5 Top Uses, Benefits of Kaolin | China Clay For Skin, Health & Hair

Kaolin clay also called as China clay | white clay | white cosmetic clay has wonderful beauty and health benefits. Kaolin face packs are popularly used all over the world for it’s amazing skin benefits. It is good for acne, hyperpigmentation as it helps even out the skin tone, skin lightening as it helps lighten scars and blemishes. It also has health benefits as it helps absorb the toxins very effectively.

What Is Kaolin Clay?

Kaolin is a natural clay that is very very gentle on the skin and in India it is found in plenty in almost all the states. It is the gentlest of all the cosmetic clays and it does not strip the skin of natural oils like the other clays. It is also one of the main reasons that I love this clay. Kaolin clay is called Chikni Mitti in Hindi. Calcined kaolin is also available, it is got by firing kaolin at high temperature to remove the crystal water present in it, it is mainly used in ceramic industry.

Kaolin Clay Benefits & Uses

  • Due to it’s mild nature it is perfect for using it on all types of skin and since it dries up firmly on the skin, it also increases blood circulation. When applied externally, it purifies the skin, removes black and white heads and softens the skin.
  • Like most of the natural clay masks, a mask made with kaolin clay reduces oiliness in the skin gently, making it an ideal ingredient in face masks for oily skin.
  • Even dry skin will benefits from kaolin clay masks, as it softens dry skin very effectively. Another good thing about kaolin clay is that it can be safely used for external application by pregnant women and people with very sensitive skin.
  • It is also widely used in cosmetics, bath powders and in making tooth powders, etc. Though kaolin clay has been mainly used for treating skin problems, it also has been used for treating various health related problems like diarrhea, boils and inflammation. Kaolin poultices are famous for treating boils and inflammation and has been used all over the world.

Where To Buy Kaolin Clay?

We don’t get kaolin commonly in India, it is best to order it online, 100 grams costs around 185 rupees. Kaolin comes in different colors of red, yellow, pink and white depending on the element it is found along with, you can use any one of these interchangeably.

The main use of kaolin in India is in pottery and in cement industry, but in cement industry crude kaolin is used and for pottery processed kaolin is used. For using it externally on the skin and for using it to treat conditions like eczema, you need pure kaolin clay that is free from any impurities. The best way to get good quality kaolin is by making sure it is cosmetic grade.

Kaolin Clay Side Effects:

Some people, especially women tend to consume kaolin and this condition is called pica. Kaolin has few has few side effects when consumed in excess internally, it causes constipation and anemia and if consumed by pregnant women, it affects the unborn child and it might interfere with certain drugs too. If planning to consume kaolin powder for treating diarrhoea, consume the kaolin medication specially sold for it in the markets in the dosage mentioned.

5 Benefits & Uses of Kaolin Clay For Health:

1. Kaolin For Diarrhea:

Kaolin is used for treating diarrhea as it is said to absorb the bacteria in the gut that causes the infection. Kaolin based medications are sold in the medical shops in many countries as an over the counter medicine. It can be used for both adults and children but as far as I know, it is not available in India.

Kaolin is excellent for using it externally and has practically no side effects at all, however when you are using it internally, certain precautions have to be taken. Kaolin might interfere with other medications, pregnant women and those who are trying to get pregnant should avoid it, so it is best to take it under medical supervision.

Kaolin is also used for treating diarrhea in dogs and is usually very effective. Kaolin based medicine is given at 4 hour intervals for dogs to stop diarrhea and the medication for pets can be got from medical shops.

2. Kaolin Poultice:

Kaolin poultice is an age old remedy that is still practiced in many parts of the world to heal minor scratches, itching, small insect bites and mild burns. Kaolin poultices are very soothing and immediately soothes irritated skin very quickly. To make the poultice, take a mix 2 tbsp of kaolin with boiled water to get a paste and apply a very thick coating over the affected area.

Take a thick cotton cloth, wet it in hot water, squeeze out the water completely and apply over the poultice to prevent it from drying faster. Since kaolin poultices are very very gentle, this treatment can be very safely used on children’s skin. Kaolin poultice is also widely used for treating inflammation in dogs and horses. I think now you get ready mixed kaolin poultice in the markets, that can be used instantly…

Benefits & Uses of Kaolin Clay For Skin:

3. Kaolin Face Pack : For Sensitive, Acne Prone Skin

One of the best, best uses of kaolin is its ability to remove the impurities from the skin gently without stripping the skin of it’s natural oils. This homemade kaolin face mask recipe has many benefits, as both kaolin and apples are rich in vitamins. This mask is especially useful for people who have very sensitive skin.

