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Face Mask Recipes for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

These masks will tighten skin and smooth out your skin tone


The recipes below work well on oily and acne-prone skin by removing excessive oils and naturally soothing skin and providing a balanced Ph. Not sure if your skin is oily? Find out for sure in my article, How to Tell If You Have Oily Skin.

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Banana Mask for Oily Skin

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This is a soothing face mask and great if you have super-ripe bananas around the house. I recommend freezing bananas when they become super-ripe so you can have them on hand when you need them.

Aspirin & Lemon Juice Mask for Acne

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Crush aspirin and mix in water/oil/honey for a mask meant to dry up pimples. Makeupalley.com users swear by this mask (out of 2030 reviewers at the time of this writing, a whopping 85 percent said they would "try it again").

Strawberry Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

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Why buy acne products when you use strawberries? Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid which is found in most over-the-counter acne medicines, according to Janice Cox, the author of "Natural Beauty at Home." This is Cox's recipe. The yogurt is great for soothing skin.Recipe from Janice Cox, author of "Natural Beauty at Home."

Simple Mask for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

I adapted this recipe years ago from Paula Begoun's "The Beauty Bible: The Ultimate Guide to Smart Beautya>. According to Begoun in her famous book, Milk of Magnesia is actually liquid magnesium. Like clay, it's from the earth, but has disinfecting qualities and absorbs oil better than clay. A friend of mine tried this and said her skin never felt better. She loved the natural qualities of the mask, which she doesn't find in store-bought products.

Oatmeal & Onion Mask for Acne-Scarred Skin

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This oatmeal and onion mask is good for cleansing your acne-prone skin of impurities. The onion acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and the oatmeal deep cleanses the pores.

Skin Brightening Turmeric Face Mask

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Turmeric is a bright yellow spice used in many Indian, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern dishes. When combined with yogurt, milk or olive oil, it's also a brilliant face mask. You'll find this face mask leaves skin feeling soft and supple. Warning: This mask will stain fair skin. It's the perfect mask for darker, olive-skin tones.

Green Clay Mask for Oily Skin Types

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When it comes to face masks, there's no better clay than green clay, also known as "bentonite." This purifying mask is wonderful for oily skin and was adapted from a recipe found in the book, "Natural Beauty Recipe Book."

Homemade Clay Mask for Oily or Acne-Prone Skin

Clay masks are soothing and healing to skin. You can pick up a basic green clay (also known as bentonite clay) from any health-food store. Clay comes in powder form. Add water if you have oily skin, jojoba oil if you have dry skin or milk for combo skin to create a workable mask.

Strawberry, Honey and Brown Sugar Acne Mask

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This strawberry acne mask uses honey, lemon juice and brown sugar to help tighten acne-prone skin. The salicylic acid naturally found in strawberries is great for treating acne, while lemon is a great astringent. The brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant.

Homemade Juice Mask for Oily Skin

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Strawberry and lemon juice contain natural astringents. Note: Recipe works for two people, so invite a friend, or cut recipe in half for just you.

Witch Hazel & Apple Toner Recipe

When I read that models with oily skin wipe on witch hazel to control their oil, I had to share the news with you because I'm always looking for natural skincare methods that work.

Witch hazel can be too drying for normal and dry skin, but has amazing benefits for acne-prone, pimple-prone and oily skin. It reduces inflammation, removes makeup, brightens skin tone, removes oil and some people swear it helps control blackheads.

Try this witch hazel toner recipe I saw on the TV show The Doctors: Witch Hazel and Apple Toner Recipe.


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