Tuesday, December 31, 2013

10 Natural Homemade Acne Face Mask Recipes that WORK!

Face masks can be costly in many stores.  They may also contain harsh ingredients that can leave your skin feeling dry or irritated after use.  Rather than spend your money on store bough face masks to help alleviate your acne, try some of these great at home acne face mask recipes that you can put together with just a few ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge or cupboard!

Green Tea Face Mask for Acne
Green Tea and Honey Mask: To make this face mask you will need a green tea bag that has been steeped for several minutes in hot water as well as a tablespoon of organic natural honey (preferably Manuka honey).  Cut open the tea bag once it's cooled down and use a small bowl or cup to empty out the tea leaves into. Add in 1 tablespoon of the honey and mix together.  Apply to the face using clean fingers or a clean unused makeup brush.  The honey will help the tea leaves stick to your skin, but be careful because this make can get a little messy.  Leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour and then rinse off with warm water.  Both Green tea and honey have excellent antibacterial qualities and they help purify the pores.  (This is my personal favorite acne face mask!) *You can also use matcha green tea powder for this mask, which makes the process much easier!

Cinnamon Face Mask
Cinnamon and Honey Mask: Both cinnamon and honey have strong antibacterial properties, making them a good combination for acne treatment.  To make this mask you need 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of honey.  Mix the honey and cinnamon together then apply all over the face. Leave on for 20-30 mins.

Yogurt Face Mask for Acne
Yogurt Face Mask: This is an super simple face mask.  All you need is a few tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt. (You can use regular yogurt instead of Greek, but since Greek yogurt is thicker it is easier to apply and makes a better mask).  Apply a layer of the yogurt all over your face and leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.  The lactic acid in the yogurt provides a deep cleansing affect on the skin and it also helps make the skin feel supple and moisturized.  I've noticed that this mask also helps calm down my acne breakouts and redness.
Banana and Honey Face Mask: If you have any really ripe bananas they will be perfect for this face mask.  You just need 1 ripe banana and 1 tablespoon of natural honey.  Mash up the banana in a small bowl until there are no more chunks. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey into the mashed banana. Apply the banana and honey mask to your face and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing. The potassium in bananas helps speed up the healing process for existing acne. Bananas are also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants to help purify and revive skin cells. Combined with the honey this makes an excellent acne face mask.

Strawberry Mask for Acne
Strawberry and Yogurt Face Mask: Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid which is found in many over the counter acne products that you find in stores.  This mask addresses the acne causing bacteria and it also helps sooth the skin.  To make this mask you'll need 1/4 cup of fresh strawberries (organic if possible) and 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt. Blend the strawberries in a blender until they are broken down enough to apply easily to the face.  Combine the blended strawberries with the Greek yogurt and mix together well.  Apply mixture to your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

Aspirin and Honey Mask: This mask works great to help dry up pimples if you're looking for something to help heal acne sores quickly.  The aspirin has salicylic acid which is known to help target acne causing bacteria. The honey has antibacterial properties as well, so this mask is extra powerful in addressing the bacteria that causes acne. You'll need about 10 aspirin tablets and 2 tablespoons of honey.  You need to crush the aspirin tablets into a powder.  This can be done by putting them into a sealed Ziploc bag and crushing them with a rolling pin. Once you've crushed the aspirin mix the powder with the honey and then apply to the face with a clean (unused) makeup brush. Leave on 15 minutes then rinse.

Egg White and Yogurt Mask: For this mask all you need is 2 egg whites and 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt.  Eggs are high in vitamins B2, B3, and zinc, which help reduce inflammation and redness that is associated with acne.  Mix the egg whites and yogurt together well and then apply to the face with a clean makeup brush.  Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

Avocado Face Mask: Avocado helps purify the pores in the skin to provide a deep cleansing affect which gets rid of built up oil and dirt in the pores.  All you need for this mask is 1/2 an avocado.  Remove the pulp of the avocado into a small bowl.  Mash up the avocado until there are no chunks and it is a smooth paste.  Apply a layer to the face and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing.

Tomato and Yogurt Face Mask: Tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, which is important in skin health. This mask is great for acne scars and hyperpigmentation because the vitamin A in the tomatoes helps speed up skin cell turnover and reduces the appearance of scars.  To make this mask you will need 1 medium tomato (organic if possible) and 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt.  Cut the tomato into chunks and blend in the blender until it becomes a smooth pulp.  Mix the tomato pulp with the yogurt and apply all over the face.  Leave on for 10-15 minutes then rinse.

Baking Soda Face Mask: This mask helps clear out the gunk built up in your pores.  It is especially good for people with a lot of blackheads.  To make this mask just mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1-2 tablespoons of water.  You might need to add more or less water until you get a thick paste like consistency. 
Apply the mask all over your face and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing.

I hope you enjoy these simple acne face mask recipes! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below, I'd love to hear from you! Let me know if these masks worked for you (or if they didn't!)

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