5 Homemade Face Masks for Acne – That Actually Work

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by breakouts. If you didn’t raise your hand, lucky you. If you did (I’m willing to bet that’s most of you, as the American Academy of Dermatology says that acne affects up to 50 million Americans), then you’ve likely tried everything to get rid of your blemishes. Because, real talk: acne sucks. So we tapped top estheticians to share their number one favorite homemade face masks for acne — whip up one of these, and say “Bye Felicia” to blemishes and clogged pores. Bonus: The ingredients are already in your kitchen.

Homemade Face Masks for Acne #1: Honey and Cinnamon Steam Mask

Jodi Shays, celeb-favorite esthetician extraordinaire and founder of Queen Bee Salon & Spa, recommends this oh-so-easy mask to all her clients with acne. Honey is antimicrobial and helps kill acne-causing bacteria, and cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties. (Note: You can also sub the cinnamon for three plump strawberries, as they’re high in salicylic acid.)

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  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

The How-To:

Wash your face with your favorite cleanser, and gently pat dry. Mix the honey and cinnamon together into a paste, and apply to affected areas. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse completely with warm water. Shays also recommends steaming your face while you have the mask on to help the ingredients really get into your skin.

Shays also recommends mixing one part vinegar with three parts fresh, cool water and using it as a toner a few times a week. The vinegar balances the pH of your skin so bacteria can’t thrive, she explains.

Homemade Face Masks for Acne #2: Aloe and Almond Exfoliating Mask

Celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas (her clients include the likes of Emma Stone) recommends whipping up this soothing-yet-exfoliating mask to beat acne. “Yogurt and aloe are both anti-bacterial, and have skin-soothing benefits,” she explains. “The yogurt has lactic acid which will help exfoliate the skin and dry the breakout.” Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which as also antibacterial, and almond meal gently exfoliates. “All of these ingredients together will help to combat acne, and also leave your skin super hydrated,” she says.


  • 1/4-cup yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons aloe
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond meal

The How-To:

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Apply to your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove with a warm washcloth. 

Homemade Face Masks for Acne #3: Strawberry Lime Skin Refreshing Mask

This acne-fighting mask from Clara Williams, esthetician and founder of Cultivar, uses antioxidant-rich strawberries and exfoliating lime juice to unclog pores. “Strawberries are one of the best fruits for inflammatory skin conditions such as acne as they are rich in vitamin C, which helps heal the skin and reduce inflammation,” she explains. Vitamin C also helps promote collagen production for glowy skin. The citric acid in the lime juice helps whisk away dead skin and reduces bacteria and excess oil.


  • 2 large strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

The How-To:

Mash the ingredients together, and apply the mixture all of your face (including your neck). Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. 

Homemade Face Masks for Acne #4: Yogurt and Strawberry Acne Mask 

Ildi Pekar perfects the skin of models like Miranda Kerr and Irina Shayk, and her DIY recipe for acne-free skin contains only two ingredients: strawberries and yogurt. “The lactic acid in yogurt helps dissolve dead skin and tighten pores,” she explains. It also has soothing, hydrating properties. Strawberries also remove excess oil from your skin.


  • 2 mashed strawberries
  • 2 teaspoons plain yogurt

The Recipe:

Mash the strawberries, then mix in the yogurt. Apply over your entire face, and leave the mixture on for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Homemade Face Masks for Acne #5: Baking Soda and Honey Exfoliating Mask

 Rebecca Lee, Registered Nurse and founder of RemediesForMe.com, recommends this mask for acne because it contains anti-microbial and anti-fungal baking soda (which helps absorb excess oil while gently exfoliating), plus moisturizing coconut oil and antimicrobial honey.


  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

The How-To:

Mix all the ingredients together until they forma a paste. Apply it over your face, avoiding your eyes, mouth, and eyebrows. Rub the paste in for one to two minutes in slow, circular motions, then leave it on for an additional 10-15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

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