I have a normal skin and every face pack agrees with me, so I have not thought about face packs for people with sensitive skin. But one of my friends, who has a very sensitive skin always complains that she cannot use any face packs on her skin. When I was searching for recipes for sensitive skin, I found that kaolin based face masks does wonders for sensitive skin, so I tried it with fresh apple puree and dried herbs.

Kaolin and apple puree are wonderful in bringing back lost shine to dull skin and tulsi leaves in the face pack treats acne & dry skin effectively. I have used fresh apple puree in the mask, but try using organic apples to make the puree. To make the mask, peel the skin of an apple and grind to a smooth puree with little bit of apple cider vinegar. Now add the kaolin powder, dried herbs to the pureed apple and mix to form a smooth thick paste.

I used dried tulsi leaves in the mask, but you can use any dried herb that suits your skin and that you like. To use, wash and dry your face and then apply the face pack. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and wash it off with a mild soap or a homemade bath powder. I like dried tulsi leaves in the pack as it is treats and prevents skin infections and it is also good for sensitive skin. You can also try herbs like dried neem, rosemary, but make sure to crush them finely before adding them to the mask.

4. Kaolin Bath: 

During winter time, if you are suffering from dry skin and if you are in need of a quick, easy and cheap treatment that can made in a jiffy, then look no further and try a kaolin bath. I know, it does not sound very appealing, but kaolin like all the other natural clays is rich in minerals and is very healing.

Adding kaolin to the bath is one the most effective ways to soften out the dry skin very effectively. To use kaolin for bath, grate the zest of a lemon and an orange that are not waxed. Mix with 1/4 cup of kaolin clay along with few drops of either lemon or orange essential oil. Add the prepared mixture to lukewarm bath water and soak in this aromatic bath for 10 minutes.

This bath will also be useful for people who are suffering  from skin conditions like eczema, as this bath is very very soothing. You can also premix the bath mixture, if you want to use it often. In that case dry the lemon and orange zest in shade till there is no moisture left and then add it to the kaolin clay along with the essential oils and store it in a airtight box. But make small batches, else it might clump together.

Benefits & Uses of Kaolin Clay For Hair:

5. Kaolin Hair Mask:

Kaolin hair mask like it’s use on the skin is very effective because like other clay based hair masks it does not strip the scalp of it’s natural oils. Kaolin has been used by women for centuries for their beauty and hair treatments. Kaolin hair packs improve circulation in the scalp, removes the grime and dirt and strengthens the roots gently. I was searching for a good hair pack recipe to make good use of the kaolin that I got few months back.

Many of the recipes I read, suggested using it with water. I wanted a very hydrating mask as the summer has started here, so I decided to use it along with fresh Aloe Vera gel and lemon juice. This mask is super conditioning and leaves your hair soft and very manageable. It also strengthens the hair roots and is very cooling. Aloe Vera and lemon are both good dandruff fighters and will greatly reduce reduce dandruff from your scalp.

This pack is great for all types of hair. Try to get good quality kaolin, you can get kaolin in herb shops online and it is not very expensive. Many shops sell it under the name of white cosmetic clay, so if you are not able to get kaolin, search instead for white cosmetic clay. But at no point use crude clay that has not been cleaned, it will cause more bad than good. If you are not able to get fresh Aloe Vera, you can use store bought pure Aloe Vera  gel too.

To make this hair pack, first take a fresh Aloe Vera leaf, wash and cut the thorns on both sides. Add the kaolin, lemon juice to the Aloe Vera gel and blend it to get a smooth puree. The mixture should neither be too thick nor too thin. Apply it all over the scalp and wait for it dry on your scalp, before washing it off with a mild shampoo. For best results, make sure that your scalp is not greasy before applying this pack.

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31 Comments

  1. Roopa Krishnamurthy
    April 9, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    Where can i find Kaolin Clay for skin?? I see a lot of options online and not sure which one is the best. Any specific brand you suggest?? Thanks in advance

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 12, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      Try mountainroseherbs.com, their products are very good…..

    • vinay kottukkal
      November 15, 2015 / 3:51 pm

      you can get it from India, Trivandrum known as one of the best kaolin in the world

    • vinay kottukkal
      November 15, 2015 / 3:53 pm

      you will get Kaolin from Trivandrum, India. Known as one of the best China Clay deposit in the world.

    • Fadia
      December 28, 2015 / 12:22 pm

      You can it from a health store or a place that sale herbs and spices. Like an Earth Fare or something.

  2. lata
    July 11, 2015 / 11:00 am

    Hi ramya…Mountain rose herbs dont ship to India..try greenjunction in ebay.com, I saw kaolin clay, multani mitti and bentonite clay also..was researching the benefits when I saw the article written by you ramya. I have used their shea ,cocoa and beeswax its of good quality.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2015 / 5:16 pm

      Thanks a lot Lata. I usually buy my clays & oils from a local supplier and I am slowly switching over to online shopping 🙂 One of this blogs readers mentioned that she buys all her essential oils and clays from moutianroseherbs and that the quality is very good but I didn't check whether they ship to India….

