Monday, 30 November 2015

7 DIY face masks for acne and oily skin

I've already done a post about what ingredients work best for dry skin, so here is what works well for acne-prone skin. You can use these on their own or use the recipes below.

Green tea
I've written a whole post about why green tea is great for skin, which you can check out here. It is rich is anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties that are proven to be beneficial when ingested as well as topically applied. As a teenager I had oily skin, and after drinking a cup of green tea for a week, I remember noticing that my face was not as oily.
How: Soak cotton rounds in brewed, cooled green tea and apply.

Here's a face mask for those with acne but dehydrated and dry skin.

Top: 'matcha' by rumpleteaser Bottom: 'Avocado' by Ruth Hartnup licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Changes were made.

Has been shown to be anti-inflammatory. As acne is essentially inflammation, a turmeric mask would be great in reducing spots. A study in 2013 showed that curcumin, the primary component of turmeric was effective in inhibiting the P.acnes bacteria present in acne, when delivered to the skin with a lipid (Liu and Huang, 2013)
How: Use turmeric on its own with water, or olive oil.

'Turmeric' by Steven Jackson licensed under CC BY 2.0

Salicylic Acid
Commonly found in most acne treatments, salicylic acid is a know acne-fighting beta-hydroxy acid. If I were to buy a spot treatment, I would go for one with salicylic acid rather than benzoyl peroxide (the other popular ingredient in acne products). Back to face masks. Fruits are natural sources of salicylic acid, especially raisins and prunes, and berries (Janssen et al.). 
How: Crushing berries into avocado would make a soothing and acne fighting mask.
Review on the spot treatment I used.

Clay masks
Not exactly DIY, but pretty self explanatory. Calcium Bentonite is something I've been trying recently. Review on the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay coming soon! Hint: Amazing.
How: Chuck it on your face and don't watch The Office while it dries.

Other acne fighting ingredients
  • tea tree oil: Only use a drop, it's potent.
    • See why it is great for acne and what I use, click here.
  • honey: I've used plain honey over my entire face, as well as a teaspoon with 1 tbs olive oil.
  • cinnamon, add half a teaspoon of powder with turmeric and honey for an anti-inflammatory mask. Leave on for 10 minutes


Liu, Chi-Hsien, and Hsin-Ying Huang. 'In Vitro Anti-Propionibacterium Activity By Curcumin Containing Vesicle System'. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin 61.4 (2013): 419-425. Web.

Janssen, P. L. T. M. Karin et al. 'Salicylates In Foods'. Nutrition Reviews 54.11 (1996): 357-359. Web.


  1. The Tumeric one sounds interesting, and I know Tumeric is good for so many things! I'm really excited to try the green tea one as I have really oily skin and that one sounds like it would be really soothing as well! Thanks for sharing these, great post! XO -Kim

    1. Those two mixed together sound good too! With turmeric though, it may stain your skin a little so make sure you don't use it right before you go out haha xo


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