Are face masks for acne helpful? It depends on what's in them.
Dermatologists often recommend masks containing acne treatments such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur. Some dermatologists recommend charcoal or clay as a less drying option.
Let's look at some essential oil acne face masks.
Here are basic tips for using any face mask:
If you want to make a homemade acne mask, tea tree essential oil is your best friend.
Clay Acne Face Mask
"Clay masks are great for acne prone oily skin as the clay draws out the impurities from deep in the pores," according to dermatologist Dr. Michele Green in a Bustle article. A clay mask will help active breakouts heal faster.
Here's a mask recipe from Healing With Aromatherapy:
Some sources recommend raw honey as a face mask for acne. Apply about 1 teaspoon of honey to your face (add a drop or two of tea tree or lavender essential oil, if desired). Rinse off after 15 to 30 minutes.
Does honey really work? It's questionable but worth a try, especially if you add tea tree oil.
Tea Tree Oil Masks
An acne face mask can be as simple as combining tea tree essential oil with one ingredient. For example, make a mask by blending 1 to 2 drops tea tree with one of the following:
Tea tree oil is the active ingredient, so you can combine it with any carrier that's safe to put on your face.
Kaolin Clay Mask
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