We all know that skin is the largest organ of the body and epidermis (outer layer of the skin) protect the skin from microbes, dust, harsh environments and other impurities.
If you didn’t take proper care of your skin (or not following skin care regimen) then it results in many skin problems like acne, dry skin, psoriasis, sores, blemishes, scars, eczema, rashes, moles, bruising, etc.
So, you have to take proper care of your skin and acne is the major skin problem that affects mostly the young adults and teenagers.
However there are many natural remedies available for treating acne and its scars but using natural homemade DIY facial masks will help you to minimize the bacteria, daily pollutants and other impurities getting into the skin and also remove the settled impurities beneath the delicate skin.
Homemade Face Mask Ingredients:
Before going into the face masks, let us know the required ingredients and how they help to clear this skin problem.
Baking Soda has an antimicrobial property that fights off the acne causing bacteria and it has an exfoliating property that removes the dead cells, impurities and excess sebum clogging the skin pores to clear acne.
Green Tea Powder exhibits the antimicrobial and antioxidant property that helps to clear the problem along with its redness and swelling on the skin. It inhibits the sebum production to prevent the skin clogs and thereby acne.
Lemon Juice acts as a natural astringent that shrink the pores to clear out the excess oil and also it has antimicrobial property to clear the infection causing germs. It also exfoliates to remove excess oil and dead cells.
Aloe Vera is enriched with antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the acne irritated skin and clears its scars.
Olive Oil and Coconut Oil are moisturizing oils that nourish the skin and clear germs causing acne. They have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that provide a soothing relief from redness and pain.
Honey acts as a natural antimicrobial, antioxidant and skin soother that relieves your pain and swelling along with clearing acne without the formation of scars on the skin.
Cinnamon has antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to clear acne and its scars on the skin.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has acidic nature that clears the bacteria or other germs causing acne. It is a natural detoxifier and balances the skin’s pH levels to get rid of acne.
Papaya contains lycopene that protects the skin from free radicals and it has enzymes called papain and chymopapain that exhibit antimicrobial property along with mild exfoliating property to remove acne.
Greek Yogurt (Raw Milk) has lactic acid that exfoliates the skin and the fats in them will provide a moisturizing effect on the skin.
Turmeric has antioxidant, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to cure acne effectively but be sure that it should stain the clothes and skin.
Sugar has gentle exfoliating property due to its texture, which helps to get rid of the buildup of dead cells, dirt and excess oil to unclog your skin pores.
What to be Followed Before Applying Masks?
Before applying any masks, you need to cleanse your skin thoroughly. The best thing you have to do is to take a shower or steam your skin to cleanse and open the skin pores.
Here is the detailed process to steam your face…
- Place a pot of clean water on heat and boil it for few minutes.
- Then transfer the water from the pot to a large bowl.
- Wait for 2 – 4 minutes to cool down a bit. Be sure that water is not too hot as it burns the skin.
- Place your face over the bowl and cover your head and the bowl with a towel to prevent the escape of steam.
- Stay like that for 5 – 10 minutes to cleanse the dirt, excess oil and other impurities from the skin and to open up the skin pores.
Natural DIY Homemade Face Masks to Cleanse your Skin:
Here are some best ways of applying face masks to cleanse your skin and thereby to clear acne and its scars.
1. Green Tea, Lemon Juice, Honey, and Sugar:
- Green tea (Matcha green tea or tea bag) – 1 tablespoon
- Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Sugar (Brown sugar) – 3 teaspoons
Mix all these ingredients in a bowl till it forms a paste. Apply it on all over the face like a mask. Massage it for a minute or two using slow and circular moments. Let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
Tip: To get exfoliating effects, you have to use a washcloth while rinsing the face to clear acne.
2. Turmeric, Honey, and Greek Yogurt/Raw Milk:
- Turmeric – 1 teaspoon
- Raw honey – 1 teaspoon
- Raw milk/ Greek yogurt – 3 teaspoons
Mix all these ingredients in a bowl till it forms a fine paste. Apply this paste all over the face as a mask using a makeup brush or cotton balls. Massage gently for a minute and let the mask sit for 10 – 15 minutes.
