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9 DIY Homemade Face Mask Recipes You Need To Try For Clear Skin

Blackheads? Breakouts? Dry Skin? I gotchu.
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Is your skin acting up? Have you rewatched all seven episodes of Tiger King? Are you pacing around your apartment with no end in sight? Cool, same—that's why we're making DIY face masks tonight. Don't get me wrong though, I'm not talking about those ~questionable~ recipes you've seen people experimenting with on your Insta feed (lookin’ at you, baking soda and lemon juice).

Nope, I went ahead and found nine easy homemade face masks that address everything from rosacea flare-ups to stress-induced breakouts. Keep reading to find the best DIY tutorials for oily skin, acne, blackheads, and more—all of which you can make with ingredients you def already have in your kitchen. Thankfully.

  1. DIY Face Mask for Eczema

    In this face mask tutorial, YouTuber Loepsie breaks down a suuuuper easy recipe for irritated, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin. BTW: It's gentle enough to use anywhere on your body, so feel free to slather it on those dry spots on your legs and arms, too. Here's what you'll need:


    - one tablespoon oatmeal

    - one teaspoon raw honey

    - 1/2 teaspoon water

    The hero ingredient in this simple DIY is oatmeal, which has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help calm dry skin and remove dead skin cells. And when it's coupled with antibacterial honey (and a little h2o for consistency), it's a true skin-soothing treat. Crush up all the ingredients in a bowl, smooth a thin layer over clean skin, and leave it on for about 10 minutes to get the full calming effects.


    DIY Anti-Inflammatory Oatmeal Face Mask

  2. DIY Face Mask for Chapped Lips

    Okay, fine, this isn't technically a face mask, but your dry AF lips need some love, too. Just keep in mind that this recipe from vlogger AnitaSamantha is a bit too abrasive for sensitive or irritated skin, and it should only be used on dry lips once a week. Got it? Cool, go ahead and grab your ingredients:


    - 1/2 tablespoon organic cane sugar

    - 1/2 tablespoon filtered honey

    Yup, all you need is two ingredients for this bb: Organic cane sugar (which gives this mask its gritty, exfoliating texture) and filtered honey (which is loaded with antioxidants and helps your skin retain moisture). Mix it up, gently rub the formula along your lips, and rinse it off after five minutes max. Don't forget to follow up with lip balm.

    DIY Lip Mask

  3. DIY Face Mask for Dull, Dry Skin

    You know those days when your skin just Yeah, that's when you need this DIY face mask. It's cooling, calming, and leaves your skin nice and dewy. Don't take it from me, though, because YouTuber Georgia Peach's perfect skin is pretty much all the evidence you need.


    - one tablespoon Greek yogurt

    - one teaspoon oatmeal

    - one teaspoon honey

    Not only does Greek yogurt feel really effing good when you slather it all over your face (just me?), but it's also loaded with things like lactic acid (which helps soften your skin) and probiotics (which helps soothe inflammation). Mix it in a bowl with oatmeal and honey, leave it on clean skin for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse it off with warm water. Trust: Your skin will feel so damn soft.

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    Homemade Yogurt Face Mask

  4. DIY Face Mask for Acne

    Vlogger Nicoletta Xo breaks down four different DIY face masks for acne-prone skin, including a soothing, dark-spot-busting formula that uses nutmeg, honey, and milk, along with a brightening, anti-inflammatory mask with turmeric, yogurt, and honey. But my favorite? This tea tree oil spot treatment mask.


    - one tablespoon aloe vera gel

    - a drop of tea tree oil

    Okay, so on its own, tea tree oil—which is a natural antibacterial and acne-fighter—is way too harsh to slather over your skin (even as a spot treatment, it can quite literally burn your skin if it isn’t diluted with enough water). But this mask uses hydrating, calming aloe to negate the potentially irritating effects while calming irritated, broken-out skin. Keep it on clean, dry skin for 10 minutes, then rinse it off, making sure to moisturize afterward.

    DIY Face Mask For Acne

  5. DIY Face Mask for Blackheads

    In this tutorial, vlogger Ava Jules shows us her favorite DIY face masks, scrubs, and peels, using everything from egg whites (a natural astringent) to my favorite, charcoal powder (an oil absorber), in this DIY mask, below.


