Angry, pus-filled boils typically start appearing on people’s skin when they are in their teens. It’s common to expect acne to cease to be a problem the moment you enter your 20s.

It does go away for some people. However, many find themselves unable to get rid of acne completely, even into their 20s. In certain cases, it remains a lifelong problem.

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The reasons may vary from poor diet and nutrition to digestive issues, causing your skin to produce excessive amounts of sebum (a natural oily substance) that ends up blocking your pores. These blocked pores often lead to blackheads and, if infected by external impurities and bacteria, you’ll have acne.

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5 effective face masks for acne

Here are the top 5 tried-and-tested homemade face masks for acne and scars.

Method 1: Turmeric Mask

Turmeric has long been used in traditional Indian medicine for its strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

The rice flour in this mask acts as an excellent oil absorbent and contains many beneficial nutrients for your skin. Yogurt further helps to cool and soothe inflamed skin, and it contains lactic acid that helps lighten skin and fade acne scars.

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Things you’ll need:

 things you'll need to use turmeric to make face mask for acne

  • Turmeric powder (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory) – 1 teaspoon
  • Rice flour (oil absorbent) – 2 teaspoons
  • Plain yogurt (contains lactic acid) – 3 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine yogurt, turmeric and rice flour in a bowl

Mix turmeric and rice flour in yogurt to make face mask for acne
Mix turmeric and rice flour in a bowl of yogurt
  • Put 3 tablespoons of yogurt in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of rice flour as well.

Step 2. Mix well and apply it on your skin to treat acne

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Apply the face mask on acne-prone areas
  • Blend all ingredients together to form a smooth, yellow paste.
  • Apply it on your face, especially the acne-prone areas, with a cosmetic brush.
  • Let it air-dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Wet the dried face pack and gently scrub it on your skin for 1 minute or so.
  • Wash it off with cool water and pat dry your face with a soft towel.

You can apply this homemade face mask for acne 2 or 3 times a week to get rid of acne scars and lighten your skin.

Method 2: Cinnamon & Honey Mask

Cinnamon has serious antimicrobial properties that can be used to neutralize acne-causing bacteria.

Honey has been valued since ancient Egyptian times for its antibiotic and healing properties. This amber liquid is not just useful for treating acne and healing the damage caused to your skin, it also acts as an effective moisturizer and is highly recommended for dry skin with oily patches and acne.

Things you’ll need:

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things you'll need to use cinnamon to make face mask for acne

  • Cinnamon powder (antimicrobial) – 2 teaspoon
  • Honey (acts as a humectant) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine honey and ground cinnamon powder

Combine honey and cinnamon powder to make face mask for acne
Combine honey and cinnamon powder in a bowl
  • Put 2 tablespoons of honey in a bowl.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder.

Step 2. Blend and apply the mask on your face

Mix and apply the face pack to get rid of acne
Mix and apply the face pack 3 or 4 times a week to get blemish-free skin
  • Use a spatula to thoroughly mix the ingredients into a smooth paste.
  • Apply it on the acne-affected areas or your entire face.
  • Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with warm water, as the mask can be a little sticky.
  • Pat dry with a soft towel.

Use this homemade face mask 3 or 4 times a week to get soft, glowing and blemish-free skin. This face mask is particularly beneficial for those who have dry skin with oily patches and acne.

Method 3: Clay & Vinegar Mask

Natural clay masks help tighten your skin, reduce the size of your pores and absorb extra oil produced by your skin. They also contain several minerals that enrich your skin, improving its natural appearance and health.

The apple cider vinegar in this mask acts as a strong astringent to treat infected acne boils.

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Lavender essential oil has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that make it highly effective for treating acne. Another major advantage is that it leaves your skin smelling fresh and fragrant for hours.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use clay to make face mask for acne

  • Clay (absorbs oil and tightens skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Apple cider vinegar (acts as an astringent) – as needed to make a paste
  • Lavender essential oil (reduces inflammation) – 1 or 2 drops

Step 1. Combine clay, apple cider vinegar and lavender essential oil

Combine clay, apple cider vinegar and lavender essential oil to make face mask for acne
Combine clay, apple cider vinegar and lavender essential oil
  • Put 1 tablespoon of clay in a bowl.
  • Add apple cider vinegar as needed to form a thick paste.
  • Carefully add 1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil as well.

