Although more prevalent during adolescent years, acne can still affect adult men and women. Acne is caused by different factors such as improper hygiene, stress, poor diet, medicines, dirt and excess oil production. Fortunately, there are various ways to treat and prevent acne including prescription drugs, topical creams, and healthier lifestyle. However, if you are looking for an all-natural method to have clearer and healthier skin, one of the most effective ways is by applying face masks or DIY natural face mask that are made from natural ingredients that are known to fight acne.
The beauty about these masks is that you can pick the ingredients that best suit your skin type and mix them at the comfort of your home. Furthermore, by using natural ingredients, the risk of experiencing allergic reactions is reduced compared to other commercially made acne treatments that usually contain harmful chemicals. Below are some of the most effective all natural face masks for acne and other skin problems.
DIY Natural Face Mask Ingredients You Can Use
1. Avocado and Honey Face Mask
Avocado, an all-time favorite when it comes to skin health, is packed with vitamins and minerals that are highly essential in maintaining healthy and clear skin. It is loaded with Vitamin E, a powerful substance that gets rid of free radicals that are harmful to the skin. Vitamin E also promotes skin cell repair and provides amazing natural moisture.
Honey is another highly sought natural ingredient when it comes to taking care of the skin. Honey is packed with antibacterial properties that are perfect in eliminating bacteria and germs that cause pimples. In addition, honey is rich with anti-inflammatory properties that minimize swelling and inflammation caused by irritated acne. It also promotes faster wound healing and helps minimize large and open pores.
Get 1 ripe avocado and scrape the inside using a spoon. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of natural raw honey and mix thoroughly. Another option is to use a blender to get a more consistent texture. Blend for about 5 minutes or until the mixture gets the consistency of a smooth paste. Apply the mask all over the face, make sure to cover the entire area especially those that are prone to acne formation. Relax and leave the mask for about 20 to 30 minutes.
You may feel a slight tingling sensation especially if it’s your first time to use this DIY natural face mask. However, if the tingling sensation becomes worst, immediately rinse off using running water. After several minutes, rinse off thoroughly. Wash your face with mild cleanser and pat dry using a soft towel. If you feel the skin becomes a little dry, you can apply a mild moisturizer.
Do these steps at least twice a week until the pimples are dried and completely gone.
2. Oatmeal and Honey Mask
Aside from being inexpensive and readily available, oatmeal is one of the most practical DIY natural face mask ingredients in treating acne due to its proven antibacterial power. Oatmeal flushes bacteria and germs that cause acne and other skin problems. Furthermore, oatmeal promotes faster repair of damaged skin cells and minimizes the probability of developing deep and permanent scars. Oatmeal also nourishes the skin and provides the instant moisturization effect.
Mix 2 cups of oatmeal with 1 cup of water. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the mixture achieves a creamy texture. Make sure to stir while cooking continuously. Remove from heat and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey. Mix well and let the mixture cool down. Apply to the face liberally. Make sure to cover the entire face especially areas that are prone to acne. Leave the mask for about 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off using running water. Apply a mild moisturizer to soften the skin further.
Repeat these steps at least 3 times a week until acne, and other skin problems are completely gone. It is recommended to use this mask in the morning before taking a shower or before going to bed.
3. Coffee Mask
When looking for an instant energy source, coffee usually comes to mind. In fact, millions of people worldwide prefer coffee as the most effective way to get instant energy. Some of these people may not know that coffee is more than just a “pick me up” drink, it is actually a powerful ingredient in maintaining healthy and clear skin.
Coffee is loaded with substances that protect the skin from various forms of bacterial infection, thus preventing acne and other skin issues. It also effectively invigorates the skin for a fresher and more radiant look. Furthermore, when used as a mask or scrub, coffee sucks out excess oil that can clog pores and develop into blackheads and whiteheads.
Mix ½ cup of freshly grounded coffee beans with a teaspoon of honey. Stir well while adding enough water to turn the mixture into a slightly creamy paste. You can also add a few scoops of avocado to make the mask more potent in fighting acne. Liberally apply this DIY natural face mask on the face and leave for a maximum of five minutes. You can also do light scrubbing motions for a few minutes before rinsing off the mask with running water. Apply a mild moisturizer if your face feels dry. Repeat these steps once or twice a week until acne, and other skin issues such as blemishes are gone.
4. Cucumber and Milk Mask
Cucumber is regarded for its cooling effect, which is ideal for treating inflamed and irritated acne. Aside from minimizing the size of acne, cucumber also effectively calms the skin and decreases redness and swelling. In addition to its calming properties, cucumber also helps close large pores and prevent excessive formation of sebum when used as DIY natural face mask.
Milk contains high levels of vitamins and minerals that do wonders to the skin. A highly demanded natural ingredient since ancient time, milk is valued for its ability to maintain healthy skin inside and outside. In addition, milk promotes faster skin repair to achieve fairer and clearer looking skin.
Cut a large cucumber into thin slices and soak in milk for a few seconds. Directly apply to the face and leave for a few minutes. Make sure to that the skin fully absorbs the essence of the cucumber before removing. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and tap dry using a soft towel. Aside from feeling instant cooling effects, your skin will have smaller pores, and the swelling and redness are drastically reduced.
To make a mask, blend several pieces of cucumber slices with a cup of milk. Add ½ cup of oatmeal. You can also add a few drops of lemon to get more antibacterial power and a teaspoon of honey. Blend until the mixture achieves a creamy form. Apply liberally to the face especially on areas affected by acne. Leave for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with running water. Pat dry your face with a soft towel. Apply a mild moisturizer or skin toner if skin feels dry.
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