Although mud masks are a fantastic remedy for acne, there are only part of the solution. You need to maintain a good skincare regime and a healthy diet in order to make the effects of the mask more beneficial. Yes, you can treat acne with a mud mask, but it’s not the only step you’ll need to take.
You should not use a mud mask more than twice a week; therefore, making sure that you keep your face clean is essential in between mask days. You must wash your face first thing in the morning and also right before you go to bed. Make sure you buy a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which are brilliant acne-fighting ingredients.
Splash warm water on your face and then use your cleanser in upwards, circular motions. You should continue massaging the cleanser into your face for more than 40 seconds before rinsing with warm water. Splash your face with cold water to close your pores and then use a toner.
Believe it or not, moisturizing is an essential way to combat acne. Lack of moisture on the skin causes it to overproduce oil. Purchase an oil-free moisturizer to keep your face moisturized while preventing your skin from overcompensating with its oil production.
Make sure that you wash your pillow cases regularly as they will collect dirt from your face and hair during the night.
Foods rich in Vitamin C are fantastic for your skin. The vitamin strengthens cell walls which also mean it prevents scarring associated with acne
Another tip for prevention of acne is to not touch your face or poke at your skin too much. This can cause bacteria from your hands and other spots to spread, thus causing more to appear.
Maintaining a balanced diet is important whether you suffer from acne breakouts or not. There are some foods that are better for your skin than others as they contain vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy, blemish-free skin. Zinc is one such mineral and is found in oysters, beans, poultry and fish. Zinc also helps the body absorb Vitamin A, another vitamin that promotes healthy skin. Beta-Carotene converts to Vitamin A in the body and can be found in certain nuts, as well as many orange, yellow and red fruits and vegetables.
Foods rich in Vitamin C are fantastic for your skin. The vitamin strengthens cell walls which also mean it prevents scarring associated with acne. Vitamin C can be found in oranges, tomatoes and melons.
Vitamin E is another vitamin that helps with scarring and skin damage. It is found in eggs, green vegetables and almonds as well as nuts and whole grains. Nuts also contain selenium, an anti-oxidant that improves acne.
Eating too many dairy products is bad for your skin, as is eating foods that are high in sugar, such as chocolate. Foods with high salt content and refined foods like white bread are also to be avoided if you want to have radiant, acne free skin.
Once you’ve got all the above sorted, then it’s time to think about your mud mask. Here’s our favorite recipe for treating acne-prone skin – it’s really simple and quick to make, so there’s no excuse for not trying it. Remember, though, there’s no magic bullet – the mask is just one part of your routine.
This recipe will make enough for a couple of applications. Put the unused mask in an airtight container and seal it in the fridge. It’ll stay fresh for three to four days, so if you decide to make this mask at the weekend you can also use it for your midweek regime.
Mud Mask for acne prone skin
- Slice off the skin and mash up the cucumber to get it as smooth as possible. If you’ve got a hand blender, it’ll make this quicker.
- Add the clay and rosewater to the cucumber and mix together.
- Add more water or clay until you reach the desired consistency.