Homemade acne masks

Acne is one of the most common problems that affects most teenagers and continues through adulthood. Almost everyone suffering from acne problems have tried a number of remedies to get rid of their acne at some point. Not everyone can get of rid of them though. It is important to first identify and understand the causes of acne if it is to be treated with effective results. There can be a number of reasons that cause acne. The most major cause of acne is hormonal change during puberty. Acne is universal and can occur in both men and women.

Although when acne problems become severe, it is generally advised to consult a dermatologist to treat it, however, minor cases (such as occasional pimples) can be treated easily with homemade acne masks. These acne treating masks are very easy to make, and require ingredients that are usually found in the house. The ingredients with which they are made depend on the type of skin to be used on. It is very important to consider the type of skin before selecting ingredients to make a mask that will work. For example, for oily skin, or skin that is prone to acne, clay-based ingredients should be used to prevent the formation of oil; for dry skin, honey, glycerin or various kinds of oil can be used to moisturize it. Skin can be classified as follows based on their type:

  • Oily skin
  • Dry skin
  • Aging skin
  • Sensitive skin

There are numerous acne masks that can be used for each of the above skin types. However, the most common masks include those that use salt-water mixture, baking soda, egg, banana, cucumber, tomato, yogurt, oatmeal, onion, to even strawberry. The salt-water mask, as the name suggests, is made by adding cooking salt to water and then applying on the face and leaving it on for about 15-30 minutes. This is especially helpful for oily skin as it helps to clean the acne-prone regions and to dry it. Besides, it can also be used to treat scars left from acne.

The baking soda mask is another very popular mask that has worked very effectively for some people. It is very simple to make and requires mixing baking soda and water and applying on the skin. It dries after 10-15 minutes and should be cleaned away.

Apart from other acne masks, acne can also be treated by regularly massaging the facial skin with cucumber, banana or tomato juice. Besides, one can also cut an aloe leaf into slices, leave it in water for some time and apply it on the skin. Aloe is a very effective treatment for acne. Nowadays dermatologists worldwide regularly prescribed herbal medications comprising of the above elements, and the practice is becoming popular because of the very low chances of any side effects. Major pharmaceuticals and the cosmetics industry are also coming up with new herbal medications for acne, in order to meet the demands of skin conscious people who would refrain from using chemical-based drugs.

Most of these masks are made by mixing the ingredients into a paste. The masks can either be applied on just the acne regions of the face or the entire face leaving the lips, eyes and the eyebrows. The masks have to be left on until it dries. This takes no more than 10-30 minutes depending on the density of the mask. Different homemade masks should be experimented to understand what ingredients suit the skin, and repeated 2-3 times a week for some time to see whether it works on the skin. If allergic reactions occur, they should be stopped immediately.

Last updated on Nov 13th, 2010 and filed under Skin Care. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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