Homemade Acne Face Masks – Make Your Own

Written by: Emily Cordz

Acne is never fun. One great way to combat acne is with face masks. Store bought face masks can be expensive and full of artificial chemicals and preservatives that you don’t want absorbing into your skin. So what’s a person to do? Create your own homemade acne face masks! Many recipes are simple and use things you already have in your kitchen. Below are some basic recipes to get you started, but then feel free to create your own combination, experiment with different proportions and ingredients until you find your perfect anti-acne elixir.

1.) Clay Based Acne Mask

Clay has been used for thousands of years to keep skin looking beautiful. The rich minerals content nourishes, detoxifies, and tones your skin. While the fine texture of the clay gently exfoliates your skin. As it pampers your skin, it draws out toxins and excess oils that are responsible for blemishes. This is the most basic clay recipe for treating acne. Feel free to spice it up with other ingredients once you know how it works on its own.

You’ll need:

  • French Green Clay (this can be found at most natural food stores)
  • Yogurt, or something to provide moisture

Mix a good dollop of yogurt and two or three big spoonfuls of clay. When it is thoroughly mixed, smooth over your freshly washed faced and leave for 10 to 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.

2.) Egg Based Acne Mask

Egg has played a prominent role in homemade masks for acne for several years. It reduced the appearance of black heads and pores by tightening and cleansing the skin. It also has a gentle exfoliating effect while reducing the appearance of redness and inflammation. Some recipes call for the whole egg, others just the yolk or white. The recipe below calls for the whole egg, but you can test to see if you prefer using just part of the egg as well.

You’ll need:

  • One egg

Beat the egg until slightly frothy. Take a cotton pad, paint brush or your fingers and paint the concoction on your freshly washed face. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash off with warm water and pat dry.

3.) Fruit Based Acne Mask

Fruit based face masks are great at combating acne. You use the fruit as a puree which can be used alone or with a combination of other ingredients. One popular anti-acne face mask is made with banana puree. Banana clears pore and balances oily skin.

You’ll need:

  • One ripe banana
  • Honey

Mash the banana in a bowl with a fork, or blend in a blender until relatively smooth. Mix in a bit of honey and apply on your freshly washed face. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.

4.) Other Ingredients

The major benefit is homemade acne face masks is that you are able to create a face mask to suit your particular skin care needs. Some acne fighting face masks work great for one person, but cause another person to break out more. Below are some common face mask ingredients that you might want to mix into the above recipes, or use to create your own recipe.

Blueberry puree

  • High in anti-oxidants, blueberry is wonderful at healing and soothing skin.


  • Honey is antibacterial, moisturizing and gently exfoliating. It can be added to any face mask recipe and is great for all skin types.


  • Ground oatmeal absorbs excess oils and is gently exfoliating

Tea Tree Oil

  • Fights bacteria in acne and balances skin tone

Strawberry puree

  • Strawberries naturally contain salicylic acid which is used in most acne treatments. It stops dead skin cells from clogging pores.


  • The acid in citrus kills infection and dries out pimples. It also lightens acne scars


  • Good for all skin types as it moisturizes and soothes skin

Cucumber puree

  • Excellent for oily skin by balancing oil production

Additional Tips

When fighting acne don’t deprive your skin of moisture. Moisturizing with a light or non-comedogenic, won’t clog pores, product will help keep your skin healthy and acne free. After your face mask treatment apply a bit of alcohol-free rosewater with witch hazel or a very small amount of almond oil.

Open your pores before applying your face mask for deeper pore cleansing. You can do this with either a warm wash cloth draped over your face or steaming your face over a bowl of hot water. After you have washed off your face mask, close your pores by splashing cold water on your face.

Often a few days after a mask treatment, you’ll notice more breakouts. Never fear. Often face masks will cause an increase in breakouts for a few days as it clears the impurities out of your skin. If you are still seeing an increase in break outs after a week or so, try a different recipe.

Then next time acne is threatening, don’t worry. Just head to your kitchen and whip up an acne face mask.

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Author Info
I have two goals every day, learn something new and write. If I have done that much, then it has been a good day. I have been a fitness instructor for 12 years and enjoy helping others discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I like to learn at least a little about everything with my current focus being on wild foods, crafting, yoga and travel.


  1. Great ideas thanks!

    Another suggestion:
    Yoghurt – 1 tablespoon.
    Yeast – 1 teaspoon.
    Mix well, cover and leave it for an hour. Apply generously to your face (including under your eyes). Leave it until it dries then rinse off. Pat dry. (can add honey too)

  2. I have been searching for facial masks for like 3 hours on Youtube and other sites, then I found this one. Do they really work? If you have tried it, please comment and say if they work or not, thanks. I would really appreciate it 😀

  3. Just like many people break out after a facial at a spa, you might find yourself breaking out a little bit more after a face mask treatment. The reason is because there are impurities in your skin already and the face mask can help bring those out, which initially can lead to breakouts. After these impurities have been cleared out, your skin should be clear and shouldn’t break out more. If you are still noticing new breakouts after a couple weeks, that particular face mask may be incorrect for your skin type.

  4. These are great ideas but what it says at the end that you will have more break outs after using this is a bit confusing. Merci for your time 🙂

  5. For a helpful egg mask, I use:
    – 1 egg white
    – 1 tsp lemon juice

    This really helps my face and there is no need to double the recipe as this will cover my back, face, shoulders and my brothers too in one batch. I hope this helps you out.

  6. Thanks for the wonderful ideas! For the egg mask, do you use the whole egg? Egg white and yolk together? Or separately? Hope you can reply this! 🙂 I hope the egg mask can reduce pimples around my nose, forehead and between the eyebrow. I’ve been looking everywhere and trying heaps of mask to see if they can get rid of my pimples, but none works. I hope the mask you recommend works.

  7. Thank you. I was looking for a facial that will take my bad acne and hopefully my brother’s too. thanks.

  8. Wow, this article left some great ideas that I will try. Thanks for all the tips you left. And for anyone out there, witch hazel is very good for your face. I love using it! I put it on my face every night and pat my face dry. Just use a cotton ball to apply it to your face, then pat your face dry. Thank you!

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