9 Super-Easy DIY Face Masks for Acne

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#Acnewoes. So many of us have been there: painful, mortifying breakouts erupting in various places, small under-the-skin bumps that won’t go away, blackheads that make you look just a little bit dirty, or like me, hormonal acne and rough texture that show up every… freaking… month.

 You’ve got to clear up your skin and you want easy and cheap, effective and clean.

The solution is simple.

DIY face masks!

With the right ingredients, they can target several issues at once: breakouts, texture, clogged pores, excessive oil, dry skin, wrinkles and fine lines–you name it. 

And since face masks are incredibly easy to make with kitchen pantry ingredients, why not save money and whip up your own? 

Another reason to DIY it? Because you are making it yourself, you will know exactly what is in your mask–no mysterious, unpronounceable chemicals with suspect motives.  How awesome is that?

Below are 9 super-easy diy face masks for acne with 4 ingredients or less, that can be made in just minutes. Let’s jump in!

DIY Detox Face Mask

The ingredients: 

Whole milk yogurt

Activated charcoal

Turmeric

Witch hazel

This mask is an acne heavy-hitter, great for oily skin with active breakouts.

Yogurt has lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid. It will provide gentle exfoliation, and the zinc in yogurt helps soothe inflammation.

Charcoal is super-effective at drawing out toxins and killing active breakouts. Turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories, and it also has antibacterial, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, as well.

Finally, witch hazel is an effective anti-inflammatory and astringent, making it a perfect wetting agent in an acne face mask.

Thanks to Scratch Mommy for this recipe–get all the details here.

Banana Face Mask for Acne and Scars

The ingredients: 

Banana

Lemon

Baking soda

I had to add this one in this lineup up because of the banana! I’ve never used banana in a face mask before, have you?

Banana is very nutritious, with enzymes to help moisturize; vitamin C, which is an effective antioxidant; and anti-inflammatory minerals like magnesium and calcium to soothe irritated skin.

And while there isn’t much evidence that lemon can reduce acne, it does have strong antibacterial and astringent properties, which can help support skincare for oily, acne-prone skin. Just be sure to rinse off any mask that contains citrus very well before exposure to sunlight, to avoid the risk of chemical burns.

Baking Soda is so effective at drying up active breakouts that it can be used alone as a spot treatment, but mixes well with face mask ingredients and facial cleansers. Contains strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It works well as a mild exfoliant, too.

Thanks to Alluring Soul for this recipe–get all the details here.

Cinnamon, Honey & Tea Tree Oil Mask

The ingredients: 

Honey

Tea Tree Oil

Cinnamon

This is a great mask for red, irritated skin because each of the ingredients has such strong anti-inflammatory properties. Score.

Did you know that cinnamon has the highest antioxidant level of all the common spices that we use in the U.S.? It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well. 

Honey is soothing, and its polyphenols are powerful antioxidants, which combat free radicals.  Alone, honey is a great spot treatment on an active breakout. Try to use raw or Manuka honey for an even bigger nutrition boost.

Tea Tree Oil has fantastic antibacterial properties, and has been shown to be an effective acne fighter on its own.  I like to use a 1:1 ratio of tea tree oil and jojoba or grapeseed oil as a spot treatment, as well. 

Thanks to Dr. Axe for this recipe–get all the details here.

Avocado Face Mask for Acne

The ingredients: 

Avocado

Nutmeg

Lemon

The avocado in this mask makes it great for those with dry, and/or mature skin who need to tackle acne (like me).

Avocado is a superfood packed with fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. It’s moisturizing, soothing, and anti-aging, and it gives nice body to your other mask ingredients.   

Nutmeg is  a new mask ingredient for me. I didn’t know until recently that it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and can be used as a spot treatment on an active breakout. 

Lemon has strong antibacterial and astringent properties, which can help support skincare for oily, acne-prone skin. Just be sure to rinse off any mask that contains citrus very well before exposure to sunlight, to avoid the risk of chemical burns.

Thanks to Bliss Only for this recipe–get all the details here.

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Honey, Oatmeal & Nutmeg Face Mask for Acne

The ingredients: 

Oatmeal

Honey

Nutmeg

Lemon

This is a great mask for irritated, oily skin with active breakouts. 

Oatmeal is well-known for its soothing properties–it’s great for treating itchy, super-irritated, inflamed skin. Oatmeal is also very absorbent, which makes it a nice addition in an oily-skin face mask.   

Honey is soothing, and its polyphenols are powerful antioxidants, which combat free radicals.  Alone, honey is a great spot treatment on an active breakout. Try to use raw or Manuka honey for an even bigger nutrition boost.

