Most regular readers of my blog know by now that I have the skin sensitivity of a poor kitten’s underbelly.

I cannot tolerate moisturizers, cleansers, or toners, even those billed as “natural” or “organic.”

When I try, my skin becomes red and inflamed, almost instantly. Every time I put on a new lotion or cleanser it’s the same.

On a very rare occasion I might try a brand “for sensitive skin” such as Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula (fragrance-free, which is the moisturizer I currently use), but it is quite rare for me to find something that suits my skin.

To that end, I stick to a simple warm washcloth and water, and an occasional spray of topical probiotics.

And because topical probiotics have worked so well for me in the past, I have promoted the company Probiotic Action’s products regularly on this site for a long time. I think they’re great.

I have also had the incredible fortune to become somewhat of a friend to the director of Probiotic Action.

This summer, the director sent me an email and told me he had developed a new cleanser, one made out of bentonite clay.

I responded, laughing. I remember the one time I got a 15-passenger van stuck in a field of bentonite clay out in Wyoming. I said, “you’ve got to be kidding me!”

He said, no, he certainly wasn’t. Bentonite clay, he explained to me, has a simultaneous exfoliating and moisturizing effect on the skin, leaving it smooth, clean, and not inflamed or overly-dry once washed.

Bentonite — and I do remember this from my days studying earth science (And getting stuck in the mud in Wyoming!) — has a special ability to bind to complex molecules, such as dirt and toxins.

I agreed to test it.

I have now been using the bentonite clay cleanser on my skin for weeks and I can honestly say it’s the only cleanser I have ever used that hasn’t made my skin worse. It feels soft and gentle and still very clean to the touch after I wash my face. I still do use my Palmer’s moisturizer, but I need less.

The cleanser:

A close up of MY FACE after using the cleanser:

Probiotic Action developed this cleanser in the pursuit of an all natural soap, one that is powerfully cleaning but free of typical additions to purportedly natural cleansers such as sodium laureth sulfate and benzyl alcohol. This is a fully natural product with no synthetic elements – and it passes all the natural standards of the holy grails of US mainstream cleanliness, such as Whole Foods.

So I wanted to share with you, as we head into the dry winter months, my favorite cleanser. I couldn’t recommend bentonite (as a cleanser or a mask) highly enough. Nor could I recommend Probiotic Action, which is an earnest and passionate company that makes high quality products at the lowest prices possible.

PLUS, Probiotic Action has so kindly created a discount code JUST FOR US! 

It’s a 15% OFF coupon. Use the code VPDVXYHZMR81 at check out!

So do check out the bentonite clay cleanser if you have super sensitive skin like me! I would love to hear what you think of it and if it works as well for you as it does for me. 🙂

Here is the probiotic action site:

Here is the link to purchase the clay cleanser:!/Bentonite-Clay-Cleanser-4-fl-oz/p/73168511/category=0

Please do let me know what you think! <3


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