Dry skin sucks and as we all know, so does acne. Unfortunately, many of the most common acne solutions contain harsh ingredients that suck the hydration from you skin.
So riddle me this – if you already have dry skin and are putting skin-drying products on it, how the heck do you expect to have glowing, gorgeous skin?
If you’re scratching your head in confusion at this predicament too, then you are not alone. As someone who has silently suffered with fairly dry skin for my entire life, this question has plagued me.
Thankfully, my DIY prowess has led me to the discovery of an awesome DIY face mask recipe that not only combats pimples, but is safe for your dry skin.
I bet you’re dying to know what it is, so here goes…
DIY Acne Mask for Dry Skin
What you need:
- 1 tablespoon Greek Yogurt (not fat-free or low-fat…those contain lots of sugar and sugar will cause acne)
- 1/2 teaspoon raw Honey
- 1/2 teaspoon natural Sodium Bentonite Clay (like this one)
- 1/2 teaspoon Apple Cide Vinegar (this is my fave)
Making this mask is super easy. All you have to do is combine all 4 ingredients and stir together until they form a smooth consistency.
How to use:
- Clean your face and neck with a mild cleanser and pat dry
- Apply a thin layer to both your neck and face. Be careful not to get any in your eyes though
- Let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes. This gives it plenty of time to dry and soak in all the healing powers
- Once your timer goes off, rinse off the DIY acne mask with warm water and then pat your skin dry with a clean towel (Note: Using a fresh towel is the best way to avoid reintroducing acne-causing bacteria
- Apply your favourite moisturizer directly afterwards
Why it Works
Each of the ingredients used in this simple (and totally affordable) mask plays an important role in not only targeting your acne, but nourishing your dry skin.
Greek yogurt contains the probiotic Lactobacillus which helps reduce inflamed skin. Additionally, greek yogurt is full of lactic acid which is gentle enough to exfoliate dry skin without causing any harm. As you know exfoliation sloughs away dead skin cells and of course, clears away any acne-causing bacteria.
Honey is another great ingredient. It has natural antibacterial properties which help curb pimples, but also contains humectant properties to lock in moisture and help breathe a little life into your dry skin.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is great for so many things. It’s great for salad dressings, clearing a clogged sink, flushing your digestive track and now, for curing acne. I actually swallow a tablespoon of ACV each morning to help kick start my digestion. I’ve also noticed it keeps my skin looking happy and healthy.
For the sake of this face mask, ACV helps rebalance your skin’s acidity, while also killing grime, dirt and bacteria, and dissolving dead skin cells that clog up your pores.
Finally, Sodium Bentonite clay is a highly absorbent type of clay that helps reduce your skin’s natural production of oil – also known as sebum. An excess production of sebum can lead to acne by causing blockages and also by encouraging bacteria production.
Gentle, natural and simple to make, this DIY acne mask for dry skin is a great addition to your weekly routine. You may notice a very mild tingly sensation when you apply this mask (which is totally normal), but if it begins to burn, remove it immediately. Your skin may look a little red and blotchy immediately after you wash it off, so I like to wear it right before bed.
Not into the DIY acne route? There are several great products available. Some of our favourites include Zenmed (super affordable and gentle on dry skin, click to read our review) and Exposed Skincare Treatments (not recommended for dry skin – read our super honest review now).
Tell me, what is your favourite anti-acne trick? Share in the comments below!