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Top 3 DIY Homemade Acne Face Masks

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Homemade acne face masks are excellent natural remedies for getting rid of acne breakouts and eliminating acne scars. These recipes include a variety of ingredients that help nourish your skin and eliminate acne-related problems.

Honey, which is used in all the three masks we are preparing today, hydrates your skin, keeps it soft by preserving moisture, and promotes skin cell renewal.

It is highly beneficial for acne-prone skin because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Its anti-inflammatory nature also helps reduce redness and inflammation caused by acne and pimples. It is best to use raw, organic honey rather than processed honey as the latter may irritate your skin.

Ingredients such as cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, green tea, turmeric, and milk are also useful in reducing acne and acne scars.

  • Like honey, cinnamon has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • The alpha hydroxyl acids in apple cider vinegar help unclog skin pores and dissolve dead skin cells. Moreover, apple cider vinegar treats blemishes, restores the natural pH of your skin, and minimizes the appearance of pores.
  • Green tea is packed with antioxidants that fight harmful free radicals and help you maintain bright, flawless, and younger-looking skin. It too has anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Turmeric is good for treating skin problems, owing to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also helps fade blemishes and acne scars.
  • Raw milk contains lactic acid that works as a gentle exfoliant and delivers anti-aging benefits.

Here are recipes for the top three face masks for acne. Make sure you remove all makeup and wash your face thoroughly before applying these natural face packs. Cleansing your face helps unclog pores and allows the masks to penetrate deep into your skin.

1- Apple Cider Vinegar Acne Face Mask/Scrub


Things you will need:

• Apple cider vinegar
• Green tea
• Honey
• Sugar
• A teaspoon
• A bowl


  1. Put one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a bowl.


  2. Add two teaspoons of cooled green tea.


  3. Next, add five teaspoons of sugar.


  4. Finally, put one teaspoon of honey in it.


  5. Stir the mixture well. For a thicker consistency, add more sugar.


Spread the mask on your face using a cotton pad and massage it for a few minutes to remove dead skin cells and improve circulation.

ACV acne mask

The sugar in this recipe works as a natural exfoliant helpful in breaking up scar tissue and unclogging skin pores. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off with water. Use this beauty mask about once or twice a week.

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138 thoughts on “Top 3 DIY Homemade Acne Face Masks”

      1. add lemon juice with turmeric and milk u can be free from acen and dark spots instantly
        but first u should use ice cubes in affected area

    1. by mixing this ingradient called turmiric+honey+milk .how much tym did it take to cure acne on face………..will it cure dark spots also……..plz reply

      1. I have black spots too and i simply hate it ! But you can get dermatologist tools to get them away ! They’re very simply and easy 🙂

        1. Just mix half table spoon of turmeric with little milk to make a thick paste and apply it.you can also use turmeric with 2tablespon of gram flour.

      1. Put one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a bowl.

        Mix in one teaspoon of honey.

        Add one to two teaspoons of milk.

        Mix the ingredients to form a thin paste.

        Apply the mask to your face and neck using a makeup brush (you don’t want to stain your nails and fingers yellow!).


        If it leaves a yellowish tinge on your skin, soak a cotton ball in milk and rub it on the stained areas. Use this mask two to three days a week.

    2. for acne prone skin ….following face pack shows effect in 8 days:
      1. masoor dal powder(orange dal) 2tbsp
      2. lemon juice 1/2 tsp
      3. water 1/2 tsp

    1. Hey just wondering, did this work for you after all? & also how long did you leave it on before you washed it off? Did you do it daily or what was your routine?

    1. OMG! Did it really work? That would be so awesome. I am really ashamed of my pimple face ;( si yeah that would be amazing ♥ GirlProblems♀

  1. This works! I have longed for glowing, beautiful skin since I was 12 and all hell broke loose with acne. It has been up and down with stress, breakouts, hormones, etc.

    Who knew lemons would be my best friend. I use these masks, fresh lemon (not concentrate is a must), and greek yogurt on my face and rince off. I have not used any store bought cleansers not even Dove soap. My skin is getting better and better. My face, back, chest, I hope to be totally clear from old scars by Valentines day.

