Face Mask Recipes for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

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These DIY Facial Masks Will Tighten Skin and Smooth Out Your Skin Tone

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There are some wonderful recipes for homemade face masks that will help tighten oily and acne-prone skin and smooth out your skin tone. These masks are not only easy to make (some take only one ingredient), but they've been tried and tested and beloved by other women with oily, acne-prone skin. Plus, they're all organic.

The recipes in this slideshow include ingredients that are excellent for oily skin: bananas, clay, juice, oatmeal, honey and witch hazel for example. These ingredients help remove excessive oils while naturally soothing skin and providing a balanced Ph. Not sure if your skin is oily? Find out for sure in this article, How to Tell If You Have Oily Skin.

Here's the thing about oily skin, which I had for most of my life. While oily skin can seem like such a hassle when you have it, the good news is the oils in your skin are great for keeping wrinkles at bay. The irony is that when you get older, your skin will likely stop making so many oils, and will become dry or at least drier. This happens to a lot of women. As you age, you may find yourself slathering on the most moisturizing lotions you can find. 

So keep in mind that that oily skin you have today may seem like a hassle but some day you may miss your formerly oilier self.

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Banana Mask for Oily Skin

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 This is a soothing face mask and great if you have super-ripe bananas around the house. I recommend freezing bananas when they become super-ripe so you can have them on hand when you need them.

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Aspirin & Lemon Juice Mask for Acne

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Crush aspirin and mix in water/oil/honey for a mask meant to dry up pimples. Makeupalley.com users swear by this mask (out of 2,030 reviewers at the time of this writing, a whopping 85 percent said they would "try it again").

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Strawberry Mask for Acne-Prone Skin

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Why buy acne products when you use strawberries? Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid which is found in most over-the-counter acne medicines, according to Janice Cox, the author of "Natural Beauty at Home" (buy it from Amazon).

This is Cox's recipe. The yogurt is great for soothing skin. 

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Juice Masks for Oily Skin

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Fruit juices make wonderful natural toners, astringents, and cleansers if used properly. I pulled together 6 recipes for homemade juice masks that are great for oily, acne-prone, normal and combination skin. These masks use raspberries, papaya, pineapple, strawberry, and lemon.

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Oatmeal & Onion Mask for Acne-Scarred Skin

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This oatmeal and onion mask is good for cleansing your acne-prone skin of impurities. The onion acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and the oatmeal deep cleanses the pores.

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Skin Brightening Turmeric Face Mask

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Turmeric is a bright yellow spice used in many Indian, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern dishes. When combined with yogurt, milk or olive oil, it's also a brilliant face mask. You'll find this face mask leaves skin feeling soft and supple. Warning: This mask will stain fair skin. It's the perfect mask for darker, olive-skin tones.

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Green Clay Mask for Oily Skin Types

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When it comes to face masks, there's no better clay than green clay, also known as "bentonite." This purifying mask is wonderful for oily skin and was adapted from a recipe found in the book, "Natural Beauty Recipe Book" (buy it from Amazon).