Did you know that the largest organ of the body is your skin?

Your epidermis (skin) your first line of protection against bacteria and viruses. Your skin keeps you cool in the heat and warm in the cold temperatures.

Your skin is also the first to let you know when something is not going right on the inside. The usual signs are acne, rashes, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, sores, bruising, moles.

By using natural DIY facial masks at home, you can minimize daily pollutants, bacteria, and other infections that may settle on your delicate skin.

Homemade Face Mask Ingredients

  • Aloe Vera (plant or juice) is an anti-inflammatory agent that is full of anti-oxidants.
  • Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is an anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent. It dries up excess oil, while gently exfoliating.
  • Cinnamon is a natural anti-microbial agent.
  • Coconut Oil and Olive Oil have anti-microbial and moisturizing effects.
  • Green Tea Powder is an antioxidant powerhouse. It also acts as an anti-microbial agent and decreases inflammation.
  • Honey is nature’s powerful antibiotic.
  • Lemon Juice acts as an astringent and dries out excess oil.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is alkalizing, which balances out the pH levels of the body.
  • Papaya removes dead skin cells and decreases inflammation.
  • Greek Yogurt (or Raw Milk — do not use skim products) contains acid and fat. The acid is antibacterial, while the fats are moisturizing.
  • Sugar is a gentle exfoliant that gets rid of dead skin cell buildup and unclogs pores.
  • Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. Higher quality turmeric can stain clothes, but does not stain the face.

Before Applying Masks

steam water from bowl draped towel to open pores naturally

Before you apply a mask, make sure your skin is thoroughly clean and your pores are open. The best ways of doing this is to take a shower or use steam to clean and open pores.

  1. Boil a pot of filtered water.
  2. Transfer the water to a large bowl and let it cool down for 1-2 minutes.
  3. When the water is not too hot, place your face over the bowl and cover your head and the bowl with a towel for 5-10 minutes.

Naturally Clean Your Skin With Homemade Face Masks

Natural DIY facial masks for acne problem skin spa treatment

1. Green Tea, Honey, Lemon, Sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of green tea (tea bag or Matcha green tea)
  • 1 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons of sugar (preferably brown)

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Rub the paste over the face for 1-2 minutes in a slow and circular movement. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.

While rinsing off with warm water, use a washcloth for added exfoliating effects.


2. Baking Soda, Honey, Coconut/Olive Oil

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut/olive oil

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Rub the paste over the face for 1-2 minutes in a slow and circular movement. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.

While rinsing off with warm water, use a washcloth for added exfoliating effects.


3. Turmeric, Raw Milk/Greek Yogurt, Honey

  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 3 teaspoons of raw milk/greek yogurt (full fat, unflavored)
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Use a makeup brush or cotton balls to apply the paste and to avoid staining your fingers. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes.

Tip: Make sure to lay paper towels around the sink to catch any spills.

Remove with a cotton ball or washcloth. If there is a yellow tint remaining, you can remove with diluted apple cider vinegar mixed with water, or a gentle toner.


4. Cinnamon, Honey, Aloe Vera

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (preferably ceylon)
  • 3 teaspoons of raw honey
  • 1 inch of fresh aloe vera plant (only the inside gel) or 2 teaspoon of aloe vera juice

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Rub the paste over the face for 1 minute, in a slow and circular movement. Leave on for 10 minutes.

This mask is good for removing blackheads. Do not use this mask if you have sensitive skin. If you feel an intolerable burning sensation, wash it off right away.


5. Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Baking Soda

  • 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes.

While rinsing off with warm water, use a washcloth for added exfoliating effects.


6. Papaya, Honey, Lemon, Coconut/Olive Oil

  • 2 tablespoons of mashed up fresh papaya (no seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut/olive oil

Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste over your face — excluding the eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes.

While rinsing off with warm water, use a washcloth for added exfoliating effects.


How to Clean Your Skin From the Inside

1. Drink Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries for various disinfectant and antimicrobial purposes.

Some of the uses of this vinegar are: anti-microbial, anti-fungal, increases immunity and fights cancer, stimulates weight loss, decreases the risk of heart disease and stroke, lowers cholesterol, maintains blood sugar, and clears up acne.

ACV also prevents the growth of harmful bacteria and fungus in the digestive tract. This is important because 80% of our immune system is in our GI system.

Method: Mix in 1 teaspoons of ACV into a cup of warm water. You can squeeze in a wedge of lemon (vitamin C). Add a dash of ceylon cinnamon powder (antiseptic) and raw organic honey (antimicrobial).

Drink up to 3 times a day for smoother and clearer skin.


2. Take Probiotics

When we do not have enough “good bacteria” or probiotics, in our system, pathogens take over and leave us susceptible to disease, cancers, and illnesses.

Live beneficial microbes in the digestive tract makes up our immune system. These good bacterias prevent the invasion of pathogens that make us sick.

