Note: This post is based off my own experience with my own acne prone skin. I am not a medical professional, skin doctor, or even a scientist. I’m just a girl with a face and a dream for skin as beautiful as a baby’s bottom. Take all of this information with a grain of salt, and do what feels best for you!
You asked… so I finally wrote them all down!
Here are my top four food-based face masks that I developed for my acne prone skin. Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I purchased a prepared face mask! I have gotten to the point where about 95% of the items that I apply to my face are edible, so I prefer to make my own face masks at home. I use face masks predominately in the luteal phase of my menstrual cycle when I know that my body is trying to discharge any extra estrogen before I start my period. For me, my skin is often oily during my luteal phase, so I use two masks a week until I start my period and I’ve found that this regimen works well for my skin.
I apply the mask to my face, jawline, AND neck so these recipes make plenty. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days – except for the Matcha Muscles mask which tends to gel awkwardly if it’s left for long. Leave the masks on for 5-20 minutes. Listen to your face and do not leave the mask on for too long. I take masks off in the shower for ease. Afterwards I pat my face dry with a towel, spritz with Rose Water Toner, and apply 3 drops of Chia Seed Oil which is a superfood for the skin!
Food-Based Face Masks
for Acne Prone Skin
The Double Detox:
This face mask is my go-to because it packs a powerful punch with the combination of bentonite clay and activated charcoal. Bentonite clay draws out impurities of all kinds from the skin and activated charcoal not only binds with dirt it also binds with bacteria to insure the cleanest clean.
Turmeric root has incredible anti-inflammatory properties. Yogurt is calming to my skin. Lemon juice and/or apple cider vinegar (ACV) help the skin stay slightly acidic to ward off bad bacteria.
- 1 Tablespoon Bentonite Clay
- 1 Tablespoon Activated Charcoal
- 1 Teaspoon Organic Turmeric Powder *
- 1 Tablespoon Plain Yogurt
- Water/Lemon Juice/Apple Cider Vinegar
Add water/lemon juice/ACV to the other ingredients until mask reaches a smooth, creamy texture. Apply to face and neck. Leave on for 5-20 minutes and remove with warm water (I also use a soft cloth).
I call this face mask Matcha Muscles because it’s like the Popeye strong version of face masks with the combination of antioxidant-rich green tea powder (matcha) and skin plumping collagen. Plus matcha has just enough caffeine to give your skin a little pick-me-up.
Did you know that your collagen production starts dropping off by the time you reach age 20? Collagen is a structural protein that keeps your skin (and many connective tissues in the body) supple. AND “pitted” acne scars are caused when the body is trying to heal an acne spot and there is a lack of collagen. EEK! I have no idea if there is any scientific proof that topical collagen helps scarring at all, but I still rub it on and…my skin actually looks pretty good! Psst… I also drink/eat it too, but that’s another discussion for another time.
Add water until you achieve a desired thinness. I prefer this mask thin and then apply it with a paintbrush. Leave on for 5-20 minutes and remove with warm water (I also use a soft cloth).
ALWAYS test apple cider vinegar (ACV) on your skin before giving your skin a full application. My skin loves it but everyone is different and that’s ok! Because of the chemical reaction between the bentonite and the vinegar the combination creates a mask that’s light and almost mousse-like in texture (which is one of the reasons why I like using ACV in masks so much). However, if you feel the ACV is too strong for your skin you can use only water OR use a combination of water and ACV.
- 2 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
- ACV and/or Water
Add ACV and/water until the mask is smooth and toothpaste-like. Apply to face and neck. Leave on for 5-20 minutes and remove with warm water (I also use a soft cloth).
I developed this mask back when I was struggling with super painful cystic acne. Remember when you had chickenpocks and your mom or grandma or whoever put you in a bath with a pantyhose full of oatmeal? Oats are very soothing for the skin. Use cold yogurt and lemon juice and/or water – the cool mask makes it that much more soothing. Again, my skin loves acidity like lemon juice, but maybe yours doesn’t so test a spot before you apply a full application.
- 2 Tablespoons of Oat Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Organic Turmeric Powder *
- 1 Tablespoon plain yogurt
- Lemon Juice and/or water
Add lemon juice and/or water until mask reaches a creamy texture. Apply to face and neck. Leave on for 5-20 minutes and remove with warm water (I also use a soft cloth).
*Turmeric can stain the skin especially if you have dry facial skin. To prevent this from happening you can apply a cleansing facial oil (I love this one) after you remove the mask and gently wipe your face clean with a warm, wet cloth or a damp cotton round.