Homemade Natural Masks for Acne and Oily Skin

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Making a natural treatment for acne or oily skin shouldn’t have to be a long, complex process. Sure, it can be fun to mix and heat up ingredients in the kitchen, but many people would rather just indulge in a ready-made facial treatment for a few minutes and then get on with the rest of their day, enjoying the look and feel of healthier skin. It is possible to have the best of both worlds- homemade wholesomeness and packaged convenience- with any of these four common foods: tomato paste, honey, egg white, and yogurt. Each is used separately as a one-ingredient mask.

1. Tomato Paste

How it works: Tomato paste is full of nutrients, but the most important one for your skin may be lycopene. In fact, researchers suggest eating tomato paste for healthier skin. So far, no studies have been done to verify the benefits of applying tomato paste directly to the skin, but tomato masks are a traditional, time-tested cure for acne. Tomato paste stays on the face better than tomato juice or pureed tomatoes. Because it’s been cooked, the paste also has more lycopene available for the body than raw tomatoes do. As a bonus, tomato paste is a vegan mask for those who’d rather not use animal products.

How to use it: After washing your face, apply tomato paste with the fingertips. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse. Like many facial treatments, it may stain your clothes, so wear a robe, a smock, or something old.

2. Honey

How it works: Honey is a superfood that’s even good for your skin. It helps in four ways. First, its stickiness gently pulls away dead skin cells and clarifies pores. Second, it has anti-microbial qualities, so it helps fight the cause of many breakouts. Third, honey’s antioxidants heal and protect. Finally, the waxy properties of honey soften and soothe facial skin without adding unwanted oil.

How to use it: You can use plain honey, straight from the jar. (Any type of honey is good, but manuka honey is thought to have the strongest antimicrobial action, making it ideal for acne masks.) Wash and dry your face. Apply the honey with your fingertips (messy but worth it!), leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse with lukewarm water.

3. Egg White

How it works: As an egg white mask dries, it contracts and tightens, pulling impurities from the skin. What’s more, egg white contains lysozyme, an enzyme that digests bacterial cell walls. It is used as an anti-spoiling agent in wine and as a natural preservative in some foods. The lysozyme in egg white may attack the source of many acne problems.

How to use it: Separate the egg yolk from the white. Put the egg white in a bowl, and beat with a fork until well mixed. With fingertips, apply evenly to a clean, dry face. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse.

4. Yogurt

How it works: Yogurt’s naturally occurring lactic acid gently peels off dead skin cells that can clog pores. Lactic acid may also be helpful in lightening dark spots left behind by previous breakouts.

How to use it: Wash and dry the face. Apply a thin layer of plain (unflavored) yogurt. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off.

So there they are-four single-ingredient masks that are low-cost, close at hand, and natural. Most of all, they’re quick and easy. These are bare-bones recipes, specially designed to be convenient. Of course, you can enhance and customize them with other ingredients if you wish. While effective, these masks are gentle, so patience is a must. Treat your face every day or two for at least a month or until results are seen, and then continue using masks twice a week. Skin needs time to renew itself and return to a more normal state. A healthy, glowing complexion is well worth the persistence. Generations have treated their acne and oily skin with natural masks, and you may come to swear by them too.

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Would you like to learn more? Visit my website (linked in my author bio below) for time-honored skin care resources and recipes. Use these tips to pamper yourself, control the ingredients in your skin care products, be and feel attractive, and save money.

Zelda Oldenbuzz has always been an avid collector. As her interests turned toward books, she came across some rare volumes with tips about beauty and skin care.

Zelda enjoys passing these secrets on her web site (http://www.oldenbuzz.com) almost as much as she likes sitting on an overstuffed chair in the parlor reading her antiquarian skin and hair care books. To her, it doesn’t matter if a beauty secret is old or new, as long as it’s shared.

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