They also improve digestion, prevent constipation, synthesize Vitamin K, and keep a balanced pH level (a plus for acne sufferers).

A lot of times, our healthy bacterias are accidentally wiped out by procedures that are intended to get rid of bad bacteria. These include: antibiotics (pill form, in our milk, meat, poultry, fish), recent surgeries, diarrhea (flushes out good and bad bacteria altogether), colon cleanses, too much fiber (destroys bacterial membranes), protein deficiency (protein creates mucin which is needed to create intestinal mucous — where bacterial flora thrive).

Method: Make sure to take probiotic-containing foods all-year-round. Naturally occurring foods can be found in: water or milk Kefir, Kombucha drinks, non-commercial unflavored yogurt, fermented foods, sauerkraut.

Quality probiotic capsules can also be found at your local health food store or online.


Other Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Watch What You Eat. What you put into your body is just as important as what you on your body. Try to stay away from foods that are processed, contain chemicals, toxins, GMO (genetically modified), MSG (monosodium glutamate) and gluten (if you have sensitivities). Whatever is put on your skin is absorbed directly into the body.
  2. Clean Your Pillowcase And Sheets. Daily pollutants, dead skin cells, and oils can gather on your bedding. Constant contact with dirty bedding can irritate your gentle skin and cause clogged pores.
  3. Don’t Pick At Your Face. Picking can spread the infections from your pimples to other parts of your face. It can also lead to scarring and dark spots.

Final Word

Find a mask that works best for you. For different effects, you can alternate between masks every couple of days. With continued use, you should start seeing improvements from acne, dry or oily skin, and dark spots.

Remember to treat your outsides as well as you would your insides, and you should be having naturally glowing skin in no time!

Rebecca Park has a degree in Nursing, Speech Pathology & Audiology. She currently lives in New York City, where she was born and raised. She enjoys traveling all over the world with her husband and son to learn about different cultures and their healthcare. As a practicing Registered Nurse, Rebecca likes to explore natural remedies and alternative methods to complement modern medicine to treat people as a whole and not just their symptoms.


  1. Good to know, I have very sensitive acne prone skin and dont want to irritate it with harmful chemicals and drugs, thank you for posting this article XD <3

  2. The green tea one is awesome but i was wondering if you could use regular honey instead of raw. And for this one i was also wondering if there was any way to make it less drippy because the whole time it was on my face it kept on dripping off my face. Thanks:)

    • Raw organic honey is always better in terms of nutrients, health benefits, and it’s free of preservatives. Raw honey also tends to be on the thicker side and will help make your masks thicker. You can also place a paper towel over your mask to help hold it in place, but be sure to pre-cut your eyes, nose, and mouth hole before applying.

    • Masks #1,3,4,6 are good for decreasing inflammation. You can also try combining only ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties such as aloe vera, green tea, manuka honey, oatmeal, cucumber, papaya, etc. Camomile and peppermint teas can also calm inflammation and redness. Steep a few tea bags into a pot of boiling water. After cooling, keep your batch of tea in the fridge. Pour some of the tea onto a clean washcloth and press onto your face for a minute, once or twice a day. Remember to also decrease your intake of foods that may be causing inflammation in your body, such as spicy foods, alcohol, etc.

  3. I have the acne issue for past 2 years due to my oily skin, I was trying to find a home remedy to treat it because I don’t want to experiment on my face by trying the medicines. So, thanks for sharing!
    Can you share the remedy for acne scars as well?

    • Keep it in a sealed container in the refrigerator up to one week. If the ingredients start changing color or odor, toss it.

    • Yes you can, and feel free to add additional ingredients that you may have on hand. Let us know how it turns out!

    • For reducing redness, you want to include ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties (aloe vera, oatmeal, turmeric). To decrease oils, you want to include ingredients that are exfoliating (sugar) and dries up oil (lemon juice, baking soda).

  4. I used to eat oats ( which is high in gluten) as a daily diet and start breaking out.Whenever I had instant oatmeal, very soon I was getting pimples on my chin.So I guess, I should avoid gluten.

    • You can add whichever ingredients you want to your facemask. Everyone’s face and skin is different, so some ingredients may be better for some people but won’t work for others.

  5. Hi everyone
    First thank you very much sharing these lovely information with us.
    I was wondering if I can moisturize my face with aloe vera ( from plant ) after my vinegar & soda&honey mask??

    • Yes. If you are using the gel right off from inside the plant, cut the entire stem off (with a sharp knife) from the base of the plant. After cutting off the piece you are using, wrap the end tightly in saran wrap and put it in the fridge. It can last up to about a month.

    • They are safe for everyday use. You can mix it up and try different masks every other week to see which works best for your skin type.

