Treat yourself to a homemade acne mask to soothe inflamed skin and wash away dirt, grease and impurities from the skin. I’ve researched many homemade facial masks for treating acne and even tried a few myself. The following facial mask recipes are the three that I have found to be most helpful for acne prone skin.
Baking soda absorbs excess oils from your skin and makes a soothing, cleansing facial mask, excellent for many acne sufferers. This is a very simple face mask — the simplest of the three to make (though all of them are easy). All you need is baking soda and purified water.
First, wash your face with your regular cleanser. Then mix baking soda and water together in a small bowl to form a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes. For greater exfoliating action, gently rub the mask in small circles on your skin while applying. Rinse the mask off with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
Yogurt & Honey
The benefits of yogurt are not limited to digestion. Yogurt applied topically is beneficial to the skin due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. A yogurt mask will remove impurities that lead to breakouts, keeping the skin clear and healthy. High levels of zinc in yogurt can reduce the appearance of blemishes. Yogurt also contains lactic acid, which is a mild bleaching agent and will help to even out skin tone over time with weekly application.
Honey has natural antibacterial properties as well and helps to clear blemishes. Both yogurt and honey can be used alone as natural face masks, but I prefer to use them together to get the benefits of both in one treatment.
Adding lemon juice to this mask can help soften old scar tissue. The citric acid in lemon juice acts similarly to the lactic acid in yogurt to tighten pores, tone skin, and reduce the appearance of scars.
When using lemon juice on the skin, be aware that it can make skin sensitive to sunlight, so be sure to wear sun block when going outside, particularly in the summer (something you should be doing anyway)
1 Tablespoon plain, thick yogurt
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Teaspoon or more lemon juice (optional)
Use plain Greek yogurt or strain regular plain yogurt through cheesecloth over night. This step is optional, but it will make the mask thicker easier to apply, especially if the optional lemon juice is added. If the mask is on the thin side it will still be effective, but it might be drippy and messy. For convenience sake, I prefer to make my masks thicker so they coat and stay on my face better.
Mix the ingredients in a small bowl with a spoon or your clean fingers until well combined, forming a lotion. Apply the lotion to your face and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Do something relaxing while you wait. Lean back and watch some television, read a book, or listen to music. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Enjoy the soft, fresh and clean feeling
Oatmeal can be used alone or in combination with other ingredients for a soothing homemade acne treatment. Oatmeal face masks are particularly good for oily skin, but they are beneficial for any skin type. Oatmeal removes excess oil from the skin and clears clogged pores.
Honey adds antimicrobial properties to the mask, which further cleanse the skin. Onion is a popular addition to oatmeal acne masks because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Onion is said to be beneficial for softening and lessening the appearance of acne scars and spots from old breakouts.
1/2 cup dry oatmeal
1/3 cup purified water
2 Tablespoons Honey (optional)
1 medium pureed onion (optional)
Combine the oatmeal and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and cook for a few minutes longer. This can also be done in the microwave, but be sure to stir frequently to prevent boiling over. For a finer textured mask, pulse the dry oatmeal in a blender or food processor to make a fine powder before cooking. This makes the mask uniform and easier to apply evenly.
Let the oatmeal cool slightly and add optional ingredients if desired (I haven’t tried adding onion because I’m afraid it will make me cry! If anyone tries it, make sure not to get it in your eyes, and let us know how it went in the comments below).
After the mixture has cooled enough that it will not burn you, apply the warm paste to your face or any area affected with acne. Leave it on for 15 to 30 minutes then rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
Have fun with these and please let us know how the mask treatments work for you by leaving a comment below.