Masks and Acne

Have you been thinking about masks and acne, and how the former can alleviate the latter?
Your skin is the first thing you see when you look in the mirror.
But what does it say about your health?
As it turns out, your skin suggests a lot about your overall condition.
Unclear skin with blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples can be a sign of oxidative damage and hormonal imbalances.
Even worse, acne can be especially embarrassing and painful.
Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do with therapeutic face masks and acne.
Around 85 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have acne at some point and many adults struggle with it as well. (1)
If untreated, it can lead to problems like hyperpigmentation and scarring.
This article covers the top five natural acne remedies.
Let’s dive in!

What Is Acne?

Acne, or acne vulgaris, is one of the most common skin conditions in the U.S.
It can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe and is either inflammatory or non-inflammatory.
Here are the main types of acne:
  • Non-inflammatory: Whiteheads and blackheads but no cysts or nodules
  • Inflammatory: Usually caused by bacterial infections
  • Cystic: Large inflamed cysts and nodules on the skin
  • Acne fulminans: Severe inflammatory acne, usually on the jaw, chest, and back
  • Acne mechanica: Caused by excess pressure, heat, and friction
Each type of acne can vary in severity:
  • I: Mild whiteheads and blackheads, small pimples without inflammation
  • II: Moderate but frequent breakouts of pustules and papules
  • III: Many highly inflamed pustules, papules, and nodules
  • IV: Many nodules, cysts, pustules, and papules on the face, back, chest, and neck.

Signs and Symptoms of Acne

Let’s have a look at how you can recognize the signs of acne all by yourself:
  • Blackheads, usually around the nose, forehead, and chin
  • Whiteheads that form a “head” when pus builds under the skin
  • Papules and pustules, causing small red bumps without a visible “head”
  • Cysts and nodules, which are severe pimples that are infected and painful
  • Dark spots on the skin (hyperpigmentation)
  • Scars from nodules and cysts after being popped or picked
  • Increased sensitivity towards heat, sunlight and certain products
  • Damaged self-esteem, anxiety and depression

Common Causes of Acne?

Here’s an overview of common causes for acne:
  • Certain medications like corticosteroids, androgens and birth control pills
  • Clogged pores from excess oil production and dead skin cells
  • Poor nutrition, including refined grains, sugar, and unhealthy hydrogenated fats
  • High stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Smoking
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Friction and skin irritation
  • Bacteria on the skin
  • Genetics
  • Sleep deprivation

How to Prevent Acne

Unfortunately, acne isn’t an easy condition to prevent altogether.
The truth is, some people are more prone to it than others.
However, there are certain habits you can follow to lower the risk.
Here are a few simple tips and tricks:
  • Remove makeup and cleaning your skin before bed
  • Avoid makeup that contains oil
  • Cleanse your face more than once a day with oil-free soap
  • Use masks and acne creams to reduce excess oil from your skin
  • Stick to a healthy diet and reducing refined sugars
  • Shower after exercising
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Reduce stress (2)

5 Natural Acne Remedies: Masks and Acne

Now let’s talk about some natural ways to nurture and protect your skin.
Whenever possible, it’s always better to go the natural route.
Many commercial cosmetic products contain ingredients that can irritate the skin.
Here are five natural acne treatments:

1. Gently Cleanse the Skin

When it comes to masks and acne, it’s all about cleansing the skin gently.
In addition to using all-natural ingredients, this means taking the time to treat your skin twice a day.
Natural honey, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils are just a few ingredients that can be used to reduce pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.
These gifts from nature have many hidden properties that are crucial to fighting acne.
For example, honey can soothe your skin, while coconut oil helps to fight bacteria and fungus.
At the same time, using aloe vera or chamomile can help reduce inflammation. (3)
Want to add an extra boost of healing benefits?
Essential oils like tea tree and lavender have potent antibacterial properties that can help during an active acne outbreak.
Speaking of tea tree oil…

2. Treat Acne Spots with Tea Tree Oil

When it comes to masks and acne, tea tree oil is your new secret weapon.
It’s a powerful ingredient to eliminate bacteria and fungi. (4)
Mix 4-8 drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil or jojoba oil.
Next, dab lightly onto the affected area.
It’s like a power-punch of acne relief!
And don’t worry…it’s normal to feel a slight tingling sensation.
However, always make sure to use enough carrier oil (coconut or jojoba).
This is because tea tree oil can be rough on the skin if it’s too concentrated.

