17 Of the Best Homemade Face masks for Acne To Try

December 11, 2016 8 min read 0 Comments

Acne face masks can be really expensive, but now you can make your own using ingredients from your own kitchen! Before you apply any of these masks, make sure to rinse your face with water first and PAT dry with a clean towel after.


I call this the Cinnabon Mask because all the ingredients you need are: honey and cinnamon. Plus it smells good and sweet, just like a Cinnabon! Add 2 tbs. of honey and 1 tbs. of cinnamon into a bowl. Mix well. With a Q-tip, apply a thin layer onto your face. Leave it on for 10-15 min., then rinse. You can use this mask 1-2 times a week, depending on how sensitive your skin is.


My dad actually recommended me to use aloe vera for my face when he bought an aloe vera plant one day. For this mask, I highly recommend that you used aloe vera straight from the plant itself, but you can also use aloe vera gel. All you need is aloe vera, apply it to the problematic areas and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

I usually use one of these masks, depending on the ingredients that I have available when I get really bad breakouts. I recommend that you use any of these masks 1-2 times a week depending on your skin type.


Turmeric is one of my favourite natural ingredients for the face because it has been used for many many years in India and China for helping to cure many diseases. Turmeric as well as honey both have antibacterial properties making them great candidates for combating acne. Not only this, but turmeric is also GREAT for healing acne scars and hyperpigmentation as well as having anti aging properties.


Now the first time I read online about someone telling me to slab an egg white on my face I was a bit skeptical.. But after the first time I tried it I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to run to the grocery stores and buy a whole cart full of eggs. Not only does it help with acne, it also moisturizes and brings that hydration back into your skin. For this face mask I generally just separate the yolk from the egg whites and beat the whites together until they are frothy white, warning do not use if you have sensitive skin. 


Honey is soothing and moisturizing, and it contains many antioxidants as well. That is the center ingredient in this facial scrub.

I strongly recommend that you use raw organic honey because it had the most benefits in it and the texture is great for exfoliation. Regular honey is smooth, while raw honey has a gritty texture to it. While both contain benefits, raw honey maximizes the scrub's potential. If you can't find raw honey, that's totally fine! Just add sugar instead to get the texture needed for exfoliating.

The next ingredient that I like to add is fresh lemon. Lemons area known to contain many powerful antioxidants. This mainly includes vitamin C, an important substance that stimulates cell regeneration and brightens the skin's complexion. That's all there is to it! Now here is a quick list of guidelines for the measurements.

4 tablespoons of raw honey

Alternative: 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of sugar

About 7-10 drops of lemon (depends on the sensitivity of your skin)

Now mix it all together! Of course, feel free to adjust the amounts as you wish. There's really no need to stick to it. I just provided a basic outline of the recipe. Do whatever works for you! I use this every other day, but I would recommend twice a week for beginners. I use it more frequently because I have discovered that my skin is quite high maintenance, but that isn't the case for everyone. So test it out and adjust accordingly.

Apply the scrub onto your face and use circular movements going inward. Remember to scrub gently! Don't damage your skin by applying too much force and scrubbing too harshly! That would defeat the purpose of the facial scrub so please try to be as gentle as possible. Treat your delicate skin nicely!


This is my favorite mask to use if my skin is looking dull and tired. I recommend using this mask

2-3 times a week for the best results. Turmeric has so many benefits helps with acne, inflammation, and skin brightening. Yogurt contains lactic acid which helps dissolve dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin while lemon helps with skin brightening. This mask is super easy to make and you can buy all of the ingredients at the grocery store.

You will need:

1 tablespoon of plain yogurt

¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder

Half of a lemon

Honey (optional for dry skin)

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and apply to your face. Leave on for about 15-20 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Be careful though turmeric tends to be very messy and can stain easily! If your skin still looks yellow after washing it off you can use some coconut oil on a cotton swab and it will take the yellow right off.  


This mask is great for combination skin, as it helps balance oiliness and dryness. This mask helps to hydrate, gently exfoliate, and moisturize your skin. Banana helps to hydrate and moisturize the skin while honey contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties which help with inflammation. Oatmeal will naturally soak up excess oil from the skin’s surface and deep within pores. This mask is also very simple and cheap to make and smells amazing too!

You will need:

½ ripe banana

tablespoon raw organic honey

1-2 teaspoons colloidal oatmeal

In a mixing bowl, mash the banana until it has a soft and mushy consistency. Then stir in the honey and oatmeal to thicken up the paste. Apply to a clean face and leave on for about 15-20 minutes then rinse off with warm water.  


This invigorating scrub is perfect for soothing your tired sore muscles. The peppermint oil penetrates deep into your skin in order to relax your whole body. Plus, it smells amazing! All you need is sugar, almond (or any carrier oil) and peppermint essential oils. I like to mix about two cups of the sugar with the oils in a mason jar and store it in the fridge in between uses! 


