Natural Facial Masks for Acne Prone and Oily Skin

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Not every cause of acne is the same. If you have oily skin – masks 2-3 times a week are a must. They cleanse and tighten pores, reduce inflammation and improve complexion. Try to mix and match mask ingredients until you find the combination that works for you. Facial masks might not be mask for oily skina cure for every case of acne, but they will definitely improve the conditions of your skin. If the facial mask makes you uncomfortable – it is not for you. Make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. For better results use scrub before applying a mask (skip this step if you have inflamed or irritated skin or acute acne).

Our recommendations: Combine masks with home use skin care devices helpful to reduce oily and acne prone skin problems, such as: Ozone Beauty Wand, High-frequency D'Arsonvale Machine, Ultrasound Photon Rejuvenating Device. Being effective by themselves, the devices substantially increase the depth of penetration of useful ingredients into your pores thus enhancing their productivity.

Aspirin Mask to Fight Acne, Redness and Swelling Aspirin is over the counter drug that is used for different health conditions and to treat mild pain. Aspirin contains Salicylic Acid, also called Beta Hydroxyl Acid (BHA) that helps fight acne, redness and swelling. If I you use it in a form of a full-face mask you need 3-5 tablets of Aspirin (uncoated) dissolved in few drops of water to form a paste. To apply to acne spots directly (with a Q-tip) you will need half a tablet only. Don’t forget to perform a test on a small hidden area of your skin.

Since the consistency of this mask is a bit runny you can modify is in a variety of ways: a) replace water with honey, yogurt, apple vinegar or aloe vera; b) use any moisturizer instead of water and make the mask less harsh; c) add aspirin powder into any clay, hydrating or soothing mask of your choice, this will make the mask less irritating and drying. Apply to the face avoiding eye zone. Leave for 15 minutes then rinse.

The mask exfoliates skin and makes it more sensitive to sunlight. Make sure to apply SPF 30 or more when exposed to sunlight. Don’t use the mask more than once in 3-4 days for oily skin, and not more than once a week in all other cases. It doesn't give dramatic results quickly, but if you're patient and persistent, it does help, especially good to decrease redness and swelling associated with acne.

Baking Soda And Toothpaste Mask to Fight Acne Baking Soda helps to remove dead skin cells that clog pores and kills certain types of bacteria that may cause acne (Candida bacteria). To apply backing soda as an acne treatment mix 1 tsp of baking soda (not baking powder) with 2 tablespoons of water (add as needed to form a toothpaste like paste). After washing your face with a mild cleanser apply gently to your skin. Once you've coated your face with the mix, let it dry for about 15-20 min and rinse it off.

If this doesn’t help you can add a little bit of toothpaste (regular plain, not gel or whitening) and dab the mix on the blemishes. However you should be careful and start with backing soda mask first. Some people do have negative reaction to toothpaste, so use it with care and do not leave for more than 15 minutes (do not leave overnight, especially if this is the 1st time use and you don’t know your skin’s reaction) If the treatment burns on your skin wash it off immediately.

Recommendations: Baking soda can also be used for under the eye bags and dark circles. Soak cotton round in baking soda solution (as described before) and put it under the eyes for few minutes.

Mint Leaves To Eliminate Pimples and Acne Mint works as a gentle and quick home remedy for acne. Get some fresh mint leaves (from a fruit stand or supermarket), crush them finely or blend in a clean blender. Dab the mix with a Q-Tip wherever you have acne or pimples and leave on your face for 15 minutes or so. You can also apply the mix all over the face and then wash it off. To not rub mint against your skin to avoid irritation, just apply gently. Use this mix (if you have more leaves then needed for 1 time use you can store them in a fridge in a plastic container) and use at least once a week. It controls pimples.

