Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Anti-Inflammatory Acne Face Mask

Acne is a condition that is not only unsightly but can also be painful making your skin feel hot and inflamed.

There are many natural skin care remedies and washes for Acne but not many of them address the pain or discomfort associated with it. That's where natural essential oils and some very specific ingredients from your kitchen and garden can be extremely useful.

There are many soothing oils that calm inflamed irritated skin.

Ingredients helpful for inflammation and acne are:

Sweet Almond OilTea Tree OilAloe VeraApple Cider VinegarCalendulaCucumberEucalyptusManuka OilRosehip Oil

These ingredients can be used in facial acne treatments like masks, cleansers and moisturizers.

You can make a basic Acne cleanser and make up remover as follows:

2 tblsp sweet almond or avocado oil

1 vitamin E capsule or 1/2 tsp evening primrose oil

20 drops of neroli, sweet orange or lavender oil (or a mix of the two)

5 drops tea tree oil

few drops lemon juice

Mix well together and store in a glass dropper bottle or jar. Shake well before each use then apply with cotton pad and rinse off with warm water.

You can also make a soothing healing acne mask using:

2 tblsp finely ground oatmeal

1 tblsp extra virgin olive, jojoba, avocado, apricot, sweet almond or coconut oil

5 drops tea tree oil (optional and you can add any of the other oils mentioned above)

pinch nutmeg

1 tsp apple cider vinegar, lemon juice

1 tsp chamomile tea (optional)

1 tsp honey

pinch salt

1/4 tsp garlic crushed

1 tblsp aloe vera juice or gel (optional)

Enough milk or yoghurt to make a smooth paste.

Blend all ingredients together well and apply to skin. Leave on for ten minutes then rinse off with warm water.

This is a soothing calming mask for acne and helps to alleviate irritation. The essential oils, salt and honey are also antibacterial. The oatmeal, chamomile and lavender oil if you have it are great for soothing angry inflamed skin and for "zapping" acne spots and can be used in pretty much any natural skin care recipes.

If you have very severe acne you can follow a more in depth course using essential oils over the course of several weeks to stop the cycle of acne and give your skin a healing boost.

You can add a small amount of tea tree, lavender or rosemary oil to moisturizers and toners also to use them a gentle anti acne remedy and preventative.

Mia Gordon owner of and natural remedies author offers a whole range of quick, easy to make effective natural acne treatment recipes that nourish, support, treat & heal and skin type & condition so you can look and feel great on any budget.

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