Trying to clear the skin of acne can be a nightmare. It seems like as soon as you get rid of one breakout, you suffer from another. Those with oily skin are most likely to suffer from breakouts, but acne can affect all skin types and tones.
Well, it’s time to take control of your acne. Face masks can help. There are plenty designed to help kill bacteria that cause acne and clear out the pores. You’re left with smoother, hydrated skin.
But acne masks are expensive, right? And they’re full of chemicals and potentially harmful toxins. Well, that depends on the type of masks you use. It is possible to make your own.
Making your own is easy. You just follow some simple recipes, and you can use your masks on a regular basis. Give yourself a facial in your own home to save you thousands of dollars throughout the year.
Here’s a look at seven detoxifying acne masks you can try at home. You want to try number 5!
Recipe 1: Mix Chocolate and Caffeine Together
Chocolate and coffee get a bad reputation. There are many people who will tell you both are bad for your skin but that isn’t quite true. While they do have some downsides, the two ingredients are excellent for fighting against the reasons acne forms on your skin.
Coffee has anti-inflammatory properties. Your eyes won’t look as puffy, and your pores won’t be as swollen. It’s easier for dead skin cells to leave your body, meaning there isn’t a breeding ground for bacteria.
As for chocolate, it’s full of antioxidants. They will support the body by rejuvenating the skin cells and repairing the damage done. The antioxidants can also help to reduce the risk of cancer and signs of aging due to free radicals in the body.
The third ingredient is yogurt to create a healthy and nutritious paste. Yogurt is full of protein, which helps to support the collagen production. You’ll add more moisture to your face, helping to reduce the amount of sebum formed within the pores.
This mask is one of the easiest. You can use either ground or instant coffee for it.
- 1tsp coffee
- 1tsp cocoa powder
- Plain yogurt
- Mix the three ingredients to make a paste
We haven’t put the exact amount of yogurt to use. You’ll want to add a little at a time until you make a paste or thick cream to add to your face. If you use too much, increase the amount of cocoa powder and coffee you use.
If you want more acne-fighting benefits, add a little honey to the mix. This is full of antioxidants and vitamin C to support the skin health and fight the acne-causing bacteria.
Leave the mask on for about 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
Recipe 2: Detox with Honey and Tomato Juice
You will likely already have these two ingredients in your cupboard. If you don’t, they’re extremely easy to buy and affordable. Try to use raw honey as much as possible. Manufactured honey that you get in the store is often filled with additives.
We’ve already discussed honey. It will help to kill the bacteria and clear the pores. It’s the tomato justice that does a lot of the work though. This ingredient is full of brightening acids and bacteria-killing properties. Your skin won’t just be clear, but it will glow and look lighter than ever before. If you have any old acne scars, you’ll find they look dimmer.
- 2tsp tomato juice
- 1tsp honey
- Mix the ingredients together
Apply the mask to your face for 25 minutes to give the tomato properties a chance to work into your pores. Rinse it off with some lukewarm water, and you’ll see some of the results instantly.
Recipe 3: Create a Grape Detoxifying Mask
rapes are full of antioxidants and other nutrients. They do more than making delicious wine or fill you up as a healthy snack. They moisturize the skin deeply, helping to reduce the number of natural oils produced throughout the day. Fewer natural oils help to keep your pores clear.
You want to mix this with some baking soda. Only a little is needed. Baking soda is full of cleansing and antibacterial properties. In fact, it’s one of the most commonly recommended natural products when it comes to cleaning and brightening.
- 4 grapes (either purple or green)
- A little flour
- 1/4tsp baking soda
- Squeeze the juice out of the grapes
- Mix with enough flour to create a paste
- Add the baking soda and mix everything together
Leave the acne mask on your skin for 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Your skin will feel tighter, as the juice from the grapes helps to close the pores. There will also be an exfoliating element with the baking soda, as it doesn’t quite dissolve into the grape juice.
You will want to moisturize after you’ve finished with this mask, as the exfoliating will lead to open pores that can quickly become filled with dirt or grime.
Recipe 4: Replace the Coffee with Mint
Let’s go back to that first recipe we looked at. While the use of coffee is good for boosting the health of the skin, there is another ingredient that tends to be better. Peppermint essential oil is one of those ingredients you need to stock up on. It will moisturize the skin while rejuvenating the cells. Within minutes you’ll feel it working, as it clears out the bacteria and opens your pores.
By boosting the cell rejuvenation, you will support the whole health of your skin. It looks brighter and firmer, as you get rid of the signs of aging.
This recipe also uses bentonite clay. This helps to draw out impurities in your skin, making it a truly detoxifying acne mask. You’ll feel deeply cleansed and nourished after you’ve used this facial mask.