  2. For the second one how long do i leave the toner (lemon juice) on my face before i can rinse it off. I dont want to walk around smelling like lemon juice.

    1. Leave the fresh lemon juice on for ten minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water. Becareful with the sun and citrus juice because it can easily burn your skin.

  3. How long does the turmeric mask stay on? Rinse off with lukewarm water? There are no instructions for leaving it on or rinsing it off…please advise!

    1. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Be careful though, it gets messy because of the tumeric. If a yellow stain is left afterwards, baby wipes/wet wipes works wonders 🙂

    1. I personally can’t use cinnamon because my face turns bright red and stings – this post should have come with a warning. The burning sensation means you’re having a reaction – definitely not normal. You can try nutmeg instead.

        1. When i had the redness i steamed my face for 2 minutes then applyed wrapped ice for 1 minute….My face is back to normal now

  4. I have a really bad face and its worse when my periods are soon. Its all mixed with pimples and acne. Its really embarrassing, hope ths works for me. Will try the second one

  5. i going to try the second tomorrow, i doing ice and toothpaste to get rid of acne first and if that dosnt work i will try the second mask, and IF THAT dosnt i will try lemon and baking soda!!!! school soon i need this to work

  6. Today is day1 for me to try method one……..i have a love of poppin my pimples bt i hate the fact tht they leave nt so attractive blemishes, i really hope it works, il let u all noe hw it goes… 😀

  7. I’d love to hear back from any of the commenters who said they were going to give any of these masks a try. Did they work?

  8. Whenever I use turmeric, my skin turns yellow and then it is difficult to remove the colour and i have to use soap and rub my skin hard which fails the purpose and i get dry skin instead. Can you suggest any methods to get rid of the yellow colour or to prevent the skin from turning yellow?

    1. My impression was that you rub the milk afterwards all over to wipe off the yellow. I haven’t tried this but that was what I thought it said.

      1. How many times a week can you use the tumeric and milk mask I have only fone it once but it sermed to calm my face down. Also drinking lots of water helps I noticed changes(good changes) in my skin(:

    2. LOL. Try sugar and a little water. DO NOT scrub hard. Also it helps if you use warm/ cool water. I just got my mask off. I hope it works :D. Good luck w/ yours!

  9. I used to look out for people telling me if these methods actually work before I try it myself. But, one day my mom made me try it, and I noticed how smooth and clean my face became. I decided to continue it. I’ve been using gram flour + turmeric +lemon + honey everyday for the past 3 weeks (I don’t know if it is safe to use everyday, but I’ve been doing it and haven’t had a problem…and I don’t even have oily skin). I make a mixture of these ingredients (probably 1/4 tsp of honey, lemon, and turmeric powder each in 1/2 tsp of gram flour – these are approximations…you can alter the amount depending if the lemon stings your face or the turmeric powder turns your face yellow) and apply it on my face at night leaving it on while I study for about 30-60 minutes. I wash it off with lukewarm water. You have to realize that the results won’t be immediate and that you have to be patient. Nevertheless, overall the results are unbelievable. First, I stopped getting pimples. The redness reduced, and the scars are definitely fading. Give it a try! Just remember to be patient and not get lazy in applying it daily or whatever your schedule may be.

  10. I have been using turmeric since the past 3 weeks now with different stuffs added weekly just to know what really suits my oily sensitive skin (black african). I have tried different products ranging from L’oreal, Nivea, Garnier, Ginvera, Ponds,fair and lovely the list goes on even tried Vasline for men @_@… sadly nothing works. I ended up with more oily skin or breakouts (FYI- these products are ok but not just for my skin). I was frustrated and left my skin to heal itself of the acne and dark spots using my regular body soap and body cream (lux and nivea) until when I came across TURMERIC. I read articles from different blogs, sites, youtube etc and I started my DIY acne and dark spot treatment. All I can say is my skin now sings ‘shine bright like a diamond’. For the first time in a long time my acne and dark spots were saying goodbye. I am currently using turmeric, honey, lemon juice, milk and bit of cucumber juice. I apply each night, wash it off in the morning with just plain water and apply again then wash with soap.
    Currently i am looking for a mild face wash and light oil-free face moisturizer wt spf….
    🙁 Just bought Clinelle whitenup trial pack. Hope this helps anyone in my shoes and pls recommend any mild cleanser and oil-free moisturizer with spf.Thnx

