Face Mask for Blemished/Acne Prone Skin
Hi loves, today I will be letting you in on 2 face masks for blemished, dull, acne-prone skin. I will list all the ingredients for each and the reasons why they work so well – using only fresh ingredients most will be able to find in their kitchen or can be easily located at local shops.
DISCLAIMER: Remember to always do a test patch on your skin before applying to skin as a mask, (in case of reaction).
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of my favourite products EVER, it is known as the ‘miracle plant’, and has also been known for bringing ‘immortality’ – I can understand why. This works well in SO many ways and especially as a form of skincare. I have used this on several occasions as a serious ‘skin rescue’ and it has healed my skin within 48 hours. I had been to a salon and the woman ended up burning my face with wax – it was quite severe. I applied aloe vera gel to the burned area around 3 times daily, and within two days the burns were completely gone. This is just one of the ways that aloe vera has saved my skin! But anyway, on to the face mask.
All you will need is aloe vera gel, make sure it is 100% aloe vera (I get mines from Holland and Barrett) or you might not be getting the benefits from this mask. It is optional to add around 3-5 drops of lemon juice (only do this if you do not have sensitive skin though). You just take 1 tbsp of aloe vera, with lemon juice if you choose and mix together. Apply the gel to the areas you want to treat, or all over your face and let dry for around 20 minutes – you can also leave it overnight and rinse off with lukewarm water.
The reason this mask is so great is because aloe vera contains a great amount of anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. This means it can not only heal scarring, but can also reduce the redness and inflammation of current acne. As it has a cooling sensation when applied to the skin, it can also reduce itchiness of the skin. On top of all these benefits for scars aloe vera is an amazing moisturiser, so if your skin is feeling dull or dry, this will certainly help also. If you were to add lemon juice, this would add another does of anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal benefits so can aid in speeding up the rate you see results. This mask can be done as often as needed, 1-2 times per week would be good, but even every other day as this is not very harsh on skin (unless you add too much lemon).
It is important to remember that some face masks work better for one person than another and some may see immediate results – though, it will be something you should continue using over time to see major results.
2. Turmeric face mask
If you didn’t already know, turmeric is an amazing spice used for many different benefits (internally and externally). Turmeric’s main compound curcumin is well known for healing wounds, soothing skin irritation and treat burns. This face mask is a traditional mask used by indian and pakistani’s and is a staple in most asian households. Turmeric is the main ingredient for this mask due to being anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, but is not the only useful ingredient.
For this face mask you will require: 1tbs gram flour (chickpea flour), 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp oil of your choice (preferably almond oil or olive oil) and 2 tbs yogurt (greek yogurt would be best!). Mix all ingredients in a bowl until a thick yellowish paste is formed (shown below), apply to face avoiding getting too close to the eyes. Let sit on skin for 20-30 minutes until fully dry, wash off with lukewarm water.
This face mask is great for those with acne or scarring, this is because as already explained turmeric is great for soothing irritations on the skin, including scarring. There are also great brightening effects known with turmeric, which will aid in reducing scar visibility and brightening your complexion overall. Gram flour is another brightening ingredient, so this can ensure you are working on those pesky dark marks and scars. Yogurt is rich in lactic acid, this acts as a gentle exfoliator and will rid dead, dry dull skin to reveal better skin, and can also reduce scarring over time. The oil is there to add extra moisturising properties as the yogurt is there to remove dead skin. Depending on which oil you choose to add there can be added benefits.
This is one of my favourite masks to use and I love how soft and supple it eaves my skin, it never fails me when I need that extra brightening effect – especially at the times I am more acne-prone. I recommend only using this mask 1-2 times per week, as it can be very invasive if done more than this.
Thank you for checking out these home remedies for blemished, acne-prone skin. Let me know if you try either of these and how you get on with them. Please remember that these are not ‘quick fixes’ and you may see immediate results (which is great!), but in order to prevent future breakouts it is advised to keep up with a good skincare regime.
Much love, S 💋 xo