This scrub brings us your inner sweet tooth without having the all bad consequences! It combines not only one, but two types of sugar and smells like a delicious sugar cookie. This scrub calls for a cup each of brown sugar and white sugar in a jar or bowl. Then I add in a carrier oil, I prefer jojoba or almond, and some drops of vanilla essential oil. I like to use this scrub in the winter to remove the dry flaky skin because it is extra exfoliating! 


This is the scrub for those that have sensitive skin but still need exfoliation. The oats and lavender oil have a calming effect on the red irritated skin while also scrubbing away dead skin cells. In a jar, I add a cup of dry oats with some honey and carrier oil. This scrub is even safe enough for eczema flare-ups! 



This super easy DIY bath soak will leave you relaxed and refreshed. Epsom salt has many wonderful properties. It consists of the naturally occurring pure minerals, magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt is known to relieve pain and muscle cramps, exfoliate the skin, and eliminate toxins from the body. Essential rose oil reduces stress, while toning and lifting the skin. Finally, milk contains lactic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid that will gently exfoliate the top layers of your skin, revealing fresh brighter skin underneath. 


1 1/2 cup powdered milk (full fat or nonfat, is fine)

1/2 cup epsom salt

5-7 drops of Essential Rose Oil

Mix the powdered milk and Epsom salts together and add 5-7 drops of essential oil. Fill your tub to your liking and pour the mixture into the water. Enjoy!

Tip: If you don’t have rose essential oil you can improvise and use any other soothing essential oil you might have, like lavender or chamomile. 



Strawberries have long been used in skin masks because their seeds act as mechanical exfoliation removing dead skin and dirt. Other benefits of strawberries include that they are acidic and help fight oily skin while whitening blemishes. Like the strawberries, the yogurt will also help cleanse the skin thanks to the lactic acid that it contains while also lightening the skin. Furthermore, the yogurt leaves your skin feeling moisturized and fresh.

To make this mask, simply puree 2-3 strawberries (without the leaves) and mix in 2 full tablespoons of natural yogurt. Put the mixture on your face for 15 minutes and wash with warm water. Put on your usual moisturizer afterward or leave the skin as is.


Both avocados and bananas contain vitamin C and vitamin E. These vitamins are antioxidants that slow down the signs of aging and prevent free radical damage to the skin. These two fruits are very moisturizing for the skin. Avocados are particularly high in oleic acid and this helps regenerate damaged skin while maintaining moisture to the top layer of skin.

To make this mask, make a puree of half a banana and half an avocado. Mix it thoroughly to have a consistent mixture and place it generously on your skin. Leave it 15 minutes to 30 minutes before washing your face with only water. If you have too much mixture, place the remaining on the ends of your hair as a pre-wash treatment.


Known as a vegetable, but technically a fruit, tomatoes are a wonder for acne prone skin. Applying a pureed tomato on your skin will visibly shrink your pores as well as remove dead skin with its seeds. Tomatoes are also used to lighten skin blemishes.

To make this mask, you should simply puree tomatoes while leaving the seeds for an exfoliating effect and massage it onto the skin. After 20 minutes, wash it off and apply your usual products as well as some SPF because your skin may be sensitive to sunlight.

*This fruit will leave your skin feeling smooth, but for an even more soothing effect add one tablespoon of honey to the mixture.


This mask is like an exfoliator and makes your face feel baby soft! All the debris and dirt that was sitting on your face will be gone down the drain. 


5 drops of any facial oil (I personally like the tarte maracuja oil- so moisturizing and tightening!)

1 tsp of coffee grounds


Put the ingredients in a large bowl and blend together with your fingers. Slightly wet your face and spread the mix all over it. Wait around 10-15 minutes to wash your face and then proceed with the rest of your skincare routine. 


Your face will feel smooth and acne scars will lighten. This mask is great for anyone that is suffering from acne scars and needs them to lighten.


½ a banana, 1 tsp of honey, a squeeze of lemon


Put the ingredients together in a big bowl and mash with a kitchen tool or fingers. Fingers work just as fine! Apply to face, but use sparingly around the eye and mouth area. Remove with cold water after around 10 minutes. 


The oatmeal mask is hypoallergenic and is great for people with sensitive skin. It does not trigger breakouts for anyone! The mask is also incredibly hydrating and tightening. It almost feels like a 15-minute facelift. Anti-acne and anti-aging benefits put together is something of a dream. 


1 tsp of yogurt

2 tsp of oatmeal

1 egg white (leave-in liquid form, only take out the white)


Mix the ingredients until it looks pasty. Apply all over the face. Remove after 10-15 minutes




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