Face masks are an effective and fairly simple way to treat all types of acne, whether it is an occasional stress breakout or a chronic acne issue. In addition, spot treating acne with a mask for the occasional pimple can reduce inflammation and kill bacteria without wreaking havoc on other areas of the face that may not be affected. Acne fighting masks can help prevent breakouts from occurring and help balance oil production.
10 Acne Face Mask Recipes
We’ve rounded up some recipes full of ingredients that are easy to locate, some of which may already be in your home.
1. Turmeric Acne Mask
A turmeric face mask is naturally antiseptic, antibacterial, and works wonders at soothing inflamed acneic skin.
- Organic apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 tablespoon of organic, raw honey (preferably Manuka honey)
Apply vinegar to a cotton ball and swipe all over the skin. Wait about five minutes before you apply the mask. Mix the turmeric powder with the honey. Use your clean hands to apply the mask, avoiding the eye area. Let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes then rinse with warm water. If the turmeric powder leaves a yellowish tint on the skin, use a milk-soaked cotton ball to go over stained areas. Mask can be used twice a week.
2. Avocado and Lemon Spot Treatment Mask
Avocado stimulates collagen production, which aids in cell regeneration. Avocado is also loaded with anti-inflammatory hydrating fats that won’t clog pores. The honey is antibacterial while the lemon juice lightens hyperpigmentation.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- Half of a lemon
Mash one ripe avocado until smooth, mix in 1 tablespoon of honey and squeeze the half lemon. Mix together thoroughly and apply as spot treatment or to affected areas. If you have sensitive skin, use less lemon or skip it altogether. Leave on for 5-10 minutes
3. Honey & Baking Soda Face Mask
Combine anti-inflammatory baking soda with exfoliating lemon juice and soothing honey for an easy, effective acne-fighting face mask.
- 1 teaspoon lemon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Add lemon juice, honey and baking soda to a small bowl. Mix well and apply over the face and neck. Avoid the area near your eyes (lemon juice and honey will both sting). Don’t turn this into a scrub by rubbing it into your skin. After 15 minutes, remove the mask with warm water, then with cold water.
A caution when using lemon juice: Although lemon has lightening and brightening qualities, it can also make the skin photosensitive. Rinse your face thoroughly and use a zinc oxide spf 30+ sunscreen if you’ll be out in the sun soon afterward.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar & Clay Face Mask
Clay draws out impurities from the pores while the natural acids in apple cider vinegar address acne by gently slough away dead skin cells.
- 1 tablespoon clay
- 1 probiotic capsule
- 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
Combine clay and probiotic powder in a small bowl. Add the ACV to make a paste. It’s okay to use more, if needed, to get a smooth, spreadable consistency. With clean fingers spread over face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and apply moisturizer.
5. Charcoal and Aloe Face Mask
Charcoal absorbs excess oil while aloe is soothing and anti-inflammatory, making it an ideal ingredient to add to any acne mask.
- 1 tablespoon activated charcoal
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
- Plus 1 drop of tea tree oil
Mix ingredients together in small bowl and use your finger to mix together before applying to the skin. In circular motions, work the charcoal mixture around your face for 1 minute then let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
6. Garlic & Milk Face Mask
Garlic works to prevent clogged pores, kill off acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. Garlic can sting if applied directly to the skin so dilute it in water, jojoba oil or aloe vera first. Jojoba hydrates without clogging pores while whole milk gently exfoliates.
- 1 clove garlic, crushed and finely minced
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 2 tablespoons whole milk (can also use honey or aloe vera)
Combine garlic and jojoba oil in a small bowl. Then slowly add the milk (or honey or aloe) until you have a smooth consistency. Wear the mask for 5-10 minutes then gently exfoliate the skin as you rinse with warm water.
7. Probiotic Acne Mask
This mask calms skin with naturally anti-inflammatory cucumbers and additional probiotics to nourish your skin’s microbiome. Cucumber seeds are rich in potassium and vitamin E, which help reduce blemishes.
- 1/2 cucumber, pureed
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 probiotic capsule
Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to a clean face with clean hands. Avoid the eye area. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Follow with toner and moisturizer.
8. Nutmeg Spot Treatment Mask
Combine three acne fighters to shrink a pimple fast without leaving your skin dry or flaky.
- 1 aspirin
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
Mix one crushed aspirin, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 tablespoon of yogurt together to make a paste and gently dab on the zit. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
9. Raw Honey Spot Treatment Mask
One ingredient treatments are our favorite! Honey has so many uses and fighting acne is a powerful one. Just dab honey (manuka is ideal) directly on the blemish to not only fight bacteria but also calm inflammation and redness. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
10. Tea Tree Acne Mask
Tea tree is one of the best essential oils to use against acne thanks to its natural zit-fighting antibacterial properties.
Whip egg white in a small bowl, then add aloe and tea tree oil. Apply to face with fingertips or facial brush. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. The aloe soothes inflamed skin while the tea tree attacks bacteria in the pores.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.529