Why spend money on acne masks when you can easily make your own at home?
Acne masks are a special type of facial masks used to clear acne lesions from the face. They are similar to regular facial masks used in routine skin care sessions but they contain ingredients with anti-acne properties.
There are some advantages to making your own acne mask. First, if you decide to try a homemade mask, you can experiment with the ingredients used and the amounts in which they are mixed. This allows you to find the perfect formula for your skin.
The problem with pre-mixed products sold at the drugstore is that they follow fixed formulas. Their ingredients are mixed in fixed ratios and they are formulated for the typical skin. Everyone’s skin is different so these products will never work for everyone.
The unique nature of our skin is the reason we get different results from skincare products and topical medications.
Yet another reason to make your own acne masks at home is that the kind of mask you need will depend on the severity and type of your acne. Acne masks are not all equal. Some are milder on the skin than others.
Key Considerations for Acne Masks
– People with oily skin types should use clay-based acne masks. Clay-based acne masks generally refer to masks made with high-absorbent ingredients. These ingredients provide an overall astringent effect that removes excess sebum from the face.
– People with dry skin types should use hydrating masks. Such masks are made with ingredients that provide an overall moisturizing effect. For example, jojoba oil can soothe and moisturize the skin even while reducing sebum secretion.
– People with sensitive skin types should avoid acne masks made with potential irritants. Instead, this skin type needs herbal extracts that soothe the skin.
– If you have an oily complexion, make your acne mask into a paste and allow it to dry and set after applying it.
– Mix your acne mask into a creamy consistency if your skin is dry and/or sensitive.
– Apply your acne mask with a makeup brush instead of slathering the cream or paste on your face with your fingers.
– Masks that are to be removed quickly should not be allowed to set on the face while longer duration masks can be allowed to dry and set.
– Rinse off acne masks with warm water. Dry masks may have to be peeled off or removed by wiping with a clean, damp cloth.
– Apply an oil-free moisturizer and sunscreen on your face after removing an acne mask.
– Acne masks with soothing, mild ingredients are to be re-applied regularly but those formulated with harsh exfoliants should not be used too frequently.
5 Simple Acne Masks
Acne masks do not have to follow complicated recipes and they do not have to include a long list of active ingredients. In fact, the most effective acne masks are the simple ones. They are easily prepared and they lower the chances of two active agents reacting together and damaging your skin.
Here are 5 of the best acne masks that you can make from household items you already have.
Cook 5 tablespoons in a little water for 5 minutes. Put the boiling oatmeal down and allow it to set for 3 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of honey into the oatmeal, and mix together until it cools and forms into a paste.
Apply this oatmeal paste on your acne-covered face. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
This oatmeal mask is an example of an acne mask for oily skin types. It is also tolerated by people with sensitive skins. It works because the oatmeal paste absorbs oil from the skin and dries inflamed acne lesion. The added honey is optional but it greatly improves its effectiveness.
Get some plain yogurt that has not liquefied. Apply it on your acne-covered skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes then wash off with warm water.
Yogurt makes an excellent acne mask for removing the acne-causing bacteria from the face.
Break a medium-size egg and separate the egg yolk. Beat the egg yolk in a separate bowl until if forms into a uniform creamy liquid.
Apply this wet mask on the face, and leave it on for 10 minutes before wiping off with clean cloth and rinsing your face with water.
This egg white mask may be runny but it actually helps dry the face. It is suited for those with oily skin types. Egg white also helps tighten the skin and improve its tone.
Tomato mask needs no extra preparation. Simply cut a medium-sized tomato into slices then drain the slices of juice and seeds.
Lie down on your back and place the tomato slices on the face. Leave them on for 15 minutes before discarding them. Wash your face with warm water.
Tomato contains natural acids and other active ingredients with astringent properties. Therefore, those with oily and sensitive skin types should avoid it. It is especially effective against inflammatory acne lesions such as pimples and nodules.
Honey is perhaps the most common ingredient in acne masks. It is routinely added to other anti-acne ingredients used in masks. This is because of the special properties of honey especially in acne treatment.
Honey is a supersaturated solution of simple sugars; therefore, it needs moisture. By drawing water from bacterial cells, honey can kill off acne-causing bacteria. It also contains antibacterial agents such as MGO or methylglyoxal.
Of the different types of honey, Manuka honey is the most medicinal. It is the one you should get if you can find it.
For a simple honey mask, simply rub 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey on your face and let it stand for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. However, honey can be combined with just about any other acne masks.
Some other anti-acne agents that you can easily find at home and combine with honey to make simple masks are lemon juice, apple, milk, yogurt, cinnamon, kelp and aloe vera.