Zits, pimples, blemishes, blotches, spots, craters, backne or just plain old acne. No matter how you say it, when it shows up on your skin you will try just about anything to make it go away…like yesterday!
Not only is acne unsightly but it can be a difficult skincare issue to deal with and really take a toll on your self-esteem. While some people may chalk it up to hormones, others claim bad diet, genetics, or just general uncleanliness. However, it is so much more than that.
So let’s get down to the nitty, gritty…and zitty?
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The 411 on Acne
While we don’t know why some people have acneic skin and others don’t, there are a few factors that contribute to our breakouts.
Simply put, we get pimples when our sebaceous glands produce too much sebum – the oil each of our bodies produce to help keep our skin soft, smooth, and protected. And when those glands over-produce, your skin naturally becomes oilier.
However, that’s not the only cause of acne, oh no, that would be too easy.
You see, even though our skin may produce too much oil, it actually needs that oil to protect and safe-guard it against outside factors. The problems occur when our dead skin cells get caught on our skin and block up our pores trapping dirt, oil, and bacteria in our pores which is what causes the majority of your breakouts.
But enough about that, if you want to learn more about the cause of acne, check out our full breakdown plus fabulous treatment options to help you zap those zits.
Now let’s get to the good stuff, shall we? Here are 3 acne face masks and simple pimple remedies to help you clear up that skin, fast!
Acne Ass-Kicking With Aspirin
I know, it sounds more like a headache remedy than an acne mask but trust, this dual-purpose little pill is full of all the Salicylic Acid you need to get rid of those bacteria-feedin’ bastards, as well as calm down any inflammation and redness.
What’s even better about this Aspirin acne treatment is that it can be used as a spot treatment as well as a mask. But since we’s be talkin’ about acne face masks, we’re going to use it to make a mask.
All you need is:
- 3-4 tablets of uncoated Aspirin
- a few drops of water, enough to create a paste
That’s it! Pretty easy, right? But here is where things get a little more craaazaaay, if you want to calm down the harshness of this mask consider mixing your Aspirin with either Honey, Yogurt, or even Aloe Vera gel.
I personally like the Honey option because of its anti-bacterial properties making it even more potent, yet not as abrasive on your skin.
If, however, you don’t feel like gettin’ all sticky then consider using either the Yogurt or the Aloe Vera.
Both ingredients are soothing to the skin and the Yogurt even offers a light exfoliation thanks to it’s Lactic Acid content.
Just be sure you use regular Yogurt and not Goat’s Milk Yogurt as it doesn’t contain the same compounds.
Once you’ve got your Aspirin and chosen mix, simply:
- crush up your Aspirin until you have a fine powder
- mix with enough of your chosen liquid until you have a spreadable paste
- apply evenly to a clean, dry face
- allow it to sit for up to 15 minutes
- rinse off with warm water
- pat dry
Not only is this mask effective but it costs just pennies per treatment and you probably already have all the ingredients lying around the house!
But I do have a word of caution: because this mask can make your skin sensitive to sunlight, if you do plan on heading outside be sure you slather on some SPF 30 so you don’t damage your delicate skin.
The Pimple-Popping Power of Pumpkin
If there is one thing I love eating during the Autumn months, it’s Pumpkin! I love the pies, the tarts, the soups, the seeds, hell I even love eating straight up roasted pumpkin! But did you know Pumpkin can also make for some killer acne face masks?
- 1 cup of canned and mashed Pumpkin
- 2/3 cup of mashed Papaya
Pumpkin is loaded with skin-healing antioxidants that help to protect your delicate skin cells against future free-radical damage.
Papaya, on the other hand, contains AHA enzymes, as well as Vitamin A and C, which help to dissolve oil and dead skin cells, heal acne scars, encourage new skin cell production and even helps to reduce wrinkles.
Don’t have Papaya? Pineapple works just as well and can be found all year round.
Once you have gathered up your ingredients, all you have to do is:
- mix and mash together your ingredients until you have a smooth paste
- spread your mixture onto a clean, dry face
- allow it to soak in for 10 minutes
- rinse off with cool water and pat dry
Since you can use canned ingredients for this mask, it should be pretty easy to find no matter what time of year it is. Just be sure to thoroughly rinse your papaya (or pineapple) to ensure any excess sugars are rinsed away.
Honey, Pass Me The Oatmeal
Once I break down the ingredients in this mask, you will see just how funny I really am!
Out of all the acne face masks I have listed so far, this one just might be my favourite. Maybe that’s because I’m always tempted to eat my Pumpkin mask or because I usually use my Aspirin for wine-related headaches, but nevertheless it’s a good one.
Being that Oatmeal is a common ingredient found in many skincare products, it only makes sense to whip it up into your own acne face mask at home.
- 3/4 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of quick Oatmeal
- 1/4 cup of Honey
From there the process is simple:
- boil your water
- once boiling add in your Oatmeal, stir, and reduce to low heat
- cover and cook for 60-90 seconds
- remove from heat, stir in honey and allow mixture to cool
- once your mixture is cool enough to touch, slather it onto your face
- allow it to sit for up to 20 minutes
- rinse off with warm water
- pat dry
What makes this mask so useful for getting rid of acne is the Oatmeal helps to soak up any excess oil while also exfoliating your skin and removing any lingering dead skin cells that can clog your pores. At the same time, the Honey works to cleanse and tone your skin thanks to its anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.
So not only are you clearing your skin of any pore-clogging oil, dirt, and bacteria but you’re also helping to cleanse your pores, ensuring your skin stays blemish free!
No matter which of these acne face masks you decide to try, if you stay consistent in your use, cut down on overly greasy foods, and avoid excessively touching your face you should notice your stubborn spots starting to diminish….just in time for the Holiday Season! Now if that’s not a gift in itself, I don’t know what is!
Have any acne face mask recipes you want to share? Spill it in the comment section below! Or if you want even more information on acne and how to get rid of it, then click this sexy button right here or check out our #1 pick for zapping those zits.