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Top 10 Homemade Facial Mask Recipes for Acne

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

Conquering acne can be a disappointing uphill battle most especially if you’ve tried every bottle of anti-acne formulation within your reach.

Two of the most common underlying factors: hormonal imbalance and bacterial skin infections. What you must know is that if your acne breakouts are caused by raging hormones, the real solutions involve ingesting a pill or concoction that will balance them out and that requires a consultation with your physician.

acne caused by bacterial infections, on the other hand, can be cleared by practicing good hygiene. Chemically prepared solutions might do your skin more harm than good, most especially if you have hypersensitive skin.

Below are all-natural recipes you can follow to prepare your very own homemade anti-acne facial masks:

1. Garlic and Honey Face Mask

What better* way to beat your acne than with these two antibacterial and anti-inflammatory superstars! Garlic also happens to be the best natural source of most powerful antioxidant, sulfonic acid. On the other hand, honey is also a great natural way to restore your skin’s moisture.

What you will need:
1-2 tablespoons garlic cloves
1-2 tablespoons honey/rose oil/olive oil or, 1 teaspoon of each of these ingredients

What to do:
Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Apply on cleaned face. Leave on for no more than 10-15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water. Never leave on the mixture for any longer as garlic can burn your skin. Follow through with a mild moisturizer or honey to bring back lost skin moisture.

2. Papaya and Honey Face Mask

Plain papaya alone can help you say goodbye to acne and acne marks. Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that is known to be antibacterial and antifungal. Papaya also contains Vitamins A, B, and C, powerful antioxidants that help vanish acne marks.

What you will need:
Ripe papaya
Honey (optional)

What to do:
Mash the papaya then apply directly to your face. For an extra antibacterial and moisturizing boost*, blend with honey. Rinse well after at least 15 minutes.

3. Baking Soda Paste

Baking soda is a great way to balance your skin’s pH level and help you lose* your acne. Baking soda acts either as an acid or base which makes it amphoteric.

What you will need:

2 teaspoons baking soda

Half teaspoon of lukewarm water

What to do:
Add water to your baking soda. Blend well. Mixture will be crumbly. Apply on skin and leave on for about 1 5 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water then follow through with moisturizer.

4. Egg White and Sugar

Egg white is rich in protein and vitamins. Mixed with sugar, this egg white face mask becomes a powerful, all-natural exfoliant!

What you will need:
White of 1 medium-sized egg
2 tablespoons sugar

What to do:
Get the white of one medium-sized egg. In a bowl, mix egg white and sugar. You don’t need to make the mixture foam. Simply make sure that the two ingredients are well stirred. Apply directly on your face. Massage on skin gently then, leave on for at least 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

5. Cinnamon and Honey

Honey, mixed with cinnamon, is a great way to fight acne. Cinnamon has three properties that make it effective in clearing skin of acne: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant.

What you will need:
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey

What to do:
Mix both ingredients in a small bowl. Apply on face and leave on for about 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

6. Cinnamon and Milk

Cinnamon, when mixed with milk, results to a powerful dual action purpose: exfoliant and moisturizer.

What you will need:
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 teaspoon milk

What to do:
Mix ingredients in a small container. The resulting mixture will be crumbly. Apply on cleaned face and leave on for approximately 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

7.Cinnamon and Lemon Juice

A lemon juice and cinnamon mixture results to a soothing anti-acne solution and astringent.

What you will need:
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly-squeezed lemon

What to do:

Combine the two ingredients in a small container. Give the resulting mixture a stir. Apply directly on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

8. Apple Cider Vinegar and Sugar

This result in an antibacterial exfoliant that can help rid your skin of acne.

What you will need:
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar

What to do:
Combine ingredients and stir. Massage in to face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes then rinse off.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, and Green Tea

Combining these ingredients forms a powerful anti-acne facial mask.

What you will need:
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
Half to 1 teaspoon dried green tea leaves or, cooled extract taken from green tea bag

What to do:
Mix all ingredients and stir. Apply on face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off.

10. Turmeric, Milk, and Honey Face Mask

This mixture is a powerful antioxidant and ultra-hydrating moisturizer with antibacterial properties.

What you will need:

1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon honey

What to do:
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Massage in to cleaned face and leave on for at least 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

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