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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Burning Acne Face Mask Anyone? - Clear Up Acne with these 4 DIY Recipes!


So I was browsing online for all natural acne masks to help clear my persistent acne and embarrassing acne scars. I stumbled upon two interesting blogs: Top10homeremedies.com and babble.com and picked up some interesting acne treatment masks. All of these have ingredients you can often find already in your fridge or pantry!

Each of the below listed ingredients has a special role in preventing and treating acne and acne scars. Gather up the following ingredients to make your own natural skin clearing remedies:
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Used as a mild astringent. When diluted can be used as an all- natural toner. Tackles bacteria deep within pores providing the skin with a deep clean. Can also be used diluted to remove excess sebum instead of using blotting papers.
  • Green Tea This tea comes from brewed tea leaves which are naturally packed with antioxidants. Green tea has become a popular additive in many anti-aging treatments because it stops free radicals and slows down the decay of cells.
  • Honey One of nature's many miracles, honey is packed with nutrients and delivers vital moisture to the skin. The naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acids in honey is what makes this a potent exfoliator.
  • Sugar an all natural exfoliant that doesn't clog the pores.
  • Cinnamon is a strong antiseptic. It is effective at killing microbes and dries out the skin much like salycylic acid would do. It also reduces inflammation so it is effective to apply on existing pimples.
  • Lemon Juice has natural bleaching properties and is effective in toning the skin and fading skin discolorations. It also acts as a mild skin peel and removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells.
  • Tumeric decreases redness in the skin. It also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Because of its bleaching properties, with repeated use it will effectively fade skin discolorations caused by acne.
  • Milk Cleopatra famously bathed in milk for healthy, youthful looking skin. Turns out she wasn't crazy. The lactic acid in milk actually gently exfoliates skin and aids in the fight against aging.
Now that you've got your ingredients prep your face by cleansing your face with a mild face wash. To allow deep penetration of these masks into the skin lay a hot wash cloth on your face for 5 minutes or until cool. The steam from the hot cloth allows your pores to open up and will allow the mask to work more effectively.

1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tsp Green Tea
1 tsp Honey
5 tsp Sugar

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl. Spread the mixture onto your face. Gently massage the mixture into the skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Repeat up to twice a week and you'll start seeing results gradually.

1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp honey

Mix well in a small bowl and spread mixture onto face. Do not rub unless you want your face to erupt into a small inferno. Allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Repeat no more than once a week. Before trying this out perform a small patch test on your arm to determine whether or not you're allergic to cinnamon. If you are allergic do not try this nor the burning mask recipe.

1 tsp Tumeric Powder
1 tsp Honey
1 or 2 tsp (depending on desired consistency) Milk

Because tumeric can stain your nails, apply the mixture with a makeup brush. If the mixture leaves a yellowish tint to your skin simply soak a cotton ball in milk and gently rub it on the yellow areas to remove the stain. This can be repeated two to three times a week.

I decided to try one of these DIY acne remedies and  share the details of my experience below:

1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Honey
1 tsp Lemon Juice

So as I read the blog post about the Burning Acne mask I thought to myself... oh pish posh...it can't burn that much... boy was I wrong!

My Experience
So I got to gathering up all the ingredients in a small plastic container. It didn't mix very easily because the cinnamon was suspended in the lemon juice. After about 5 minutes of mixing it finally started to look like the pictures here.

It smelled like straight up Big Red bubblegum y'all! So I washed my face with my little scrubbie and then smoothed the mixture onto my skin. At first it wasn't that bad. Then my face was engulfed in a full blown inferno. Could it have been because I scrubbed my face with that doggone scrubbie? It burned so bad that I started to get a headache. I wanted to immediately wash it off but I thought to myself I can do this... plus I have to show my readers my experience... The things I endure for you guys! I swears.. *lol* Well 5 minutes later it did finally stop burning. In all, I left the mask on for about 20 minutes before rinsing. It wasn't easy to wash off because there were a lot of fine particles.

My Result
My skin actually looked clearer. I couldn't believe it. It will take several excruciating treatments to completely fade my acne scars away. I mean it's been more than 20 minutes since I washed the mask off and my face is still tingling and I still have a light headache. Will I try this again??? Yes but very sparingly because this mask is so intense.

Don't forget to follow this treatment and any mask treatment with a toner. If you don't have one simply apply some lemon juice to your face or dilute apple cider vinegar in water and apply that to your face. Tada... homemade face toner! Then I apply my regular skin care and my lip balm.

What are some of your favorite acne clearing recipes? Do you dare to try the Burning Face Mask treatment?



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XOXO, Dianna
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