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DIY Homemade Face Masks for Acne (How to Stop Pimples Naturally)

I love discovering and sharing DIY beauty tips, especially all-natural solutions that you can easily make at home.

Try out these three face mask recipes at home to fight blemishes, large pores and difficult skin.

Try out these three face mask recipes at home to fight blemishes, large pores and difficult skin.

Acne can have a variety of causes, including hormone imbalances, genetics and both internal and environmental factors. Many people with acne may also have oily skin, but that doesn't necessarily mean oily skin leads to pimples. Some people are plagued with combination skin and have to deal with dry, peeling skin as well as acne; others have normal skin but still suffer from blemishes and spots.

3 DIY Face Masks to Combat Acne

These homemade face masks are packed with skin-friendly nutrients. Keeping your skin nourished will help you combat all sorts of problems, including oily, dry and combination skin. In turn, this will protect your skin from germs and excess sebum secretion.

This is a great mask for eliminating acne, blackheads, pimples and acne scars!

This is a great mask for eliminating acne, blackheads, pimples and acne scars!

1. Orange Juice and Baking Soda Face Mask

Made from nothing but orange juice and baking soda, this mask combats acne and helps fix excessively oily skin and peeling, flaky skin. When applying the mask, make sure that you scrub gently; the baking soda is gritty, which makes it a good exfoliant, but too much scrubbing can irritate your skin.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice

IngredientBenefit for Skin and Acne

Baking Soda

Mild abrasive. Deep cleans pores. Helps remove dead cells, excess sebum, grime and germs within pores and on the skin's surface. Minimizes oiliness on face.

Orange Juice

Tightens pores, which limits excess sebum on skin surface. Has antibacterial properties that fight acne. Tones and brightens skin.

Directions

  1. Place the above ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. When you add the orange juice to the baking soda, it will start fizzing. Don't be alarmed! Wait for it to stop fizzing, and then mix the contents thoroughly.
  3. Spread a thin layer of the mixture over your clean face. Wait for 10–15 minutes while the mask dries.
  4. Rinse off the mask with cool water. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel. Apply a drop of olive oil to moisturize.

Tips

  • When you're rinsing off the dried-up mask, keep your eyes tightly shut to avoid irritation from the baking soda or orange juice!
  • Lightly scrub the mixture all over your face to exfoliate. Be gentle so you don't aggravate your acne.
  • This face mask can itch and tingle a bit, but that means it's working—so try not to scratch your face. Distract yourself: Give yourself a pedicure or lie down and relax.
  • Only use this mask once every 3 days.
Egg whites are a popular home remedy for beautiful skin. Coupled with lemon, which lightens scars, and turmeric, which actively fights acne, this face mask is a powerful anti-acne remedy!

Egg whites are a popular home remedy for beautiful skin. Coupled with lemon, which lightens scars, and turmeric, which actively fights acne, this face mask is a powerful anti-acne remedy!

2. Egg White and Lemon Juice Face Mask

This is one of the most popular masks for acne-prone skin. Egg white and lemon juice both help to control oil and tighten pores. With smaller pores, you'll have less oil secretion onto your skin's surface, which helps prevent breakouts. Lemon juice also has antibacterial properties and kills germs.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 teaspoon turmeric powder
IngredientBenefit for Skin and Acne

Egg White

Rich in vitamins and proteins that nourish skin. Tightens and lifts face. Shrinks large pores. Minimizes oiliness on face.

Lemon Juice

Acts as a natural astringent. Has antibacterial properties that are effective against acne and bacteria. Tightens large pores. Great toner for oily skin.

Turmeric

Effective against acne and acne scars. Has anti-inflammatory properties that heal acne. Absorbs excess oil from skin pores and surface.

Directions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the egg white until it turns frothy. Stir in the lemon juice and turmeric powder.
  2. Apply the mixture all over your face. Allow it to set for 10–15 minutes.
  3. When the mask has completely dried, use warm water to loosen it. Rinse with cold water. Pat your skin dry.

Tips

  • Try not to talk or smile too much while the mask is setting—this can stretch your skin and cause fine lines.
  • While applying the mask, avoid your eyes and mouth. The skin in these areas is drier and more sensitive to fine lines and wrinkles if it gets stretched.
  • If you get turmeric stains on your nails, you can remove them with lemon juice and a nailbrush.
This antioxidant-rich face mask with avocado and honey is great for curing and preventing acne.

This antioxidant-rich face mask with avocado and honey is great for curing and preventing acne.

3. Avocado and Honey Face Mask

Avocado and honey both have powerful properties that will keep your acne at bay. Both offer antioxidant protection for your skin, and they also nourish and hydrate your skin from within, curbing excess sebum secretion.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
IngredientBenefit for Skin and Acne

Avocado

Contains amino acids that help cleanse skin of impurities. Offers antioxidant and anti-wrinkle protection. Protects skin from free radical damage. Acts as a natural sunscreen that shields skin from UV damage.

Honey

Antibacterial and antiseptic. Kills off acne-causing bacteria. Cleans skin of dirt, germs and excess oil. Acts as a natural humectant that hydrates oily skin, reducing excess oils.

Directions

  1. Mash the ripe avocado in a small bowl with the back of a fork. Keep mashing until you get a consistent, lump-free mush. Stir in the raw honey.
  2. Slather the mixture over your face using clean fingers. Wait for 15 minutes.
  3. When the time is up, rinse with cool water. Pat your skin dry.

Tips

  • Use raw honey for the best results. Processed products contain additives that can cause skin irritation.
  • Keep this sticky mask out of your hair by wearing a headband to pull back stray hairs (and bangs, if you have them).
  • Apply this mask right before a shower for easy removal. Otherwise, rinse it off while standing over your bathroom sink or kitchen sink so you don't drip onto your clothes and the floor.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

veronica on May 25, 2020:

they all work sooooooo well.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

child on May 03, 2020:

good

Ellla M on July 29, 2019:

I tried the first mask, the lemon and baking soda one, and it was horrible! I have pale skin and when I rinsed my face after using it it was agitated and red. Will definitely not be trying anything else from this website:(

bobby on July 26, 2018:

I think ill have to try them

anonymous on June 20, 2018:

thank you sooo much!! i’ve been in need of some good fave masks with ingredients that i have a home!! these all work AMAZING!!

child on February 03, 2018:

this sort of worked

jk im going to go try it now

Pattie on November 27, 2016:

This helped a lot!

Idiot on October 22, 2016:

I have bad acne. I am so ashamed of it plus I am only 11. Any tips?

Gladys Mohr on June 29, 2016:

I heard turmeric is great for many things. I am going to try it to shrink facial pores.I am going to give it a try this weekend! Thanks

Rajendra on March 25, 2016:

How often we have to repeat egg white and lemon juice pack to the face

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on November 16, 2015:

Great hub with real useful information to try something new to cure acne. I would give this ago real soon. Thanks for sharing!

Jonas Rodrigo on July 27, 2015:

I've had my fair share of acne in my life and homemade cures were never my thing. Useful hub still, though. Not all skin are the same anyway.

Angel M. Bullard on May 10, 2015:

Love them so far no bad reaction