Let’s talk about whether homemade masks for acne will help you deal with acne breakouts. And if so, which one is it: made at home according to a traditional recipe or bought from a store? (which is technically not homemade)
First off, let’s get one thing straight: if you have an exacerbation of acne and there is so much acne on your face (trust me, it is not that bad) that you do can not cover it with even a concealer, homemade masks for acne will not solve your problem. However, they will definitely do their job as a way of additional care in your battle against acne in general.
These masks are commonly used as a preventive measure to prevent (duh) acne from forming on oily skin. This does not mean that such masks are not recommended for existing rashes, but you need to understand that acne requires proper treatment, and a mask is not a medicine.
In some cases, homemade masks for acne might not be the ultimate solution out there.
In addition, a face mask for acne is undoubtedly able to prevent single rashes, which oily skin is most prone to.
So, let’s get right to it!
#1. Aloe mask
This one comes at the top of the list due to its numerous benefits. Aloe contains substances that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The plant gel is infused with 75 active ingredients such as amino acids, salicylic acid, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. They stimulate the synthesis of collagen in the skin and improve the condition of acne and wounds.
How to make this face mask for acne: Mix 2 tablespoons of aloe vera, half a cucumber, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Make sure you crush the cucumber into a paste form. Mix well and leave on your blemished skin for 15 mins and then rinse your face with warm water.
Why we love this mask: Lemon and aloe are powerful antioxidants that soften the skin and reduce inflammation in cells. These beneficial ingredients unclog pores and aid in the healing process.
In addition, the mixture is soothing and slightly exfoliating. The mask is light, non-greasy, and does not contain comedogenic components. And we love it for that.
IMPORTANT: Lemon can be irritating on the skin, do a patch test (apply a small amount on your wrist for example) before using it on your face.
#2. Clay mask
You most probably have heard about this one, it is one of the most popular homemade masks for acne. It is still relevant in 2021 and is absolutely vital for home acne treatment.
Clay is very absorbent, has a wide variety of nutrients and minerals such as silica, copper, calcium, magnesium, sodium, etc. It has been proven that clay has antibacterial properties and has been used for centuries to cure many health disorders.
What a clay mask essentially does for skin is draw out the pimples and shrink the pores of the skin. As a result, it absorbs excess oil and clears dead skin cells.
How to make this mask: Mix 2 teaspoons of white clay, 1 tablespoon of green tea, 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel, and 2 drops of lavender essential oil (optional). Gradually dilute the clay powder with tea until it forms a paste. Add aloe vera and stir again. Do not use metal utensils. Apply for 5 minutes.
Why we love it: It contains zinc, silicon, magnesium, and mineral salts. Suitable for combination and oily skin – it perfectly dries rashes, cleanses pores, and with constant use reduces oily shine, tightens, and even slightly whitens the skin. In addition, white clay is used in hair products: it dries out the oily scalp and fights dandruff.
#3. Turmeric and honey mask
Essentially, both ingredients have anti-inflammatory effects. Honey, being one of the most antioxidant-rich products there is, provides natural anti-bacterial features that soothe the inflamed skin and prevent further breakouts. Together, they make one of the greatest homemade masks for acne.
How to make this face mask for acne: Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric and 1 tablespoon of honey using a wooden spoon. Leave it on for 10-15 mins. Apply this mask one to two times a week for three weeks to experience the best skin results.
IMPORTANT: The mask will stain your face, but don’t worry! It is totally worth it. Just use a toner or a cleanser to wash the leftover stain. You can also soak cotton pads in milk and gently clean them. Also, a great tip would be to do this at a weekend to make sure you don’t have any urgent meetings to attend in the morning.
Why we love it: Turmeric in the mask is very versatile, it can be combined with other ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, yogurt, or aloe which will still work wonders. Turmeric encourages fast healing and contains curcumin which has a number of health benefits. Turmeric is one of the most common ingredients in the topical treatment of acne.
#4. Charcoal Mask with Aloe Vera
This great combo will make sure that any excess oil is removed from your skin and is moisturized by the effect of aloe vera gel. Activated charcoal will clean skin from dirt, dust, toxins, dead cells of the epidermis, thereby improving skin respiration, the supply of nutrients, and the regeneration process.
How to make this homemade mask: Mix 1 tablespoon of activated charcoal, 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel, ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, 1-2 drops of tea tree oil, and ¼ teaspoon of water.
The crushed activated charcoal is mixed with salt, oil, and aloe vera gel, then water is added until a mushy consistency is obtained. Keep the mass on the face for no more than 20 minutes, after which rinse with warm water.
Why we love it: An activated charcoal face mask is an excellent remedy for all skin types, but it will be most effective for problematic and oily skin. While activated charcoal effectively blocks inflamed lesions with acne and pimples, aloe vera will have a soothing effect.
These ingredients are used in many skincare products and make one of the most effective homemade masks for acne.
#5. Avocado and Lemon Mask
Avocados are packed with vitamins, (Esp Vitamin E) antioxidants, and healthy fats. This is what makes them perfect as one of the homemade masks for acne. It is a natural moisturizer. Lemon contains citric acid which, unlike many other acids, citric acid is unique because it also has antioxidant properties.
How to make this mask: Mash 1 ripe avocado and squeeze half a lemon, mix together well, and apply to problematic areas, leave for 5-10 mins. Adding a tablespoon of honey is optional.
If you have sensitive skin, you can leave the lemon part out. It is best to use this mask in the evening to avoid any sun exposure.
Why we love it: The natural hydrating essence of avocado combined with clarifying effect of lemon is a great homemade remedy to make sure your skin gets proper care without your pores being blocked. (which is essentially how your acne gets through)
In addition, the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of honey will give you the brightness and rejuvenation your skin deserves.
Precautions with homemade acne mask
Be extremely careful when making homemade masks for acne. There are still some risks that come with them. Before applying a face mask for acne, test it on a small area of the skin for a possible negative reaction or allergy. Especially, if you are trying it for the first time.
Make sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed and ready to layer the mask on. If you have extreme skin conditions like rosacea, dermatitis, or severe acne, consult with your dermatologist first. Always remember that homemade masks for acne might not be suitable for every skin, and that is OK.
Listen to your gut and wash off the mask at the slightest discomfort.