If you have acne, then you surely know that you are not alone. It is a common skin disease that affects those whose pores are blocked by sebum and dead skin cells. It usually appears on the face, chest, back, shoulders, and neck. The cause may be a variety of things: genetics, hormones, or increased sebum production. Luckily there are many natural remedies that help quickly heal the acne. Proper treatment usually requires a complex approach starting with changing your cleansing habits, diet, and selection of right herbs for your type of acne.
This homemade natural facial mask designed specifically for acne helps block the flow of sebum and treat the acne bacteria that provoke the formation of acne lesions with its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agents.
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First, you need to determine what kind of acne you have and how serious it is. Acne ranges from relatively mild cases to very aggressive forms accompanied by the formation of deep nodules and cysts causing swelling and scarring. This type of acne usually requires medical attention and we will not cover its treatment in this article.
Common types of acne include
- Whitecap pimples (closed comedones) that appear in response to trapping dirt or excessively producing sebum beneath the surface of the skin and forming white lumps.
- Blackheads (open comedones): Appear when pores open and dirt with sebum rises closer to the skin surface. The black colour is caused by oxidation, in which the air reacts with melanin – the sebaceous pigment.
- Pimples (also pustules): Acne lesions, forming when the accumulation of excessive dirt and oils under the skin that irritates, causes inflammation, swelling and redness, often with pus. Pus is a dense, yellowish fluid, made up of leukocytes (white blood cells) and dead bacteria, which usually occurs in response to inflammation or infection of body tissue.
- Knots: Large, hard and inflamed pimples that form deep under the skin.
- Cysts: pus-filled, painful pimples, forming deep under the skin. They often cause scarring. https://uhs.umich.edu/acne
The selection of right natural ingredients is the key to success with your acne treatment. This homemade facial mask will clear acne and allow the skin to heal itself. While raw honey and cinnamon reduce acne inflammation, tea tree oil, calendula and lavender treat the acne bacteria and minimize daily pollutants that settle on your skin.
Natural ingredients in this recipe:
Calendula contains astringents such as tannins that are used topically on the skin for treatment of acne. Skin cleanser from free radicals as well as bacteria, calendula makes an ideal choice for acne treatment.
Calendula can be applied in various forms such as tincture, infused oil and as a powder. We used tincture for this particular recipe.
Calendula tincture reduces inflammation and prevents further spreading of the infection over the skin. It also promotes rapid healing of the skin. 
Tea tree oil is not only very effective in acne treatment but also a recognized healer of various wounds, infections, and skin lesions. You can apply tea tree directly to the affected area with the cotton swab. Another alternative is to put a few drops of tea tree oil in your favourite cream. Since tea tree oil is a highly occurring allergen we recommend to test the reaction on a small area of your skin for several hours before applying to the affected area. 
Honey. Honey possesses antibacterial properties, soothes the skin and is therefore effective in acne treatment. Raw honey or Manuka honey is considered the best for acne.  . The best to apply is in the form of a mask that you can wash off after 30 minutes with water
Cinnamon -helps fight acne because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
Lavender essential oil – the study published in the Journal of Convergence Information Technology revealed that Lavender oil significantly reduced the number of inflammatory lesions and confirmed its antimicrobial effect. Lavender essential oil is therefore recommended as an alternative treatment for patients who do not prefer to use existing antibiotic treatment for their acne. 
Other natural remedies for acne:
Lemon juice on pimples. Lemon juice works as a natural disinfectant that stimulates the circulation of the skin. You will need two tablespoons of juice from the organic lemon that you apply directly on the pimples, leave it for 30 minutes and then wash it with cold water. 
Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is an extract of the seeds of the tree Jojoba California. It is similar to the natural oil produced by your skin (sebum), but it does not clog the skin pores and does not produce excessive sebum. Jojoba oil will provide your skin with proper hydration. Usually, it does not irritate but talk to your skin doctor before taking it, especially if you have sensitive skin. Apply 5-6 drops of jojoba oil to the cotton swab and apply it to acne. 
Aloe vera. The easiest thing is to grow your own aloe vera plant as it’s organic without any additional chemicals. If you have no access to it you can buy ready-made gel from aloe vera in the pharmacy, just look carefully at the ingredients. Many over the counter products hardly contain any aloe vera. Aloe vera is a succulent with antibacterial effects that are effective in treating acne and inflammation. It works by preventing bacteria from entering acne wounds and speeding up the healing process. Some people may be allergic to aloe. If you develop a rash, stop using the aloe immediately and talk to your doctor. 
Rosehip oil.Packed with a high amount (about 50%) of linoleic fatty acid and tretinoid – both the most effective ingredients in acne treatment.
How to apply this homemade facial mask to get rid of acne?
- wash your face with warm water to open your pores
- clean your hands and apply with this brush
- keep away from eyes, as the cinnamon can be an irritant.
- Relax for 5–10 minutes and gently remove with a damp cloth.
- repeat 3 times a week for 1 month to see the result
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