Forget the spa! If you enjoy using safe ingredients that you mixed together yourself, you will find the perfect face masks for acne you want to use below. We’ve got recipes for three face masks for acne you can create with ingredients that you probably already have in your home. You can even invite a few friends over for a spa in your own home setting.

Three DIY Face Masks for Acne

As a natural face wash and moisturizer: Oatmeal Mask

Why it’s effective: Oatmeal contains saponins, a phytochemical that serves as a natural lather and possesses soap-like qualities. Saponins are also a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. In addition, oats contain a good amount of healthy fat, which works great as a natural moisturizer. This acne face mask could  effectively replace your face wash!



– ½ cup of water

– 1/3 cup of finely-ground (colloidal) oatmeal

– 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt

– 2 tablespoons of honey

– 1 small to medium-sized egg white



– Bring the water to a simmer (hot but not boiling).

– Add the oatmeal and allow it to sit for 2-3 minutes.

– Add the 2 tbsp. of plain yogurt, 2 tbsp. of honey, and the egg white.

– Mix the ingredients in a small, plastic bowl.

– Using clean hands, apply a thin layer of the oatmeal mix onto your face.

– Allow the mask to remain for 15 minutes.

– Rinse your face thoroughly with warm water.

– If you have any extra, you can refrigerate it for up to three days.


For dry or damaged skin: Natural Honey-Avocado Mask

Why it’s effective: Natural (non-processed) honey is a power skin hydrator. It also works as a natural antibacterial and antioxidant, and is an excellent moisturizer that helps to soothe the skin. Avocados are not only delicious, but they’re also packed with healthy fats and chlorophyll which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents. The vitamin E in avocado moisturizes and replenishes the skin, while the fruit’s delicate fibers are great for “holding” the finished mask in place. The concoction also includes olive oil and mango, which both help to soften the skin. Because of its high concentration of vitamin C, mango provides a bit of a brightening effect. All of these qualities make it ine of the most healthy and refreshing (but potent) face masks for acne!



Two tablespoons each of:

– avocado

– olive oil

– natural honey

– 1 mango



– Mash the mango thoroughly in a small bowl.

– Add the avocado, honey, and olive oil to the mango.

– Mix thoroughly.

– Using clean hands, apply a generous layer to your face, making sure to cover every area.

– Allow the mix to remain for about 15 minutes and remove with a warm cloth. (If you prefer to rinse your face, you can, but the recipe works best if the mixture is simply wiped off per the recipe provided.)

– If you have extra, you can refrigerate it for up to two days.


For exfoliation and detoxification: Coffee Bean-Cocoa Mask

Why it’s effective: Our final of the three face masks for acne helps kill off those pesky toxins that so often find their way below the skin’s surface. Coffee beans are a natural exfoliator, which serves primarily to remove dead skin while adding a bit of brightness to your complexion. Cocoa powder kills off free radicals and is a strong antioxidant; it also helps to detoxify the skin of pollutants and other harmful substances. Milk contains lactic acid, which serves as a natural exfoliant. Honey acts as the hydrating component in this acne face mask.



– 1 cup of unsweetened, whole milk (almond milk is a viable alternative)

– ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

– ½ cup of finely ground coffee beans

– 1 tablespoon of honey

– 1 tablespoon of lemon juice



– First, in a small bowl, mix the coffee grounds with the cocoa powder.

– Next, pour in the whole milk (or almond milk) and stir the mixture into a paste (to thicken, add some more.)

– Finally, pour in the lemon juice and honey, adding a final stir.

– Using clean hands, apply a thin layer to your face and allow it to sit for around 15 or 20 minutes.

– Wash your face thoroughly with warm water.

– If you have any extra, you can refrigerate it for up to three days.

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Bonus: Other face mask ingredients!

If you’re a more adventurous soul in the kitchen, you probably like the thought of whipping up your own homemade mask. Here are some ingredients to keep in mind, as they will help you do just that! These ingredients will help you concoct your own, personalized face masks for acne.

  • Aloe vera: an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent
  • Apple cider vinegar: an alkalizer, which helps balance acid levels in the body
  • Cinnamon: a natural antibacterial (anti-microbial)
  • Coconut oil: moisturizer and antibacterial
  • Honey: for rehydration and also as a potent antibiotic
  • Sodium bicarbonate (“Baking soda”): anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and exfoliator
  • Turmeric: anti-inflammatory that also serves as an antioxidant
  • Papaya: an anti-inflammatory that also helps remove dead skin cells
  • Greek or plain yogurt: a moisturizer and antibacterial that also soothes the skin
  • Green tea powder: a powerful antioxidant, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory

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