Top 2 Homemade Facials for Acne
Many people suffering from acne favor medical treatment as well as facials administered at a fancy spa or salon by a skin care expert, and that's just fine if they can afford it.
Most of us, however, don't have lots of cash to spend on expensive medical procedures and salon treatments to clear away acne breakouts. But that's alright too, because there are oodles and oodles of great homemade facials for acne that can help get rid of acne breakouts and leave your skin feeling cool, smooth and refreshed.
#1 - The Green Clay and Tea Tree Oil Mask
One popular homemade facial for acne is the green clay and tea tree oil mask. Ingredients include 2 Tbsp green clay powder, 1 Tbsp honey, 1 Tbsp lemon juice and 2-3 drops of tea tree oil. Combine ingredients and mix well to make a paste. Apply to face and let set for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
How it Works
The use of green clay in homemade facials for acne is beneficial because it absorbs excess oils and other impurities from your skin. Honey is a natural remedy for injured or irritated skin. As an anti-acne ingredient, honey provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey also works as a humectant, or oil free moisturizer.
Lemon juice is a natural astringent that will help dry up the excess oil in your pores. Lemon juice is also packed with antioxidants, especially vitamin C, which is readily absorbed into the skin and tightens your pores at the same time!
Tea tree oil is extracted from the Australian tea tree, and is a powerful anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral natural moisturizer for the skin.
These four ingredients combined become a very effective, safe and gentle treatment for acne and pimples.
#2 - The Aloe Vera Mask
One of the most popular and effective homemade facials for acne is made with pure aloe vera juice, aloe vera gel and rose essential oil. You can find these ingredients online or at your local health food store.
Always use pure aloe and essential oils. You do not want any synthetic ingredients or unknown chemicals that may be counter productive to your goal of clearing an acne outbreak. Combine 3 Tbsp of aloe vera juice with one Tbsp of aloe vera gel and 2-3 drops of rose essential oil. Mix thoroughly. Use a cotton ball to apply to face, shoulders, neck, back and anywhere else you have acne. This mask is also an excellent treatment for sunburn. Leave on for ten minutes, then rinse with warm water.
How it Works
Rose essential oil works as an emollient and an astringent that cleans and tightens pores while acting as an effective toner for your skin. Rose oil also has antiseptic and skin softening properties, and it nourishes skin as well.
Pure aloe vera gel may be one of the most beneficial homemade facials for acne, sunburn, scrapes, shallow cuts, scratches, scrapes and any type or mild skin injury or infection because this amazing herbal remedy actually stimulates cell reproduction. Fresh aloe vera contains polisaccharides that bind to water based moisture in the skin and may actually reorganize epidermal cells in the uppermost layer of the stratum comeum or surface skin.
Aloe vera juice is 99.5 percent water, but the other one half of one percent contains ingredients that enable aloe to penetrate much deeper into the skin than plain water. The calming and healing effects of aloe treat inflamation, inhibit infection and soothe mild to moderate irritation and pain associated with almost any kind of skin injury or infection.
Additionally, when aloe vera is used seperately, it can be left on skin to provide a protective barrier against dirt and infection.