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 TheBeautyBean.com).
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.
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!