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3 Homemade Face Masks For Acne That Are Better Than Popping ‘Em

The cosmetic aisles of most stores are lined wall to wall with face masks and cleansers that claim to cure your acne in just one use. If you’ve tried all the masks they have to offer with little relief, we’ve got a surprise for you. Say goodbye to the harsh chemicals in store-bought face masks and try making one of our homemade face masks for acne. Acne is nothing to be ashamed of, as up to 15 percent of adult women deal with it.[1] However, acne breakouts and scars can be annoying and might make you feel self-conscious. Instead of spending countless dollars on the next trendy face mask in stores during your time of need, whip up a mask yourself that you can count on.

Even if you’re not exactly Martha Stewart when it comes to DIY things, you’ll be able to make these homemade face masks for acne in a jiffy. They’re pretty simple, plus they contain ingredients that are proven to help acne, like green tea and tea tree essential oil.[2][3] These masks, combined with a healthy diet and stress control, will without a doubt improve your skin and make you glow.

What is Acne Exactly?

Close up of a woman's profile and neck covered in acne
Acne occurs when your skin produces too much sebum oil.

When you think of acne you might think it’s only reserved for teenage years during puberty. But the truth is, acne can affect anyone, at any age. So, what exactly is acne? Do all pimples count as acne? What causes acne, anyway?

Acne occurs when your skin produces too much sebum oil. If your pores are closed from dirt or dead skin, the oil can become backed up and cause white head pimples.[4] Blackheads, those pesky brown or black dots, are caused more by open pores and dead skin rather than overproduction of oil. However, they can still be considered acne in a mild way.

If you suffer from acne, it doesn’t mean your skin is unclean or you’re not washing it enough. In fact, it relates back to your hormone levels more than anything. Basically, when your body produces more of the androgen hormone, your sebum oil levels increase as well. A better diet, exercise routine, and stress management plan can help combat the main cause of acne, while a lovely face mask can aid in the process and keep your skin scar-free in the meantime.

Interesting Fact: The Western diet, lacking in Omega 3s and high in carbohydrates, is one factor contributing to acne.[5]

3 Benefits of Using a Homemade Face Mask For Acne Scar Removal

Woman applying green homemade face mask for acne
When you have red and inflamed acne, reach for a turmeric or green tea mask to calm the skin down.

Picking and prodding pimples can lead to scars which can sometimes last a lifetime. Some masks can worsen this if they have scrub or peel-like qualities too. If you want to know how to fade acne scabs naturally, you’re in the right place. There are some great benefits of using a homemade mask for acne scars.

  1. They’re safe for sensitive skin. If your skin reacts to just about everything, your best bet is making homemade masks. Masks that work by drying out your pores too much can actually cause your skin to over-produce more oil and thus lead to more breakouts. This leads to more scarring and damage. Controlling what you use in your mask, without the harsh, hard-to-pronounce ingredients in store-bought face masks, will allow you to protect your sensitive skin and nurture it properly.
  2. Customize your masks. Every person’s skin is different, and every person’s skin is different on various weeks of the month and months of the year. You should be an expert on your body so that you can tailor what mask you need depending on what your body is lacking or over-producing. When you have red and inflamed acne, reach for a turmeric or green tea mask to calm the skin down. This will reduce the stretching and stress on your skin’s surface and prevent any breakage and scars.
  3. Wallet-friendly. Scar removal masks are typically the most expensive types. It makes sense, those artificial boosts of collagen are what companies use to motivate you to see your scars dull quickly. But you can get the same effect for scarring at home with natural ingredients too. For example, avocado contains collagen-boosting components that you can get for a fraction of the price.

Which Natural Ingredients Are Proven to Be Most Effective?

Top down shot of natural ingredients such as avocado, aloe vera, honey, cucumber, lime, and salt for homemade acne face masks
Both drinking green tea and applying green tea leaves or matcha green tea powder to your skin can help acne.

When making your own homemade face masks for acne, there are some key ingredients that will make your mask go from okay to amazing. Let’s check them out.

