Acne is a common dilemma and hits women and men of all ages. Hormonal changes in the body are the main cause of bad acne. Teenagers and women experiencing menopause can confirm this fact. Hormones trigger your skin oil glands to generate an excessive amount of sebum, natural oil used to lubricate your skin. The sebum builds up in the pores along with the dead skin cells and blocks your sweat glands. Bacteria then enter into the picture and acne is formed.
Acne is not a result of not washing the face, in fact excessive washing can irritate and spread acne. Regularly be gentle and use lukewarm water and pat your face dry. This will help to prevent the spread of the bacteria that produces acne. In this article you will learn some practical beauty tips for acne, recipes for natural, homemade acne treatments.
Homemade Acne Mask Treatments
Before you make a visit to the drug store or your doctor give homemade acne mask treatments a try. Many of the ingredients you will need are actually in your pantry. Home made remedies are safe, natural and take a short time to prepare.
Rosewater and Cucumber Mask
Mix rosewater and cucumber paste together and apply to your clean face. Let sit for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Peel and mash 8 cloves of garlic and apply to your face. Be sure to avoid the eye area and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then tone your face with some vinegar on a cotton ball. Garlic has antibacterial properties and vinegar balances your skin’s pH.
Groundnut Oil and Lime Mask
Mix 1 teaspoon of groundnut oil and 1 teaspoon of lime juice. Apply to your clean skin and let sit for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water. You can use this mask everyday to treat and prevent blackheads.
Apple and Honey Mask
Grate one apple and mix with honey. Apply to your skin and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Apples have pectin and vitamins that soothe and clarify your skin and honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Oatmeal and Honey Mask
Mix oatmeal, honey and water to make a thick paste. Apply to your skin after you have cleansed it and let it sit for 20 minutes. Use a damp warm cloth to soften the mask and then rinse with warm water. The oatmeal will draw out excess oil and honey has many healing and antibiotic properties. Use organic honey if possible.
Basil Tonic Mask
Take 3 teaspoons of fresh basil and steep it in boiling water until it cools. Apply to your face with a cotton ball. This mask helps to clear your skin and tone it.
Sea Salt Mask
If you don’t live near the ocean you can still get its benefits with this simple mask. Mix sea salt and water into a paste. Apply to clean skin and let sit until it become hard and crusty. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Baking Soda Mask
Simply mix baking soda and water into a paste and apply to your face after you cleanse it. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. You can use this mask three times a week.
Egg whites are great to tone and firm your skin. Egg yolks contain Vitamin A to help prevent scarring. Simply separate an egg and beat either the white or yolk and apply to your face. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Don’t use these masks if you’re allergic to eggs.
Consider these homemade acne masks to take care of mild to moderate acne. Be sure to test the masks on the medial side your wrist to make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients. Save money and make use of what you have in the kitchen to treat and prevent acne.