Face Mask Recipes for Pimples

by Kelly Sundstrom

Pimples are caused by facial pores becoming clogged. Pimples can be avoided by following a strict regime of cleansing, medicating and spot-treating. Spot-treating can include the use of facial masks. Certain face masks can alleviate pimples very quickly and can be created by using both household products and items you can find at any health food store.

Tea Tree Oil Mask

Tea tree oil, a natural treatment for pimples, has been proven to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide but without the negative side effects. (See References.) Tea tree oil can be used in many different ways, including in spot treatments, toners and mud masks. Mask treatments help kill off acne-causing bacteria and heal active acne blemishes.

To use a tea tree oil mask, combine 3 drops undiluted tea tree oil with 2 tbsp. pure clay mud mask. Mix thoroughly and apply to the skin. After the mask dries (about 10 to 15 minutes), rinse well with warm water.

Baking Soda Mask

Baking soda is extremely alkaline and helps kill off candida bacteria, which can cause treatment-resistant acne. Baking soda can be used as a tonic, an exfoliant or a mask.

Combine 1 tsp. baking soda with 2 tbsp. pure clay mud mask and apply to the face. Leave the baking soda mask on for a maximum of 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Oatmeal Mask

Oatmeal is extremely soothing and, when applied to the skin, can help alleviate the irritation and inflammation associated with acne. Using an oatmeal mask after another acne treatment mask can help sooth the skin and prevent the occurrence of irritation-induced acne breakouts.

Combine 1/2 cup ground oatmeal with 1/4 cup hot water. Let the mixture cool, then apply to the face. After about 15 minutes, rinse the oatmeal off with warm water.