Eliminating Skin Blemishes with Natural Ingredients
Blemishes on the face are one of the most common beauty concerns.
They can be caused by many factors such as sun exposure, genetics, aging, and hormonal disorders caused by the side effects of medications or other products.
Below are 14 easy and simple natural skin mask recipes that help reduce or remove any blemishes on the face.
Tips for removing blemishes on the face
Bear in mind the following tips in order to make sure the masks are effective.
Also, make sure you prepare the materials and ingredients in advance. Try to have everything close by and use a timer if necessary.
- These facial masks should be used after exfoliating the skin.
- Pull your hair back away from your face to prevent it from getting in the way.
- Use sunscreen daily.
- If you’re allergic to anything, take the necessary precautions.
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Recommended natural ingredients
The most recommended natural ingredients for making homemade masks come from plants. However, thanks to their benefits, some dairy products like milk, or certain cereals are also extremely popular.
1. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is the best plant for skin care. It’s often used in blemish removal products for the face or other parts of the body.
It works as a fungicide and moisturizer and naturally regenerates the skin. In fact, a study published in the journal, Molecules claims that aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and healing properties.
You can make an aloe vera mask to use at night after cleansing and toning your skin thoroughly. The gel will work while you sleep. Remember to wash your face thoroughly the next morning.
Milk is a natural product that contains lactic acid, which is extremely effective at lightening and eliminating blemishes. You can apply milk directly to your face in order to benefit from lactic acid.
Start by warming some milk in a pan. Once it’s ready, lightly dab it on your face using a cotton ball. Wait at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.
Vinegar is one of the most common household remedies for removing blemishes on the face. It’s really easy to use. A study published in 2021 claims that vinegar has anti-microbial and antioxidant properties that are beneficial for the skin.
Simply dilute 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 2 liters of water. Dab it on your face with a cotton ball. Use it every night for several weeks and you’ll soon see results.
This remedy is generally safe, although if the vinegar isn’t well diluted it can cause burning to the skin. If this should happen, stop using it and visit a dermatologist.
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4. Broadleaf plantain
Broadleaf plantain can also help you get rid of blemishes. Although there’s no specific scientific evidence to back up these claims, one study claims that, mixed with aloe vera it can promote healing of skin wounds. Both plants can help cell regeneration which can also accelerate the elimination of blemishes.
Prepare 200 ml of plantain tea. Simply boil 1 liter of water, pour it into a cup and add 2 tablespoons of leaves. Let it stand for 20 minutes, strain, and apply to the face with a cotton ball.
Lemon juice lightens skin and makes it glow.
Massage it gently into the areas you’d like to treat. If applied before bed, make sure you leave it on overnight. If you apply it in the daytime and you’re going to go out in the sun, make sure you wash it off 20 minutes before.
However, it’s worth mentioning that dermatologists don’t recommend its application in the daytime under any circumstance, since it can cause new blemishes to appear.
Onions are excellent at removing blemishes. Simply cut a piece and rub it on your skin. Leave for 30 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
The more you use it, the better it’ll work. You can also use onion juice as a tonic.
You can also use tomatoes to remove blemishes. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which has certain benefits for the skin. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology claims that creams enriched with tomato lycopene can eliminate blemishes with no recurrences observed after one month.
Take a slice and gently rub it on your face every day for 15 minutes. You can add sandalwood powder and lemon for faster results.
Elderberry is another great option for eliminating blemishes. A study published in Cytotechnology claims that elderberry has properties that combat aging and inflammation caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays. Therefore, it can be useful in eliminating sunspots.
Boil 500 ml of water with 3 tablespoons of elderberry for 10 minutes. Once cool, strain and apply it to the blemishes. You can use it twice a day. This remedy is effective against blemishes caused by sun exposure.
Radishes are great for removing blemishes. To benefit from their skin-lightening properties, simply crush a little bit of radish root and mix it with lemon juice.
Apply with a cotton ball to your skin and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. You can apply it during the day or before bed and leave it on overnight.
Bananas also have skin-lightening properties. You can prepare a face mask by simply mashing 1 banana with a fork and mixing it with the juice of a lemon.
Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. You can apply it four times a week.
An in vitro study published in the journal, Antioxidants (Basel) claims that barley extract has beneficial effects on melanocytes cause by ultraviolet rays. Therefore, it appears it could be useful in creams and products for the skin, although more evidence is required in this respect.
To make a blemish-removing tonic, make barley tea by using 100 grams of barley and 1 liter of water. Apply the mixture to your face, and leave for 30 minutes. You can also strain and put the barley granules in a washcloth to massage the areas of your skin with blemishes. Use twice a day.
Wheatgerm oil effectively fights blemishes on the skin. In fact, a recent study claims that wheatgerm contains peptides with anti-inflammatory properties that promote the regeneration of skin cells. Therefore, it can be useful for treating skin blemishes.
Apply it before going to bed by gently massaging it in until it’s absorbed into the skin.
After enjoying a delicious papaya, make sure you keep the peel. Rub your skin with the inner part to remove or reduce blemishes. It also regenerates skin and prevents wrinkles.
This herb has lightening properties and is perfect for clearing any type of blemish. Crush a sprig of parsley and apply it directly with a gauze pad over the affected area.
As you can see, there are many natural remedies to help eliminate skin blemishes on the face and other parts of the body. However, we recommend you always consult with a specialist before trying any of them, particularly if you’re treating an area as sensitive as the face.It might interest you...
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