We love DIY face masks because of their easy to make recipes and all-natural ingredients. Homemade, natural face masks are incredibly beneficial to our skin as they can help treat acne, dry skin, oily skin, and a wide range of other issues. Not only are natural remedies kinder to your skin, but they’ll be a lot easier on your wallet.
Why Try Natural Acne Clearing Masks
It is common knowledge that mother nature has highly effective ingredients that can help us fight off various conditions such as colds, cramps, and yes, even dry skin and acne.
Some of you might be used to artificial scrubs, creams, and lotions which are loaded with chemicals and harmful ingredients. While these may provide a short term solution, do you really want to abuse your skin that way routinely?
But, Why All the Acne?
Surprisingly, it’s not just hormonal teens that suffer from acne; adults get it too, and they get it all the time! There are a lot of culprits that we can point the finger at, such as genetics, the environment, your diet, and hormone imbalances. The key here is figuring out how to effectively treat your acne problem and find a solution to keep your skin healthy and clean.
The Best Natural Face Masks
I’m guessing that if you’re reading this post, it means that you’ve probably tried just about every acne control product out there; and yet, you’re still stuck with less than desirable results. Or perhaps you just feel like making a change to more natural solutions like a natural DIY pimple mask or a refreshing DIY facial made with organic ingredients.
This carefully curated list contains DIY face mask recipes for all types of users, whether you're an avid enjoyer of DIY beauty products or you're relatively new to the idea.
The D.I.Y Solutions
I would be floored if you can't make at least one of these masks from ingredients on hand; however, if you need to buy ingredients when making DIY beauty recipes, make sure you are getting natural ingredients that are of the highest quality.
1. The Activated Charcoal Acne Face Mask
If you thought that activated charcoal was just used for your Brita filter, think again!
Because activated charcoal is so great at adsorption, it is used in a wide variety of skin care products. The charcoal helps draw out impurities from the pores in your skin helping get rid of toxins, dirt, and other contaminants.
If you’re keen on giving it a go, here’s what you’ll need for the face mask:
- 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder (we recommend coconut because it has the largest surface area which means more adsorption)
- A few drops of cumin seed oil
- A few drops of lavender (for an extra potent mask)
Directions: Mix this with apple cider vinegar until it forms a thin paste. Once mixed, apply the mixture to your face and then allow it to dry completely before rinsing it off with warm water.
2. The Avocado & Honey Acne Blasting Face Mask
Okay, so we all know avocados are great for eating, but did you know that your skin can significantly benefit from soaking it up too?
Avocados are crammed full of vitamins and nutrients that work amazingly well on banishing acne, and it’s also an excellent alternative for those of you who have somewhat sensitive skin.
Here’s what you’ll need for the mask:
- 3 teaspoon avocado
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
Directions: Scrape out the inside of the avocado, mash it up, and then mix in the honey. Once it reaches the consistency of a smooth paste, apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to sit for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry. You can follow this up with a light moisturizer, depending on your skin type.
3. The Garlic Acne Face Mask
Garlic has amazing antibacterial properties, and it’s excellent for the skin. With garlic, however, there is a word of warning you really should heed to, and that is NEVER to apply it in its raw form on the skin. Always dilute the garlic with a little water or aloe-vera.
So, here’s what you need to mix up the mask:
- 2 - 3 cloves of garlic
- A little water or aloe vera gel
4. The Acne Busting Coffee Scrub
This is not your average cuppa Joe, but it is a potent acne fighter. The coffee scrub is great for getting rid and preventing acne because it helps invigorate the skin and also fights excess oil.
To make the scrub you’ll need:
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cup of ground coffee
- Add water as necessary to achieve the right consistency
5. The Honey Acne Face Mask
When I say honey, I’m talking about RAW honey, and not the store-bought, commercial substitute. Preferably Manuka honey, but raw honey is great too. It's a natural humectant, so it’s perfect for moisturizing dry skin, and with its antibacterial properties, it’s at the forefront of Mother Nature’s spot fighting army.
The face mask we have here is probably one of THE BEST zit zappers you can mix up, and it’s really potent, so use this one in cases where the acne is all over.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 uncoated aspirin tablets
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey
Here’s something else you need to keep in mind: This mask contains aspirin, which isn’t the most natural thing, so don’t overdo it, stick to using it once a week. If you have any sensitivity to aspirin, please DO NOT use this mask.
6. The Cucumber Acne Face Mask
If you don’t know it yet, cucumber is one of the most basic and well-loved ingredients for at-home beauty treatments. It’s cool, it’s calming, it hydrates and soothes, and the best is, it’s cheap to come by.
