Blue, Green Clays Kill Skin Bacteria

Blue and green clays have long been known, together with other clays and “muds,” to have cleansing and healing properties. The minerals within the different clays act on skin cells to pull out impurities and break down bacteria. Mud baths have a reputation for being cleansing and restorative, and now have scientific evidence to back up testimonials and claims.
Looking specifically at blue and green clays, scientists at Arizona State University have deciphered the mechanisms by which these clays break down and destroy pathogenic bacterial cells in the skin.

“Lynda Williams, a clay-mineral scientist at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)… (explains) “One metallic element — chemically reduced iron, which in small amounts is required by a bacterial cell for nutrition — tricks the cell into opening its wall. Then another element — aluminum — props the cell wall open, allowing a flood of iron to enter the cell. This overabundance of iron then poisons the cell, killing it as the reduced iron becomes oxidized.””

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells. Image by ASU

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells. Image by ASU

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells.

“After testing dozens of samples, Williams and her team identified a blue-colored clay from the Oregon Cascades that proved to be highly antibacterial. The research reported in the paper shows that it works against a broad spectrum of human pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).”

This is an incredibly useful discovery, with a vast horizon of applications. When someone is diagnosed with CAMRSA (Community Acquired Methcillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or MRSA, besides treatment with the potent antibiotic Vancomycin, and the possibility of a boil or abcess requiring incision/draining and packing with antimicrobial poultices, could we now apply a blue or green clay to the wound? Can these types of clay be ingested, and if so, how will the clay know where to find the brewing infection? Will regular mud baths prohibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria on the skin’s surface, useful as a preventative treatment, especially for someone who has had MRSA in the past? Is there a possibility of increased iron levels in the blood, or iron toxicity with regular use?

I have been using a blue and green 3-clay masque twice a week on my face for over a year now. It is useful to detoxify my skin, as well as remove dead skin cells. Every week or two, it will result in the development of a deep acne cyst. This particular clay masque acts to purify the skin by pulling pollutants from it. And pull pollutants, it does.

There are three types of clay in it — Kaolin, Bentonite and French Montmorillonite clays.  Each clay is high mineral content, exfoliates, stimulates blood circulation, and removes debris from pores.

They help to chelate (attach to) heavy metals, remove toxins from the skin, and aid the skin in guarding against future oxidative environmental exposure.

There’s also the added plant based ingredients of Chamomile, Green Tea, Ivy, Goji Berry, Caffeine and Cucumber, plus hydrating Hyaluronic Acid.

It’s a lovely 3- Clay Masque call Pure Detox Masque.

Story Source:

The above quotes are from a post reprinted from materials provided by Arizona State University. The original item was written by Robert Burnham. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Keith D. Morrison, Rajeev Misra, Lynda B. Williams. Unearthing the Antibacterial Mechanism of Medicinal Clay: A Geochemical Approach to Combating Antibiotic Resistance. Scientific Reports, 2016; 6: 19043 DOI: 10.1038/srep19043

Arizona State University. “How blue and green clays kill bacteria.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 January 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160111121446.htm>.

Bye Bye Microbeads

Microbeads are now a thing of the past. Once advertised as a great way to mechanically exfoliate your skin, research from Oregon State University has found them to negatively affect the environment. Once microbeads have worked to remove your dead skin cells, they don’t dissolve, and as they float away through your plumbing, they move along out to the ocean where sea life consume them. Microbeads then become a part of the food chain when we eat fish and other sea creatures who ingest the beads. This is something I really don’t want to think about too long. You, either?

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/30178/20150918/8-trillion-tiny-microbeads-enter-water-sources-each-day-scientists.htm

Now there is a ban on products containing microbeads, which leads all of us regular mechanical exfoliators to proclaim “now what will we do?”

I have a great remedy, even better than microbeads, and it’s been around a long, long time – think even your great, great grandmother used it! It’s granulated sugar. Yes, sugar.

Sugar scrubs and sugaring have been shown to be excellent exfoliators, and as lovely as massaging sugar over our skin sounds, it is wonderful in case some slips into your mouth (versus a microbead!). The most wonderful thing I love about the effectiveness of a sugar scrub, besides that it really does move the old skin cells along beautifully, preventing ingrown hairs and giving a much smoother shaving experience, is that is melts as you massage it into your skin. No more fish ingesting beads!

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I love the Sugar Beet Crystal and Enzyme Activated Scrub from Apriori Beauty. Great for your face and body. Very, very gritty, giving you an excellent exfoliation, and dissolves as you continue to massage it around.

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The Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub is my little heaven in a bottle! I have found that when I exfoliate correctly and hydrate my skin with the nutrients in the entire Celloxylin line, my skin is finally normalized. I received a facial the other day and the therapist must have asked me four times, “What products do you use?” I am so happy with my results..!