  • Tea tree oil. Tea tree essential oil is a major player in the acne game. Various trials have shown that tea tree oil, in the form of gels or washes or masks, has improved acne over time.[6] Adding tea tree essential oil into your DIY face mask for acne will give your skin the extra antibacterial and anti-inflammatory boost it needs.
  • Lemon juice. Lemon juice is a natural and safe bleach. Meaning you can apply lemon juice to your acne to reduce scars and even redness.[7] It’s a great additive in some face mask recipes so you can combine getting rid of acne with acne scar removal too.
  • Green tea. Both drinking green tea and applying green tea leaves or matcha green tea powder to your skin can help acne. Drinking green tea helps combat an over-productive sebaceous gland, which reduces oil production.[8] Applying the tea leaves to your skin helps you absorb those same benefits plus the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory quality directly onto the acne itself.[9]
  • Turmeric Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory agent.[10] Additionally, it helps erase acne scars too thanks to curcumin, the substance found in the root that gives it a strong yellow color. Adding turmeric to your skin (and your diet!) when you’re having a breakout can help boost your body’s response to the inflammation.  

The Best DIY Face Masks For Acne

Most of the ingredients you need to make a perfect DIY face mask for acne are already in your house. Not only is it fun and creative to make your own mask tailored to your skin, but it’s also an awesome form of self-care. Spending just 30 minutes per week making and applying your mask can serve as a perfect “treat yourself” time. Now grab a mixing bowl and let’s get to it!

Essential Oil Homemade Face Mask for Oily Acne

Top down shot of ingredients such as tea tree oil, aloe vera, lemon, and honey, for an essential oil homemade face mask for oily acne


  • 3 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 5 drops of fresh lemon juice


  1. In a small bowl, combine the honey and lemon juice and mix together.
  2. Next, add in the tea tree essential oil. Stir together again.
  3. Using clean fingers, apply the mask to your face and neck in a thin layer.
  4. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water.
  5. Pat your skin dry with a towel.

Important: After all of these homemade face masks for acne, you should follow up with a light moisturizer. You need to replace the moisture that the mask absorbed so your skin doesn’t overproduce oil again.

Turmeric Homemade Face Mask for Inflamed Acne and Scars

Turmeric powder, yogurt, and honey in wooden bowls with wooden spoons and a large green leaf and white flowers in the background


  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon of oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons of warm water


  1. To make the oat flour just blend or process some whole oats. When the oats are a fine powder they’re ready to use.
  2. Next, mix together the oat flour, turmeric powder, and warm water.
  3. Let the mixture sit for about 2 minutes so the oats can soak up some of the water.
  4. Then, check to make sure the face mask isn’t too warm before you apply it.
  5. To apply, gently massage it onto your skin in a circular motion. Let it sit for about 15 minutes.
  6. Wash it off with some warm water and pat dry.

Green Tea Homemade Face Masks for Acne

A bowl of green tea with a tea bag next to it as well as a facial brush


  • 1 tablespoon of green tea leaves (about one green tea bag)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried mint
  • A few drops of green tea water (as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey


  1. Make a cup of green tea using either a tea bag or some loose leaves.
  2. After the tea has steeped for about two minutes, remove the tea leaves and put them into a bowl. If using a tea bag, simply cut it open and dump out the leaves.
  3. Add in the dried mint and honey. Mix together.
  4. Add in a few drops of the green tea water to develop the desired consistency.
  5. Then, apply to your face and let sit for about 15 minutes. Enjoy the cup of green tea while you wait.
  6. Wash the mask off with some warm water and pat your face dry.
3 Homemade Face Masks For Acne: That Are Better Than Popping 'Em


Once you realize just how easy and affordable homemade face masks for acne can be, you won’t go back to buying them from the store. On top of that, they’re fun to make and all natural. Meaning you can feel great knowing what ingredients you’re putting on your face. Enjoy using them on your face and licking the spoon after!

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