Multani Mitti In English

2/15/2022by admin

The Etymology of Multani Mitti. The English name reflects the historical use of the material for cleaning or fulling wool by textile workers called “fullers.” In past centuries, fullers kneaded Fuller’s earth and water into woolen cloth to absorb lanolin, oils—it greasy impurities as part of the cloth finishing process. Contextual translation of 'multani mitti' into English. Human translations with examples: soil, urdu, mitti, soil gdaa, soil glory, lamp of soil, mitti ka gada. Multani Mitti Meaning in English Here only one word has been listed for the hindi word 'मुल्तानी मिट्टी'. Its meaning is 'clay'. 'मुल्तानी मिट्टी' can be transliterated into english as 'multani mitti'.

Today, we will look into the basics of Multani Mitti benefits & everything from price, side-effects, how to use and more but before that…

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Actually, I felt like a herbal and DIY skincare guide was long overdue and I thought what’s better than talking about one of the most popular and super favourite DIY product…

So allow me to present Multani Mitti everyone!!!

I know that many of you were waiting for a Complete and Comprehensive guide on Multani Mitti covering all the topics about it so here it is.

The internet is filled with tons of mumbo-jumbo and I know how difficult it can be to find reliable resources so I made this blog. Here at Desi Skin Science, we use science and evidence to bust skincare myths with a no-nonsense approach.

Why you ask?

Because knowledge is power. You’ll save a lot more money, time and effort if you buy products based on their ingredient rather than relying on online reviews or advertising.

Why India loves Multani Mitti

Multani Mitti is quite popular and favoured in India because

  • It’s very easily available- in local shops as well as online stores.
  • It’s priced very reasonably starting at Rs.50 to Rs.500 depending on the quality.
  • It’s a chemical-free option of skincare.

What is Multani Mitti made up of?

Multani Mitti is known as Fuller’s Earth in English. Multani Mitti is made from the deposits of volcanic ash which is rich in minerals such as hydrous aluminum silicates, montmorillonite, kaolinite, and attapulgite etc.

Multani Mitti means “Mud from Multan”. Multan is a place which is now in the present day Pakistan.

It is known for its ability of removing oil, dirt and other impurties from the surface of the skin and that is why it’s so popular throughout the skincare industry.

Benefits of Multani Mitti

Multani Mitti has been credited with a lot many benefits for skin, for now, let’s just look at the realistic benefits rather than claiming a hundred different benefits and giving false hopes to the people reading this. Shall we? 😉

Removes Excess Oil from Skin

Our sebaceous glands which are located under our skin, pump up sebum to moisturize, protect and prevent water loss from the skin. This waxy, sticky layer is important for the skin but the problem occurs when too much sebum is secreted[1][2].

Multani Mitti is useful to remove the excess sebum and the residue from the skin. People with oily skin type know the struggle of always having an oily, sticky face. Multani Mitti can turn out to be a game-changer for these people as it drains the face of surplus oil.😀

Please note that Multani Mitti will remove the excess oil from the skin, however, it will not reduce the amount of oil that your skin is producing.


If you want to actually decrease the amount of oil produced at the source, you can check out a different ingredient that reduces the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands. You can read about it after reading this article. I’ve linked it here. (link opens in new tab)😄.

Cleanses & Unclogs Pores

Eventually, over time all the gross stuff piles up on the surface of the skin if you’re not cleansing regularly. Not only does Multani Mitti reduce the excess oil but it also cleanses the dirt and gunk out of your pores.🤪

Cleansing your pores helps to remove the build-up of dirt, impurities and dead skin cells stuck in them. Multani Mitti absorbs right through them. This improves the appearance of the skin and makes it cleaner.

Although, make sure that you do not over-cleanse your skin or you will destroy and compromise your natural skin barrier. Remember, the squeaky clean sound (Chaka Chak) should not be your goal. That is not a healthy practice for your skin’s well-being.

Helps to Combat Acne and Pimples

Ah yes, Pimples. The horror and the dread!😫

The pus, the swelling, the redness and not to mention the mental stress that comes with it. Additionally, for most people, acne doesn’t go away easily. It leaves behind scars and marks as a constant reminder of what a pain in the ass it is.