Ultrasound Speeds Wound Healing

A recent study using ultrasound therapy on wounds of diabetics and the elderly has shown some very promising results for decreasing time for healing. This will be such a great treatment, especially for those with diabetes, who have poor circulation, with wound infections which sometimes progress into very serious infections.

“Healing times for skin ulcers and bedsores can be reduced by a third with the use of low-intensity ultrasound, scientists from the University of Sheffield and University of Bristol have found.”   – Science Daily

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Ultrasonic Wave Therapy

More often I’m reading about ultrasonic wave therapy used in skin care treatments, mostly as an anti-aging treatment. Turns out there are some excellent benefits from regular treatments with ultrasonic waves. Just what is it?

Ultrasound wave technology uses sound waves that are greater than the upper limit of human hearing. These waves generate approximately 5 million vibrations per second and generate heat that raises the skin temperature by 0.5 – 1.0°C, benefiting skin by: [Read more…]

Protect Yourself from Sun Damage

Are you frustrated trying to understand the difference between UVA and UVB sun damage, let alone what SPF means? Here’s a great discussion about everything from ultraviolet rays to best ways to protect yourself from sun damage, to how to know which SPF is right for you, from the Mayo Clinic and Apriori Beauty:

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Sun Protection 101

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Vibrant Summer Skin

Tips for Vibrant Summer Skin by Candy Dye

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Help for a Curling Iron Burn

I need to slow down – I’m moving too fast, always in a hurry! In the past 6 months, I’ve have two curling iron burns on my left hand from whipping the iron around, hurrying to get going somewhere.

They were both second degree burns – both blistered and were pretty angry and red. I didn’t break the blisters open, so as to keep them free from bacteria and help them heal naturally. Here’s the first one 2 weeks after the burn.

Second Degree Curling Iron Burn

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Infrared Light Therapy for Clearer, Sharper Thinking?

I’ve been using Far Infrared Light three to four times a week for the past five years now, together with three other therapies, to give me a non-sugical facelift. I really love my results, and have been reading with great interest about research on additional uses for far infrared light. Knowing it has a positive effect on wound healing and tissue regeneration of the skin, there are now studies looking at deeper light therapy, particularly into the brain, with positive findings.

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Derma Firm Illuminator Home Face Life Gadget

“We are applying a technology that’s been around for a while,” says lead investigator Dr. Margaret Naeser, (of the VA Boston Healthcare System),”but it’s always been used on the body, for wound healing and to treat muscle aches and pains, and joint problems. We’re starting to use it on the brain.” [Read more…]

Sun Damage Continues On After Exposure

A recent study has demonstrated that UV damage continues on for hours after exposure to the sun.  Once you come into the shade, you are not safe, it seems. There appears to be a cellular process which begins with the sun’s rays shining down upon your skin, and then keeps going for hours, even increasing the damage over time.

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Sun Damage even in the Shade

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Excellent Natural Oil Hair Treatment

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Beauty magazines and sites recommend Olive Oil, Mayonnaise, Eggs and a whole host of other food items from your kitchen to be applied and left on for a time to treat dry hair. Some advise leaving it on overnight, while sleeping with a shower cap on. Okay, I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of night I would have if I did that! The crunching of the plastic cap, the smell of the oil or eggs, a slimy feeling and potential for oozing is NOT attractive to me at all.

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Skin Fat Cells Protect Us from Infections

That little bit of pudge, your “baby face,” or having pinch-able cheeks may keep your skin healthier, it seems. Researchers have found that “fat cells below the skin help protect us from bacteria.” In the January 2nd, 2015 issue of Science, the results of a study conducted by scientists at UC San Diego School of Medicine was published showing immune factors within the fat cells beneath our skin.

http://www.seabuckthorn.com/sbtskinhealth.htm

Human Skin Cross Section

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A Beautifully Clean Ear!

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Celloxylin Pure Detox 3-Clay Purifying Masque

Kaolin

The word “kaolin” is derived from the name of the place where it originated – the Kaoling Hill in the Kiangsi province in China. It is also known as “China clay”, is a natural claylike mineral (silicate of aluminum) and is composed of silica, iron, magnesium, calcium, sodium, zinc and other minerals. This white powder is insoluble and has excellent absorbent qualities. These [Read more…]

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Oh how I do LOVE a good clay masque – and this one is EXCELLENT!

Introducing…. Celloxylin Pure Detox Masque

  • It is a skin treatment product
  • Detoxifies and protects the skin
  • Clay based with finely ground pumice for additional mechanical exfoliation

The 3 different clays + active ingredients in the masque help to draw out impurities and absorb excess oil, dirt and toxins from the skin.

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