26 Natural Face Masks for Beautiful Skin & Fighting Acne
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We love DIY face masks to help treat acne, dry skin, oily skin and a wide range of other problems. Whether you're an avid user (and creator) of DIY beauty products or you're relatively new to the idea, you're going to flip for this list.
Here’s the deal:
Mother Nature has THE BEST ingredients on offer to help us fight off everything from colds to cramps, and yes, she’s got a lot to fight acne with as well!
Some of you might immediately reach for all sorts of chemicals and scrubs, creams and lotions to try and zap the problem, but do you really want to abuse your skin that way?
Not only are natural remedies kinder to your skin, but they’ll be a lot lighter on your wallet as well.
So why all the acne?
Surprisingly, it’s not just hormonal teens that suffer from acne; adults get it too, all the time!
There are a lot of culprits that we can point the finger to, such as genetics, the environment, your diet and hormone imbalances. The KEY here is figuring out how to effectively treat your acne problem and get the balance back to where it needs to be.
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 you just love the idea of taking a bath on Sunday afternoon for an amazing DIY facial.
Either way, I’m here to tell you that it’s time you started embracing the concept of natural ingredient face masks. If you’re a little sceptical about the whole “homemade” idea, I dare you to just try it out and be amazed by the great results you’ll achieve.
The D.I.Y Solutions
There are a lot of different natural face masks out there that you can use to treat acne, oily skin, dry skin or even scarring and the best thing about them is that you probably have all the ingredients you need to mix them up sitting in your pantry already!
I would be floored if you can't make at least one of these masks from ingredients on hand!
Speaking of ingredients - I think it's incredibly important to buy ingredients that are of the highest quality when making DIY beauty recipes. Organic or all natural whenever possible! Of course, processed honey is still better than nothing at all!
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’s used in a wide variety of skin care products. The charcoal helps draw out impurities from the pores in your skin.
If you’re keen on giving it a go, here’s what you’ll need for the face mask:
- 1 Tsp 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)
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 a great alternative for those of you who have somewhat sensitive skin.
Here’s what you’ll need for the mask:
- 3 Tsp Avocado
- 1/2 Tsp of Honey
To make the mask, just 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 and then allow it to sit for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Once the time is up, wash your face with lukewarm water and then pat dry. You can follow this up with a light moisturizer, depending on your skin type.
3. The Garlic Acne Face Mask
Did you know that the ancient Egyptians used garlic to brew a love potion that would make people appear more attractive? That kind of explains why garlic is a great acne buster, and if you’re not on the bandwagon yet, you’re missing out, big time!
Garlic has amazing antibacterial properties, and it’s great for skin either way you choose it; eating it or applying it topically. If you’re not fond of the whole garlic-breath ordeal, this face mask might just be the best thing since sliced bread!
With garlic however, there is a word of warning you really should heed to, and that is to NEVER apply it in its raw form on the skin. Always dilute the garlic with a little water or Aloe-Vera.
So, here’s how to mix up the mask:
- Mash up 2 - 3 cloves of garlic and mix it with
- A little water or Aloe-Vera Gel
Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes before using a cotton pad to soak up the juice and applying it to the problem areas. Allow the mix to sit on your skin for about 10 minutes before washing it off with cool water.
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.
Since we already told you about the great benefits of avocado for acne, it might not be a surprise that this recipe calls for avocado and coffee.
To make the scrub you’ll need:
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cup of ground coffee
- Add water as necessary to achieve the right consistancy
Simply mix the two ingredients together to form a paste-like consistency. This is not a mask that you’re going to leave on. You want to wash your face with some lukewarm water and then give it a good scrub with the coffee and avocado mi before rinsing it off again.
This scrub helps to clean up the pores and also has a seriously great lingering smell once it gets rinsed off.
5. The Honey Acne Face Mask
Honey gets used for everything from hair treatments to relieving sore throats, so it really isn’t hard to understand that it’s also great for your face.
This is important:
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
Start by crushing the aspirin and then mixing in the water. This will eventually turn into a thick paste, at which point you need to add the raw honey. Next, you’re going to want to apply the mixture to your face and then allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
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
To make the mask, you’re going to have to peel and cut the cucumber into small chunks. Put it into a food processor and then add the yogurt and the milk powder before blending it to form a smooth paste.
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
When it comes to Tea Tree Oil, there’s just one word to accurately describe it: wondrous
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.
The mask we have here is soothing (thanks to Aloe-Vera), so it 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
Mix up the ingredients in a small bowl and then apply the mixture to your face, allowing it to sit for 15 minutes.
You can even leave this mask on overnight to get even better results and visibly glowing skin the next morning. When the time is up, simply wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry.
8. The Acne Fighting Sugar Scrub
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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
Next, you’re going to use just a small amount of the scrub (about 1/2 teaspoon) and scrub your (already wet) face with the mixture, gently massaging the skin in a circular motion.
When you’re done, just rinse off your face with clean water and then 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. Oh…and 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
Mix up those ingredients in a small bowl to form a smooth paste and then allow it to cool down in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
Ideally, you should take a long hot shower, or steam your face to open up the pores before using this mask. You might also want to consider soaking a wash cloth in very hot water and then covering the trouble spots with the cloth for about 5 minutes, just to help bring all the infected pus to the surface.
Once your skin is clean and dried up, apply the mixture to the problem areas using your finger, using a circular motion, and 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 using 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
To make the mask, you’re going to have to beat the egg white until it becomes frothy. Once it foams u a little, add the lemon juice and then apply the mixture to your face, letting it sit for about 30 minutes.