As already mentioned, Multani Mitti removes the excess oil and all the other gunk and dirt out of the skin. If this sticky, waxy layer is not cleaned, it provides space for bacteria to grow and flourish. This is what causes acne and other skin-related woes in the first place.

So in a way, Multani Mitti benefits those who have acne and acne-prone skin.

Freshens and Cools Skin

Summers season can be very intense. The heat, the humidity, the sweat and the itchy rashes! It’s not really the most comforting situation. If you need something to beat the heat, Multani Mitti might just be what you’re looking for!

This is one of those ingredients that have a great feel on the skin. Multani Mitti is cold and when applied directly, it cools down your weary face. This is one of the reasons why Multani Mitti Masks are so common and loved.

Multani Mitti is super soothing, it’s quite perfect for an at-home spa day. Washing the mask off makes you feel like you’ve just uncovered your new, fresh skin.

Long story short- Super Soothing and one of the most relaxing ingredient. Cooling and Freshness is another Multani Mitti Benefits.

Acts as an Exfoliator

Multani Mitti also acts as an exfoliator. This means it sloughs off dead skin cells at the surface of the skin.

Our skin naturally sheds off dead skin but that process is very slow by itself. When dead skin is done away with, it reveals fresh, new skin that lies beneath. Multani Mitti is also a much gentler way to get exfoliation done compared to harsh scrubs that some people use.

This fresh, new skin is also much less likely to clog and may help in making the face appear lighter or brighter due to the exfoliation. It might also help with decreasing hyperpigmentation if you have any. On the other hand, it will not make your natural skin colour change and become fairer. I refuse to lie and give false hope to anyone reading this.🙂

We live in the 21st century, no skin type is better than the other. All skin types and colours are beautiful and will continue to be so as long as you take care of your skin by following a proper skincare routine.

Encourages Blood Circulation in Skin

Multani Mitti, unlike typical gel-based facemasks, stiffens and hardness much more as it dries up. This usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes depending on how thick a layer you’ve applied.

As it hardens, it also makes your face tighter and stiffer. The feeling is hard to explain but it’s somewhat like a massage but for your face. I personally loved how it felt on my skin as it dried up. (I don’t use it anymore since my skin is more on the drier side right now.)

As the skin is massaged and stimulated, blood flow is encouraged. This helps in revitalizing the skin.🤗

How to use Multani Mitti for Skin

Multani Mitti is a very flexible, natural ingredient and can be used in various ways. Keep in mind that you should always Patch Test before introducing any product or ingredient to your skincare routine to avoid any sort of adverse reactions. Since everyone has a different skin type, this step is extremely important.

Remember to Start Slow

….and be patient with your skin.

Multani Mitti is available by various brands, always give preference to non-scented, fragrance-free ones as they are less likely to irritate your skin. In skincare, less is more.

Also, make sure that you don’t rush adding it to your skincare routine. All products should be added gently and gradually over a period of time. See how your skin reacts to it and then decide if you want to keep using it in the future. A good way to start might be using it just once a week for beginners. Depending on your experience, you can start using it more often.

Being so versatile, Skincare Enthusiasts have found and made up various ways to use Multani Mitti in their skincare routines, I am only stating the most common one.

How to Use Multani Mitti FaceMask/ Facepack:

  • Mix dry Multani Mitti with a little water to form a thick paste.
  • Apply a thin layer of the paste on the face.
  • Leave it on until it dries.
  • Wash off and dry your face with a clean towel.
  • Moisturize the face after washing it off.
  • Stop using it if your skin is irritated or stinging.

Some people also like to mix it with Honey, Milk, Rosewater or Besan. I leave that to you as per your preference. Some people also like to mix essential oils with Multani Mitti, I do not recommend that to anyone.

If you’re a fan of Herbal Skincare, Checkout my Science-backed analysis of Turmeric.(opens in new tab)

Side Effects of Multani Mitti

We looked at Multani Mitti benefits, now let’s look at the other side of the coin.

Although much raved by many, Multani Mitti comes with its own share of Side Effects and concerns just like everything else. Here is a list of some of the side effects but keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive. Everyone has a different skin type and react differently to the same products.

