Strawberry Face Mask Recipes That Work

Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid

Strawberries naturally contain properties that are beneficial to the skin. Deborah Pendell/ Moment/ Getty Images

If you want to brighten your skin tone or heal a pimple problem, this strawberry and yogurt face mask recipe may be a good bet.

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 acid is a gentle exfoliant, ridding skin of its dead cell build-up.

I prefer to create a pulp from my strawberries by grinding them up in a food processor or blender.

While strawberries are in season from late spring to early summer, you can buy frozen, organic strawberries and keep them in the freezer so you can make this mask year-round. Let them come to room temperature or close before applying to skin.

These recipes work on normal, oily, combination and acne-prone skin. The salicylic acid is too drying for dry skin and too harsh for sensitive skin.

Strawberry & Yogurt Face Mask

The yogurt in this mask is soothing to skin.

  • 1/4 cup strawberries 
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or non-flavored yogurt

Let both the strawberries and the yogurt come to room temperature (or close). Put the strawberries and yogurt in a blender to combine or mash together the strawberries and yogurt with a fork (the blender works best). Spread on face and wash off after 10-15 minutes.

Strawberry & Honey Face Mask

  • 4-5 strawberries 
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon

Cut the tops off the strawberry and place all the ingredients in a blender.

Blend for half a minute. Apply all over the face and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse off and follow with moisturizer.

Strawberry, Honey and Brown Sugar Acne Mask

This strawberry acne mask uses honey, lemon juice and brown sugar to help tighten acne-prone skin. The salicylic acid naturally found in strawberries is great for skin, as is the beneficial properties of honey and lemon.

The brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant. Keep this mask in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. Cooled, it's even nicer on the skin.

Don't use this mask on sensitive skin.

  • 6 fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

De-stem the strawberries and put them into a food processor.

Add lemon juice, brown sugar and honey. Blend in the food processor until a paste is made. If the paste is too watery, add a teaspoon of flour (or more if needed) to thicken.

Apply mask to face for 10 minutes and remove with a warm wet washcloth.

Strawberry Teeth Whitener

Aside from their face mask benefits, strawberries are also a natural teeth whitener. Make a paste out of strawberry pulp and baking soda and put it in a tooth tray (I got one years ago when I had my teeth whitened at a dental office but you can buy one from You can even use a mouthguard to keep teeth from grinding (buy from 

Allow the whitening paste to stay on teeth for half an hour. Rinse and repeat once a week.

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