  6. can i use flavored green tea bags? those are the only ones i have, and if i do, do i have to use the tea flakes in the bag or water the teabag has been dipped in

    • Olive oil is a great moisturizer but always opt for a high-quality cold-pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Olive oil helps clear bacteria causing acne and inflammation by sealing in moisture in the skin and calming sebaceous glands that overproduce sebum (oil).

  7. My skin is on the drier side and I sometimes get pimples around my hairline. Very few though like 3-4 a month. Which mask do you recommend for me?

  8. Hi i tried oatmeal mask ones with baking soda and ofcourse oatmeal and my face stings and feel like its burning. Do some of these mask sting? And do you know why it stings? Is it because my face is too dry? I know i sound stupid but im just new to mask so i dont really know

    • Baking soda can be slightly drying and can naturally cause a tingling sensation. If your skin cannot tolerate a baking soda mask, wash it off right away and use a moisturizer. Next time, try using other masks that does not contain baking soda.

  9. So can you use a face mask everyday?I have oily acne prone skin so which mask would be best for me? I also have very textured skin, what would help that? This page is very helpful, thankyou! Xxx

  10. GMOs are not necessarily bad for you. The organic fruits or veggies products we eat are naturally genetically modified by something called cross pollination. Just by the wind blowing and pollen going from one plant to another by bees could be considered a way of GMOs because that can cause the plant to be genetically modified . People in history have been working with GMOs for hundreds of years. that is how we have all of the different verities of fruits, veggies, and flowers. You want to look for organically GMO because that is without any chemicals, but with pollen. But I love the Green Tea mask! Very well made blog as well!

    • Yes, just make sure to lay down a towel as turmeric can stain countertops and floors! Give it a shot and let us know how it turns out! 🙂

  11. I have mask #2 on right now, and it seems to be going great except mine was really runny so I added more honey. Will that make it not work as well?

  12. I’m gonna try Baking soda and Lemon since all i have is cinnnamon, lemon, baking soda, Only a little bit of apple cider vinegar left, and aloe. Recommendations on what i should use in the future with the ingredients i have?

  13. The honey, baking soda and coconut oil one is terrible, I couldn’t even leave it on for 1 minute. Extremely hard to get off, stung my face so much. Do not recommend that one because it’s actually made my acne worse and my face is red. Thanks for ruining my skin( and no I am not allergic to any of the ingredients)

    • Gracie, sorry you had a bad experience with the mask. Baking soda can be slightly drying and can naturally cause a tingling sensation. If your skin cannot tolerate a baking soda mask, wash it off right away and use a moisturizer. Try using other masks that does not contain baking soda and let us know how that helps.

  14. Hi, Sometimes I have many pimple on my cheek from many years ago
    I used mask1 once;Can it be good for me? How often should i use it in every week?

  15. What do you think about fresh ginger, lemon juice, green tea, and oatmeal? I know ginger is good for acne and acne scaring but I also wanted help with inflammation/redness. Should I just use this or do you think adding baking soda as well would work better? My skin tends to get oily and dry depending on what products I use on it

    • That sounds like an interesting mask Kat. Definitely come back and let us know how you liked it! Baking soda is great for acne but if you have sensitive skin, do a test run on a small patch of skin first.

  16. Good article. But to make the mask for acne effective and don’t harm your health, it is important to follow such rules: 1. Check each mask for allergic to your skin: apply the prepared mixture on your wrist and check how the skin reacts to it. 2. Along with the use of masks, be sure to normalize the food (without an excess of fatty and spicy food). 3. In case of large foci of inflammation, consult a dermatologist. But all individually. Personally, I was helped by a honey mask. But for you, it can be ineffective. So try to use several types of masks and determine which one helps you!

  17. I love each and everyone of these masks. Me and my friends and family have tried everyone of these and we all love them. We hate acne and just don’t like it. And we never want it. So if you guys have any other masks suggestions plzzzzzzz let me know so that I can try some more. This is my email
    [email protected]. If you guys have any suggestions plz let me know.

  18. Ive heard that white onion is really good for scars. I would use the kind of slimy facia skin that holds the layers of the onion together. Maybe that, with honey and lemon juice or the ground peel, mixed into some greek yogurt . And if you add a pinch or so of instant coffee, the caffeine really does wonders.

  19. OMG! I mixed mask #1 & #2, and I can feel my face glowing! I had a really bad pimple, and it disappeared in the 15 minutes I had the mask on!

  20. I had big cystic acne on my left and right cheeks so I decided to try putting on honey and turmeric mask. The next day I woke up the inflamed bumps subsided a bit and it wasn’t really that red. Maybe I should continue using it and see if it could really clear my skin. I think I’ll try mixing some cinnamon .It might be more effective.

  21. I have semi oily, VERY sensitive, and acne prone skin. Which masks do you recommend for me to try. (I can handle a little sting) And also which ingredients remove my acne and little bumps.


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