We all desire fresh, healthy-looking skin. The pathway that we take to get there is different for all of us, and for those of us suffering from acne, it may be fraught with frustration and stress. Acne is a condition suffered by more than 50 million people, and we all seek ways to heal this unsightly condition as a means of regaining our self-esteem and a clean countenance.

While many acne products on the market today are effective at reducing and even eliminating breakouts, many of these products contain chemicals that are harsh and abrasive to sensitive skin. There are natural ingredients that you have in your home right now that can fight and reduce breakouts caused by acne and leave you with a clean, clear complexion without the introduction of chemical additives on your already stressed skin. Whipping up a quick face mask using ingredients that you have in your kitchen and pantry will have you looking and feeling good in no time.

Want a face mask to clear acne? Try these:


1. Oatmeal and coconut oil face mask 

Rich coconut oil has strong antimicrobial properties that neutralize harmful bacteria that can clog pores, while the soothing power of oatmeal balances the PH of skin again almost effortlessly. Mix 3 tablespoons of oatmeal with 1/4 cup of warm water, and to this add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply to your moistened skin and leave for 15 minutes. Before rinsing the mixture off, gently massage the paste into skin to allow for the sloughing of dead skin cells and other impurities. You will see a fresher, cleaner complexion in no time.

2. Avocado and vitamin E oil face mask

Powerful healing properties of vitamin E and avocado come together in this wonderful blend. Simply mash the pulp of one avocado in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil. Apply the mixture to moistened skin and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off. Finish with your favorite oil-free moisturizer to seal the deal.

3. Aloe vera and tomato juice face mask

Aloe vera and tomato juice form a mighty duo to cleanse, tone, tighten, and eliminate acne scars with this diy face mask. Combine 2 tablespoons of tomato juice with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera and mix well before applying to moistened skin. Leave the mixture on affected areas for up to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. You’ll be glowing after this mini facial.

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4. Egg white and papaya 

This diy face mask combines acne fighting vitamins A and C, while the mixture of egg white, papaya, and honey softens the skin and tightens pores all at the same time. Whip the white of one egg and add 1/2 cup of mashed papaya. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon of honey and apply it to your face. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Feel the supple softness of your skin and appreciate the healthy dose of vitamins and minerals that you just bathed your skin with.

5. Kefir and honey 

Kefir is a type of yogurt that is power packed with 40 times more beneficial bacteria than regular yogurt. This extra dose of helpful bacteria and lactic acid will combat breakouts and redness associated with acne, while the antimicrobial properties found in honey will treat existing breakouts and help prevent new ones from occurring. Combine 1/4 cup of kefir with 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well. Apply to moistened skin and watch the magic happen. Rinse off after 10-15 minutes and follow with your favorite PH balancing facial cleanser for added benefit.

6. Baking soda and coconut oil

This powerful face mask is simple to make yet very effective when used regularly. Mix together equal parts coconut oil and baking soda until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Apply to moistened skin and wait 15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry; your skin will feel softer, smoother, and more youthful with every application.

No one should needlessly suffer from acne and all the emotional and physical stress that it brings. Taking a few simple, natural steps to balance and cleanse the skin using these wholesome ingredients is effective at clearing up nasty breakouts and preventing future ones from occurring. Here’s to your newly cleaned and clear complexion!