    1. I know this is late..by a whole year lol but I want to let you know my secret.. I use olive oil (not canola or anything of the sort) as a facewash and at most I use a little little dove soap once a week ..just because its still a little weird to me!! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE had better results..think about it ..what did people do before they had face washes and demonologists? just a little food for thought <3 good luck

  11. I have struggled with acne for so long that I have run out of options. Out of frustration I reached out for good old lemonvate cream. so far its working pretty well but I hate to use those harsh chemicals. I have tried turmeric and the other stuff, but my skin is so sensitive that I see a difference the first two or three days, and later a massive breakouts. so, what I need to know is how many Africans dark skin with bad acne like mine have really tried these stuff and achieved results?. I am really in need of the replies to help me figure out if I need a dermatologist help, or I should proceed until I get the right remedy that will work for my skin…
    I am totally open to all suggestions….


  12. Hey teegirl how do you leave mask all night turmeric is so massy and stain are impossible to get rid off i have just started doing this mask for a week and will try whole mobth to see result if it works i will update later
    5 tablespoons milk
    1 whole lemon juice
    2 teaspoons turmeric
    2 teaspoons gram flour (chickpea flour)
    1 teaspoon manuka 15+ honey

  13. hey D…. take equal quantities of lemon juice+glycerine+rose water. mix them n put in a bottle n store in ur refrigerator. for application wash ur face properly n apply n massage it all over ur face n neck. n get bath nxt day. n follow this routine for atleast a month to get rid of those acne n for more time to discover that clear face. as its all natural things so no side effects n no harm to maintain this routine. its best for acne prone skin, acne scars, blemishes n also for tan. u can also use it for arms, feet n legs..its tried n tested method by me, my mother n her mother too. if u hve breakouts it may sting u bt not to worry bcz lemon is doing its work. if u hve sensitive skin u can dilute lotion with little more rosewater bt nt too much. hope this helps. enjoy happy skin :))

  14. Hey guys, so if you could reply telling me which of three works for sure that would be great. I’m going to try the first one so I’ll reply back on this comment if it works. (I’ve had a bad case of acne since I was 9 so hopefully this will change that)
    And if you have a diff recipe that works as well, please reply. 🙂 Thanks x

  15. I’ve been using the first one (Apple cider one) for a week and noticed the difference straight away. I’ve always had little pimples on my forehand and nothing’s worked but this. I just tried the tumeric one now and skin feels lovely. Just wondered if it’s ok to mix and match masks or should I just stick with one? Also if tumeric stains anything all you have to do is put it in sun light for a while and it disappears completely 🙂

  16. Ive done all these mask and i love the tumeric you can see results instantly. Ifnyou have break outs after the mask affrcted area wont be so swollen im trying to use things in the kitvhen more to solve problems

  17. In my teens I had terrible acne. One day my aunt suggested me this treatment and since then I have been pimple and acne free. The treatment:
    Every night before going to bed, wash your face with whatever soap or face wash you use. Pat dry. Warm some coconut oil ( if you can’t stand the smell, use almond or olive oil). Just slightly warm it so that the oil should not lose its chemical composition. Take a few drops of this warmed oil, rub it in your palms and apply on your face. Leave it overnight. In the morning, 15 -20 minutes before going to shower, take one-fourth fresh lime or lemon and rub its juice on your face. Start from clear areas and then move towards acne/pimpled areas. It will sting in the beginning but then you’ll get used to it. Let the lemon juice dry on your face. Take shower. Pat dry your face and do not apply any cream or lotions to moisturise it. The skin will feel a bit tight in the first few days because of lemon’s astringent qualities but this will fade too. In two-three weeks you’ll start noticing that the pimples/acne will dry off, no new eruptions and scars/black spots disappearing. You can stop this treatment once your face is clear. Good luck.