After that, remove the mask using a damp washcloth or cotton ball. If you find any yellow tint remaining on the skin then use water diluted apple cider vinegar as a toner to get rid of yellow stains on the skin due to the usage of turmeric.
3. Baking Soda, Olive/Coconut Oil, and Honey:
- Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
- Coconut/olive oil – 1 teaspoon
- Raw honey – 1 tablespoon
Pour all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well to make it as a fine paste. Apply it all over the face (excluding your eyes, mouth, and eyebrows). Rub the mask applied facial area for a couple of minutes in slow and circular motions. Let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
4. Cinnamon, Aloe Vera, and Honey:
- Cinnamon powder (prefer Ceylon) – 1 teaspoon
- Fresh aloe vera gel – 1 inch of leaves (or fresh aloe vera juice – 2 teaspoons)
- Honey – 3 teaspoons
Place all these ingredients in a bowl and stir well to make a fine paste. Apply this paste over the face as your face mask. Rub the paste applied areas of the face for 1 – 2 minutes in circular motions. Allow it to sit for about 10 – 15 minutes.
This mask is not only used to treat acne but also removes the stubborn blackheads. Also, remember that not to use this mask if you’re having a sensitive skin. If you feel any intolerable burning or irritation sensation, then wash it off immediately.
5. Papaya, Lemon, Olive/Coconut Oil and Honey:
- Fresh Papaya (mashed) – 2 tablespoons
- Fresh lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
- Coconut/Olive oil – 1 teaspoon
- Raw honey – 1 teaspoon
Add all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Spread this paste over your face just like you apply facemask. Rub it gently for a minute and leave it on for about 10 – 15 minutes. Rinse off the skin with lukewarm water and repeat it regularly to get rid of the acne.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda and Honey:
- Raw apple cider vinegar – 1 teaspoon
- Baking soda – 1 teaspoon
- Honey – 2 teaspoons
Stir all these ingredients in a bowl till it forms a fine paste. Spread it all over the face as your face mask and massage gently for a minute or two. Wait for 10 – 15 minutes and clear the mask using a damp clean washcloth.
Then rinse the face with lukewarm water and dry the skin to apply a light moisturizer.
Clean Your Skin from Inside:
You have to clean your skin from inside the body to prevent its recurrence and here are some suggestions to deal with how to clean your skin from inside.
Probiotics or good bacteria helps for the proper functioning of the digestive tract and thereby enhance your immune system to prevent the invasion of pathogens that make us feel sick. Regular intake of probiotics will improve digestion, synthesize vitamin K, prevent constipation and also keep the pH levels well balanced.
So, include probiotic-rich foods in your diet to strengthen your immunity and clear the toxins to prevent the occurrence of acne on the skin. You can also use quality probiotic capsules which are available in local health foods or online stores.
Drink Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar is a natural disinfectant and has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that fight off the infection causing microbes and any irritation, pain or discomfort caused by acne on the skin. Drinking ACV regularly will help to prevent the growth of harmful fungus and bacteria in the digestive tract. It stimulates weight loss, maintains blood sugar, lowers cholesterol and clears acne.
How to Prepare and Drink ACV:
Mix 1 teaspoon of ACV to 1 cup of lukewarm water. Then squeeze the juice of 1/4 piece of a lemon and a dash of Ceylon cinnamon powder and raw honey to it. Stir well and drink this mix to get rid of acne.
Few Tips to Keep in Mind for Faster Relief from Acne:
- Clean the floor, pillowcase and bed sheets regularly to prevent daily pollutants, oils and dead cells, dust, and impurities getting into the skin. Remember that getting contact with these dirty surrounds will irritate the skin and cause clogged pores.
- Drink plenty of water and other healthy fluids to flush out toxins from the body. Also, consume a healthy diet that is enriched with all essential nutrients to clean the skin. Make sure to check what you eat and whether it good for your skin or not before eating. Avoid foods that are processed, contain toxins, chemicals, GMO, MSG (monosodium glutamate) and gluten.
- Don’t Pick the Acne Blemishes. Picking will spread the infection to other parts of the face and also results in scarring and dark spots.
Try these masks and find the best one that suits your skin. Remember that with continued usage, you will definitely see improvements from acne, dry or oily skin and dark spots. Treat you’re inside and outside of the body to prevent acne and its recurrence.