Characterization and Short-Term clinical study of clay facial mask

  • Maria Valéria R. Velasco
  • Vivian Zague
  • Michelli F. Dario
  • Deborah O. Nishikawa
  • Claudinéia A.S.O. Pinto
  • Mariana M. Almeida
  • Gustavo Henrique Goulart Trossini
  • Antonio Carlos Vieira Coelho
  • André Rolim Baby
Keywords: Clay. Biomechanical properties. Chemical characterization. Facial mask. Clinical study


Clay mineral facial masks are used to treat some dermatological diseases, just for cleansing or reduce the amount of oil secreted by sebaceous glands. There are several types of clays, which vary in mineralogical and chemical composition, color and origin. However, the literature lacks studies involving clay facial masks, in particular regarding their influence on skin´s biomechanical properties. Thus, this work aimed to characterize colored clays and evaluate its influence on skin firmness and elasticity by a short-term clinical study. Different clays (named in this study magnesium aluminum silicate - MAS, white, pink and green) were chemically characterized, and facial mask formulations were prepared. The short-term clinical study was performed through the application of formulations on the skin. The skin firmness and elasticity were assessed before treatment and after mask removal. The statistical analysis showed no significant influence of time or formulations in those parameters, although volunteers reported the sensation of mechanical tension after the removal of the clay facial masks. Thus, the composition of the different clays did not affect the skin viscoelasticity behavior in the short-term clinical study, and a long-term use of this type of formulation must be indicated to observe all the expected benefits.

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