How to Make Homemade Face Masks for Acne
You don't need to visit a spa for an expensive acne treatment. Many of the same ingredients spas use are available in your local supermarket. Each of these masks targets a skin problem related to acne, from excess oil to redness to scarring. Try rotating them throughout the course of a week.
Choose the Right Mask
Create a mask schedule and list of recipes. Your skin might be oily one day and dry two days later. Having a repertoire of masks that fight specific problems will help more than applying the same mask time and time again.
Combine ½ cup strawberries, 1 beaten egg white and 2 tsp. honey to fight breakouts. According to Janice Cox in "Natural Beauty at Home," strawberries and honey make an ideal combination for fighting acne. The strawberries contain natural salicylic acid, a drying ingredient that helps zap zits. Honey helps fight the bacteria that, when trapped in your pores, can lead to pimples and blackheads.
Make a mask of a beaten white of an egg to reduce blemish-based redness. According to Planet Green writer Lynda Fassa, egg whites reduce redness and inflammation and lead to fewer breakouts overall.
Mix together 1/2 cup of mashed papaya with 2 tbsp. honey for a mask that will diminish the look of acne scars. Sharon Ronen, founder of Skin Haven Spa Studio & Wellspa, tells Marie Claire magazine that the mask can help lighten sun spots or uneven pigmentation, like that caused by acne scars.
Combine 2 tbsp. plain yogurt and a handful of chopped or ground oatmeal for mask that will sop up excess oil. According to Good Housekeeping, this combination can cleanse and tone your skin, when mixed into a paste. The magazine's recipe adds dried lavender for an aromatherapy effect, but consider this ingredient optional, as it has no acne-fighting effect on your skin.
Apply the Mask
Mix the recipe's ingredients in a blender or food processor. If the recipe has just one ingredient, such as the egg white mask, skip this step.
Pat the mixture onto your face. Avoid getting the mask too close to your eyes.
Let the mixture dry on your face. In most cases, this takes from 10 to 20 minutes. You should feel the mask tightening as it dries.
Rinse with cool or lukewarm water to remove the mask.
Let your face air dry for best results.
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