    - two teaspoons unflavored gelatin

    - two tablespoons water

    - six activated charcoal capsules (broken open)

    Mix all the ingredients together, then dab a relatively thick layer over your nose, basically making your own DIY pore strip (don’t worry—this one’s significantly more gentle. As a PSA, pore strips can hardcore irritate your skin barrier and actually cause more breakouts and blackheads over time, so skip them and try this instead).


    Charcoal works as a natural “magnet” to help draw out and absorb excess oil from your skin, making it excellent for naturally oil, blackhead-prone areas. Just be warned: This mask does dry down into a peel-off mask, so use it only on your nose, where your skin is a bit less sensitive.

    DIY Mask For Blackheads

  6. DIY Face Mask for Inflammation

    Vlogger SweetPotatoSoul (um, cute) has legit excellent skin, so I’ll pretty much try whatever she’s suggesting. In this tutorial, she breaks down three different anti-inflammatory masks, my favorite of which uses aloe vera and matcha powder.


    - two tablespoons fresh aloe (or, in a pinch, aloe vera gel)

    - one teaspoon matcha green tea powder

    Aloe vera is naturally soothing and lightly moisturizing (it’s honestly killer for itching and inflamed skin—what up, my rosacea brethren), while matcha powder is believed to have redness-reducing and anti-inflammatory properties. Blend ’em up, slather the mixture on your face (you can stick the mix in the freezer first for 10 minutes for extra cooling powers), leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse off and moisturize.

    DIY Face Masks For Clear Skin

  7. DIY Face Mask for Dry Skin

    If you have dry skin, you know that the majority of dry-skin remedies involve heavy oils that can also be hella pore-clogging if you’re acne-prone. Which is why I’m all for this avocado-and-honey DIY face mask from vlogger Iamvenessae. It’s legit only two ingredients and super easy to recreate at home.


    - half an avocado, mashed

    - one tablespoon honey

    Avocados are full of fatty acids, which help soothe and moisturize your dry skin barrier, while honey is a natural hydrator and astringent (it’s been used to treat acne and inflammatory skin conditions without drying out or irritating your skin). Mix and mash the two together, slather all over your face, then wash off after 10 minutes (or 15! Or 20! What a magical life).

    Honey Mask Recipes For Clear, Healthy Skin

  8. DIY Face Mask for Dark Spots and Acne Scars

    Okay, so technically this isn’t your classic tutorial video, but it’s still really convincing for anyone who deals with hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Vlogger Supa Natural experimented with applying a straight turmeric mask to her skin every day for three days. And, in her words, after three days, “I can see my skin is really calm—the redness is almost gone, and it just feels so smooth, and I’m just happy I did this.”

    The magical ingredient here is turmeric, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that’s been studied to gently brighten discoloration while killing microorganisms on your skin. Cool, right?


    - one teaspoon turmeric powder

    - two tablespoons plain yogurt (or olive oil, or your favorite face oil)

    Although she uses just turmeric and water in the video, I know from experience that applying straight turmeric without a “buffer” can temporarily stain your skin bright yellow. So add a bit of yogurt or oil to create a barrier and prevent any jaundice-lookin’ vibes, keep the mixture on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off, followed by your usual face wash.


    DIY Mask For Clear Skin

  9. DIY Face Mask for Oily Skin

    The thing about DIY face masks for oily skin? Then tend to be filled with ultrastripping, ultraharsh ingredients that end up doing more damage than good. But this gentle tutorial from Khichi Beauty uses just two ingredients—egg whites and aloe—to help absorb excess oil without destroying your skin.


    - one egg white

    - two tablespoons fresh aloe (or, in a pinch, aloe vera gel)

    I know—it sounds super sketch to put raw eggs on your face, but egg whites actually contain a natural antibacterial than can help prevent clogged pores while absorbing excess oil. (No, they won’t be as effective as clinically tested and formulated acne treatments, but they also can’t hurt, unless you’re allergic to eggs.)

    And aloe, of course, is an MVP in the calming, soothing, and hydrating departments. So if your skin is overproducing oil as a result of irritation, this two-in-one face mask can help calm it down. Mix the ingredients, spoon them onto your face, hang out for 10 minutes, then rinse them off.

    Egg White And Aloe Vera Mask For Clear Skin


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