Some people are allergic to mint, so if you are one of them – avoid this remedy

Eau De Cologne And Lemon Juice For Drying Pimples To faster dry pimples you can try a mix of equal quantities of eau de cologne and lemon juice. Apply this solution on the pimples with a Q-tip and leave it to dry. Re-apply few times, allowing each layer to dry. Wash off after the application has dried or in 15-20 minutes. If your skin shows redness or other reaction, you can leave it overnight.

Turmeric and Honey Mask for Acne, Oily Skin and Overall Skin Rejuvenation Take 1tsp of natural (not powdered) milk + 1tsp of honey + 1 tsp of turmeric and mix together in a bowl.  You can add a pinch of fine sea salt. Apply to the face for 20-30min. Remove with water. This mask is very helpful for oily, acne prone skin. It is also reported to make acne scars less visible. The mask is perfect for overall skin rejuvenation. It might leave your face a little yellow, so make it before bedtime and the yellowness will disappear by the morning. You can also use some cleanser or tonic to get rid of the color. Apply carefully not to stain your clothes; the turmeric stains are very hard to remove.

Parsley Leave to Fight Acne, Dark Spots and Skin Discoloration Parsley is widely known for its skin whitening properties. It is also helpful for some acne cases. This combination of natural properties makes it also helpful in minimizing visibility of post acne scars. Take fresh parsley leaves or stems and squeeze few drops of juice. If your skin is not dry, add 2-3 drops of lemon juice (it’s know for skin drying and whitening properties). Apply parsley juice alone or mixed with lemon to your face. Let it dry, wait for few minutes and remove with lukewarm water. If your skin likes it (no unpleasant feelings or tightness), make it your everyday routine to improve your acne, whiten dark spots and clear the skin.

Note: Lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive.

Aloe Leave to Fight Acne Place the Aloe leave into the fridge for 7-10 days. Squeeze the juice, mix it with a small pinch of fine salt and apply to your face twice daily, morning and evening. For oily or combination skin add few drops of lemon juice to the mix. Let dry and rinse with water. This mask is also effective for overall skin improvement, brightening and moisturizing.

Tip: To reduce oil production you can simply apply freshly squeezed aloe juice to your face twice a day (morning and evening). Keep the aloe in the fridge for about 2 weeks before use, this will intensify concentration of biologically active ingredients and make the juice extraction easier.

Tea Tree Oil for Pimples The antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil makes it an effective remedy for many cases of acne. It kills acne-causing bacteria and lessens acne breakouts. Dilute Tea tree oil with a little bit of water before applying it to the skin. Soak a Q-tip in diluted tea tree oil, and then dab onto the areas of breakouts up to three times a day.

You can also mix 15 drops of Tea Tree Oil and with 5 drops of Lavender Oil and 5 drops of water. Take a Q-tip and carefully apply to each pimple few times a day. This acne treatment will help quickly dry pimples, prevent spreading and decrease inflammation and redness. It will also speeds up cell regeneration and healing process in the affected areas.

Papaya in Homemade Skin Care Papaya fruit contains natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and papain, which is an enzyme exfoliating the skin and giving way to new cell production. Papaya is beneficial for preventative or restorative skin care, helps to heal acne, reduce wrinkles, restore and rejuvenate skin. Papaya plant is loaded with Vitamin A, which accelerates the formation of new skin cells; Vitamin C, which is an anti-oxidant and beta-carotene, which protects the skin and promotes elasticity. In some cases papaya leave juice is even reported to reverse cancer.

Extract of green papaya helps regulate and reduces production of melanin pigment (overproduction of melanin makes your skin look darker). Gentle for any skin type, including delicate and sensitive skin, facial mask containing papaya is a powerful treatment to restore radiance and lock in moisture on dull-looking skin. The skin appears brighter, feels smooth and restores it’s natural glow. Papaya is used is many skin care products.

Warning: Papayas contain an ingredient called chitinase, which can cause an allergic reaction in people who have a latex allergy. To avoid risks of allergic reaction test a small area of your skin prior to applying a full-face mask (wait 24 hours to see no redness or swelling).

