Clay Mask for Acne
We have all has our fair cases of acne one or more times through our pubescent years and occasionally as adults. The real question is what are the causes of acne? Acne is a condition resulting from clogged or plugged pores present under the skin. Clogging could be due to excess oil production, accumulation of dead skin cells, or bacterial infection. Acne presents as small to large, red bumps on the skin, which may be painful and pus-filled in some cases. Treatment depends on the age, type, and severity of acne. The main cause for acne is improper skin treatment. We will give you some steps to move forward with and help to eliminate the acne and keep the skin balanced.
Step 1: Go see your dermatologist
The dermatologist will be able to tell you the exact type of acne you have and whether you will need a prescription treatment, or if you can purchase something over the counter.
Step 2: Get the correct skin care products
Even though acne prone skin produces an overproduction of oil, it still needs a form of hydration. Sometimes with acne prone skin you will be recommended a cleanser with salicylic acid or willow bark extract in it. These are safe to use, however once the skin begins to improve daily use of these cleansers can dry the skin out. Keep balance by adding in a gentle cleanser as well. Using the Acne cleansers once a day a swapping your second cleanse with the gentle cleanser.
Step 3: Moisturize
Yes we've said it! Moisturize. Acne prone skin produces oil due to its overproduction. When you feed the skin, the body will recognize that it does not need to produce as much oil and will produce less. Light weight moisturizers for oily skin are perfect. Anything that is gel based or contain lemongrass or grape seed oil would be perfect. You can also find one that has the willow bark extract in it.
Step 4: Mask it up
Don't be afraid to incorporate a mask at least once a week and a maximum a three times a week. Clay masks, AHA's (Alpha hydroxy Acids: these help shed the dead layers of skin) and BHA's (Beta hydroxy Acids: Salicylic Acid helps to keep the bacteria out of the skin) work great for acne prone skin, however you must take extreme caution while using them.
Step 5: Choose the proper makeup
Naturally with oily skin we don't want any kind of make up that will make us more oily or shiny. We choose the obvious matte foundations and products as well. The use of mattifying products can be more of a detriment to the skin. Mattifying products contain different forms of silicone that can block the skin causing the body to produce more oil. The best way to get your skin balanced is by feeding it the proper moisture. If you like the look of the matte foundations, use a water or gel based primer. This will help keep balance and keep the makeup from separating.
Step 6: Create and keep to a regimen
Now that you have all of the information that you need, Create a daily regimen and mask day for yourself. Don't forget to incorporate your dermatologist information as well. (Dermatology treats the now and having a skin care regimen in place will assist with that during and after the acne clears up)
Ingredients: 1oz Kaolin Clay, 1oz Charcoal, 1oz Grapeseed Oil, 2oz Lemongrass or Rosewater, Mixing Bowl
Directions: Mix clays with the oil and stir. It will form a small powdery ball. Add water 1oz at a time until the consistency is thick liquid. Cleanse the skin and pat dry. Apply an even layer across the skin avoiding the eyes and allow to dry completely. The skin will tighten as the mask dries. This is normal. Once mask is dry rinse with warm water. Do not make facial expressions to crack the mask. Allow the water to remove it. Pat skin dry apply a toner and a moisturizer. Use this mask in between AHA and/or BHA treatments.
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