Acne Healing Mask
Dealing with acne and the scars it leaves behind can be very frustrating for anyone struggling with it. Even if you are able to cure your acne, the scars become a new problem, as they won't seem to fade with time. This mask helps to sooth the inflammation caused by acne, while fighting marks and scars that are left behind by old pimples. The best part about this mask is that it is all natural and can be made inexpensively, especially compared to some store bought treatments. If you find yourself struggling with acne or acne scars, give this mask a try!
What you'll need:
- 1 fresh aloe vera leaf (pure aloe vera gel can be used as a substitute, although the fresh form is the most potent, and therefore the ideal ingredient. If you chose to go with aloe vera gel, make sure to look for one without any additives, such as Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera.)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon rose water
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- Start by preparing the aloe vera leaf. To cut the leaf, begin by slicing down both sides of the plant, followed by cutting off the top of the leaf to expose the sticky gel. Once the sides and top are removed, start to cut out the clear gel from the center.
- Place the gel in a food processor and mix with the remaining ingredients until combined.
- Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until chilled, about 2-3 hours.
- Once the mask is fully chilled, massage into clean, freshly cleansed skin, allowing to sit for 20-30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
- Store remaining product in refrigerator until next use.
Why this mask works:
This mask is full of heavy hitter ingredients, with the star player being the aloe vera. You may associate aloe vera gel with spending way too many hours at the beach, followed by a nasty sunburn, but there are a lot more uses for this wonder plant than just fighting burns. Aloe vera contains many beneficial properties to help with scaring and current breakouts. It contains gibberellin and polysaccharides, which both have anti-bacterial properties, working to heal current blemishes, and prevent new ones from forming. Aloe vera also helps to stimulate cell growth which is key when trying to heal scarred skin. This plant is also full of antioxidants, zinc, vitamins C and E, all known to help with healing the skin.
The lemon juice in this mask is another one of the powerful ingredients which will help your skin. Lemon contains L-asorbic acid as well as anti-bacterial properties, working as an astringent to dry out blemishes, as well as kill the bacteria which causes new breakouts. The lemon juice also works to lighten pigmented skin, which fades away dark, discolored acne marks.
The rose water helps to sooth and cool inflamed skin, while also acting as a toner, smoothing and moisturizing the skin. With tons of anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, rose water is the perfect addition to any acne mask.
Lastly, the tea tree oil offers both anti-bacterial benefits and well as antioxidants, working far below the skin's surface to treat pimples, blackheads and whiteheads from the bottom up. This wonder oil has been known to help cure a list of ailments such as dandruff, athletes foot, and of course, acne. This is a powerful oil, which can work as a game changer if you struggle with acne.
Of course as with any new treatment, you want to make sure this mask will work well for you. What works great for some, may not be a good treatment for others. A spot test can be an effective way to find out your reaction to these natural ingredients. By testing out a small patch of skin, you can find out how your skin handles this mask before slathering it all over your face. Those with sensitive skin should be especially cautious towards the lemon juice and tea tree oil, which are both very powerful ingredients. Also, it is best to use this mask in the evening or at nighttime, as the lemon juice can make the skin very sensitive to sunlight after application. Of course, stop treatment right away if your skin reacts negatively to this mask.
I hope this mask works as well for you as it does for me. Remember to be consistent, as with any other skin treatment, which will help you see the true potential of the results. I recommend using this mask 1-2 times per week, tracking your progress along the way, and hopefully you will soon be enjoying a clearer complexion!