Homemade Face Masks for Acne and Backheads Prone Skin

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Your skin is your first line of defense against bacteria [1]. It is also the first to alert you when something is wrong inside your body.  The common signs are eczema; rashes, acne, moles, psoriasis, dry skin, and more. In the quest for smooth and youthful skin, there are many possibilities available for the acne-prone, some of which can be harmful.

Acne can be treated with many over the counter products that claim to eradicate it. And so, now you ask, does microdermabrasion help acne like many claimed it to be? Yes, it is well known that microdermabrasion provides beneficial treatment to most people – even dermatologists recommend them. However, a majority of them still present certain side effects, including dryness and redness if not use properly.

Thus, some people may still prefer doing it themselves since they know what goes inside. Natural DIY facial masks can be used to minimize daily pollutants and germs that may settle on the skin leading to an outbreak. However, even when creating your own homemade face mask, there are still a few things you need to be careful about.

What to observe Before Applying a Mask

First, ensure your skin is clean. One of the best ways to achieve this is by taking a shower with warm water or steaming your body.

  • Boil filtered water and transfer it to a large bowl allowing it to cool for about a minute
  • Place your face over the bowl and cover your head and the bowl with a towel to trap the steam for about 10 minutes

Best Homemade Face Masks for Acne Scars and Blackheads

Although acne is more common in adolescents, it can affect people of all ages. It causes scarring and pustules, which can be very painful. The following factors can trigger or worsen it:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal fluctuation
  • Bacteria
  • Hyperactive sebaceous glands
  • Genetics
  • Dead skin cells

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Close-up of young woman wearing facial mask

Here are some of the best homemade face masks for acne which may help reduce your scars, pimples and blackheads.

1. Turmeric and Yoghurt Face Mask

Ingredients needed include:

  • A teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • A teaspoon of yoghurt

Mix all of them and apply the solution directly to your face. Allow it to sit for about half an hour before wiping it off with a damp cloth. Apply a moisturizer to your face to keep it hydrated.

Turmeric is good for destroying the acne-causing bacterium. This is especially a great mask for oily skin because turmeric saps excess oil from the skin. It contains beneficial acne treatment qualities, including antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.

Yoghurt also contains acne healing qualities, including antimicrobial and antifungal. Honey nourishes and hydrates the skin. Its antifungal and antibacterial qualities prevent the buildup of bacteria that can cause skin imbalance and acne.

2. Baking Soda Face Mask

Ingredients needed include:

  • A tablespoon of baking soda
  • Honey
  • A teaspoon of lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients and apply the solution to your face, allowing it to sit for about half an hour before cleaning it off. If you have sensitive skin or have a scratch on any of the pimples, irritation may be felt. If it lasts more than a minute, you might need to wash the mask off with clean water.

Baking soda contains an exfoliation property necessary for removing excess oil from the skin. Honey hydrates and nourishes the skin and contains the antifungal and anti-bacterial properties which prevent the buildup of bacteria. Because lemon juice is packed with citric acid, it acts as a natural exfoliate.  Citric acid is an antiseptic which reduces the number of bacterium on the skin.

3. Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil Face Mask

You will need:

  • 2 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • A teaspoon of aloe vera gel
  • A drop of lemongrass essential oil

Cleanse your face using a mixture of these ingredients. Leave it to sit on your face for half an hour before rinsing it off. For fast results, this mask can be left on the face overnight.

Aloe Vera gel contains antifungal and anti-bacterial properties, both of which are known to treat acne. It accelerates the healing process of infected pimples by preventing germs from penetrating it. It also contains an astringent property [2] responsible for sapping excess sebum from the skin to prevent a further breakout of pimples.

Tea tree essential oil contains anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which kill acne, whiteheads, and blackhead-causing germs. Unlike most other treatments, tea tree does not remove the skin’s natural oils. Treatments that strip natural oils from the skin cause more damage.

4. Honey and Avocado Mask

This is the perfect face mask for dry skin. Ingredients include:

  • A teaspoon honey
  • A teaspoon of olive oil
  • ¼ of a whole avocado

Mix all ingredients and spread the solution evenly over your face, leaving it to sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off.

Honey is a natural moisturizer that draws water to the surface of the skin. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits and leaves minimal irritation. The natural oils contained in avocado moisturize and soften the skin.

5. Bentonite Clay and Green Tea Mask

This is an excellent mask for oily skin. Ingredients include:

  • 2 tablespoons of green tea
  • ½ teaspoon of Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay

Mix all ingredients and spread evenly over your face, leaving the solution to sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off.

Excessively oily skin can encourage a high production of acne-causing germs. Bentonite detoxes your body and regulates the production of sebum.

6. Cucumber-Honey-Tea Mask

This mask is designed for sensitive skin. Ingredients include:

  • A cup of black tea
  • A tablespoon of honey
  • A drop of 2 of essential oil

Mix all the ingredients and apply the solution directly to your face, leaving it to sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off. If you have sensitive skin, you want to use ingredients that are less likely to irritate your skin. Cucumber is hydrating, honey is nourishing, and black tea is rich in antioxidants. 

You could add a drop of essential oil such as jojoba, sandalwood, or lavender, all of which contain anti-inflammatory qualities. If you are not sure about the sensitivity of your skin, try spot treating a small area, or simply test with a small part of your forearm.

Pus-filled boils and stubborn dark rashes begin to show up during teenage years. By late teens, you would expect the acne to cease to be a problem. Unfortunately, for many people, this problem may continue to adulthood. Issues such a diet and hormones can quickly trigger an acne breakout once excessive amounts of sebum are produced. 

The blocked pores often lead to blackheads, and once infected by germs and external impurities acne may occur. There are many other things you can do at home to treat it yourself. If you are dealing with stubborn pimples, these face mask home remedies should help.

However, if your condition is severe, it is crucial that you have the breakout examined by a dermatologist. They may recommend treatments such as microdermabrasion for blackheads, dermaplaning, and laser depending on your skin type and other contributing factors.

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