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{Note from Jessica: Today’s post is shared by my sweet friend Mindy. Mindy is a whole food lover with a passion for sharing natural and safe alternatives to conventional beauty products. Transitioning to a healthier lifestyle can seem overwhelming. So at her blog, Simple Pure Beauty, she likes to keep things simple by sharing safe, natural beauty product recipes and remedies using very few ingredients. Stop by Mindy’s blog to learn about natural remedies, simple whole food cooking and creating safe, healthy environments for our families.}

When you have acne prone skin, it can be hard to find products and treatments that actually soothe your skin without causing additional breakouts. Conventional beauty products, even those specifically designed to treat acne, are filled with chemicals and icky ingredients that can make things worse, not better.

I have chosen my top 3 homemade face mask recipes to share with you today. These recipes are super simple, but highly effective and they use ingredients that you probably already have at home.

1. Simple Honey Acne Mask

When you are shopping for beauty products, choosing products with the fewest ingredients (that you can actually pronounce) is highly recommended.

So what could be simpler than a powerful acne mask that uses only one ingredient?

Honey.

Raw, unfiltered honey is full of enzymes, antimicrobial proponents, antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. This is a great combination for combating and clearing your acne and inflammation of the skin.

To apply the honey mask:

  • Rinse your face with warm water
  • Apply a thin layer of honey all over your face
  • Leave the honey mask on for 25 minutes or longer if you wish. (Sometimes I leave it on for over an hour).
  • Rinse with warm water
  • To tighten pores, finish with a quick rinse of cool water.

2. Lemon Honey Mask

This is one of my absolute favorite masks. Not only does it help with acne, but the lemon helps brighten the skin and fade previous acne spots and scarring. The lemon can be a bit drying to the skin, so be sure to follow up this mask with an acne friendly moisturizer. A little bit of organic jojoba oil is my go to moisturizer. It’s very soothing and doesn’t clog the pores or cause breakouts for me.

To apply the Lemon Honey Mask, you will need:

  • ¼  of an organic lemon
  • 1 ½ tsp. raw, unfiltered honey
  • Squeeze lemon into a small bowl, mix with honey and apply all over your face
  • Leave mask on 15-20 minutes, rinse with warm water followed by a splash of cool water
  • Apply an acne friendly moisturizer

To add an extra punch to this mask, toss in a little bit of cinnamon. Cinnamon, like raw honey, has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to aid in fighting breakouts and healing blemishes.

3. Baking Soda Acne Mask

Baking soda is ideal for the exfoliation of dead skin cells (which is great if you suffer from blackheads) and balancing your pH levels. When our pH levels are out of balance, it can cause inflammation and acne.

To apply the Baking Soda Acne Mask, you will need:

  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • Mix ingredients together and scoop a little in the palm of your hand
  • Add a little water to make a paste and scrub your face for a minute or two.
  • Rinse mask with cool water

This mask can be used twice a day as long as irritation doesn’t occur. To vary things up a little, try adding honey or lemon to your mask.

Will these acne masks cure your acne?

Although these masks are great natural acne treatments, they won’t necessarily cure your acne for good. Acne is a symptom of a greater underlying problem. It can be caused by a number of things including diet, inflammation, allergies, hormonal imbalance. Until the root of the problem is addressed you will continue to breakout.

What else can you do to cure acne naturally?

Here are a few tips that can make a major difference in your skin.

  1. Drink LOTS & LOTS of water – This helps rid our bodies of built up toxins.
  2. Eliminate Dairy & Gluten for a few months and note any improvements.
  3. Cut back on sugar and processed foods, eating fresh fruits and veggies instead.
  4. Make sure you are getting plenty of Vitamins A, D & C along with taking a good probiotic or enjoying fermented foods daily.

Dealing with acne is not fun, but when we give our bodies the nourishment it craves, healing can happen.

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