Clay mask is irritating skin

josegjoseg Member
edited September 2014 in General
Hi all, I've just recently made a clay mask similar to Clinique's (see below) but with a few changes. I'm getting feedback from people who have been trying it saying they're feeling a burning/stinging sensation while using it. 

Clinique Oil-Controlling Clay Mask
Active: Salicylic Acid (1%), Other: Water, Kaolin, Butylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Gentian Root Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Sucrose, Matricaria, Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Powder, Acetyl Glucosamine, Inulin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Capryl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide

For my mask, I've removed Glyceryl Stearate and PEG-100 stearate and to give viscosity, I've added bentonite...my mask also contains charcoal powder. My first thought was that there's too much going on in my mask in regards to oil absorption on the skin (kaolin, bentonite, charcoal), but people are still complaining. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

Comments

  • I guess, apparently it is Salycilic Acid a culprit. 1% would be too high for mask form. Try to cut the % to 0,3 -0,5% I believe it helps.
  • What's wrong with just using clay? We source a clay mix of bentonite, kaolin, and calcium minerals, ground to a high degree of fineness. It is absolutely lovely. Some 'heating' often occurs with clay masks and the reason is usually the bentonite (green) clay but it causes no harm, actually improves circulation.
    Cosmetic Brand Creation. Concept to name to IMPI search to logo and brand registration. In-house graphic design inc. Pantone specs. Cosmetic label and box design & graphics.
  • AntoinetteAntoinette Member, PCF student
    Where would on eget this type of clay combo? I only see individual clays sold at online suppliers.
  • shapeshifterstudioshapeshifterstudio Member, PCF student
    I have normal skin not prone to sensitivities and .5% salycilic acid makes my skin burn, so I agree the high concentration isn't needed.
  • This happened with my french green clay mask as well. I added some oils to the mask as I felt it was too drying, and it nipped the problem in the bud. Maybe give it a shot. Good luck!
  • @Antoinette: Where would on get this type of clay combo? I only see individual clays sold at online suppliers.
    I'm lucky in that I found a guy who owns a mine in Chiapas. They mine these minerals and then have them milled to a very fine consistency.
    Previously I bought a couple of Kilos of green bentonite from another supplier. I found that it was too coarsely grained and wouldn't "spread" on the face but tended to fall off in lumps. Also, it caused a pronounced 'heating' effect. The combination of clays doesn't have these problems.
    Cosmetic Brand Creation. Concept to name to IMPI search to logo and brand registration. In-house graphic design inc. Pantone specs. Cosmetic label and box design & graphics.
  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    @Belassi, that could be a very valuable product to sell into the US Cosmetic market. Has your supplier considered this?
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  • That hadn't occurred to me. I have to see him soon as we are running out. He gave me around 2Kg as a sample. I will ask. He did mention that some people eat it as a mineral supplement. Apparently it is graded as suitable for that, too.
    Cosmetic Brand Creation. Concept to name to IMPI search to logo and brand registration. In-house graphic design inc. Pantone specs. Cosmetic label and box design & graphics.
  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    That makes it even better for cosmetics...

    Let me know if he wants some contacts in the US for sales reps. Just remind him that cosmetic raw materials will never be a high-volume business - the best way to work seems to be low-volume, but higher margin.
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • Fine. I will ask him when I see him. He spends a lot of his time in Chiapas where they mine the different clays. Apparently the quality is second only to the French green clay. There are a lot of volcanics here; zeolites are another substance that's mined, but I don't have a use for that. This clay is lovely though. I tried it myself of course; it left my skin super-hydrated and soft.
    Cosmetic Brand Creation. Concept to name to IMPI search to logo and brand registration. In-house graphic design inc. Pantone specs. Cosmetic label and box design & graphics.
  • First question here: is the benchmark experience the same? Since the INCI are from the benchmark... 
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