  3. Christina Dent
    August 28, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Hi Ramya! Such great information. I am researching kaolin clay and was thinking of using it in homemade deoderant. Do you think this would be good? Would it be too dry/hard? I would most likely mix with some kind of coconut oil, shea butter, possibly beeswax (still working on a recipe). Thank you!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 31, 2015 / 4:26 pm

      Hi Christine, You can use kaolin in deodorants. But I think you will have to work on the recipe to get the balance right. If it sets too hard, reduce the beeswax and you can also substitute some of the coconut oil with olive oil, especially if you are living in a very cold place..

    • Simran Kaur
      April 8, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Thanks I will try as well

  4. Clarissa Thompson
    November 4, 2015 / 1:48 am

    Thank you for this great information! I did want to correct one point, though.Pica is a mental disorder where patients have an appetite for non-nutritive substances including clay, dirt, glass, sand, etc. Whereas the consumption of clay for health or appetite suppression is known as geophagy.

    • Kp
      June 19, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      My sister is a R. N. and informed that some of the patient that has come had eaten this and it can cause KIDNEY FAILURE! My advice is not to eat this clay.

  5. Anamaria
    May 14, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Hi Ramya, good information, thank you! I have a question though, I made a face wash with kaolin clay and oatmeal, and I find it very drying for my skin, I inmediately thought it was the clay, but as I read your info, it should be doing more good than harm, do you have any suggestions? Thank you in advance

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:59 pm

      Though kaolin is one of the mildest clays, people with dry skin might find any clay mask a bit drying. Add conditioning ingredients like yogurt to the preparation…

  6. Balakrishnan Ramachandran
    May 18, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    wHY IN 2016 Ms.Ramya did not answer any questions

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 5:01 pm

      I am very sorry about that. Due to personal reasons I couldn't reply to questions sooner the past few months…

  7. Sandi Billings
    June 23, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    Hi Ramya, Thank you for your posts. There is some very good information here. I currently use bentonite clay to make my deodorant but my daughter in law says it stains her clothes. I did notice that it does stain. My daughter is extrmemly sensitive to baking soda and other products so I use arrowroot. My question is if I switch to Kaolin Clay does it have the same benifits without the stain? I have tried a few different recipe's but the current one stops us from smelling. Thank you,Sandi

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 6:11 am

      Hi Sandi, kaolin clay is gentlest of all the clay's and has the same benefits & uses as bentonite clay. It also will neutralize the odor well. And if you use white kaolin clay for making the deodorant, it will not stain the clothes…

  8. Faria Khan
    September 11, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Hi dear! Can u please let me know where I can buy it in Pakistan??? Is there any Urdu name???

  9. vinay kottukkal
    September 13, 2016 / 10:28 pm

    As I know this mineral is not found in Pakistan and its urdu/Hindi name is multani mitti.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 15, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      I tried searching for Hindi name for china clay | kaolin after you asked. A few books called it cheenee mittee in Hindi, I am not sure whether it is the correct name..

  10. Faria Khan
    September 17, 2016 / 11:26 am

    no Multani Mitti is an Other thing. China Clay is another thing….

  11. Sony2894
    November 1, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Hi Ramyaji could you tell me will it help for fine line what else can I mix for face mask

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 23, 2016 / 2:55 pm

      You can mix milk and kasthuri turmeric with china clay and use it as a face mask, it will help with fine lines….

  12. chitra muthyam
    December 16, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Hello Ramya ji whether this china clay works for tan removal

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 23, 2016 / 3:00 pm

      China clay by itself will not remove tan but adding fresh Aloe Vera juice and lemon juice to it will help remove tan very effectively…

  13. Unknown
    December 21, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Hi Ramya! Can I use the mix with Aloe Vera and lemon as a face mask also? Will it have the same effect than using the apple puree? Thank you for this useful information.. I'm a newbie with kaolin and I hope it works for me!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 23, 2016 / 3:03 pm

      Yes, you can use Aloe Vera & lemon along with it and it will work great. If you have dry skin, just add few drops of virgin coconut oil to the mask..

  14. Unknown
    March 6, 2017 / 10:12 am

    Hi Ramya..I've sensitive skin with occasional breakouts..along with it i've redness around my nose which never goes even though i have tried many home remedies.Would be grateful if you can suggest any way..

  15. sona chitkara
    March 6, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I'm 22 yrs old@sonachitkara

  16. healthplero
    October 19, 2017 / 10:50 am

    This is very educative. we have kaolin clay here in west africa, in excess. It is known as calabar chalk in Nigera, Cameroon, Ghana etc. I Will make good use of this abundance!

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