The easiest mask is: fresh Papaya juice or combination of Papaya and Pineapple juices (also containing AHA acid and enzymes) applied to the face, neck or hands with a cloth or cotton ball is an easy and effective way to make your skin look refreshed and tightened. Remove in no longer than 10 minutes.

Papaya and Clay Whitening Mask for Oily Skin Make a fine paste by mixing thoroughly 2 teaspoons of cosmetic clay, 1 teaspoon of aloe vera, 2 tablespoons of papaya pulp. Apply the mask on clean face and neck, avoiding the eye and lip areas. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off completely with lukewarm water.

Clay opens and cleans clogged or blocked pores, detoxifies and brightens skin; aloe vera replenishes moisture and hydrates skin.

Good for normal, combination or oily skin.

Honey and Papaya Mask for Oily Skin Take 2 tablespoons of cocoa; add 3 teaspoons of heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of ripe papaya pulp, 2 teaspoons of honey and 3 teaspoons of minced oatmeal or oatmeal powder. Stir and mix ingredients carefully and apply to the face to 10-15 minutes after which wash off with warm water. This anti aging mask is good for blemishes, greasy and acne-prone skin

Sweet Pepper Mask for Oily Skin Take 2 tablespoons of red or yellow sweet pepper pulp blend it with 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon of no sugar yogurt and 1 tablespoon of grinded oatmeal. Apply to face for 15 minutes and wash off the mask with cold water.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Pimples Apply carefully with a Q-tip to each pimple once or twice daily. This procedure will help quickly dry pimples, prevent spreading, decrease inflammation and redness. It will also speeds up cell regeneration and healing process in the affected areas.

Cottage Cheese Mask for Oily Skin Cottage cheese, yogurt and milk are rich sources of calcium and magnesium. Take 2 teaspoons of low fat cottage cheese mix it with equal amount of tomato (you can also use strawberry or carrot) juice in a food processor or blender, add a pinch of sea salt, stir carefully and apply to your face. Let it dry for 10 min and apply a second layer. In 5 minutes remove with a cloth and lukewarm water.

Please note: For oily skin or combination skin use only low fat or fat free cottage cheese.

Banana Mask for Greasy Skin Mash 1 banana with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice until smooth consistency. Add 1 egg yolk into the mixture. Apply to the face for 15-20 minutes and remove with warm water. Repeat at least twice a week. The mask will also even out your skin tone and lighten your skin.

Whitening Mask for Oily Skin Take 3 teaspoons of low fat cottage cheese. Add about 4 teaspoons of plain yogurt (preferably sugar free). Separate egg white from one egg and whip it with a folk. Mash in 3 drops of Hydrogen Peroxide Solution. Mix all ingredients until smooth and apply to your face for not more than 15 min. Remove with lukewarm water and follow with moisturizing cream of your choice.

Avocado Facial Mask for Oily Skin Separate egg white from one egg and whip it with a folk. Add one teaspoon of lemon juice and mash in half an avocado. Mix it in a blender or with a folk until it forms pulp like smooth mixture. Apply to your face and leave for 20 minutes. Remove with lukewarm water and follow with moisturizing cream of your choice. This mask is also effective for overall skin improvement, brightening and moisturizing.

Pore Minimizing Egg White Mask This mask will tighten your skin, reduce pore size and clear the red spots. Separate egg white from one egg and whip it with a folk. Little by little add one 0.5 teaspoon of lemon juice to the egg white. Apply to your face and let dry. Follow with the 2nd layer and let dry again. Wash off with lukewarm water when the mask is completely dry (approximately 20 min)

Yeast Mask For Acne and Oily Skin Dissolve 1 teaspoon of yeast in boiled water until it reaches the consistency of sour cream. Add a few drops of lemon juice and mix. Apply to face and remove with cool water when completely dry.