The wonder of homemade acne reducing face masks
Acne can be very frustrating, especially when you get into your 20s and older because you expect to be done with it as soon as you clear the teen years. However, for many people, that's not the case. Adult acne and blackheads, if not too extreme and just an annoying side effect of life, are often caused by excess bacteria that is left on the face from either not washing enough or using facial cleaners with too many harmful ingredients. A face mask is a great easy beauty treatment for anyone who wants soft skin and to clear their acne. You may wonder how all that bacteria gets on your face in the first place and causes your annoying acne. Well, this is largely because your skin is the body's first line of defense when it comes to all the bad stuff that is floating in the air. There are many ways that this harmful bacteria gets on to your skin and causes acne, so it is your job to counteract all the harm it does. As a way to help your acne clear, face masks can be really beneficial. However, finding the right one can be hard because how will you know whether or not the ingredients are actually helpful? How do you know that they won't cause even more acne? The problem is that you often don't know whether commercial masks are actually good or they are just cheap imitations of acne-clearing face masks that a dermatologist can give you. A good way to fix the problem is to make your own homemade acne-reducing face masks. This way, all the ingredients you use in the homemade acne-reducing face mask are ingredients you know you can trust. Below are five homemade face masks that can help dry skin, clear your acne, and get rid of blackheads and even scars.
Before applying a face mask
While the homemade face mask is meant to do the heavy lifting in terms of clearing acne and removal of bacteria, it can't hurt to help your skin out before applying the mask. Opening your pores is a great way to clear them out and maximize the benefits of an acne clearing face mask. To do this, fill a pot about half full with water and put it on the stove. Turn the stove up and wait for it to boil. When the water begins to boil, remove it from the heat and pour the water into a large bowl. Let it cool down for at least 2 minutes, then place your face over the bowl (not into it) and cover your head with a towel. Keep your face over the bowl and let your pores absorb the steam for five to ten minutes. This should help the homemade mask work better for your skin and your acne. An easier way to do this would be to just take a hot shower, but if you don't want to get your hair wet and take the time to shower before the acne-reducing face mask, the above method is the one for you. All you really need is the steam.
Below are five specific face masks for you to use to help your acne, blackheads, scars, and dry skin. However, before that, I'm going to give you some general ingredients so you can try and create your own face masks. Many of these ingredients are ones that you can find around your house, emphasizing the whole homemade acne face mask thing. Basic ingredients to experiment with: -Sugar (preferably brown). This is a gentle exfoliant that is good for the removal of dead skin. -Apple cider vinegar. This ingredient is good for balancing pH levels in your skin. It's also suitable for oily and acne prone skin. -Green tea powder (from a tea bag). This is an antioxidant and it's useful for decreasing inflammation and annoying acne. -Cinnamon. This is a great anti-microbial agent (meaning it gets rid of bacteria). -Turmeric. This ingredient is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, so it is perfect for acne. -Aloe vera. This fantastic plant and/or liquid is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, so, again, it's awesome for homemade acne reducing masks -Honey. This natural ingredient is a fantastic antibiotic. -Coconut oil. I love coconut oil and its wonderful moisturizing effects. It is always a great add-in for homemade masks. -Olive oil. Just like coconut oil, olive oil is great for moisturizing. -Papaya. This is good for removal of dead skin (and a bit safer for sensitive skin than the sugar) and is good at decreasing inflammation and acne. -Greek yogurt. This is an antibacterial agent (because of the acidity), and it is moisturizing (because of the fat).
Homemade acne face mask #1
This mask is excellent for acne and scars, removing bacteria, clearing away excess oil, and removing dead skin. The honey in this mask is great for removing excess bacteria, which is a significant cause of acne, and the brown sugar can help clear away dead skin. Ingredients: - 1 tablespoon of green tea - 1 tablespoon of raw honey - 1 teaspoon of lemon juice - 2 teaspoons of brown sugar Instructions to make: Add all ingredients into a bowl and stir until well mixed. Instructions to use: Apply to entire face, avoiding lips, eyes, and nostrils. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes then rinse completely with warm water. Enjoy this mask and all of the acne fighting benefits it will give to you. You're on your way to an acne-free face.