  18. Both the methods works well. I have personally tried the one with turmuric and milk. Pls be careful abt mixing lemon juice into milk though as it tends to split. Many of you were enquiring abt a natural cleanser…try chick pea flour…it works are a cleanser and as a mild abrasive too…this can be used instead of a soap or face wash. However, be gently while using as acne prone skin tends to react with harsh scrubbing.

  19. To clear turmeric you can cleanse with applying apple cider vinegar on cotton wool and gently wipe your face with it.dilute half apple cider vinegar with half water( equal proportions) .use this mixture as moisturiser twice daily20-30mins before you bath. I have used turmeric option and its has worked.

  20. I read all the comments listed by the people
    Am battling with my acne prone skin for 15 yrs everything resulted in vain
    After reading ,aam gonna try Apple cider toner
    Turmeric+milk+honey+lemon juice+besan flour
    Let me try
    Hope will clear of my new eruptions

  21. I’m going to try the first and third one, is it okay to do one, one day, then the other three next day? What’s raw milk anyways? Lol….. I’m clueless because this is my first time using stuff like this.

  22. I tried all these masks, I did a rotation of the cinnamon/honey one and the apple cider one for a week and my acne was gone! Now I do a rotation of all three masks but not as often 🙂 my skin feels smmoth, non-oily and looks great, the honey.cinnamon one did burn the first couple times but then it didn’t and I found this one got rid of blackheads too!

  23. Hi, if none of these work for you, then you should try this:
    Ingredients: honey, baking soda, and olive oil mixing together.
    Believe me, this works extremely well. It also makes your skin glowing too. Good Luck!

  24. So I too suffer from severe acne and have been suffering for about 7 years now. I noticed everyone is very much in need of some sort of miracle for this horrible issue we all face. I have tried pills from the dermatologist, proactive, Clinique products, and many other acne treatments and yet none of them haves shown long term results. I have very pale sensitive oily skin so it is hard to find a product that wont cause inflammation of the skin or rashes. Most new users of these 3 masks are trying to find comments on whether any of these worked so I will post my results for this entire month to give y’all an idea of whether this is a good path for someone with similar skin to mine. I plan on applying treatment #1 3 times a week so I will post on those days (Tues, Fri, and Sun). Hope I can shed light on this process for someone and I hope everyone already trying these treatments gets great results!

    1. For my first run at it I left the mask on for 10 minutes like instructed and I rinsed it off with cold water. After I let my face air dry my skin felt fairly smooth and way less oily. Hopefully I can get a little bit of an improvement by the end of this week. *Fingers crossed*

      1. I know your entry was earlier, but I was curious. Did you continue with these masks? And if so, did they work for you? I just tried the cinnamon and honey mask, hopefully that’ll make a difference, and I hope I can keep up with it too.

  25. My face just started breaking out, i have very sensitive skin, i use Neutrogena cold bursting beads , facial wash… Always worked till the heat came out…. Had a breakout on my baby soft skin…. Use normal face wash monday…. DISH SOAP TUESDAY MORNING….. NORMAL TUES EVE…. REPEAT WED AND FRIDAY BUT CHOOSE A DAY TO USE DISH SOAP BOTH WASHES….. REST OF THE WEEK USE YOUR NORMAL WASH REPEAT SUNDAY… MUD OR CUCUMBER MASK 1 TO 2 TIMES WEEKLY NO LONGER THEN 15 mins. I know it sounds crazy but works great for sensitive oily skin!!!!! 🙂 let me kno what u think

  26. Tumeric has a tendency to stain anything it touches, even though it works really well! so I would stay away from the third one if you’re not careful. I tried the first one and it worked. Another mixture would be mixing 1 part ACV and 3 parts rooibos tea for oily/acne skin

  27. I did the honey and cinnamon, didn’t have any stinging. I got complimented on my skin. Loved it.. Is it better to do in the morning or night?