3. Tone Your Skin to Restore pH Balance

Toning your skin can restore its natural pH levels and remove any residue after cleansing.
Apple cider vinegar comes in handy for toning in the morning and evening.
It is full of potassium, magnesium, acetic acids, and various enzymes that kill bacteria. (5)
Use a cotton ball to gently apply pure apple cider vinegar to the areas of your skin that are most prone to acne.

4. Regularly Exfoliate

Dead skin and clogged pores both contribute to acne.
This is why it’s important to exfoliate to avoid further buildup.
Commercial scrubs can contain chemical ingredients that irritate the skin.
To properly exfoliate, you’ll need to carefully select the right type of all-natural scrub.
Let’s check out the options for natural scrubs:
  • Sea salt
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground oatmeal
  • Baking soda
Before you start scrubbing, you’ll also need a base layer that fights bacteria, fungus, and candida overgrowth.
For the base layer, try:
  • Coconut oil
  • Raw honey (6)
  • Coconut kefir

5. Proper Nutrition for Acne Prevention

Rubbing, scrubbing, and exfoliating the surface of your skin isn’t the only way to heal acne.
It’s just as important to healing from the inside-out with proper nutrition.
After all, your skin is a product of what you put inside.
Healing acne from the inside all comes back to the gut.
That’s because the lining of the gut is the first line of defense against inflammatory particles in the food you eat.
Without a healthy gut, inflammation can leak directly into the bloodstream.
Ultimately, this inflammation can make its way to the skin and contribute to acne.
One of the best foods for your gut and for your skin is bone broth.
Bone broth has quickly been gaining popularity in the health scene, and for good reason…
It’s loaded with collagen, a type of protein that’s a powerhouse of healing potential.
The body uses collagen to form tissues and strengthen cells.
This makes it essential for both repairing a damaged gut lining and tightening and toning the skin. (7)
When you drink bone broth, you’re not only healing the skin, you’re also protecting your entire body from inflammation.
Other anti-inflammatory foods to eat include:
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Cucumber
  • Celery
  • Extra-virgin coconut and olive oil
  • Wild-caught salmon and sardines
  • Grass-fed beef
With that said, it’s even more important to avoid bad foods than it is to eat healthy ones.
Inflammatory foods can quickly damage the healthy gut lining you worked so hard to build.
Here’s a quick look at which foods to avoid:
  • Sugar and artificial sweeteners: Sugar is extremely inflammatory and is destructive to all the organs of the immune system, including the skin and the lining of the gut. This includes high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners like aspartame.
  • Processed foods: If it comes out of the freezer aisle or the microwave, it’s probably full of preservatives and fillers that wear down the gut lining. Stick to fresh foods instead.
  • Hydrogenated oils: Avoid vegetable oils canola, soybean and safflower because they’re highly inflammatory.

Healing DIY Masks and Acne Recipes

Healing masks are an effective way to heal your skin from problems like acne.
Applying face masks several times a week helps hydrate the skin and fight acne.
The best part is, they’re easy to make from common ingredients like essential oils and honey.
Here are two honey-based masks and acne recipes to make at home:
Honey & Cinnamon Mask: Mix two tablespoons of raw honey, one teaspoon of coconut oil, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon.
Honey & Coconut Milk Mask: Mix one tablespoon of coconut milk with one tablespoon of raw honey.
Gently apply to the face and remove after 10 minutes with a clean, damp cloth.

Where Can I Find More Information About Masks and Acne?

I hope you found this basic overview of masks and acne useful!
By making the right diet and lifestyle changes, you can have a shot at being acne-free!
And don’t forget, always go natural instead of using harsh commercial products.
Instead, pamper your skin with loving care!
If you have any more questions about masks and ace, feel free to contact us at Complete Care Health Centers.
We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.