10 Natural DIY Masks, Toners, and Moisturizers to Help with Acne

By: Rawan Aboseif

Acne is a problem that everyone suffers from; specially during the time of puberty. They are painful and, in some cases, they lower your self-esteem. Several brands advertise products that help you get rid of them. Little did you know that these products can increase your acne or cause inflammation due to the harsh chemicals in them. So, the best solution is natural products and masks.  Before trying any of these masks, make sure you perform a test batch in order to know your skin’s sensitivity.



  • Clay


             One of the best treatments for acne is natural clay; specially that of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea clay is rich in natural sea salt, which is perfect for purifying your face from acne and balancing the excretion of sebum from your pores. It is sold by different brands, and one more good side is the fact that it is not a peel off. Basically , you apply it on your face and then you scrub it off. Another replacement for that would be the clay of the Mediterranean Sea. Whenever you go on a trip to the North Coast or to Marsa Matroh or any other Mediterranean city, you must mix some of the clean, oft sand with the sea water until you create a paste and apply it on your face for some time; then, you remove it by scrubbing. Lastly, the miracle of all clays is the Aztec Indian Healing Clay. It is a packaged clay that works magic for literally every skin type. It cleans your pores; it heals any scars; it removes your acne, and it gives your skin a glow.  You simply mix a tablespoon of the clay with a table spoon of organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) until it forms a paste. You leave it on your face until it dries; then you wash it off with warm water. You will be saying goodbye to all your acne after only one week off using this clay.



  • Saffron


             Although it might sound crazy, close enough to turmeric mask crazy, but it works. You fill half a spraying bottle with rose water and add two sticks (maximum) of saffron onto it. Mix them well until your water turns faintish yellow, then you can either spray it on your face or you spray it on a cotton pad then apply it on your face after you have cleansed your face. This is not considered a mask, but more of a toner, but it does work magic on your fcae. It does not only heal your acne, but it also heals your acne scars and helps with hyper-pigmentation.



  • Gelatin Mask


            Gelatin is a major ingredient in making candy and jelly, which characterizes it f being adhesive, so you can tell this is a peel-off mask. You simply add a large tablespoon of powdered gelatin (or a stick of it)  onto a pot of water and let them boil together. Once the water starts boiling, you remove it and let it cool down. Once it is warm, you add a thick layer of it onto your face, leave it for about 15-20 minutes, then peal it off. For better results you can grind activated charcoal tablets and add it to you paste before you apply it to your face, leaving you with a black paste that does not leave any trace on your face. as a matter of fact, it will clean your clogged pores, remove dead skin, remove white and black heads, and keep your skin clean for some time.



  • Aloe Vera Gel


This is not a mask but a moisturizer. you can either get an aloe vera plant and extract the gel yourself, or you can buy it off of any natural store.  You take a coin-size amount in your hand and apply it on your face. Your face will immediately suck it up leaving it moisturized and with a glow. It can be used for your hair in the same way to leave you with the same effects.



  • Garlic


Although t is not for its miracles for strengthening and lengthening the hair, garlic helps with overnight removal of acne. You can use it in two ways. You either chop a garlic clove and make sum minor cuts on it to extract its juice then directly apply it to your acne, or you can blend/juice it then apply the juice to your acne with a cotton pad. This helps you get rid of acne in a couple of days, or, in case of whiteheads, overnight.



  • Oatmeal


Mix two teaspoons of oatmeal, one teaspoon of baking  soda, and add enough warm water to form a thick paste. Apply it onto your freshly cleansed face for 15 minutes then wash it off.



  • Lemon & ACV


Both of them are acidic, which might be exactly what your face needs. Acidic products tend to hep in balancing the pH of your skin, leaving you with an acne-free skin. A toner is a water like  allows your moisturizer to work under better conditions. After cleansing our face throughly, take a lemon chopped in half, remove the seeds, and apply it on your face. You can either rub the lemon itself on your face, or have its juice prepared then apply it. In case of the apple cider vinegar (ACV), you get a spray bottle fill 3/4 of it with water and 1/4 of it with ACV, so the ACV would be diluted and won’t harm your skin. You can either spray it onto your face or onto a cotton pad. For best results, apply the toner directly after cleansing, before one minute passes, so yeah you gotta be quick.



  • Lemon & Egg


This one might sound nasty, but it isn’t much. Get an egg, remove the whites, beat them, and add half a lemon to the mixture. The lemon is not only for its acidic functions, but also for its scent to cover that of the egg. Apply it onto your face and leave it overnight.Peel it off and cleanse your face the next morning.



  • Creamy Mask


Mix three tablespoons of dried oats, one tablespoon of whole milk, and one tablespoon of organic honey and mix them all in the blender. Apply the mixture to your freshly cleansed face, leave it for 15 minutes or when  until it is dry; then, rinse it off your face. You can thank me later for your soft, acne-free skin.



  • Hydrating Mask


Scoop three tablespoons of oatmeal in a mixing bowl, add 1/4 cup of warm water, mix until you form a paste, then add a tablespoon of coconut oil and mix very well. After cleansing your face, apply it to your face and leave it for 15 minutes. Then, for two minutes, massage your face in circular motion in order to remove the dead skin. Rinse your face with cool water and say goodbye to acne.

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