Homemade Acne Face Mask

A simple facial mask recipe to deep clean and balance oily, acne-prone skin

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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.

Homemade Acne Face Mask Recipe


2 teaspoons Cosmetic Clay of your choice (see below)

2 - 3 teaspoons 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.


Follow with an astringent toner and a moisturizer or acne treatment oil.

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.

How to Choose Your Clay

  • (Moroccan Red Clay)
  • For very oily, acne-prone skin.
  • Powerful cleanser and detoxifier.
  • Boosts circulation.
  • Tightens pores.
  • Not for dry or sensitive skin.
  • Buy rhassoul clay.

  • Good for oily skin.
  • Draws out excess oil, dirt and toxins.
  • Boosts circulation.
  • Tones skin.
  • Buy French green clay.

  • Good for oily, acne-prone skin.
  • Draws out excess oil, dirt and toxins.
  • Can lighten or "bleach" skin.
  • Buy fuller's earth clay.

  • Good for oily skin.
  • Draws out and traps dirt and toxins.
  • Should be off-white in color (not pure white.)
  • Buy bentonite clay.

  • Also called white cosmetic clay.
  • Best for normal, dry, mature and sensitive skin.
  • Does not absorb excess oils.
  • White, pink or yellow in color (white is mildest).
  • Buy kaolin clay.

Customizing Your Homemade Acne Face Mask

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.

Where to Get Supplies

I like Mountain Rose Herbs because they're ethical and sustainable, with lots of quality choices at good prices. I also like that they're a one-stop-shop for all my basic ingredients.

After some experimentation and comparison, I switched my oils to doTerra because I found they work better. They cost more than some other brands, but that's because the quality is higher. There's no fillers or substitutes to drop the cost of making them.

You can shop retail by clicking doTerra's Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on how to maximize your savings.

For the best variety of any online store ever, browse Amazon. They have every brand you can imagine, and a wide range of prices.

Please remember - you get what you pay for, especially with essential oils. If a bottle of oil only costs a couple of dollars, it's only going to be worth a couple of dollars. There are no laws enforcing purity so you have to trust the supplier. Buy the best oils you can afford.

Here's how I think of it... For budget, choose Mountain Rose. For quality, choose doTerra. For variety, choose Amazon.

More Acne Recipes

Want to make more than just a homemade acne face mask? Here's a few more acne recipes to get you started...

Tea Tree Oil Facial Wash

This homemade acne cleanser reduces oil production and removes the bacteria that cause breakouts. Powerful, but gentle enough for daily use.

Purifying Facial Scrub

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.

Astringent Facial Toner

Toners are easy, quick homemade acne remedies. This recipe includes lavender and geranium to support healthy skin and balance oil production.

Light Daily Facial Lotion

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 does need.

Healing Night Cream

A good acne recipe with tea tree and ylang ylang that has rejuvenates oily skin and helps reduce the appearance of scarring.

Acne Treatment Oil

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.

Herbal Facial Steam

Make this herbal aromatherapy facial steam to open your pores, deeply cleanse and prepare your face for treatment.

Deep Cleansing Facial Mask

A clay mask that deeply cleans pores, removes dead skin cells and supports balanced oil production.

Acne Skin Care Routine

A complete acne skincare routine using homemade aromatherapy remedies specifically for acne.

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Find More Recipes

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.