  28. so I tried the cinamon one today for the first time and I hope it works, I use BB cream and I was wondering if I can still keep using it without it interfering with the face mask?

  29. I tried the honey and cinnamon mask, and i think it worked…? It didn’t sting or leave my face red, like other people said. I think it depends on what skin type you have. Should i use this mask in the morning or at night? Does it matter when i use it?

    1. okay well it seems to have made my skin smoother, but I have one tip: it may seem obvious, but don’t put it in your eyebrows!! ? the cinnamon gets stuck in them and you have to wipe it out harshly with a wet paper towel or wipe hahah & also when rinsing your face don’t scrub with your fingers, do it gently or it’ll cause irritation from the small pieces of cinnamon powder and it’s kinda painful ? I’m going to try and check back in tomorrow morning to see if and of my acne has cleared up! 🙂

  30. I’m trying the honey and cinnamon one right now (my face looks like I just smeared goopy foundation that is like, 50 shades darker than my skin color xD). I was also making green tea w/ honey and lemon and thought “eh, all those are good for you soooo….meh why not?” and added just a tiny swig to the cinnamon and honey mask misk. I have combo/sensitive skin and have been suffering with mild-moderate acne since I was 13 (now 19) and I can never seem to get rid of it. Everything I’ve tried seemed not to do a thing or just break me out. It’s been an aggravating quest to find out my ‘HALLELUJAH!’ ingredients that just erase all my pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and scarring/hyperpigmentation away. Of course I know that drinking lots of water and not eating too much junk food/sweets also plays an important part, and that’s why I’m trying to drink more water (and green tea lol). Just the other day I made a scrub with with green tea leaves and honey and my face felt really nice and smooth, complexion seemed a bit more even, and by the next morning, my pimples and redness had calmed down. Nothing dramatic, but it was noticible, my skin likey ^.^

    So hopefully this cinnamon and honey mask is just another step towards that flawless glowing skin goal shining bright in the distance. Hope everyone here gets there too 🙂

  31. Just washed it off. Skin is smother, complexion just a taaaaaaad bit brighter (not as dull) and even. Pimples and redness just as prominent, maybe a little bit more (thought I suspect that’s from the cinnamon’s naturally granular and abrasive texture). I don’t expect instant results, these things take time. Applied some toner I had around. I guess we’ll see what my skin thinks in the morning. Fingers crossed!! \>.</

  32. I have been using the second method for two weeks now and my once combination, acne-prone skin is now almost completely clear. After I take off the mask of honey & cinnamon I apply a little bit of Clean & Clear’s deep cleaning toner for sensitive skin. After both of these steps your skin will appear a little red if your skin is extremely sensitive like mine, but the redness goes away within minutes. This remedy saved my skin, my life, and isn’t at all harsh on my wallet. 🙂

    1. i have clean and clear cleaning toner, but my skin is oily, u think it will work for me
      trying it for the first time now (honey and cinnamon )
      thank u

  33. Turmeric milk is very good for skin. My personal experience for black spots and acne is nutmeg powder cold milk mix both well and apply on face and let it dry for 15 min then rinse with cold water it’s really work. NUTMEG (zaifal)

  34. Tried the Cinnamon and Honey face mask last night for the first time. The mask was on for ~2 minutes and started to burn, so I washed it off immediately. Woke up this morning with visible red burns on my cheek and forehead from the cinnamon. DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN.

  35. I just tried the cinnamon and honey one like 10 minutes ago and I’m already noticing a difference! It seemed to draw all the crud to the surface so I could get rid of it! It didn’t sting or make my face red but my skin’s not very sensitive. I love this and I’m going to use it every day!

  36. I just finished the turmeric one for the first time so i can’t say how it works for the acne part, but it took the redness out of my face. so i will be trying it again in 3 days 🙂

  37. I tried the Turmeric , honey and lemon and it works!.
    results showed after 5 days but i think the best remedie for fresh pimples is garlic i used it and the results show the same day, I sliced a garlic in half and rubbed it on my pimples it stings a bit but it works. do daily twice a day!

