Having acne can really get you down, I know because I’ve been there. I’ve tried countless ways to make a face mask for acne and can confidently say that this roundup of recipes is the best that I’ve found to date.
Better yet, most of these face masks for acne can be made using ingredients you can find in your kitchen cupboard. Here are five recipes to make your own face mask for acne:
1. Cucumber and Yoghurt Face Mask
Even though cucumbers are made up of 90% water, they still have some powerful nutrients within them that help combat acne. Cucumbers contain the active ingredient of silica, one of the most powerful nutrients known to calm down acne prone pores.
Better yet, cucumbers also contain essential vitamins (including A, E, and C) as well as amino acids that preserve delicate skin cells.
To make a cucumber face mask for acne, simply cut a small cucumber into pieces and put them in a blender. Add 3 teaspoons of yogurt and blend together. Spread generously over your face and leave for 30 to 45 minutes.
Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat the skin dry. Your skin will feel fresher and red patches should be soothed.
2. Baking Soda Face Mask
Most people have baking soda at the back of their cabinet somewhere. Not just for birthday cakes, baking soda is actually an amphoteric. This means that it can work as either an acid or a base. In other words, it helps to neutralize the pH balances of your skin – something that is usually out of kilter if you are suffering from acne.
To make a baking soda face mask, mix 2 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and add a dash of fresh lemon juice. Thoroughly cleanse and dry your face, then apply a light layer of the baking soda mix to your skin.
Don’t be alarmed if your face tingles or slightly stings. Leave the face mask to sit for 10 to 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
Your skin may be slightly irritated at first, perhaps showing signs of redness or blotching, but this will quickly face. Be sure to moisturize after using the baking soda mask to keep all the nourishing effects locked within your pores.
3. Homemade Honey and Cinnamon Face Mask
People have been using honey masks to combat all sorts of skin conditions for centuries. It’s no secret that it’s effective in minimizing scars and blemishes, as well as acne. One of the most effective honey based face mask for acne is the Cinnamon Honey mask. With only two ingredients, it’s very simple to make.
Mix 4 tablespoons of cinnamon with enough honey to cover your face or the affected areas you wish to treat. Apply the mixture to your face and leave the mask overnight. With this mask, you’re unlikely to see an instant fix.
It’s advisable to try every night over the course of two weeks and measure the results. For stubborn acne, it may take up to a month to see signs of improvement but is well worth the perseverance.
Oatmeal is naturally calming for stressed skin. It make’s a great face mask for people dealing with acne. Simply stir together 2 teaspoons of everyday oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and just enough water to make it into a paste.
Smooth it generously over your face, paying particular attention to the problematic area. As you gently rub it in you will notice that oatmeal is a natural, light exfoliant. It helps remove dead skin from your face whilst cooling down red and angry skin.
5. Turmeric Facial Mask
Turmeric facial masks are very popular in Eastern culture. These days, you can find all the ingredients for this face mask in the world food section of most supermarkets.
To make the mask, mix together 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder, 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder, 2 teaspoons of almond oil and1/2 a cup of chickpea flour. Add enough water until the mixture becomes a paste. Apply the face mask and leave for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse well with lukewarm water. After patting your face dry, you should see an instant glow.
So there you have it, 5 simple face mask recipes to treat acne-prone skin. Better yet, most of the time you won’t even have to go to the shops as the ingredients are often lurking in the back of your kitchen cupboard.
With all these face mask recipes for acne, make sure you don’t feel disheartened if you don’t see immediate results. Experiment over the course of a couple of weeks and find out which masks and quantities work best for you.
Don’t forget, stress levels, pollution and diet can also impact acne – so try and take care of yourself both inside and out.
By Ruth N.