Here’s what you need for the face mask:
- 1 cucumber
- 1/2 cup of plain, unflavored yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of non-fat milk powder
Apply the mixture to your face and then allow it to sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
This mask is especially great for people with oily skin because it fights excess oil and helps clean up the pores.
7. The Tea Tree Oil Acne-Fighting Face Mask
With antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, Tea Tree Oil is probably one of the most versatile essential oils out there, and it’s perfect to help fight off acne.
Thanks to aloe-vera, this mask takes care of inflammation and redness, and the tea tree oil fights infections at the root, clearing up the skin.
To make the mask you’ll need:
- 1 - 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil
- 1 teaspoon of Aloe-Vera Gel
8. The Acne Fighting Sugar Scrub
So…sugar isn’t ALL that bad. Well, at least not when you’re using it to clear up acne on your face.
Once again, this scrub gets its potent acne fighting power from honey, the antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal wonder-worker. Together with some brown sugar, this scrub heals acne and moisturizes the skin, leaving you with a super smooth complexion.
To make the scrub:
- Mix 1 tablespoon of raw honey with
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
When you’re done, rinse off your face with clean water and pat dry. You can store the rest of the scrub in an air-tight container for later use.
9. The Turmeric Face Mask for Acne
If you thought that Turmeric was just for cooking, think again! Turmeric can help kill off the bacteria that cause inflammation and help rid the skin of excess oil, which makes it a great treatment for acne ridden skin.
Please note that this mask needs to sit overnight, so make sure you have enough time for it. But, be careful, Turmeric stains clothes, so make sure you wear an old shirt for this one.
To make the mask, you’ll need:
- 4 tablespoons of turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- 4 tablespoons of raw honey
Ideally, you should take a long hot shower, or steam your face to open up the pores before using this mask. Once your skin is clean and dried up, apply the mixture to the problem areas using your finger. Using a circular motion, keep massaging the skin with the mix for about 10 minutes. Next, you’ll leave the mixture on your skin to dry out overnight. In the morning, wash off the hardened mask from your face with lukewarm water.
10. The Egg White Anti-Acne Face Mask
It turns out that egg whites are good for more than just making meringues.
Egg white helps shrink the size of your pores, so it gets rid of excess sebum in the skin, plus it also helps firm up the skin, so it’s kind of like a two in one solution. This mask also has lemon juice in, which helps brighten and exfoliate the skin.
In short, this is a great mask for acne-prone oily skin that needs a quick solution.
To make the mask, you’ll need:
- The white from one egg
- The juice from 1/2 a lemon
11. The Aloe Vera Acne Face Mask
This great mask is a great acne fighter because it has antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties that work together to heal and prevent acne from recurring.
It also smells amazing and will leave your skin feeling cleaner, clearer and under control.
To make the mask, you’ll need:
- 2 teaspoons of Aloe-Vera Gel
- A handful of holy basil leaves
- A handful of Indian Lilac (Margosa) leaves
Directions: Grind up the basil and lilac using a little water. Add the aloe-vera to the paste. Once it forms a smooth paste, apply it to the affected area, and allow it to dry completely before washing it off with lukewarm water.
12. The Baking Soda Acne Bom Face Mask
To make the super simple mask, you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- A little water
Directions: In a small bowl, mix the baking soda with a little water to form a smooth paste. Then apply the mixture to your face. Allow the mask to sit for at least 20 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.
13. The Cinnamon Acne Face Mask
Combine honey, lemon juice, and cinnamon and what do you get? One of the simplest, sweetest and most soothing acne-fighting face masks out there!
Thanks to the honey, this mask soothes and hydrates the skin. The cinnamon effectively reduces inflammation and dries up the infected pores, targeting acne at the root. Dark spots and scarring should be no issue because the lemon juice helps brighten and exfoliate the skin.
Here’s how to make the mask:
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 wedge of fresh lemon juice
Directions: In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and then mix it to form a smooth paste. Next, apply the paste to your face and then allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with clean water.
14. The Anti-Acne Kaolin Clay Mask
If you don’t know what Kaolin Clay is, perhaps cosmetic clay or white clay might sound a little more familiar. This clay purifies and vitalizes the skin, cleans pores and refines the skin structure, helps control oily skin and is safe and simple to use.
It comes as no surprise that most skincare products and cosmetics have Kaolin Clay in their ingredient list, which is why it’s a great idea to use it in a D.I.Y face mask for treating acne.
To make the mask, you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons of Kaolin Clay
- 2 tablespoons of water
Directions: Mix the clay with the water to form a smooth paste before applying it to your face. Allow the mask to dry for 15 minutes (5 minutes for sensitive skin) and then wash it off with warm water and a washcloth.
