Friday, October 18, 2013

DIY Yogurt Mask.

I've battled acne for my entire adult life-- since I was about 20 years old.  Now I'm almost 30, and it's still something I deal with.  I've used every product known to man to try and fix my face without lasting results.  Fortunately, my acne has changed as I've aged.  Whereas I used to get mostly deep, cystic acne, now my spots are primarily on the surface.  While annoying and very red, this acne is far less painful and much easier to treat.

The other week, I was reading Jenn's blog post about a yogurt mask that greatly helped her acne inflammation and redness.  Of course, I had seen recipes for DIY masks all over pinterest and the internet, but I never really gave much thought to doing one myself until I saw her raving about it.  So, I did a little research and came up with my own recipe (a combo of Jenn's and one I found on

2 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp Honey
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Just put everything in a bowl and stir it around until combined.  I didn't use it all at once, so I cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge.  It keeps just fine as long as air doesn't get to it to dry it out.

Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is a natural alpha hydroxy to exfoliate.  
Further, it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which kill the bacteria that causes surface acne.  
If used over time, yogurt can have a bleaching effect on skin to help with any discoloration.

Honey has anti-bacterial properties and is also nourishing and moisturizing for the skin.

Cinnamon is a stimulant that brings blood and oxygen to the surface.  It also helps to dry out the 
pores that get infected, causing the pimples.  If you have sensitive skin, be careful 
with cinnamon, as it can cause irritation.

I used nonfat Greek yogurt because that's what I had in my refrigerator.  The Beauty Been recommends full-fat yogurt (Greek or regular) to get all the lactic acid benefits, but I wasn't going out just to buy new yogurt for this experiment.

I slathered it all over and was thankful that there were no chemicals that I had to worry about getting too close to my eyes, nose, and mouth.  I'm apparently incapable of being precise with yogurt on my face.  I put a thicker layer on problem areas (chin and around my nose) and a thinner layer elsewhere (forehead and cheeks) and left it on for about 35 minutes.   
Sexy, right??

I was so excited over the results!  I could tell an immediate difference after washing off the mask.  The redness and inflammation were markedly reduced.  But I wish I had taken a picture the next morning because it was even more noticeable the next day!

I do this once a week now and love it.  I'm probably going to add in a second mask a week without the cinnamon since it's a little too harsh to use more frequently.  And while I'll never be a person who goes the 100% natural skincare route, I do love the idea of using less chemicals on my face.

Do y'all do any at-home masks?  What has worked for you?  Let me know if you try it!


  1. I'm going to try this! I already have everything I need. :)

  2. I'm going to HAVE to try this!
    I was having some crazy breakouts on my cheek (just one)--a kind I never had before. It was red and itchy...not fun. And nothing worked, until I saw on Pinterest an Oil Cleansing Method which sounds weird, but you use oil to cut the oil on your skin, and it cleans it out. I have NO makeup on my face today and no red thing I've ever found (if you want the link email me and Ill send it to you)

  3. Wow, I have to try this!! I never got pimples when I was a teenager, but once I turned 22, I started getting full-on acne. It's starting to get better now, but there are still little pimples that pop up pretty regularly. Can't wait to give this a shot! Side note - I noticed that you're a UNC fan - are you a North Carolina blogger? I live in Raleigh! :)