Excessive Dryness

Multani Mitti can be very drying for some people, especially those who have dry skin type.🤔These people may find Multani Mitti irritating for their skin. Over-using it can also dry up the skin and do more damage than good.


As I’ve already mentioned, Multani Mitti has exfoliating properties. This might not be ideal for everyone, over-exfoliating the skin can lead to damage to the natural skin barrier and make the skin more prone to acne and other conditions.😶


When buying Multani Mitti (or any other product for that matter) always prefer the ones with no fragrance or low fragrance. The chemicals added to make the fragrance are notorious for causing acne-breakouts and pimples. Even natural fragrances can be irritating to the skin. Fragrance in skincare products should be avoided whenever possible.


Be careful of not over-doing it.😐 Face masks and exfoliation is great but not for daily use. This can lead to the face becoming more sensitive to the products as well as sunlight. Always & Always wear a sunscreen when moving out of the house or at home if you’ve sunlight directly coming in. Use an sunscreen is the most important step in skincare, everything else is futile if you’re not using a sunscreen.

This list is not exhaustive

Who should Avoid Multani Mitti?

Anyone with Dry and/or Sensitive Skin type should avoid Multani Mitti as this may aggravate the conditions. However, it is always recommended to discuss with your healthcare professional before adding new products and ingredients to your routine.

My Experience with Multani Mitti

I used to apply Multani Mitti back in the year 2016, I had to eventually stop using it because I overdid it and damaged by skin barrier leading to more breakouts. This is exactly why I’ve been warning about the same all-over the article.

I also brought a brand with fragrance ( I didn’t know much at that time) which was no help for my acne prone skin. It did help tremendously to absorb the excess oil and sebum that my skin was pumping all day long.

My most favourite thing about Multani Mitti is the soothing and relaxing feel that it gives. It’s still my go-to face mask in the scorching heat of Mumbai summers.😁

What does science say about Multani Mitti

There is just not enough evidence to back-up any skin benefits of Fuller’s Earth or Multani Mitti. If you’re a fan of Herbal Skincare, Checkout my Science-backed analysis of Turmeric.(opens in new tab)

Final Thoughts

Skincare is a very subjective and personal concept. What worked for me might not work for you. Skin comes in all types and colours and there’s no “one miracle cure”, at least not that I know of. That being said, if something seems to work for your skin, there’s nothing wrong with using it despite it being unconventional (as long as it is safe). Always consult a professional for your queries!

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can we use Multani Mitti daily?

Multani Mitti can be very drying for daily use. It can also over-exfoliate the skin if it’s overused.

Does Multani Mitti make skin fair?

It can help with reducing hyperpigmentation but Multani Mitti will not change your natural skin colour.

Can Multani Mitti remove dark spots?

Multani Mitti is an exfoliator so it might be useful in reducing dark spots.

Can I apply Multani Mitti overnight?

Multani Mitti can be very drying for overnight use. It can also over-exfoliate the skin if it’s overused.

Does Multani Mitti expire?

Most Multani Mitti products do not come with expiry date but its a good idea to use it before 6 to 12 months.

Can Multani Mitti cause pimples?

Overusing Multani Mitti can damage and compromise the natural skin barrier and cause pimples. Fragrances used in Multani Mitti can also be irritating for the skin.

Can Multani Mitti cause wrinkles?

Overusing Multani Mitti can cause excessive dryness and increase the appearance of wrinkles.

How can we remove pimple marks?

Niacinamide, Vitamin C products are good at reducing pimple marks and scars.

What is Multani Mitti called in English?

Multani Mitti is called Fuller’s Earth in English.

What is the Colour of Multani Mitti?

Multani Mitti can be found in different colours depending upon the brand but the its’s commonly cream or brown coloured.

How Multani Mitti is made?

Multani Mitti is made from Volcanic ash.

Does Multani Mitti burn?

Multani Mitti should not make your face sting or burn. If it does, stop using it.

Is Multani Mitti good for open pores?

Multani Mitti will not reduce the appearance of pores.

What should we apply on face after applying Multani Mitti?

It is best if you moisturize your face after using Multani Mitti as it can be very drying and exfoliating.

Hope this was helpful and cleared all your queries. If you’ve more questions, leave down below in the comments section!


