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Acne Clearing DIY Facial and Face Mask Round Up

Posted by Alexandra C. | Thursday March 22, 201222 comments

We've all been there, whether your acne is hormonal, persistent or an angry red spot here and there, acne isn't fun. However, it keeps showing up like those elementary school photos when I decided a bob was a good idea (reminder to self: burn those). 

Personally, one the treatments I've found to be most helpful is a deep cleansing mask. I've used a few and I've found that ingredients like sulfur, salicylic acid and kaolin or bentonite clays work wonders to dry blemishes and control sebum (i.e. yucky oil). 

Here are some masks that we recommend to kick acne to the curb!

1. Vichy NormaDerm Tri-Activ Mask (C$19.95) contains three powerful ingredients: clay, glycolic acid and salicylic acid to purify and mattify skin. 
2. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (US$22.00) clears skin by drawing out impurities from blocked pores.

3. St. Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask (C$5.99) is an inexpensive kaolin clay mask and is also great for it's anti-aging firming properties. 

4. Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask (US$3.69) is a cult fave for it's great price tag and because of the quantity and quality you get.

5. Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Clay Mask (C$46.00) contains drying ingredients but is also a great exfoiliant. It also has the calming ingredient of witch hazel. 

6. DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask (US$40.00) is an intense mask for those tough little zits that you can't seem to shake! 

Of course, being me, I also love a good, quick, cheap n' easy home remedy. Here's a great DIY acne busting Aspirin face mask from reader Annie Robinson that works with Aspirin's salicylic acid to get rid of all that ickiness. Honey is added for moisture. I would also suggest using a bit of green tea instead of water for more antioxidants and softer skin. 

Asprin Face Mask 

What you'll need:
4 Regular Strength Asprin Tablets (uncoated)
1 tbsb warm water
1tsp warm honey 

Drop in the Aspirin into the bowl. Pour in the water and crush the tablets until they make a paste. Add honey and combine until mixture appears smooth. Wash your face and apply asprin mixture all over. Let sit for 10-12 minuets and wash off.

What are some of your acne clearing tips and tricks?
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on July 21, 2014  Lake said:

I did the asprin and honey the asprin desolves faster with hot water it worked really good but, not as good as I've read but that's ok!I would not do this more then 1-2 times a week soo your face does not get amouned to the asprin and stop working. I felt the asprin was doing more work then the honey. It got read of some swelling and redness. I will sure do this agin.

on December 20, 2013  lovelydays  3,649 said:

That Origins mask sounds great!

on December 19, 2013  crowjane37  5,306 said:

be careful with honey it makes some people break out like CRAZY! I skip the honey and instead of water, use milk to paste up my aspirin (crush it with the back of a spoon); to remove this mask I soak a cottonball in LIME juice (NOT lemon - also tendency for sensitive skin to break out) and it tingles in such a wonderful way.

on February 09, 2013  Darling said:

Cinnamon. Honey. Grounded nutmeg. One teaspoon of each. Not for the sensitive skinned.

on April 09, 2012  GoneBatty  3,196 said:

I'll have to try this. I get bad acne flare-ups during PMS, and I'd do anything to combat it!

on March 28, 2012  Charmheart16  3,985 said:

Thanks Alex. :) Will check out the store when I'm in Toronto this weekend.

on March 28, 2012  sodarnsweet  2,206 said:

Sounds good. I'd try this.

on March 27, 2012  midnightsun2288  6,053 said:

I don't think I would try the aspirin face mask, but I use the mint-julep masque all the time.

on March 26, 2012  AlexJC  50 said:

@charmheart16 The only place I know of in Toronto where you can buy the Queen Helene mask is the Sally Beauty Supply out at St.Clair and Keele, otherwise you can check it out online!

on March 26, 2012  Charmheart16  3,985 said:

I really want to try the Queen Helene Mint Julep mask. I've read so many good reviews on it. Unfortunately I've had no luck trying to locate this product. If anyone know where this product is sold in Toronto, please let me know. Thanks :) :)

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