Here's Mud on your Face... Literally...! 

Similar to clay masks, mud masks are known for their antibacterial and exfoliating benefits.

Mud masks may remove impurities from the skin, unclogging pores and absorbing excess oil.


Because of its purifying and detoxifying-like effects, mud masks may be drying to some skin types, such as dry, sun damaged, or combination skin.

They can also irritate sensitive skin types if they’re worn for too long or have additional sensitizing ingredients, like acids or fragrance.

If you have any open wounds or blemishes, it’s probably the best idea to steer clear. Mud masks — like most other facial masks — could irritate the broken skin and strip it further.

Additionally, if your skin is extremely dry or sensitive, mud masks might be too exfoliating for your skin type. Try a test patch on your jawline or another small area on your body to see whether your skin reacts.

If a mud mask irritates your skin in any way, discontinue use immediately.

If your symptoms last more than a day or two or worsen, consult a dermatologist or other healthcare provider. They can advise you on next steps.

Are all mud masks created equal?

There are many types of mud, each sourced from a different location and offering different benefits for the skin.

One of the most common muds used in facial masks is Dead Sea mud.

This mud, sourced from the Dead Sea in the Middle East, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. The mud is celebrated for its high concentration of magnesium and sodium, and is used to help treat everything from psoriasis to arthritis.

Moor mud is a plant-derived mud that contains virtually no clay. The mud has mild astringent and anti-inflammatory properties that are suitable for sensitive skin types.