Once the time is up, gently rinse off the mask with warm water and the follow up with a light moisturizer.
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
First, grind up the basil and lilac using a little water, and then 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
You might have heard it before, but we’ll say it again… Baking Soda might just be the eighth wonder of the world!
It’s one of the cheapest ingredients out there and effectively helps exfoliate, plus it has anti-inflammatory properties, which is great for cleaning and calming the skin.
To make the super simple mask, you’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- A little water
In a small bowl, mix the baking soda with a little water to form a smooth paste and 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
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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
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
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 wash cloth.
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 relive inflammation caused by acne.
To make the oatmeal mask:
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
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.
- Add fresh herbs ( ~1 cup) to a saucepan.
- Fill the saucepan in water and let it steep for 2-3 minutes
- Fill a 2 quart saucepan with water and bring it to a boil
- Turn down the heat and then allow the water to cool down a little before steaming your face over the saucepan.
- You should preferably cover your head with an old towel and let your face steam for a good 5 minutes
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!
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
First, you’ll have to blend the apricot in a food processor. Next, add the yoghurt and the clay and then mix it until it becomes a smooth paste.
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 a 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 moisture 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
All you need to do is mix the ingredients together to form a paste and then apply it to your face. Allow the mask to sit for a good 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
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
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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
Simply measure the ingredients using a digital scale and combine them in a bowl. Store the mixture in an air tight container. When you're read to use, combine a small amount of the activated charcoal mask with water until it forms a paste. Spread evenly or you can use it for spot treatment or the T-Zone. Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes before washing it away with warm water. Apply your favorite moisturizer.
Visit Rebecca's website if you want to print off the labels she uses for her jars.
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23. The Coconut Face Mask
We all know that coconut is great for cooking; it’s good for your hair and it’s also great for moisturizing dry skin, which is why it should come as no surprise that it’s a great ingredient for a D.I.Y face mask.
If you have naturally oily skin, this may not be the best recipe.
For the mask you’ll need:
- 1 Tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 1/2 tbsp of turmeric
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Mix all the ingredients together and then apply to a clean face. Allow it to dry for at least 30 minutes and then rinse off your face with clean water.
24. The Yogurt and Yeast Face Mask
This mask is great because it inhibits the activity of acne causing bacteria, meaning that the more you use it, the less acne will show up on your face.
The yogurt and the yeast work together to form a powerful acne-fighting force while the lemon helps brighten up and exfoliate the skin.
For the mask you’ll need:
- 1 teaspoon natural yogurt
- 1 teaspoon brewer’s yeast
- 3 drops lemon essential oil
- 3 drops fresh lemon juice
In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and then mix it together to form a smooth paste. Apply the mixture to your face and then allow it to dry or about 15 minutes. Once the time is up, wash off the mask with clean lukewarm water and apply a light natural moisturizer.
25. The Banana Bom Face Mask
This face mask packs the punch of bananas, honey and lemon, working together to hydrate, moisturize and exfoliate the skin.
For the banana face mask, you will need:
- 3 teaspoons of mashed banana
- 1/2 teaspoon of honey
- A few drops of fresh lemon juice
To make the mask, just mix all the ingredients together to form a smooth paste and then apply it to your face. You’ll want to let it sit for a good 20 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water.
26. The Glowing Skin Face Mask
After you’ve treated your face to some acne-busting power, it’s time to seriously start getting your radiant glow back, which is where this mask really comes in handy.
The olive oil and the honey help moisturize and repair the skin and promote elasticity. And then there’s the baking soda that works hard to gently exfoliate the skin while also reducing inflammation and improving circulation.
For the mask, you’ll need:
- 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
Mix up all the ingredients to form a thin paste and then apply it to your face. Leave the mixture on for a good 15 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.
27. The Wine Facial
Who doesn’t love wine? This one is a real treat and with all the antioxidant power in there, you might just find that you have found your skin’s new best friend!
The best thing about this mask is that it works hard to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, which is what you’ll probably turn your attention to once you’re free of acne for good.
With the exfoliating power of oat flour, the moisturizing properties of grapeseed oil, absorbing power of Kaolin clay and the resveratrol (a.k.a antioxidant) in the wine, this mask seems like a winning combo!
For the mask, you’ll need:
- 1/4 cup of red wine
- 1/4 cup of Kaolin Clay
- 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon of organic oat flour
Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until it forms a smote paste. Apply the mixture to your face and then allow it to dry for about 10 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. Follow up with a light, natural moisturizer.
28. The Chocolate Facemask
This edible, three ingredient facemask promises to bring your skin back to life. Cacao is rich in anti-oxidants and the ground almonds serve as an exfoliant.
For this facemask you'll need
- 2 tbsp ground almonds
- 1 tbsp ground cacao
- 1-2 tbsp water, aloe, honey or yogurt
Grind the almonds in either a mortar and pestle or in a food processor. Mix all of the ingredients together until it reaches a thick, but spreadable consistency. Apply liberally allowing the mixture to sit on your face for five to ten minutes. Once it's time to remove the mask gently exfoliate the skin while rinsing away the mixture.
Original Recipe Source: Gold Mountain Beauty
Well that makes an extremely long post on some of the best DIY facial masks, from some of our favourite beauty bloggers & sites.
If you think I've missed a mask or you want your recipe added please, please contact me dan [at] rockymountainessentials [dot] net