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This homemade face mask for acne is my secret weapon when stress strikes. It uses just two simple ingredients—bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar—and can be whipped up in a flash. When applied to skin, it helps resolve breakouts and blackheads, and acts as an exfoliator, which leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.
Because it has numerous health benefits for skin, this homemade face mask can be applied when unexpected breakouts occur, or on the reg (cool person speak for regularly) for deep cleansing and exfoliation. While cleaning my face with coconut oil has greatly improved my skin, because I spend quite a bit of time working out and sweat often, I use this homemade face mask for acne prevention, and to calm any inflammation or irritation once a week.
Why Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay is a mineral-rich substance formed from volcanic ash. It’s been used for centuries to promote health and prevent disease because of its unique ability to produce an electrical charge when hydrated. Don’t worry—I know what you’re thinking. This homemade face mask for acne will not shock you. Instead, when hydrated, bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge. When applied to the skin, it bonds to things with a positive charge, like bacteria and other impurities.
While there is limited research on clay and skin conditions, studies suggest it may be an effective antibacterial agent, and improve skin conditions associated with infections.
Why Apple Cider Vinegar?
While you can create a homemade face mask using filtered water and bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar kicks the nourishing benefits up a notch.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is simply the by-product of the fermentation of apples. Apples are loaded with potassium, pectin, malic acid and calcium, and the fermentation process fortifies the end product with even more beneficial acids and enzymes. While it may seem weird to put apple cider vinegar on your face, it’s antiseptic and antibacterial, which is an added bonus when dealing with skin infections and conditions like acne and eczema.
After using this clay mask, I highly recommend using an apple cider vinegar facial toner. This will help freshen skin and remove any excess residue of the face mask that may have been left behind.
Homemade Face Mask for Acne
Mix ingredients together using non-metal utensils until a paste forms. Apply paste evenly across face and let sit until it dries, about 30 minutes. If you have more sensitive skin, consider only leaving it on for 10-15 minutes.
IMPORTANT: When testing out any new skin care products on your face, natural or not, please do a patch test on your skin to see how your skin responds to the ingredients. You can do this by applying a very small amount to a spot on your face, and following the directions for application. If your skin does not respond well (becomes itchy or inflamed), remove the product and do not use it again.
Tips and Tricks
1. This mask is thick. If you feel it’s too dry, add a bit more apple cider vinegar. If you feel it’s too runny, make sure there are no “clumps” of clay that haven’t been well combined, or add a bit more clay to the mixture.
2. As a general recommendation, you can apply this homemade face mask 1-2 times a week. Start with once every 1-2 weeks, and increase as needed as you see how your skin reacts to the mask.
3. If you have sensitive skin, reduce the time you leave the mask on to 10-15 minutes.
4. To remove, simply use a wash cloth soaked in warm water. You can let the wash cloth sit on your face for 10-20 seconds, and then gently wipe away the mask. Rinse and repeat if needed.
5. The lavender oil is completely optional. Lavender oil is included because it has antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics, which may help with acne, and can be an effective way to soothe inflamed or irritated skin.
Have questions about this homemade face mask for acne? Have a positive experience you’d like to share? Feel free to comment below!