Multani mitti (calcium bentonite), also known as Fuller’s earth, is a mineral-rich clay that is commonly used in home-made face packs. It is rich in magnesium chloride. It deep cleanses your skin, removes whiteheads and blackheads, and diminishes pore size (1). However, Multani mitti can be equally harmful to you. In this article, we have discussed everything that you need to know about Multani mitti along with some quick and easy ways to use it on your face.

What Is Multani Mitti?

Multani mitti or Fuller’s Earth is a porous colloidal clay that is rich in aluminum magnesium silicate. It looks similar to clay, but is more fine-grained and has higher water content. It comes in a variety of colors, such as brown, yellow, white, and green (2).

The name ‘Multani mitti’ means ‘the mud from Multan’ – the city in Pakistan that is its place of origin. This clay is a common ingredient in herbal products and is known for its cosmetic benefits. Let’s take a look at how it can benefit your skin.

Benefits Of Multani Mitti For Skin

1. Exfoliates Your Skin

Multani mitti has exfoliating properties. According to a study published in The Open Dermatology Journal, multani mitti helps slough away dead skin cells from the skin and makes it radiant. It also states that this clay is beneficial for irritation-prone skin (3).

2. Shrinks Pores

Multani mitti has been used for centuries to absorb dirt and oil from the skin and decontaminate it (2). It also has toning effects on the skin. Hence, it can reduce the size of skin pores by drawing out excess oil and grime from them. This, in turn, may make your skin smoother.

3. May Help In Reducing Blackheads And Whiteheads

As multani mitti has exfoliating properties, it may help reduce blackheads and whiteheads and lighten blemishes (1).

4. May Help In Reducing Acne

Multani mitti’s adsorbing and astringent properties may help in reducing acne. It may do this by calming inflammation and absorbing excess oil and sebum in the affected areas.

In addition to these benefits, multani mitti is also thought to minimize freckles, soothe sunburns, and improve blood circulation.

However, none of these studies are conclusive, and further research is required to establish the efficacy of Fuller’s earth for skin issues.

Despite these benefits, Multani mitti has some side effects and risks that you need to be aware of.

Multani Mitti For Skin And Health: Are There Any Associated Risks?

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Multani mitti is generally considered safe. However, it can cause mild skin irritation. This clay is composed of a range of minerals and is widely used in skincare and personal care products. However, if you are allergic to Fuller’s earth, it may cause adverse effects. Also, it may cause irritation if it goes into your eyes. Upon inhalation, it may irritate your respiratory tract (2).

The toxicological property of Fuller’s earth upon ingestion is not studied thoroughly (2).

If you are using Multani mitti on your skin, it is better to do a patch test to check if you are allergic to it. Also, be careful when handling it so that it does not enter your eyes and mouth. If you experience skin irritation or have trouble breathing upon accidentally inhaling it, consult a doctor immediately.

In the next section, we will guide you on how to use this clay on your skin effectively.

How To Use Multani Mitti On Your Face

If you have dry and/or sensitive skin, you need to be careful when using Multani mitti. Since it has high absorption power, it can make dry skin drier and irritate sensitive skin. That is why you need to add other ingredients to balance the drying effect of Multani mitti. Even for other skin types, using Multani mitti too frequently is not recommended. Before trying any of these recipes, do a patch test. Here are a few recipes of home-made Multani mitti face packs for every skin type:

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1. Multani Mitti And Rose Water Exfoliating Face Pack For Oily Skin

Multani mitti is known for its excellent exfoliating properties. It efficiently removes dead cells from the top layers of your skin and unclogs the pores (3).

Directions: Mix a tablespoon of Multani mitti with a teaspoon of rose water. You can adjust the quantity of rose water to achieve the desired consistency. Apply the paste on your face, avoiding the eye area. Gently massage it for a few minutes and then let it dry completely. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Follow up with a gel-based moisturizer. Use this face pack no more than twice a week.

2. Multani Mitti And Honey Hydrating Face Pack For Dry Skin

Multani mitti can be combined with honey for an excellent moisturizing face pack for dry skin (4).

Directions: Mix a tablespoon of Multani mitti with a tablespoon of honey. You may adjust the quantities to tweak the consistency of the face pack. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off. Follow this routine no more than twice a week.

