3 Homemade Masks for Glowing, Acne-Free Skin
Acne - a common skin problem
If you have acne, don't panic. A lot of people out there have or deal with acne. In fact 8 out of 10 teenagers or adults deal with acne. It may be tempting to cover it with a ton of foundation or to pop it, but that is NOT going to help. I have tried so many different remedies for acne and oily skin, from facials to toothpaste.
Natural remedies are good for the skin as there are no chemicals to damage your skin, as well as keeping it hydrated. Face masks that are mentioned below are cheap, easy to make, and ACTUALLY work. In my experience, no other masks have worked as well on my skin and have not caused any damage.
Why do we have acne?
Acne happens because the pores in your skin become clogged with oil, dead skin, or bacteria. The follicle ( hair on your skin ) releases oil and causes a pimple to grow.
There are many different types of acne that occur for different reasons. Blackheads and whiteheads are clogged up skin and can be treated with many remedies. Acne that occurs due to puberty changes may not go away completely until someone is out of their teen years.
However, these three masks definitely help the skin to have a more smooth and fair look, and help to cleanse the oil away from the face. Do NOT use these masks more than once or twice a week, or you will peel away new skin cells that are needed. They have helped me with my acne and my skin has become so much lighter and smoother over time.
1. Oatmeal and Yogurt Mask
This is an extremely relaxing and soothing face mask that effectively treats oily skin and helps get a lighter complexion. In fact, this particular mask was recommended by an esthetician. It is very simple, and you probably have the ingredients right at home that can be whipped up in about 2 minutes for this mask.
What you need is:
- 1 tbsp of yogurt
- 1 tbsp of rolled oats
- 2 or 3 drops of lemon juice (if desired)
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Pull your hair back and apply onto the face, especially the forehead and nose. Wait for 10-15 minutes, or until it starts to harden. Taking cold water, gently scrub your face with the mask on in round circles. Wash off the rest of the mask, and pat your face dry.
Note: Do not use lemon juice if you have sensitive skin, as it can irritate skin and cause rashes. If you feel any irritation or burning, wash off immediately and discontinue use of lemon.
2. Clay/Mud Mask
This is probably one of my absolute favourite masks to use to get rid of oily skin and acne. Whenever I get a breakout, I have to put this mask on and you can see the effects after just one application. It does a deep cleaning of the skin, taking off all the residue and oil build. It is completely natural, and it is a must try.
What you need:
- 1 tbsp Fuller's Earth ( Multani Mitti )
- 2 tbsp Rosewater/Yogurt (Alter quantity for desired thickness)
- 2 - 3 drops lemon juice (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth paste that is not runny or thin Wash and dry your face before applying. Pull your hair back, and apply the paste onto your face, especially the forehead, nose, and other acne-prone spots. Wait for 10-15 minutes until it starts to harden, and gently wash off with lukewarm water.
Note: Be very careful with lemon juice. It can irritate skin and cause rashes, and should not be used if you have sensitive skin. If you feel irritation or a burning feeling, wash off immediately, and discontinue use of lemon.
3.Chickpea Flour Mask
And last but not least, the chickpea flour mask! Now, this is a great mask to use for getting rid of an annoying tan, as well as keeping the skin rid of oily build up. It should not be applied more than once or twice a week. This is a very useful and yielding home remedy that works to quickly get clear and fair skin.
What you need:
- 2 tbsp chickpea flour (besan)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1-2 tbsp rosewater ( depending on desired thickness )
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Pull hair back, and apply onto face, especially the forehead, nose, and acne prone areas. Wait for 10-15 minutes, and wash off gently with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry.
Try these out!
What is the need for expensive acne treatments when you can just make your own in literally minutes with ingredients you have right at home? Give these a try, and remember that acne will not go away instantly. Keep putting on these masks every week and you will definitely begin to see the results.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.