15. The Oatmeal Acne Face Mask
The great thing about Oatmeal is that it can be used on its own to treat acne thanks to its soothing and exfoliating properties.
This remedy will help remove dead skin cells, soak up any excess oils in the pores and help relieve inflammation caused by acne.
To make the oatmeal mask:
Directions: Boil 1/2 cup of oatmeal in 1/3 cup of water and then allow the oatmeal to cool down. Once it has completely cooled, apply the below mixture to the affected areas and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
- 1/2 Cup Dry Oats
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped almonds
- 1 Tsp Raw Honey
16. The Apple Cider Acne-Fighting Face MaskText
Because apple cider vinegar is an astringent as well as a disinfectant, it’s a great solution to an acne problem. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes as well as other essentials your body needs to function properly and prevent acne.
For the apple cider vinegar mask, you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Directions: In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and the baking powder to form a smooth paste before applying to your face. After about 20 minutes rinse off the mixture with clean water and pat your face dry.
17. The Herbal Facial Steam for Acne
Steaming your face is one of the best ways to get rid of impurities, and doing this before applying any mask might actually help make it more effective. Steaming softens up the skin, allowing trapped dirt to get out more easily.
- ½ to 1 cup fresh herbs such as chamomile, mint, basil, rosemary, sage, peppermint, lavender or thyme.
- 2 quarts of filtered, high-quality water
18. The Bentonite Clay Acne Face Mask
Bentonite clay is highly absorbent, so it makes sense that it is widely used to treat acne and rid the skin of any impurities. What activates the absorbency is water. When the clay is mixed with water it becomes electrically charged, which helps to draw out toxins and heavy metals that might be stuck in the pores of the skin.
For the mask, you will need:
- 1 tablespoon of powdered Bentonite Clay
- 1 - 2 tablespoons of water or any other liquid of your choice. Apple cider vinegar is a great option!
Directions: Mix the two ingredients to form a smooth paste and then apply it to your face. Allow the mask to sit for about 20 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
19. The Best Face Mask for Oily Skin
Oily skin can be a major cause of acne because the pores are constantly clogged. This is why you need a great mask to help get rid of excess oil in the pores and on the skin.
This mask works hard at regulating oiliness, soothing acne flare-ups and soothing the skin.
To make the mask, you will need:
- 1 apricot
- 1 tablespoon of natural yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cosmetic clay
Apply the mixture to your face and allow it to dry for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
20. The Best Face Mask for Dry Skin
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If you have fallen victim to commercial acne treatments, you might very well have developed very dry skin.
Whether or not you have naturally dry skin, or the condition was caused by something else, it’s never a fun experience, and finding the right skin care products can be somewhat daunting.
This is where this recipe for a dry skin face mask comes in handy! It will help soothe and moisturize the skin without causing irritation.
For the mask, you’ll need:
- 1 Avocado
- 2 Tbsp Raw Honey
- 1/3 Cup Natural Yogurt
- 1 Tsp Lemon
Directions: Mix the ingredients together to form a paste and apply it to your face. Allow the mask to sit for 15 minutes before rinsing off with tepid water.
21. The Fruit Face Mask
We love this face mask because it smells heavenly and really helps combat the issues caused by dry skin. The honey and the oatmeal also does wonders to help combat acne and exfoliate the skin in the process.
For the fruit mask you will need:
- 2 large strawberries
- 1 cooked peach
- 1/2 ripe papaya, mashed
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon oatmeal
Directions: Mix all of the fruits together in a food processor, ensuring that you don’t mush it up too much. Then add the honey and the oatmeal and mix until it forms a smooth paste. Apply the paste t your face and allow it to dry for about 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water
22. Activated Charcoal Detox Acne Face Mask
Activated Charcoal does an incredible job of pulling out pore-clogging dirt and grime from your face. It's quickly becoming one of the hottest ingredients in the beauty industry. It can be used for masks, shampoos, soaps and even as a teeth whitener!
- 2.5 oz. kaolin clay
- .15 oz. finely ground sea salt
- .1 oz. finely ground Himalayan Salt
- .1 oz. activated charcoal powder
- .05 oz. calendula flower powder
Directions: Measure the ingredients using a digital scale and combine them in a bowl. Store the mixture in an airtight container. When you're ready to use, mix a small amount of the activated charcoal mask with water until it forms a paste. Spread evenly or use it for spot treatment or the T-Zone. Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with warm water. Apply your favorite moisturizer after use.
Original Recipe: Soap Deli News