[ Read: Face Packs Using Fuller’s Earth ]

3.Multani Mitti, Turmeric, And Curd Face Pack For Glowing Skin


This face pack is suitable for all skin types. Along with Multani mitti, curd has a brightening effect on your skin (5), while turmeric has anti-inflammatory and medicinal benefits (6).

Directions: Mix all the ingredients. Use a tablespoon of Multani mitti and adjust the quantity of the rest of the ingredients accordingly. Apply the paste on your skin and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before washing it off. Use this face pack once or twice a week.

4. Multani Mitti And Sandalwood Face Pack For Acne-Prone Skin

Sandalwood oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and therapeutic benefits (7). Sandalwood powder is also commonly used in face packs. If you have acne-prone skin, this face pack may help you manage it.

Directions: Mix a tablespoon of Multani mitti and half a teaspoon of sandalwood powder. If you are using sandalwood oil, use just 2-3 drops. Mix all ingredients and make a paste using water or rose water. Apply it on the affected area or the entire face. Leave it on for 15 minutes before washing off. Follow this routine no more than twice a week.

5. Multani Mitti, Neem, And Turmeric Face Pack For Antioxidant Benefits

Numerous studies have exhibited the potential benefits of neem and turmeric for various skin conditions (8), (9).

Directions: Mix neem leaves paste, turmeric, and a tablespoon of Multani mitti. Add rose water or water to make a paste. Apply it on your face and let it dry before washing it off. Follow this routine 1-2 times a week.

Multani mitti can also be used as a body scrub. If you love DIY body scrubs, here is a simple recipe you can follow!

6. Multani Mitti And Oatmeal Body Scrub

This is an extremely easy body scrub that you can prepare at home with just a couple of ingredients. All you need is a cup of each of Multani mitti and powdered oatmeal. You can experiment with the ingredients and add neem powder, orange peel powder, or a tablespoon of turmeric powder to this scrub. Add water to make a smooth paste and use it to scrub your body while bathing.

While buying Multani mitti, you need to make sure that it is of good quality. Also, make sure that you store the clay in an airtight container in a cool and dry place. Though this is an extremely versatile clay that can be used easily on the face, make sure you do not overuse it.

Multani mitti has been used for ages for its beauty benefits. It is an excellent option for home-made face packs, especially for oily skin. Remember to do a patch test before you use it to ensure that you are not allergic to it. We hope this article was helpful. Feel free to drop your queries in the comments section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Multani mitti on my face every day?

No. Since Multani mitti has super absorbing properties, it can strip away your skin’s natural oils and damage its barrier.

How often can you use Multani mitti on the face?

Do not use it more than once or twice a week.

How to store Multani mitti for longer use?

Store it in an airtight jar and away from sunlight. You can also refrigerate it.

Does Multani mitti expire?

No. It has no definite shelf life.

Does Multani mitti fade acne scars?

No, it cannot fade acne scars. You need to consult a dermatologist for treatment.

Does Multani mitti help in de-tanning?

It helps soothe sunburns and has a brightening effect on the skin.

Is Multani mitti effective for blemishes?

It may help fade the blemishes, but it cannot make them disappear completely.

9 sources

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  • Formulation and Evaluation Of Cosmetic Herbal Face Pack For Glowing Skin, (2017), IJRAP.
  • Fuller’s Earth – Medical Countermeasures Database, CHEMM, U.S. Department of Health And Human Services.
  • In-House Preparation and Standardization of Herbal Face Pack, The Open Dermatology Journal, Bentham Open.
  • Medicinal and cosmetic uses of Bee’s Honey – A review, Ayu, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  • Clinical efficacy of facial masks containing yogurt and Opuntia humifusa Raf. (F-YOP), Journal of Cosmetic Science, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  • Turmeric, the Golden Spice, Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects (2nd edition), US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  • Sandalwood Album Oil as a Botanical Therapeutic in Dermatology, The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  • Neem (Azadirachta indica): Prehistory to contemporary medicinal uses to humankind, Asian Pacific Journal Of Tropical Biomedicine, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  • Effects of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) on Skin Health: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence, Phytotherapy Research, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.

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