If you’ve ever suffered from breakouts, clogged pores, oily skin, or just a dull complexion, then these DIY recipes are for you. There’s no need to spend big bucks on products that may or may not work. Making your own DIY pimple mask is fun, easy, and very cost-effective. With inexpensive ingredients and a little practice, you’ll be an expert at making these DIY pimple masks in no time!
1. DIY Moroccan Red Clay Pimple Mask
This is one of the easiest and most effective DIY pimple masks on the list. Moroccan red clay absorbs oils and dirt from the skin, cleaning pores as it dries. Rose water refreshes and tones the skin, leaving your face soft and radiant. Simply mix the two ingredients, adding a few drops of rose water as needed to create a spreadable consistency. Apply the mask, wait about 20 minutes for the mask to dry, then wipe off. If you notice some reddish staining on the skin, generally around the hair-line, don’t panic! It comes off easily with a little bit of soap.
- 1 Tbsp. Moroccan Red Clay Powder. A note of caution: The red clay will stain certain cloth, especially white or light colored cloth.
- 3 Tbsp. Rose Water.
- 3 drops of Argan Oil.
- A dark-colored washcloth.
2. Manuka Honey & Oatmeal Pimple Mask
Manuka honey has amazing anti-bacterial properties, which is exactly what we want when we’re tring to get rid of breakouts or acne! Oatmeal not only absorbs oils from the skin, but is soothing as well, getting rid of those annoying red blotches!
- 1/4 cup rolled oats. Start by grinding the rolled oats in a coffee / spice grinder or food processor as fine as you can.
- 1/4 cup Manuka Honey.
- 1 Tbsp. warm water – just enough warm water to help it spread.
Apply this mix to the face and wait for 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
3. Matcha & Green Algae Pimple Mask
Matcha green tea is well known as an antioxidant, and is oh-so nourishing for skin. Green algae (Spirulina) is used widely for it’s detoxing properties. Put these two super foods together for a DIY pimple mask that will light up your face!
Mix the ingredients to form a paste, apply to face, wait 15 minutes then rinse with warm water. So easy, and so effective, this is a mask you’ll want to use at least once a week!
4. Cucumber & Yogurt Calming Mask
Cucumber and yogurt are used here to calm the redness and swelling that commonly occur with acne. As a bonus, cucumber firms and tones the skin, while the yogurt moisturizes without leaving your skin oily!
- 1/2 a Cucumber, peeled and chopped.
- 1 Tbsp. Greek yogurt.
Blend the cucumber and yogurt together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Spread on face, wait 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
5. Yeast and Aloe Vera Pimple Mask
Oily skin is almost always prone to breakouts. Yeast is effective for absorbing oil and aloe vera is soothing for redness and swelling of problem areas. This mask is particularly good for spot-treatment of the “T Zone”, the area of your face that includes the forehead, nose and chin. This DIY pimple mask is especially refreshing for those hot summer months when you may have exposed your face to a lot of sun!
- 1 packet brewer’s yeast.
- 2 tbsp. fresh Aloe Vera, smashed. If you don’t have an aloe vera plant, a bottle of aloe vera extract from the market can be used as well.
Grind the aloe vera until it’s runny and smooth, then stir in the yeast. Apply the mixture to the “T Zone” of your face. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
6. Lemon, Honey & Egg White Mask
The acidity of lemon juice acts as a toner for skin, while the antibacterial honey goes to work on blemishes. The egg white tones and leaves skin feeling supple. This is a great DIY pimple mask for any skin type, and one of my go-to favorites to use before special occasions!
- Juice of 1/2 a Lemon.
- 1 Tbsp. Honey.
- 1 Egg White.
Separate the egg white and place in a shallow dish. Add the honey and mix well. Squeeze 1/2 a lemon into the mixture and stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Apply mask to face and wait at least 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar & Baking Soda Mask/Spot Treatment
Mix these two simple ingredients to form a paste. Spot dab the paste onto individual pimples. Leave on as long as you’re able to – overnight is best. This is not an all-over face mask, but a spot treatment for individual pimples and blemishes. However, if you have areas that are heavily affected by pimples, you can use this as a mask as well. You can follow this tutorial which also lists a couple of more optional ingredients, but our experience tells us these low-cost ingredients are all you need to get rid of pimples.
When dry, hold a warm washcloth over the spot for a few seconds, then gently pat and wipe until the paste comes off. Splash some cool water on your face, and you’re good to go!
8. Papaya & Sugar Pimple Mask
We know, this last one sounds like a dessert, not a face mask. But trust us, the Papaya removes dead skin cells and the sugar also acts as a scrub to unclog pores.
- 1/4 cup Sugar.
- 1/2 cup smashed Papaya.
- Optional: honey.
Apply to the face with a gentle, circular motion. The goal here is to carefully remove the oil and dead skin from the face while the enzymes in the papaya dissolve it all. After about 5 minutes of gentle massage, let the mask sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
These DIY pimple masks are sure to help anyone beat the outbreak blues! Feel free to experiment, since a DIY pimple mask is easy to tailor for any skin type. And don’t forget: adding banana or avocado can help moisturize skin without adding too much oil to a mask. Do you have other tips that could help in creating a pimple mask at home?