As I mentioned, nutmeg is  a new mask ingredient for me. I didn’t know until recently that it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and can also be used as a spot treatment on an active breakout. Nutmeg also has antioxidants to fight free radicals–who knew?

Lemon has strong antibacterial and astringent properties, which can help support skincare for oily, acne-prone skin. Just be sure to rinse off any mask that contains citrus very well before exposure to sunlight, to avoid the risk of chemical burns.

Thanks to Slashed Beauty for this recipe–get all the details here.

DIY Charcoal Face Mask

The ingredients: 

Activated Charcoal

Bentonite Clay

Witch Hazel

Tea Tree Oil

This is another heavy-hitting acne mask best for oily, irritated skin with active breakouts.  You will have visible reduction/elimination of breakouts the next day. And even though I said this mask is best for oily skin, it could work for any skin type, even dry and sensitive. When I use a mask like this that can be potentially drying, I follow up with a good moisturizer, and I may add jojoba, sweet almond oil, or rose water to the mix. 

Charcoal is super-effective at drawing out toxins and killing active breakouts. 

Bentonite Clay is a mineral-rich, absorbent clay that works really, really well on acne. It’s one of my favorite things to put on my skin when it is acting up. Get the super-popular Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay here

Witch Hazel is an effective anti-inflammatory and astringent, making it a perfect wetting agent in an acne face mask. 

Tea Tree Oil has fantastic antibacterial properties, and has been shown to be an effective acne fighter on its own.  I like to use a 1:1 ratio of tea tree oil and jojoba or grapeseed oil as a spot treatment, as well.

Thanks to Oh, The Things We’ll Make for this recipe–get all the details here.

Aloe Vera Face Mask for Acne-Free Skin

The ingredients: 

Aloe Vera

Nutmeg

Lemon

This mask would work well for any skin type that’s irritated. 

Aloe Vera is loaded with nutrients for acne-prone skin, including four types of fatty acids and several enzymes that are anti-inflammatory, as well as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. 

Nutmeg is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory; perfect for acne-prone, irritated skin. This works great as a spot treatment, as well, perhaps mixed with a little aloe vera. 

Lemon has strong antibacterial and astringent properties, which can help support skincare for oily, acne-prone skin. Just be sure to rinse off any mask that contains citrus very well before exposure to sunlight, to avoid the risk of chemical burns.

Thanks to Alluring Soul for another great recipe–get all the details here.

Breakout-Targeting Face Mask

The ingredients: 

Honey

Baking Soda

Lemon

Bonus: the honey makes this mask moisturizing,  and the baking soda and lemon make it mildly exfoliating.

Honey is soothing, and its polyphenols are powerful antioxidants, which combat free radicals.  Alone, honey is a great spot treatment on an active breakout. Try to use raw or Manuka honey for an even bigger nutrition boost.

Baking Soda is so effective at drying up active breakouts that it can be used alone as a spot treatment, but mixes well with face mask ingredients and facial cleansers. Contains strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It works well as a mild exfoliant, too.

Lemon has strong antibacterial and astringent properties, which can help support skincare for oily, acne-prone skin. Just be sure to rinse off any mask that contains citrus very well before exposure to sunlight, to avoid the risk of chemical burns.

Thanks to Buzzfeed for this recipe–get all the details here.

DIY Face Mask for Acne

The ingredients: 

Bentonite Clay

Apple Cider Vinegar

A very basic but extremely effective mask for breakouts, blackheads and rough, congested skin. The mask goes on wet, but if you let it dry, it will really suck the moisture out of your skin. To avoid this, I simply spray rose water (you can also use plain water, a toner or facial mist) on the areas of the mask that I can feel drying, until the 15-minute time is up. It works beautifully.

Bentonite Clay is a mineral-rich, absorbent clay that works really, really well on acne. It’s one of my favorite things to put on my skin when my skin is acting up. Get the super-popular Aztec Secret Bentonite Clay here

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has several beauty uses, and one them is as an acne fighter. Certain acids in ACV, like succinic and citric acids, have been shown in research to inhibit the growth of the bacteria that forms acne. 

Directions: Place about 2 heaping teaspoons of bentonite clay in a non-metal bowl, then add enough ACV to make a thick paste–about the consistency of Greek yogurt. Spread on your face, avoiding your eyes, and leave on for 15-20 minutes. As it starts to dry, spray the mask with water or rose water (this rose water spray is super-affordable) to prevent it from drying out your skin. Expect to see visible results the very next day!

 

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