How to make Face Masks for Acne Skin
Out there on the shop shelves are all sorts of masks that all promise the same thing, to help clear your skin of acne, but sometimes simple is best, and what is more simple than a homemade face mask? Well not much! Granted, there is a bit of elbow grease involved (we’re talking minimal effort though) but this is offset by the fact you know exactly what is going into your products, zero preservatives, zero dyes and only natural ingredients.
Here is a list of five effective Face Masks that you can make with ingredients found in your kitchen, they are simple, hassle free and easy on your wallet, what more do you need!
Greek Yoghurt, Lemon and Honey Mask
In this mask, the antibacterial properties of honey are boosted with the anti-fungal and whitening properties of lemon. Both lemon and yogurt work as excellent natural peels, helping fade post acne marks. Egg white adds proteins that help strengthen the skin’s own defences, while lemon and vanilla create a comforting, soothing cocoon while you linger with the mask in your bath. You can store this mask in the fridge and use it up within one week.
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed or bottled)
- 3 teaspoons of plain or Greek-style yogurt
- 1 egg white
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until the mask thickens
- Apply to clean, dry face and let set for 15 minutes. Gently wash off with warm water.
P.S. while you have the lemon and honey out, it might be time to make yourself a nice cup of tea…?
Aloe Cucumber Mask
The Egyptians called Aloe “the plant of immortality”, it certainly does have some incredible properties. Aloe soothes and can help reduce skin inflammation, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly. Cucumber is full of antioxidants, it also helps to soothe and reduce water retention. The juice is ideal to relieve blemishes and acne. I recommend using organic cucumber in this mask. When you start using organic fruits and vegetable in your home cosmetics, you will be amazed how rich and vivid the scents are. Experts say that the concentration of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals is higher in organic veggies, too.
- ½ a peeled, sliced cucumber
- 2 tablespoons of plain aloe juice
- 1 tablespoon whole-fat condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Blend the cucumber in a blender or food processor. Add the aloe juice, milk, and honey.
- If the mask is too runny, add some kaolin clay until the mask forms a comfortably thick paste.
- Apply to clean, dry face and cleave on for 15 minutes or until dry. Gently wash off with tepid water.
The Oo Mask
Onion acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and inhibits the overproduction of collagen in acne scars, while oatmeal penetrates deeply into pores, cleansing the excessive cell build-up and clogged pores
- 1 ounce of purified mineral water
- 3 tablespoons of plain organic oatmeal
- 1 medium onion, peeled
- Boil the water and pour it over the oatmeal, letting it steep for five minutes.
- Finely grind the onion in a food processor, making a smooth puree. Add it to the oatmeal while it is still warm.
- If the mask is not thick enough, add some honey or green clay until the mask is thick enough to sit comfortably on your face. Store the mask in the fridge for up to a week
Spicy and Sweet - Cinnamon and Honey
These two unlikely partners combine to make an super effective mask when it comes to acne. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, which can prevent the spread of bacteria. Honey is antibacterial so is great for acne prevention. Honey is also moisturising and soothing leaving behind a wonderful glow.
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- flannel/paper towels
- Blend the ingredients together until they form a smooth thick paste
- Apply to a clean dry face (or spot treat), leave on for 10 - 15 minutes
- Gently wash off, this is a sticky mixture so make sure you have a flannel at hand to help
Flowers & Flour Mask
This mask works as a temporary lift while deep-cleansing and drawing out impurities from the skin. It is most suitable when you could use additional nutrition for your skin. The egg white rejuvenates your skin by supplying it with protein and collagen, which can help to reduce skin inflammation or fine lines and wrinkles. Chamomile is also an anti-inflammatory and helps to diminish scars marks and spots on the skin.
- 2 tablespoons of white clay
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 1 organic free-range egg white
- 1 drop chamomile oil
- Blend the ingredient together. Mix well to dissolve the egg white completely
- Apply to clean, dry face. If the paste is too thick, dilute the mixture with freshly brewed chamomile tea. Allow to dry and wash off with tepid water.
The simple answer is patience. When it comes to your skin, a diligent skincare routine with good, natural acne remedies is simply the best. It might take a little extra work but stay committed, give your treatment time. Skin cell turnover depends on age, for a teenager it is around 21-28 days, middle age people are looking at 28 - 42 days and those 50 and older it is around 42 - 84 days. To see the results it is advised you wait for a skin cell cycle, sometimes more. Minimal effort, quick solutions although they sound good, aren't really possible. Love the skin you're in, treat it well and with patience and you will be rewarded.
Tip: Astonishing Apple Cider Vinegar
Simple and effective Apple Cider does wonders when acting to eliminate Acne. Apple Cider has several super properties. Firstly, it kills off bacteria which can be one of the causes for swelling and redness. Secondly it helps to balance the pH of your skin. Apple Cider Vinegar is also an astringent and will help dry up excess oil.
- 1 part Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 3 parts Fresh water
- Wash your face with water and pat dry.
- Mix the ingredients together using the the 1:3 ratio above.
- Using a cotton wool pad/ball dip into the tonic and apply to your blemishes. Leave on for 10 min and wash off.
- Apply a gentle natural moisturiser.
Note: Use only once/twice a week as over use could cause you skin to dry up making your sebaceous glands over-produce to compensate, thus, triggering an outbreak.