Your skin is the largest organ of your body and therefore your biggest ally. It protects you from the outside world and keeps all your internal organs together, it protects you from damage, and therefore you want to take the best care of it as possible. However, one day, you look yourself in the mirror and see their ugly heads emerging on your beautiful face! Yes, pimples, those pesky little creatures that make us feel self-conscious are also known as zits or spots, and are a kind of comedo – a pore clogged by keratin and debris combined with oil that forms inflamed pustules or papules.
So, when you get a pimple or two, the first thing you think about is how to get rid of them as fast as possible. Luckily, there is a wide variety of prescription, over-the-counter, and home remedies for the treatment of these unsightly spots on your skin. Read on if you want to know what the best face masks used for the treatment of pimples are nowadays.
Activated charcoal masks. There is a myriad of beauty products containing activated charcoal, widely known for its health benefits. It is very good in absorbing oil and dirt, two of the main causes of pimples. Even though there aren’t many scientific proofs that activated charcoal works wonders for skin care, nevertheless it has become highly popular in the beauty community.
Mud and clay masks. Mud, especially Dead Sea mud has numerous benefits for skin care. First of all, it detoxifies and gently exfoliates the skin, drawing out impurities and leaving pores clean. It promotes circulation and is high in minerals such as magnesium, iron, chloride, sodium, potassium, and calcium. It softens and moisturizes the skin, thus improving the appearance and the overall health of your skin.
Clay, on the other hand, has many benefits to oily skin prone to breakouts and it is great for the absorption of excess oil and dirt. It dries out very oily skin and exfoliates the face, refining the enlarged pores.
Salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is used for the treatment of acne and other skin issues, it helps shed the dead cells from the top layer of the skin and to calm the inflammation and redness. It decreases the number of pimples. It has become quite popular in the cosmetic industry in the past few years, and it is readily available in the form of face masks.
One of these masks will definitely help with your pimples, however, if you’re up for an adventure, why not try some home-made versions?
Home Remedies for Pimples
Getting rid of pimples and blackheads always starts with gentle but deep cleansing. You can try using a homemade honey wash for this purpose. Melt one teaspoon of coconut oil and mix with three tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar, and a few drops of an essential oil such as lavender or frankincense. You can also add a tiny bit of vitamin C powder, but this is completely optional. Dampen the skin and massage the wash into the face and neck, rinse well and pat your face dry. Try using this wash in the mornings and evenings for the best result.
Homemade masks are quite easy to make and can help hydrate your skin and help with the removal of pimples. You can use them several times a week as the natural ingredients will not harm you or damage the skin even further.
Yogurt and honey mask. Mix one tablespoon of yogurt with one tablespoon of raw or Manuka honey. Mix well and apply to a cleansed face and leave on for around ten minutes. Gently wipe off the mask with a damp cloth. This nutritional mask is loaded with vitamins such as B2, B12, and B5, and minerals that help banish the pimples.
Cinnamon and honey mask. The combination of cinnamon and honey help with the acne and pimple issues because of their antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix one teaspoon of coconut oil, two tablespoons of honey, with one-half teaspoon of cinnamon, also, optionally, add a couple of drops of tea tree oil. Smooth the mask over your face avoiding the eye region and let it sit for five to ten minutes. Remove the mask with a damp cloth.
Apple cider vinegar. Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, two teaspoons of green tea, five teaspoons of sugar and one teaspoon of honey in a bowl. Stir the mixture and spread it on your face using a cotton pad and massage it for a couple of minutes to exfoliate the dead skin cells and promote circulation. Leave it on for around 10 minutes and rinse with water. It’s safe to use once or twice a week.
Turmeric, milk, and honey. In a bowl, mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder, one teaspoon of honey, and two teaspoons of milk to form a thin paste. To avoid staining your nails, use a brush to apply the mask to your face. This mask can be used two to three times a week.
Egg white mask. Egg whites can help a lot with the reduction of pimples as they are packed with protein and vitamins that rebuild skin cells and soak up oils. Take two egg whites and whisk. Let them sit for a few minutes and apply three or four thin layers on a cleansed face. Let the mask dry and rinse with warm water.
Oatmeal mask. Make one serving of steel-cut oatmeal and add two tablespoons of honey to it. Let it cool to room temperature and apply to a cleansed face. Leave the mask on for twenty to thirty minutes, then rinse it off and pat your face dry.
Avocado and honey. The combination of avocado and honey brings on a myriad of antibacterial properties combined with vitamins and minerals that can help with the treatment of pimples. Mash one avocado into a paste and add one tablespoon of honey to it. Apply the mask to a cleansed face and let it sit for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat the skin dry.
Baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, has antiseptic properties and dries up the oil that clogs the pores. Mix equal parts of water and baking soda and make a thick paste. Massage it into the skin for a couple of minutes using a circular motion and let it sit for about fifteen minutes. Rinse well and pat the skin dry.
Cucumber and oat. This mask is quite effective for oily skin, and you can make it by blending half a cucumber, two tablespoons of oats, one tablespoon honey, and the juice of half a lemon in a blender to make a smooth paste. Massage the mask into the skin and let it sit for around twenty minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Aloe Vera and honey. Mix one tablespoon of aloe vera gel and four tablespoons of honey. Apply the mask to a cleansed face and avoid the eye area. Leave it on for twenty minutes, then rinse with warm water.