The Internet is filled with doing it yourself ideas and home treatments for acne. It can be difficult to decipher which ones are worth trying, and which ones should be avoided. Face masks are no exception. I have seen dozens of DIY face masks over the years, many of which I have tried myself.
I would like to start off by talking about a very popular mask that should never be used. This mask is the glue (that’s right, I said glue) and charcoal mask. Some of the tutorial videos floating around YouTube look pretty convincing. The mask is relatively simple to make, consisting of non-toxic glue and activated charcoal capsules. Basically, the content of 2 capsules are mixed with the glue and applied to the face. The mixture is then left for 10-20 minutes, and peeled off. I did try this mask myself, and against my better judgment. You’ve heard the saying “no pain, no gain.” Well, this saying should not be applicable in facial care. The skin on ones face is extremely sensitive. That is why you see products sold for face and for body separately. And let me tell you, this mask, HURTS! Although I did see some blackheads on the mask after removal, there was a great deal of redness and even a little visible damage to my face. Be nice to your skin, and leave this one alone.
Wash off masks are a much safer alternative, and the ingredients to make them are seemingly endless. I’ll begin with my personal favorite: Egg white and cucumber. Just 2 ingredients and they both pack a punch. To make this mask, place 1/4th of a peeled cucumber into a food processor or blender until smooth. Then mix in the egg white, and you’re good to go! Apply the mask, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes or until it feels stiff and dry. Wash it off, and enjoy your newly smoothed and softened face.
Another great mask to try consists of lemon, baking soda, and honey. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon, mix in a tsp of honey and a tablespoon of baking soda. Gently massage the mask into your skin for up to 1 minute, then leave it to sit for 10-15. Wash it off, and enjoy the benefits. Aside from a silky smooth face, this is great for treating acne and scarring.
Ok DIYers, have at it and remember to wash off, not peel. Enjoy these home treatments for acne and get the maximum benefits of natural skincare at lesser costs!