Getting rid of acne is hard enough, however, what’s even harder is the aftermath – the unsightly acne scars and redness! In our search for the perfect product, we often disregard the simple home remedies that many of us already have in our kitchens. Homemade face masks are not only cheap but also safe to use as they do not contain suspicious chemicals that can further damage our gentle skin and make the problem even worse! Using natural ingredients is definitely the safe way to go, so, if you’re on the lookout for amazing mask recipes, scroll down and check out what works best for you.
Egg, Clay, Lemon, and Tea Tree Mask
Egg whites have proven to work wonders against acne and acne scars. They are loaded with minerals, vitamins, and protein that help the skin rebuild the healthy cells, reducing and fading the acne scars and redness. Combined with clay, lemon juice, and tea tree oil, egg white exfoliates the skin and improves the circulation, and also absorbs all the dirt and toxins that clog the skin every day.
Beat one egg white with one teaspoon of lemon juice and slowly add one teaspoon of clay to the mixture to form a smooth paste. Add five to seven drops of tea tree oil and apply the mask to a cleansed face, avoiding the eye region. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Apply a moisturizer after this mask which can be used once a week for optimal results.
Egg White, Lemon, Honey, and Orange Mask
This mask reduces the prominence of acne scars and redness quite fast so try using it once a week to combat your skin issues. Beat one egg white and add one teaspoon of warm honey. Add three drops of lemon essential oil and three drops of orange essential oil to the mixture and apply to a cleansed face avoiding the eye area. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Apply a moisturizer after the mask.
Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Honey, and Lemon Juice Mask
Cinnamon has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which help to battle the acne scars, nutmeg is rich in b-complex vitamins, folic acid, niacin, and beta-carotene. Honey has detoxifying and moisturizing benefits, and lemon juice is packed with vitamin C that helps build the collagen in the skin that keeps it young and firm. It helps lighten the blemishes, dark spots, and scars, and brings a glow to your face.
Mix ½ teaspoon of organic cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, and two teaspoons of fresh lemon juice to make a thick paste. Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. You will feel a slight burning sensation; however, this is completely normal. Rinse the mask off with warm water and apply a moisturizer. You can use it two or three times a week and you should see improvement after a couple of months!
This cucumber mask is one of the most effective for acne scars as cucumber acts as an astringent, which means that it helps in lightening the appearance of scars. The mask also refreshes and hydrates the skin, and removing excess oil and dirt.
Blend one cucumber with one tablespoon of yogurt to form a paste. Apply the mask to a cleansed face and leave it on for around 20 minutes. Rinse the mask with cold water and make sure to use a moisturizer afterward. Repeat twice a week.
Aloe Vera Mask
Aloe vera has a myriad of anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-bacterial, and coagulating, and pain inhibiting properties, it would be a shame not to use it as a beauty product as well! It helps decrease the scars and reduce inflammation and swelling that cause redness.
To make the mask, combine lemon juice and aloe vera gel in a blender and blend for one minute. Apply the mask to your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes. After that, rinse with warm water and moisturize your face with your favorite moisturizer. You can use this mask up to three days per week.
Avocado and Honey Mask
Avocado is not only delicious but also a very popular, almost essential, ingredient in beauty products used to combat acne scars and redness. It contains Vitamin C that stimulates collagen and helps the skin remain firm, it has many anti-oxidant properties and has antibacterial and antifungal agents. Avocado is a perfect moisturizer and combined with honey it does wonders against those ugly acne scars.
Mash two avocados and combine with one tablespoon of raw honey and one tablespoon of cocoa powder. Apply the mask to a cleansed face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and apply a moisturizer. Use this mask at least once a week for optimal results.
Everybody and their mother already knows about the amazing benefits of baking soda, but did you know it is also quite effective in the battle with acne scars? Baking soda is great for removing the dead skin cells and has numerous anti-bacterial properties. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water to form a paste. Apply to your face and leave the mask on for 5 to 10 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizer. Use it twice a week for best results.
Oatmeal is a great exfoliating product and, being completely natural, it carries no side effects with it. An oatmeal mask is great for absorption of excess oil and dirt, it has cleansing properties, and is great for acne scars and redness.
Mix the oatmeal powder with rose water well and add a couple of drops of lemon juice to form a smooth paste. Apply the mask to your face and let it sit for approximately 15 minutes. Wash it off and apply a moisturizer. If you wish, you can add honey to this mask to make it even more effective and soothing.
Gram Flour Mask
Gram flour is often considered to be one of the most common and most effective homemade remedies for acne scars. To make this mask, mix one tablespoon of buttermilk, one tablespoon of rose water, a dash of turmeric, and two tablespoons of gram flour. Mix well and apply the mask to your face. Let it dry completely and wash off with water. For dry skin, use the mask once a week.
Honey and Strawberries for Reducing Redness
Honey and strawberries are a perfect couple whether we are talking about food or beauty. This combination helps with skin infections and rashes and is also great for achieving perfectly soft skin. Strawberries are naturally rich in salicylic acid which is famous for its benefits against pimples and acne, as well as clogged pores. Honey is effective against bacteria which causes redness, so, paired with strawberries, makes a perfect face mask for the effective reduction of redness.
To make this mask, mash three fresh strawberries with two teaspoons of raw or Manuka honey. Mix well and apply the mask to your face. Let it sit for at least twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water and apply a moisturizer. You can use this mask twice a week for best results.
Coconut Oil and Oatmeal for Redness
Coconut oil is famous for its numerous beneficial properties but it is also quite effective against skin redness. Its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, combined with oatmeal make a perfect mask for battling the redness caused by acne or some other trigger. Mix one tablespoon of oatmeal with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply the mask to the red areas and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off and apply a moisturizer.
Orange Peel Mask for Redness
Orange peel is not only great for baking, but for reducing redness as well! It nourishes the skin as it is packed with citric acid, vitamin C, and, above all, it has astringent properties. To make this mask, combine the zest of two oranges with rose water. Mix to form a smooth paste. Apply the mask to your face and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse off with water and apply a moisturizer. Use regularly for best results and fresh and healthy skin.
Aspirin Mask for Redness
Okay, aspirin may not be technically a natural product, but nevertheless, it can be found in every household on the western hemisphere. It contains salicylic acid and is great for reducing the inflammation, therefore, good for battling face redness as well!
To make a mask, crush half an aspirin and add a few drops of water to it to form a paste. Dab the mask on your face and let it sit for up to 30 minutes. Rinse it off and pat the skin dry. You will be able to tell the difference right away!
And there you have it, these masks have proven to be highly effective in battling acne scars and face redness. Try making one of them a couple of times a week and enjoy your new, healthy, radiant skin!