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Skincare Science: Why kaolin clay helps with oily skin and breakouts

By Fiona Embleton


For those who never considered what kaolin clay in their skincare does, it's your best ally if you have acne-prone skin or are a city dweller. Here's why...

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It seems a new sheetmask launches every week but age-old, mineral-rich clay formulas have stood the test of time – and with good reason. If you're looking to get dull and congested skin back on track, a kaolin clay mask applied in a thick blanket over the face will suck up any grease, dirt and pollution particles with Dyson-like precision. "It's the best way to utilise the purifying, exfoliating and oil-absorbing properties of the mineral,” adds Dr Ana Mansouri, cosmetic doctor and skincare expert.