Homemade acne face mask #2
This next mask is perfect for reducing irritated redness from acne and moisturizing dry skin. The acid from the yogurt in this mask will be great for removing bacteria which is a significant cause of acne. Ingredients: - 1 teaspoon of turmeric - 2 teaspoons of rice flour - 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt Instructions to make: Mix all ingredients together until they form a yellow-ish paste. Instructions to use: Apply face mask to entire face, avoiding lips, eyes, and nostrils. Leave the mask on for ten to fifteen minutes then rinse off completely with warm water. Enjoy this mask and all of the acne-fighting benefits it will give to you. You're on your way to an acne free face.
Homemade acne face mask #3
This next face mask has fantastic moisturizing effects and acts as an antibiotic treatment, thanks to the honey. And of course, as we know, honey is great for fighting acne. You will love this mask and all its acne-clearing benefits. Ingredients: - 1 teaspoon of baking soda - 1 tablespoon of raw honey - 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil Instructions to make: In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until they are well combined and form a paste. Instructions to use: Apply the face mask to your entire face, avoiding lips, eyes, and nostrils. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes then rinse completely with warm water. Enjoy this mask and all of the acne-fighting benefits it will give to you. You're on your way to an acne-free face.
Homemade acne face mask #4
This face mask will do wonders for your scars and irritated acne-prone skin. Again, we have the superstar ingredient that is honey which is good for all your acne needs and does not cause irritation to sensitive skin. This mask will leave you shiny, soft, and acne free. Ingredients: - 1 teaspoon of cinnamon - 3 teaspoons of raw honey - 1 inch of a fresh aloe vera plant or 2 teaspoons of aloe vera juice Instructions to make: Mix all ingredients well together to form a paste. Instructions to use: Apply face mask to entire face, avoiding lips, eyes, and nostrils. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes then rinse completely with warm water. Enjoy this mask and all of the acne-fighting benefits it will give to you. You're on your way to an acne free face.
Homemade acne face mask #5
This last mask smells great and is awesome for balancing the pH level of your skin. The clay mask will also leave your face soft and will help with acne and even acne scars. Ingredients: - 1 tablespoon of clay - 2 drops of lavender essential oil - 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar Instructions to make: Mix together the clay and essential oil. Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. If one teaspoon doesn't look like enough to make the face mask spreadable across your face, add another. Instructions to use: Apply face mask to entire face, avoiding lips, eyes, and nostrils. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes then rinse completely with warm water. Enjoy this mask and all of the acne-fighting benefits it will give to you. You're on your way to an acne free face.
Other DIY methods to help acne, blackheads, and scars
Sometimes you don't need a full mask to help out your acne, blackheads, and scars. Sometimes you just need some simple remedies with ingredients that you should be able to find around the house. This first one is easy: grapes! Grapes are great for cleansing your skin and removing any unwanted bacteria that can contribute to pore build up, which is what often leads to acne and blackheads. For this, cut some grapes in half and rub the inner part of the grape over your face and your neck. After this, just rinse with cold water and you're all set! This next remedy involves another produce item, and that's a cucumber. Cucumbers are great for moisturizing and cooling effects, which help with acne. Simply mash up a cucumber and then strain excess liquid away. You can apply this directly to your face, or add brown sugar to give this some exfoliation power. This next remedy/face mask is great for acne. All you need is a lemon and one egg white. Squeeze the lemon juice out of the lemon and mix with a beaten egg white. Apply the mask and leave on overnight. In the morning, just wash your face with some warm water, and you are all set! These acne methods are a little easier than the homemade masks and can be just as effective for your acne and skin.
Before you go...
Before you go, make sure that none of these natural ingredients in any of the acne-clearing face masks above cause you any allergic reactions. It is better to be safe than sorry, so try out masks on a different part of your body first, such as your wrist, before applying to your entire face. This will help you know whether or not you can use this mask on yourself. Good luck with creating these awesome homemade acne-fighting face masks. Hopefully, you will leave this article with no more acne, blackheads, dry skin, scars, and a lot more experience with the natural wonders of raw honey.