Oily, acne-prone skin needs extra attention, especially when it comes to keeping it clean and clog-free.
A homemade acne face mask treatment is an ideal way to give your face the care it needs.
When you use them weekly - and acne cleansers, toners and moisturizers daily - your skin has a better chance of staying clean and clear of the different types of acne that can wreak havoc on your skin.
Homemade face masks made with clay deep clean the skin, unclog pores and draw out excess oil, dirt and grime.
Lemongrass and tea tree provide additional cleansing action, such as eliminating bacteria that contribute to acne.
2 teaspoons Cosmetic Clay of your choice (see below)
2 - 3 teaspoons low fat Yogurt OR strong Herbal Tea
2 drops Lemongrass OR Petitgrain essential oil
1 drop Tea Tree essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, stirring in enough yogurt or tea to create a spreadable paste.
Cleanse your face and leave it damp, then smooth the homemade acne mask over your face and neck, avoiding your eyes and mouth.
Leave it to dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
Wash the homemade acne face mask off using a warm, wet washcloth.
Do not fail to moisturize! It may seem counter-productive when your skin is already producing lots of oil of its own, but failing to moisturize causes your skin to make more oil to replace the protective layer you just stripped from it.
Make Ahead: This homemade acne face mask recipe is pretty much one you have to make and use (yogurt and milk don't store well) but you can pre-mix the clay and essential oils and store them in a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Click here to see some nice glass jars from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Replace the yogurt with milk, which removes dead skin cells and softens skin. (By the way, yogurt contains lactic acid, which tightens and softens skin.)
Replace 1/2 teaspoon of the yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, which is excellent for healing acne. Some folks with sensitive skin react to aloe vera, so if you have sensitive skin, you might want to skip this idea.
Use peppermint tea or any citrus tea to tone skin, and chamomile tea to calm irritation. Green tea adds age fighting antioxidants.
If you use peppermint tea, you could replace the lemongrass with peppermint essential oil - zingy!
You can also replace the lemongrass with any citrus essential oil - but you don't want to use citrus oils if you'll be exposing your skin to sunlight, since they can increase your risk of sunburn.
Want to make more than just a homemade acne face mask? Here's a few more acne recipes to get you started...
This homemade acne cleanser reduces oil production and removes the bacteria that cause breakouts. Powerful, but gentle enough for daily use.
This homemade acne remedy uses clay and oatmeal to scrub away dead skin cells and absorb excess oil, unclogging pores and smoothing your skin's texture.
Toners are easy, quick homemade acne remedies. This recipe includes lavender and geranium to support healthy skin and balance oil production.
A light, natural lotion recipe to balance oily, acne-prone skin. Good
for face and body, this is one homemade acne remedy your skin really
A good acne recipe with tea tree and ylang ylang that has rejuvenates oily skin and helps reduce the appearance of scarring.
This is another of the easiest home remedies for acne. A healing oil treatment to reduce the appearance of acne scars and restore a healthy balance to your skin's oil levels.
Make this herbal aromatherapy facial steam to open your pores, deeply cleanse and prepare your face for treatment.
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A complete acne skincare routine using homemade aromatherapy remedies specifically for acne.
Use the Search Box to find more recipes. Simply type in "acne" (without the quotes) and hit Search. All the pages on this site that contain the word Acne will pop up. Poke through them and decide which ones suit you best - and remember, you can use more than one recipe depending on your skin's needs of the moment.