Easy at Home Masks for Acne Free Skin for Teens
Acne is nearly inevitable for teenagers, most of whom will have to deal with a breakout at some point during their middle or high school career. If your acne is serious or sticks around even though you've used home and over-the-counter remedies to treat it, book a dermatologist appointment--you may need prescription-strength treatment to prevent breakouts. Otherwise, do-it-yourself masks can be a good option for treating occasional acne.
Most acne masks can be used once or twice a week on your whole face or dabbed directly onto blemishes and problem areas as needed. Most at-home masks can be made in under 20 minutes--if you are using fresh fruit or anything that needs to be peeled, seeded or otherwise prepared for use, you may need a few more minutes. You should plan to leave the mask on your skin for around 20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Acne masks serve several purposes for teenagers. If you're in the middle of an active breakout, their most important purpose is to help clear up your skin and speed acne on its way. Masks can also help to prevent future breakouts and to soothe skin that is irritated or inflamed because of breakouts.
There are several ingredients from your kitchen that work well as acne masks. In Marie Claire magazine, Sharon Ronen, the founder and owner, of Skin Haven Spa Studio and WellSpa in Los Angeles, recommends combining egg yolk with honey, olive oil and plain oatmeal to make a mask for oily skin. In Teen Vogue magazine, Bettijo Hirschi, creator of the natural bodycare line Bath By Bettijo, recommends mashing a fresh peach with a little baking soda and yogurt to make a mask that soothes irritated skin. Plain baking soda made into a paste with a little water can also be a good acne mask, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
Continue to use acne-fighting masks occasionally even when your skin is clear, David Bank, dermatologist and director of the Center for Dermatology in Mount Kisco, New York, recommends in Teen Vogue. Bank says preventing acne is more effective than spot-treating it in the long run, but if you want to avoid breakouts, you need to take care of your skin even when your acne is dormant.
Homemade masks may be made with natural ingredients, but they can still trigger allergic reactions or cause irritation for some people. If you're allergic to an ingredient, avoid using that ingredient in your acne mask. If you have broken skin from a popped pimple or other skin damage, don't use a mask over the broken skin. And, discontinue use of any acne mask that causes your skin to become irritated.
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