Homemade acne masks are very popular today. They use inexpensive and natural ingredients found right in your kitchen to heal your acne woes. However, most of them are tedious to make and can have little effect on your breakouts.
Why homemade acne masks?
The two main reasons to give a homemade acne mask a try is that they are inexpensive and they normally use all-natural products. For those that cannot afford a dermatology appointment or do not want to put synthetic substances on their face, they can be your best alternative. Be warned however; these masks have no research to substantiate their claims of effective acne treatments.
Do they help at all?
There are so many kinds of homemade acne masks, that judging their efficacy as a whole is impossible. There are some however, including coconut oil and lemon juice, that are very popular. Click on the links to read more.
Here’s a list of ingredients commonly used, listed by recipe:
- Egg whites and yogurt
- Oatmeal, yogurt, and honey
- White sugar and warm water
- Cocoa powder, coffee beans, dairy product, and honey
- Cat litter, water, and oil (seriously?)
- Green clay, kaolin clay, aloe vera, rosewater, oil
- Pumpkin pulp, almond milk, eggs, honey, and vinegar(depending on skin type)
- Salt mask
- Baking soda
So should we discard all those over the counter products and just go au naturel?
These homemade masks aren’t going to magically cure your acne after you apply them. Like the OTC’s, you’ll have to maintain a constant regimen in order for your masks to have any effect at all in the long run. Like any other medical condition, a professional opinion from a doctor is best to effectively treat your acne. Likewise, the best treatment available can only come with a doctor’s prescription. If you really want clear skin, consult with a dermatologist and get the good stuff.
What acne masks have you tried?
- “9 Face Mask Recipes for All Skin Types.” About.com Beauty. Web.
- “A Guide to Severe Acne Treatment.” WebMD. Web.