My teenage years to the mid twenties was eventful. It was the time when my friends and I discovered the world of makeup. When stepping out of the house, there would be hidden makeup items in our bags that we would use when outside the bounds of home. Of course we ensured that each and every trace of make up was wiped clean before we got back home. Sometimes we were safe, sometimes we got caught. But with no guidance the onset of damage to the skin, unknown to us, had started.
Acne, pigmentation, rashes and an itchy skin were common occurrences because we had no clue about the kind of make up we were using. For me the only solution that worked and which I follow even now is that use minimal makeup. Yes, a kajal and a simple lip gloss works effectively as well to make you look beautiful!
DIY face masks for acne
Another thing that worked to my advantage was that I chose the path of natural healing to ensure that my skin wasn’t damaged more. As someone who loves to dabble with ingredients at home and make my own scrubs and masks, it became easier for me to not just understand my skin better but also take care of it the right way.There is no escaping acne.
I have listed some effective masks for all skin types that can help to keep acne at bay. All that you need to pick one that is closest to your skin type and use it. These masks use simple and easily available ingredients and not complicated all. Choose the one that will suit your skin and welcome healthy skin all year round!
The Oatmeal Mask for Normal Skin
Oatmeal helps to tighten the skin and acts as a natural scrub that helps eliminate the excess oils if any. It also helps to reduce the inflammation of the skin. Blend a teaspoon of organic honey with half a cup of powdered oatmeal. Add water or organic rose water to this to get the desired consistency and apply to your face and neck. Keep it for at least 30 minutes and rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry.
Cinnamon and honey mask for a Combination Skin
Honey and Cinnamon is a very good combination for those who have a combination skin. Honey restores and rejuvenates while the antimicrobial properties of cinnamon ensures healing by eliminating the bacteria. Mix organic honey with cinnamon powder and apply on affected areas or your face and neck. Let it stay for a few minutes and wipe off with a warm washcloth.
Fresh Papayas for Dry Skin
Most fruits have healing properties and can be used as a refreshing change as a face pack. Plain raw papaya is an all-natural acne remedy that helps to get rid of the dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. An enzyme called papain ( found in a papaya) helps to reduce inflammation and also prevents a pus formation in the acne and pimples.
Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Mash a piece of papaya with the back of a fork till it is a smooth paste. Apply this either on the affected areas or your face and neck and let it stay for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and follow up with a light moisturizer if your skin feels very dry.
Neem and Fullers Earth Mask for an Oily Skin
Neem has been used in various combinations to help keeps pimples and acne at bay. Take a handful of fresh neem leaves and holy basil leaves (tulsi leaves). Grind to a paste with one teaspoon of organic honey. Add 1 tablespoon of fullers earth and organic rose water to get the desired consistency. Apply on the face and neck and let it stay for at least 20 minutes. Wet it slightly and use circular motions to run the pack on your face and exfoliate the dead skin. Wash off with warm water.
As someone who loves organic and natural ways of healing, I would like to add here that the years of damage that we have done to our skin takes time to reduce. Any method that you choose will take time to show results. If you are choosing natural and organic options, do not blend it with the commercial and chemical alternatives! Happy healing and bidding a goodbye to pimples and acne!
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