Natural homemade face masks to fight blemishes, pimples and acne

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An outbreak of acne is no fun. Acne can affect people of all ages and can be caused by a many different factors like a hot and humid climate, oil based makeup, greasy hair and pimple squeezing.

Natural, home made face masks and treatments for fighting pimples

There are so many ways to heal acne and blemishes naturally! Here are a some of the best natural. home made face masks you can try:

Aloe Vera Gel is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, decreasing redness and swelling. Grow your own (it’s easy), or use a commercial variety. Just dab the gel straight onto any blemishes. No need to rinse.

Baking Soda fights bacteria, dries up excess oil, and does a microdermabrasion-style exfoliation. A simple paste of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and water is one of the best skin-care masks there is!

Apple Cider Vinegar is antibacterial, and can balance your skin’s pH. It is also astringent, and can dry excess oil. Mix 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, dip a cotton ball into the mix and apply it directly to the blemish. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight. Reapply several times a day, washing face thoroughly after each time. Be sure to moisturize as well if you feel your skin is getting dry.

Cinnamon and Honey are antimicrobial (they kill the bad bacteria). Mix 2 tablespoons baking soda, 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder, and 3 tablespoons raw honey.  Apply it to your face, wait 5 minutes, and wash with lukewarm water.

Aspirin is salicylic acid, which can remove dead skin and unclog pores. Make a paste from aspirin – either crush and combine with water, or let it dissolve in a small amount of water. Smooth onto problem areas and let dry. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Bentonite Clay and Fullers Earth are both clays with fantastic oil-absorbing properties. Mix equal parts clay and apple cider vinegar, leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water, rubbing gently to remove all clay. Moisturize afterward.

Tea Tree Oil has proven antiseptic properties, and can be used for many household purposes. But it must always be diluted! It’s too strong to use directly.  Dilute tea tree oil by mixing 1 part oil to 9 parts water or aloe vera gel. Dip a Q-tip or cotton swab in mixture, and apply to problem areas.

Banana Peels (no kidding!) contain lutein, a powerful antioxidant that reduces swelling and inflammation, and encourages healthy cell growth. Rub the peel gently all over your face. Let it sit for 30 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Green Tea has antioxidants which can tame your skin’s oil production, inflammation, and bacterial growth. Brew green tea (either loose or in a teabag) in a small amount of boiling water, then use a cotton ball to dab the tea on problem areas – personally, I use it all over! You can leave it on, or rinse off.

Natural steps to avoid skin problems

Eat right. Avoid food with a high glycemic index (white flour products, etc,) which cause your blood sugar to rise quickly, as this may lead to gland overstimulation and acne.

Clean your face morning and evening with a gentle cleanser, and make sure to remove makeup at night.

Exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores.

Avoid touching your face since many germs are passed to your face this way. That includes scratching, resting on your hands, and picking at blemishes.

Moisturize even oily skin. If your skin dries out, your body produces more oil. Use a gentle moisturizer that’s right for your skin.

Drink water to detoxify your body and purify your skin.

Wash your pillowcase to remove the oils and bacteria that build up on it.

Types of Blemishes

Blemishes can be categorized into 3 levels of severity:

  1. Blackheads and Whiteheads are blocked pores. Blackheads form when a blocked pore stays open, and appears black. Whiteheads are blocked pores that close up, and the covering appears white.
  2. Papules and Pustules occur when pores get so irritated that they break. Papules are hard to the touch – a group of them can feel like sandpaper. Pustules are yellowish and look like a blister.
  3. Nodules and Cysts happen when blocked pores get more irritated and bigger. They go deeper into your skin and can really hurt. Nodules are hard. Cysts have pus and are softer.

Finally

If you don’t want to go the purely natural route, here’s more information about some non-prescription acne-fighting ingredients:

  • Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria, reduces oil, and removes dead skin cells. It’ found in soap, gels, washes, and lotions. Products with less than 3% benzoyl peroxide are recommended to avoid skin irritation.  Be careful  – it can take the color out of clothes and hair.
  • Salicylic acid helps unplug pores. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that exfoliates and treats inflammation and swelling. The acid helps dead skin shed more easily, unblocking pores and promoting new cell growth.
  • Retin-A is an exfoliator that quickens the skin cycle and speeds up the collagen deposit on the skin. It eliminates the melanin present in the skin and also reduces wrinkles. Also known as all -trans retinoic acid (ATRA).
  • Azelaic acid is present naturally in rye, barley and wheat. It strengthens skin follicles, decreases bacterial growth, helps stop oil eruptions, and reduces inflammation. It also helps reduce the acne marks left on the skin.
  • Resorcinol helps break down whiteheads and blackheads. Resins are the source of resorcinol. Often combined with medication that prevent future acne formation.