A zit on your face can make you look bad and feel bad. Just one pimple can drive you crazy, while some people actually have hundreds all over their faces. Sometimes, supplements and medications are not enough. To completely get rid of acne you need to take care of your health, get to know your skin better, and apply a natural and safe homemade acne mask. But we see tons of home remedies out there, all claiming to work like a charm.
That’s why you first need to find out what your facial skin type really is. It could either be oily or dry, or a combination of both. You also need to know if your skin is allergic to particular ingredients. Once you’ve determined your skin type, you’ll know what remedies would suit you.
Here is a guide on how to make some effective homemade acne masks to have that beautiful skin you’ve been longing for.
Oatmeal Face Mask
Oatmeal is not just for healthy eating, it can give you blemish-free baby skin! Oatmeal masks have been known to be very effective in all skin types. For better results, you can even mix oatmeal into your scrub and use it on your face if you want to. It’s one of the best home acne treatments available.
Here’s how you can prepare the mask. Create a mixture containing 2 teaspoons of oatmeal and 1 teaspoon of baking soda, with few drops of water. Apply the final paste on your all over face in clockwise motion but avoid your eye circles. Once it gets dry, wash away the mask with warm water and put moisturizer on your face. Do this once every week and continue for at least one month. The mask is quick and easy to make. Better yet, this homemade acne mask is highly effective and you don’t have to keep it on your face for too long. You’ll hopefully see results in just a few days! But remember to avoid certain acne-causing foods to get the best results.
The yogurt mask is actually more beneficial to those with oily skin. It’s a known fact that oily skin is more prone to acne. A yogurt mask is super easy to make and apply. It can redistribute your facial oil on your skin, make your skin look brighter and provide a soothing effect.
Just slather yogurt onto all over your face and let the mask sit for around 10 minutes. Then wash away with cold water and use moisturizer on your face. You’ll be surprised to see that there is an instant dewy glow on your skin.
This mask can also be customized for those with dry skin. Just add 1 teaspoon of heated soft honey to 1 tablespoon of yogurt. Leave the face pack on your face for around 15 minutes and then wash it off. You’ll notice a clear difference within a few weeks and you can try using it several times a week.
Egg White Mask
Did you know that egg whites can help you get rid of acne? Well, now you do. The good news is that you don’t have to mix anything at all. Just separate the egg yolk from the white portion and apply it on your face! You have to whip the egg white first so that it becomes less dense and more manageable. If your skin is oily, apply few drops of lemon juice for a more pronounced effect. Apply this homemade acne mask and leave it for 20 minutes. Then wash the mask away with warm water. You’ll notice how tight the skin has become and how the amount of blemishes and scars has reduced. Unlike expensive surgical procedures like microdermabrasion, it’s one of the easiest and quickest home remedies for acne.
Cinnamon-Honey Face Pack
Everybody loves cinnamon spices. However, not many people know how effective it is in preventing infections on skin, particularly those that cause acne. Honey is another antiseptic and antibacterial ingredient, which is incredibly healthy for skin and helps keep it hydrated. Just take a bowl and mix together 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of honey. Massage the mask in a repeated circular motion all over your face. Let it settle for 10 minutes, then wash with warm water. You can also apply some moisturizer and see the magical effects yourself. Use this once a week to ensure complete acne removal.
Baking Soda with Lemon Juice
Baking soda is simply sodium bicarbonate. Coupled with lemon juice, it can form a very effective mask. This is the reason it’s one of the most commonly used acne remedies out there. Baking soda helps clear away excess sebum and reduce the visibility of clogged pores. It can wipe out dirt and balance the pH level of your skin. Since it’s a strong ingredient, you should test it on your skin before applying to your face. This mask is not for people with sensitive skin types.
All you have to do is mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of baking soda to get rid acne! While applying the combination, make sure you avoid the mouth and eye regions. Allow the mask to set for about 10 minutes and then wipe it away with a soft piece of cloth. It raises your skin’s pH level fairly high, so it’s best not to use this mask too often.
Aloe Vera Face Pack
This is another face mask suitable for sensitive skin types. Aloe vera is known to reduce inflammation and skin redness, and to provide a soothing effect. This is the reason aloe vera supplements are so popular in America. Using it with tea tree oil is a great way to fight acne quickly. Tea tree oil has antibacterial effects and can fight off even the most stubborn zits. You’ll see many face washes and scrubs have tea tree oil infused in them.
Take a clean container and pour aloe vera gel in it. Then add around 8 drops of tea tree oil and mix well. Use cotton or brush to apply the pack to the acne affected regions on your face and wait for 15 minutes. Then wash the mixture away from your face with warm water. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin well. Do this twice a week for long-lasting results.
Simple saltwater can work like magic on your skin, believe it or not! You can make some saltwater by adding salt into water and then waiting for 20 minutes. Apply the water on your face and leave your face like that for around 30 minutes. Or, you can just go swim in the sea! Salt can actually help clean the skin and dry acne out.
Homemade Acne Mask: Some Dos and Don’ts
Hopefully, any one of these masks will help to solve your acne problems. If one type of mask is suiting you, don’t switch to another one. People often make the mistake of trying out and switching to new face masks to see if they work better or not. Remember that not every facial skin type is suited to various kinds of face packs. It could actually do more harm than good.
Don’t be too rough on your skin either. Face masks are meant to make the skin appear soft and blemish-free over time, but you should take care of it properly. Don’t scrub too often or apply too many artificial substances. These actions can aggravate acne further.
Most importantly, try to reduce your stress levels. Do exercises regularly and drink lots of water. A balanced diet and appropriate amount of sleep can make wonders to your skin. Although homemade acne masks are safe to use in general, with little risk of side effects, there could be some ingredients that can trigger allergies. If your skin is sensitive, this could be a major problem. It’s always wise to consult a dermatologist and then try out different acne supplements and other home remedies.