For sensitive skin types, it’s always best to do a patch test on your neck or on the inside of your wrist to see how your skin reacts before applying it to your face.