Milk masks can be used to reduce or control acne. Different kinds of recipes are available for different skin types and severity levels of acne. Milk alone has multiple properties and components that offer an array of therapeutic benefits. The lactic acid in milk can reduce itching. Milk can moisturize skin because of the fat content, and it can tighten your skin as well.
The only required step of preparation for the application of a milk mask is to thoroughly wash your face. You will increase the effectiveness of your mask by applying it during or after a hot shower because the heat and steam will open your pores, thus increasing the cleansing and exfoliating benefits.
Cow's Milk Face Mask
Mix together one-and-a-half cups of brown sugar, 3 tbsp. milk, and 1 tbsp. natural honey. Using your fingertips only, gently apply the mask by moving your hands in a circular motion to allow the brown sugar to exfoliate your skin. Additionally, you can add 2 tbsp. oatmeal to increase the exfoliating properties.
The honey in this mask has antibacterial characteristics, which can reduce the bacteria that cause acne. Using skim milk or two percent milk will reduce the fat content of the mask and reduce the feeling of oily skin after the treatment.
Goat's Milk Face Mask
Create a goat's milk face mask by combining 5 tbsp. goat's milk, 6 tbsp. rice flour, 1 tbsp. honey, and 1 tsp. jojoba oil. Mix these ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 10 to 30 seconds to gently warm the mask. Typically, this mask should have the consistency of oatmeal, but you can adjust the texture by increasing or decreasing the amount of goat's milk. This mask is gluten-free and appropriate for combination skin or for mature skin.
Substitution of Goat's Milk
Exchanging goat's milk for cow's milk in your mask provides alternate benefits. Because goat's milk has the same pH as facial skin, it will not dry out skin around acne-prone areas. It is also composed of alpha hydroxy acids, which are antibacterial, and thus, are able to kill the bacteria that cause acne.
Face masks that are mixed at home are beneficial because they contain only natural ingredients. Additionally, you can use organic ingredients to ensure the purest mask. However, you should not use any mask if it contains ingredients to which you have had a previous allergic reaction. You can test for sensitivity to the mask by applying it to the back of your hand first. The skin on the back of your hand is similar to facial skin.
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Melissa Sabo is an occupational therapist who started writing professional guidebooks for all Flagship Rehabilitation employees in 2009. Specializing in applied therapy and exercise for non-medical readers, she also coauthored a manual on wheelchair positioning. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy.
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