- 1/2tbsp bentonite clay
- 1/2tbsp cocoa powder
- 2tbsp yogurt
- Peppermint essential oil (as much as you feel is necessary)
- Mix everything in a bowl
Apply this with your ring finger, especially around the eyes. This is the weakest of your fingers, so will avoid pulling and tearing your skin.
You only need a thin layer around your face. Let your skin soak in the moisture for 20 minutes and then use a damp cloth to wipe the mixture away.
If you are pregnant, you will want to avoid the peppermint essential oil in the first four months. There are some risks involved to your unborn baby.
Recipe 5: Mash Avocado with Some Lemon for Excellent Results
Avocados get a bad reputation for how fatty they are. The truth couldn’t be further from the lies. Avocados are one of those fruits that you need in your diet. They’re extremely good for the health of your skin. The oily nature will help to moisturise the skin deeply.
There are also various antioxidants within avocados. They will support the skin cells and clear out the bacteria that cause acne to form.
Then there’s the lemon. This is full of citric acid, which helps to brighten the skin. Lemons are also full of vitamin C to support the immune system and fight against bacteria.
Finally, this recipe calls for some coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of the best types of oil to stock up on. It’s full of antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. There are anti-inflammatory properties thrown in, just in case, the others aren’t enough.
Of course, with the coconut and avocado oils, you end up with plenty of fats that will seep into the skin and support the health. You get rid of any dry skin conditions while nourishing deep into the layers.
- 1 avocado
- Half a lemon, juiced
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- Mash the avocado
- Mix everything else in the bowl
Apply the mask directly to your face and leave for around 20 minutes. Just rinse off with some warm water.
You shouldn’t need to moisturize after you create this recipe. It’s full of moisturizing ingredients already. Your skin should be left feeling smooth and ready for action.
Recipe 6: Create a Deep Cleaning Charcoal Mask
Charcoal masks have become extremely popular in recent years. You’ll likely see people using manufactured charcoal masks that stick to your face and look extremely painful to pull off.
While they can be beneficial, some are also damaging to the skin. You want to create your own to cleanse deeply. The charcoal helps to draw out impurities in the skin, while pulling blackheads and bacteria out of your pores.
Look out for activated charcoal. This is the type of stuff that cleans your teeth, improves digestive problems, and aids your skin health.
You’ll add some bentonite clay and honey to the mix, which we’ve already covered. Witch hazel is the other active ingredient, which is known for killing acne-causing bacteria. It’s full of antiseptic properties, which is useful when healing any burst acne on your skin.
It is possible to add some essential oils if you’d like. Tea tree or peppermint oils are considered the best options for skin health. If you have dry skin, avoid too much tea tree oil as it is drying.
- 1/4tsp activated charcoal
- 1tsp bentonite clay
- 1tbsp witch hazel
- 1/2tsp honey
- Essential oils of choice
- Mix the honey and witch hazel together
- Add in the clay and then charcoal, mixing to combine
- Now add any essential oils you choose to use
Spread the mixture across your face and allow the skin to soak in the oils and witch hazel. The clay and charcoal will work together to draw out toxins.
Leave for up to 20 minutes and then rinse with some warm water. Make sure you get all the charcoal and clay out of your face.
Note that the charcoal shouldn’t stick to your skin. This isn’t a face peel, but a detoxifying and relaxing mask.
Recipe 7: Add Some Coconut Oil to Your Bentonite Clay
Finally, you want to create a coconut clay mask. This is an activated, toxin-drawing recipe that will help to nourish and support your whole skin. It’s deeply hydrating, supporting your collagen production and skin cell rejuvenation.
We’ve already looked at how the two active ingredients work. Honey is the third, which we’ve already see is useful for killing bacteria.
- 2tbsp bentonite clay
- 1tsp coconut oil
- 1/2tbsp honey
- Mix everything in a bowl
Apply the mask and leave it on for 15 minutes. When removing, you can rinse with your hands or with a cloth. The use of cloth will help to offer some exfoliation. You may want to use some moisturizing cream afterward if you choose to do this.
You can also add a little bit of lemon juice to this recipe. The use of lemon will help to brighten your skin afterward.
Which Detoxifying Acne Mask Will You Start With?
There are now seven acne masks that you can use on your skin. Now it’s up to you which one to start with. We highly recommend number five, especially for those with dry, acne-prone skin. The avocado will work with the coconut oil to moisturize deep into the layers. Even those with oily skin can benefit. The skin is left hydrated, so it doesn’t feel the need to release as many natural oils.
Most masks can have other ingredients added to them. Essential oils are popular but think about the way these oils work on your skin. Tea tree oil is drying, so best for those with oily skin. Lavender is a good option for all types of skin, especially those with combination skin.
Create your first mask and combat the acne on your face. You don’t just have to live with it, even if you have cystic acne. There are home remedies perfect for you.