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Face Masks For Acne

A couple getting face masks for acne.

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.

Here are basic tips for using any face mask:

  • Before applying a mask, wash your skin with warm water and pat dry.
  • Don't use a mask too often (once a week max) or you may make the acne worse.
  • Always spot test a mask before using it on a large area to make sure you don't have an adverse reaction.

DIY Face Masks For Acne

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. "It will speed up the process of healing active breakouts."

Here's a mask recipe from Healing With Aromatherapy:

  • 1.5 teaspoons green clay
  • 1/3 teaspoon grapeseed oil
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • Aromatherapy hydrosol or distilled water

Combine first three ingredients and add enough water or hydrosol to make a creamy paste. Apply the paste to your face, leave on for 15 minutes, and then rinse off.

Honey Mask

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:

  • 1/4 of an avocado
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt

Tea tree oil is the active ingredient, so you can combine it with any carrier that's safe to put on your face.

For more acne facial masks that don't contain essential oils, see 6 Best Homemade DIY Face Masks for Acne.

Learn more about using essential oils for acne.

So You Want To Buy a Face Mask

When you buy a facial mask, look for high-quality ingredients. Choose a mask designed for skin type and what you want to achieve. Remember, expensive doesn't necessarily mean better. Read online reviews. Experiment and have fun!

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