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Six Homemade Face Masks That Fight Off Acne

Six Homemade Face Masks That Fight Off Acne

Most people have struggled with acne at some point in their lives, whether during puberty, that time of the month or even more consistently and long-term. Acne is caused by a disorder which affects the skin’s oil glands and hair follicle. Despite what some people believe, acne is not caused by poor hygiene – it is caused by excess oil production, from the hair follicles becoming clogged by oil and dead skin cells, or bacteria.

If your acne is more severe, then you need to consider medical treatment, however, for less severe forms of acne masks have often proven to be successful.

See also:  Acne: Causes, Types, And Treatments

There are countless face masks aimed at fighting off acne that you can get at stores, with varying degrees of success. However, just as there are countless store-bought versions, there are just as many, if not more, homemade face masks which work wonders with acne. And you might not even have to leave your kitchen to find the ingredients.

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Scroll down to see six homemade face masks for acne:

 

1. Cinnamon and honey mask

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

What to do:

Just mix the honey and cinnamon together until completely blended then apply it to your skin. Leave it on for about ten minutes before you thoroughly wash it off with either water or a warm washcloth.

Why it works:

Both the honey and the cinnamon are antioxidant and antibacterial, which work together in keeping your skin and pores clean and healthy, fighting off acne. The honey also contains humectant properties and will give your skin some moisture, which prevents the skin from giving of excess sebum.

 

2. Oatmeal and coconut oil mask

What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

What to do:

Start by mixing the oatmeal and warm water in a bowl until it takes on a paste consistency. Then, add the tablespoon of coconut oil and mix again. Apply the mixture to your face, leave it on for 15 minutes and then use your fingers to gently rub it on your face for about a minute before you remove it with warm water.

Why this works:

Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which makes it a great fit to fight off acne. Then, oatmeal works in soothing the skin and balancing the skin’s pH. It is absorbent which gets rid of excess sebum, and has just enough texture to work as a gentle exfoliator.

 

3. Honey, oats and milk face mask

What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons of dried oats
  • 1 tablespoon of milk (whole)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

What to do:

Just pour the dried oats in a blender and then add the milk and honey and mix until it forms a paste. Apply the mixture to your face, let it sit for 15 minutes, and rinse it off with warm water.

Why it works:

Again, the anti-fungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties of the honey help cleanse the skin, and its humectant properties give it just the right amount of moisture so the skin doesn’t overproduce oils which cause acne. Then, the oats help absorb any excess sebum, balance pH, and help exfoliate, whereas the lactic acid in whole milk helps tighten the skin.

 

4. Strawberry and lemon mask

What you need:

  • 2 large strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

What to do:

Just mash the strawberries with a fork until it becomes mushy, then add the lemon juice and mix until it forms a paste. Apply that to your skin, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse it off with warm water.

Why it works:

The vitamin C in both strawberries and lemon helps in reducing the redness and inflammation from acne, and the citric acid in lemon helps remove excess sebum as well as reduces bacteria.

 

5. Baking soda and honey mask

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

What to do:

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Just mix the honey, baking soda, and coconut oil together into a bowl until it becomes as smooth as it can get, and takes on a paste consistency. Then apply it to your face, leave it on for 15 minutes, and before removing it with warm water, rub your face gently with your fingertips.

Why this works:

The baking soda and honey have antioxidant and antibacterial properties which make it perfect for acne-prone skin. The baking soda works in exfoliating the skin, while the honey’s humectant properties give your skin moisture. Coconut oil also has moisturizing properties and antimicrobial abilities that are perfect for cleaning your face.

 

6. Oatmeal, lemon, honey & egg white mask

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup of cooked oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 eggwhite

What to do:

Whisk the egg white and lemon well until it’s frothy and then stir in the teaspoon of honey. Then add the mixture to the cooked oatmeal and mix it well until it’s as smooth as it can get and has the appropriate consistency for a face mask. Apply the mask to your face, leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then gently start rubbing it on your face for a few seconds before removing it with a wet cloth and water.

Why it works:

The oatmeal is absorbent and works in reducing excess sebum, as does the lemon. Oatmeal also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which will lessen redness, and it can double as a gentle exfoliant as you rub it into your skin. The egg white works by shrinking enlarged pores, therefore reducing excess sebum.

 

See also: 

The Best Homemade Face Masks For Any Skin Type

Here’s All You Need To Know About Face Masks

 


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