Step 2. Mix and apply the mask on the acne-affected skin

Mix and apply the mask to get rid of acne
Mix and apply the mask once every 3 days to treat your acne
  • Mix well to form a thick paste and apply the mask on your face.
  • Let it sit until it dries, roughly about 30 min. However, if your skin is sensitive, keep it on for only 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with cool water and gently pat dry your skin.

Apply this clay mask once every 3 days to successfully treat and eliminate your acne.

Method 4: Aloe Vera & Tea Tree Oil Mask

Aloe vera gel has highly effective antimicrobial, skin-healing and scar-fading properties that help reduce acne breakouts and scars.

Tea tree essential oil is considered to be one of the most powerful natural remedies to treat skin infections and reduce inflammation.

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Using a blend of the two as a homemade face mask for acne will effectively treat and eliminate acne.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use aloe vera to make face mask for acne

  • Tea tree essential oil (reduces inflammation) – 2 or 3 drops
  • Aloe vera gel (antimicrobial, skin healing and scar fading) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine aloe vera gel and tea tree essential oil in a bowl

Add tea tree oil in fresh aloe vera gel to make face mask for acne
Add tea tree oil in fresh aloe vera gel
  • Put about 1 tablespoon of freshly extracted aloe vera gel in a small bowl.
  • Add 2 or 3 drops of tea tree essential oil to the gel.

Step 2. Mix well and apply the blend on your face

mix well and apply the mask to get rid of acne
Mix well and apply the mask every other day to treat acne and reduce acne scars
  • Mix well to get a uniform blend.
  • Wash your face with a gentle face wash, then apply the aloe vera-tea tree blend on your skin with a cosmetic brush.
  • Wash it off with cold water after 10 to 15 minutes. Pat dry your skin with a soft towel.

Use this face mask every other day to successfully treat your acne and minimize or fade acne scars.

Method 5: Egg White Mask

Egg whites help reduce the size of your skin pores, thereby preventing acne caused by harmful microbes and dirt entering and infecting your pores. This protein-rich liquid also contains bacteria-fighting compounds and can be used successfully to get rid of acne.

Lemon juice contains citric acid that works to lighten skin and fade scars, making this mask an excellent way to get acne-and blemish-free skin.

The honey will moisturize your skin and further promote healing.

Things you’ll need:

things you'll need to use egg white to make face mask for acne

  • Egg white (antibacterial, tightens and tones skin) – 1 egg
  • Lemon juice (acts as an astringent and lightens skin) – 1 teaspoon
  • Honey (acts as a humectant) – ½ teaspoon

Step 1. Whisk egg white and lemon juice together

mix egg white and lemon juice to make face mask for acne
Extract the egg white and add in lemon juice
  • Carefully extract the whites from 1 egg into a bowl.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Whisk the ingredients together to form a smooth blend.

Step 2. Add honey, mix well and apply the mask on your acne

mix honey and apply the mask to get rid of acne
Mix in honey and apply the mask for acne-free skin
  • Add ½ teaspoon of honey to the whisked egg whites and mix well with a spoon.
  • Apply the mask on your face.
  • Leave it on for approximately 15 minutes, then wash it off with water.
  • Gently pat dry your skin with a soft towel or cloth.

You can apply this homemade face mask for acne twice a week for soft, acne-free skin.

Tips

  • Always do a patch test before applying any new face mask to test for skin allergies or irritation.
  • Avoid the sensitive areas around your eyes and mouth while applying a face mask, as strong ingredients can irritate these areas with delicate skin.

Summary of Homemade Face Masks for Acne and Scars

Homemade Face Masks for Acne and Scars Summary

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