I love a good skin care DIY. It’s amazing how many ingredients you normally stock in your pantry can double as nourishing skin food! Lately, I’ve been switching around some things in my skin care routine (which I will definitely update you on once I see results) to tackle acne and acne scars. I started to search for ingredients that tackle these skin concerns, and found the, all waiting for me in my kitchen already.
This DIY face mask for acne and acne scars utilizes four ingredients that help tackle the problem naturally:
- (2 tbsp) Honey: has antibacterial properties to help clear acne while unclogging pores. It’s also moisturizing and can help soothe irritated skin. Use raw, unfiltered honey like Nature Nate’s for best results. They sent me a bottle and I’ve loved it not only for beauty DIYs, but also for adding into my tea. 😛
- (2 tsp) Lemon Juice: is also antibacterial, and also helps tone the skin. It’s also a natural astringent that can help with oil control and reduce redness.
- (1 tbsp) Nutmeg: has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce the appearance of acne. Nutmeg is also a natural exfoliant which helps remove dead skin cells, fading scars quicker.
- (2 tbsp) Oatmeal: soothes irritation and supports your skin barrier, helping your face retain moisture. Oats are also anti-inflammatory and can help with itchy dry patches.
Use your fingers (or a food processor) to crush up two tablespoons of oatmeal into a fine powder. It’s okay if some larger pieces remain, as they will act as a gentle exfoliant as you wash off the mask.
Add one tablespoon of nutmeg, and mix until combined.
Mix in two teaspoons of lemon juice. The mixture will become clumpy.
Finally, pour in two tablespoons of raw, unfiltered honey and mix well.
Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. You can rub lightly while rinsing to add a little bit more exfoliation to the routine. After using this mask, I’m always left with incredibly smooth and touchably softer skin. My acne also looks more subtle, and under-the-skin pimples come to a head faster after use. I’m keeping this DIY face mask in my arsenal to help fade my acne scars and hopefully I’ll have clear skin in no time!
Have you used honey or nutmeg in your skin care routine?