  38. The cinnamon and honey honestly sucked.
    It may of work for all you, but I may of had a reaction. My face wasn’t burning or anything, but when I took it off, there were red spots. Great! What I need! ✌??✌??✌??

  39. Try to use apple cider vinegar organic mix with clay musk it’s really works for pimples fast and use the apple cider vinegar as a toner every night it’s amazing!

  40. I tried the honey, apple cider and sugar mixture. I really liked it! I had very red acne and irritated skin but once I did the mask the redness had decreased a lot and the rawness I felt was much milder than before. I toned and moisturized after and will give my face a break from makeup for a day. I don’t normally break out like this but I tried a new kind of make up and it clearly isn’t a good fit for me! Broke out almost instantly.

  41. Used the second recipe of cinimmon and honey and had a very bad reaction. DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN !!! I didn’t even have it on for 10 minutes before having to wash it off as it was burning. My face was on fire and bright red. Had to use icepacks just to cool my face down.

  42. I also had a bad reaction to the cinnamon one, but i don’t consider myself to have sensitive skin. I think it burned so bad because I put it on after exfoliating my face gently… I wouldn’t recommend it! I washed it off after it started burning, so my face wasn’t hurt- it didn’t turn red or burn after I rinsed it off. So yeah, be careful! I loved the Apple Cider Vinegar one though! it left my skin super soft. we will see if it helps my breakout!

  43. gonna try the first and second ones…after reading the comments, the cinnamon one doesn’t sound like a good idea ESPECIALLY because of my very sensitive skin.

  44. I used the cinnamon and honey one and I found that it applies easier and doesn’t leave your skin burning if you apply it with q-tips. I used it once and gently washed it off about 20 minutes later with a warm wash rag. about 3 hours later my skin was so much clearer! so now I have applied a second mask of it and I am just using the same process as last time!! I also have extremely sensitive skin and have my whole life, but I find applying to dry skin with q-tips may help for those with sensitive skin like mine! (:

  45. I am using a soap to clean my face twice a day, u should i keep using it with the mask (honey and cinnamon )
    i read once u should use many products on your face

  46. My sister will be trying the first mask, and I will be trying the second. I will post our results every week for the next six weeks.

    My sister just rinsed off her Apple Cider Vinegar Mask. There are no immediate results, but that is to be expected for the first time. It has, however, left her face super-soft.

    I applied the Cinnamon mask on my forehead, nose, and all around my mouth; my most prominent locations for acne. Being sensitive, I avoided applying it under my eyes and on my cheeks. I also avoided my eyebrows. My chin stung for a bit, but I was able to leave it on for 20 minutes. After rinsing, my face was ever so slightly red and irritated. They only immediate positive result was that, like my sister, my skin felt soft and smooth.

    1. My sister noticed that the redness from her acne has gone down somewhat since last night. Yay!

      I forgot to mention that, after rinsing off my mask last night, I applied lemon juice as a toner and it really stung! After a few minutes the stinging subsided, but I wonder if that is normal? My acne still looks the same today; no better, but definitely no worse.

  47. I’m using baking soda, lemon juice and coconut oil everyday. The baking soda acts as a face scrub and cleanses the face. Helps with acne and makes the skin feeling soft and smooth. Coconut oil moisturizes the skin. You can also use olive oil instead of the coconut oil

  48. DO NOT DO THE CINNAMON AND HONEY ONE!!!!! I DID IT AND MY FACE TURNED BRIGHT RED! my friend also did it once and she got the same result so it wasnt an alergic reaction!

  49. honey and cinnamon is a good mask.
    My sister, my boyfriend and I use it frequently and it leaves our skin super soft.
    It also got rid of some acne scars.

  50. all of these recipes left me with extremely red skin and really painful skin and it burned very bad I would not recommend this to people who have very sensitive skin. it completely ruined my skin

  51. The cinnamon and honey one is something I would NOT reccomend. It left my skin very itchy, and it turned parches of my face bright red. Thumbs down 🙁

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