You might be shocked to find that you already have any acne treatments right in your own home — and in your kitchen of all places. Natural foods and components, such as cucumbers, oatmeal, grapes, and yeast, can be mixed into a facial mask and turned into acne drugs. Giving yourself a do-it-yourself facial may help you prevent or clear acne and keep skin shining, moisturized, and healthy.
Fran E. Cook-Bolden, MD, a dermatologist, and leader of the Skin Specialty Group and the Ethnic Skin Specialty Group in New York, recommends the following home remedies for acne.

Grape Cleanser

Grab a few fresh grapes from your fridge, and you’ve got an easy facial cleanser. Cut two or three grapes in half and rub the flesh over your face and neck, says Dr. Cook-Bolden. Follow with a cool water rinse.

Cucumber Face Mask

“Make a paste by blending one small cucumber and 1 cup of oatmeal,” says Cook-Bolden. Mix 1 teaspoon of this paste with 1 teaspoon of yogurt and apply it to your face. Leave it on for 30 minutes, and then rinse.

Cucumber Face Pack

This cooling, the peaceful mask will help smooth your skin, which can often feel sharp from acne. “Mash one whole cucumber, strain the water, add 1 tablespoon of sugar, and mix well,” says Cook-Bolden. “Apply to your face and leave it on for 10 minutes; then clean with cold water.”

Simple Honey Mask

Before using this mask, rinse your face with warm water to open up pores, says Cook-Bolden. Then use honey and leave it on the skin for 30 minutes. Rinse the sugar off with warm water; then rinse again with cold water to close the pores.

Yeast and Yogurt Mask for Oily Skin

Oily skin is likely to acne, and this home treatment can reduce excess oil and help clear acne. To make the mask, combine 1 stirrer of brewer’s yeast with a little plain yogurt to create a thin batter. Cook-Bolden says, “Apply it thoroughly to all the oily areas and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with hot water; then use cold water to close the pores.”

Oatmeal Facial
Grain is naturally soothing, and this simple oatmeal mask can also help clear acne. Mix commonly 2 spoons of oatmeal, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and just water to form a paste. Smooth the paste all over your face and gently rub it in. Rinse completely afterward.

Lemon-Egg Face Mask

This is a great all-purpose acne home treatment that can boost any skin type. “Juice half a lemon and mix the juice with one beaten egg white,” recommends Cook-Bolden. Refer to the face, and leave the mask on overnight while you sleep. In the morning, wash your face with warm water. Be certain to keep the raw-egg mix out of your mouth and eyes.

Turmeric Facial Mask

For nice skin, brides in India traditionally use a turmeric mask before their marriage, says Cook-Bolden. Parts for this acne remedy are open at spice markets and ethnic feed stores. Mix together 1/2 cup of chickpea flour and 2 spoons each turmeric powder, sandalwood powder, and ghee (clarified butter) or almond oil, and then combine them with enough water to make a paste. “Apply and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes,” says Cook-Bolden. “Rub with pressure with both palms and thumbs to remove all the paste.” Rinse well with water.

Handmade facial masks can rejuvenate your skin and help clear acne — and all of these methods use common ingredients found in your pantry and fridge. Try one or more of the acne remedies to treat pimple-prone skin and see how your skin reacts.

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