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by Christine GlasgowMay 11, 2017

Most people know that a daily skincare routine will usually be boosted by the occasional use of a face mask. A face mask offers a more intense treatment that offers unique benefits that are complementary to those of daily skincare routine  and will, in fact, increase its effectiveness. All of this is certainly true of acne fighting face masks.

Store Bought Acne Face Masks vs. Homemade

Head into any drug store or to any beauty counter and you’ll find all kinds of different face masks designed to help fight acne on sale. These can range in price from a one use sachet that costs just a couple of dollars to fancier potions costing a great deal more.

There are two main problems with all of this for many people. The first is a mask’s suitability for the unique user’s skin and their acne problem. Not all mask formulations are going to produce the same results on everyone, which is why you often have to be prepared to experiment and mix and match before you find the products suited to your skin.

Which brings us to the second problem. The costs. Even the cheapest store bought masks can really drain your wallet if used on a regular basis, which of course they should be in order to really reap their benefits. A solution to both of these problems and your acne? Home made acne face masks.

Are Home Made Acne Masks Really Effective?

Although you my not realize it, many of the masks you can purchase to fight acne are based on natural ingredients and acne ‘home remedies’ in the first place.  Sometimes ll that is really added are some artificial colors and, of course, some fancy packaging and a cool name.

Many acne ‘home remedies’ have been around for decades, some even longer (as in a couple of centuries or more) and while none may be that magic bullet you’re looking for – that when it comes to acne does not really exist yet anyway – they can be very helpful. And they take no longer to make and use than following those ‘how to cover up zits’ makeup tutorials are taking you to watch and follow on YouTube is taking you right now so they are worth a shot right?

Great Homemade Acne Masks to Try in Your Kitchen Today

So, down to business. How to make and use homemade acne masks. Before you begin we do suggest gathering the following basic supplies:

  • A small mixing bowl
  • A supply of clean cotton wool pads/ cotton wool buds
  • A couple of empty, lidded containers to store leftovers in
  • A good soap to wash your hands with.
  • A good cleanser to cleanse your face before masks are applied
  • A good oil free moisturizer for use after mask applications

Many of these things are items we’re sure you probably already have and if not a trip to the dollar store will score you most of them at very little cost.

Green Tea, Honey and Lemon Face Mask for Acne

This mask combines three powerhouse acne fighting ingredients in one inexpensive, effective mask. How? Because,

Honey is a great moisturizer and it has natural antibacterial properties that fight acne bacteria.

Green tea is skin soothing and is an amazing antioxidant.

Lemon is a natural astringent and it has bleaching properties that can help fade dark marks and acne scars.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of distilled or filtered water
  • Mixing bowl

How It’s Done

  • Combine all ingredients in your mixing bowl.
  • Stir until well combined and you are left with a thickish paste.
  • Using clean hands or a cotton wool pad apply the mixture to your whole face.
  • Leave in place for 15-20 minutes before rinsing away with lukewarm water.
  • Apply your oil free moisturizer as a last step.

Cinnamon and Honey Mask for Acne

Acne bacteria is tricky stuff. Even if you follow a good cleansing routine over the course of the day it can really build up. This mask is great because it combines two natural antibacterial agents – honey and cinnamon – to add a little extra germ fighting power to your pores.

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

How It’s Done

  • Mix together ingredients in a bowl
  • Stir until cinnamon is dissolved into the honey
  • Using clean hands, apply to face
  • Leave in place for 15 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Pat face dry and apply moisturizer

Aloe Vera and Honey Mask for Acne

Yes, honey again, but this time combined with the soothing powers of aloe vera. It’s excellent for reducing redness and inflammation and can also help speed the healing process, reducing the risk that a nasty zit will leave a scar.

Some people do wonder what kind of aloe vera to use in a mask like this. Ideally one would use juice freshly extracted from an aloe vera plant but that can be hard to deal with. A good second is the kind of pure aloe vera juice sold in health food stores. And the aloe vera gel in your cabinet, the stuff you use on sunburns? That’s not the right stuff as it is not particularly pure or very potent.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice
  • 4 tablespoons raw honey

How It’s Done

  • Combine honey and aloe vera juice in bowl
  • Stir well
  • Apply to face using clean hands/cotton wool pad
  • Leave in place until dry
  • Rinse away with lukewarm water
  • Finish by applying oil free moisturizer

Honey and Oatmeal Mask for Acne

Honey (again) combines with the soothing power of oatmeal to create this gentle but effective mask.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 serving steel cut oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey

How It’s Done

  • Prepare oatmeal in mixing bowl according to package directions
  • Stir in honey
  • Leave to cool
  • Apply mixture to face using clean hands or a cotton bud
  • Leave to dry, 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse away with lukewarm water
  • Apply moisturizer
  • Eat any remaining mixture, oatmeal’s great for you!

Cucumber and Oatmeal Mask

This is a great mask for use by those with oily skin. Cucumber has both natural oil absorption and astringent properties that compliment the slightly drying, absorbent properties of the oat very well.

What You’ll Need

  • Half a cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons plain oatmeal/oats

How It’s Done

  • Cut half a cucumber into chunks
  • Add to a blender and blend until smooth
  • Transfer cucumber mixture to mixing bowl
  • Stir in oats
  • Apply mask mixture to face
  • Leave in place for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Finish by applying moisturizer

Avocado, Lemon and Honey Mask for Acne

The lightning and bleaching effect of lemon is cooled by avocado which is a soothing, antioxidant packed ingredient. The extra bacteria fighting power of honey is another plus.

What You’ll Need

  • One small avocado
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

How It’s Done

  • Scoop the meat from the avocado into a mixing bowl
  • Add honey and mash into a smooth paste with the back of a spoon
  • Drizzle in lemon juice, mix again
  • Apply to face with clean hands or cotton ball
  • Leave in place for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Finish by applying oil free moisturizer

Ready to try a few of these masks? Then head to the kitchen and get started! Then don’t forget to come back and let us know how they worked out for you, we really enjoy hearing about your real life experiences.

Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.

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