As a sufferer of acne rosacea I can honestly say I have tried just about every cream and remedy in existence. My skin just will not tolerate any non-natural ingredients on it. Even for makeup I can only wear 100% mineral powder now, though my skin does better if I put nothing on it.
So I decided to try a mask 3x a week and see if it would help my skin.
This recipe has worked very well for me.
3 TBsp Plain greek yogurt
1 TBsp Honey (Raw honey if you can)
1 tsp Lemon
1/2 TBsp Aloe Vera Gel
3/4 Cup Oatmeal (or to preferred thickness)
1 egg white
1 TB green tea (a heavy infusion, or, alternatively, do the infusion in oil as described below and skip this ingredient)
1 tsp Olive oil
1 tsp Neem oil
-- Infuse the green tea in the oil and heat, then strain. But do not boil as you do not want to deep-fry the green tea! Or, leave it in the oil in the sun for 4 weeks, then use. (If you do this, then do not add in the green tea water/infusion water above)
10 drops Tea Tree oil (melanuca)
10 drops Lavender oil
10 drops rose hips oil
DirectionsMix all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. If you prefer a thicker face mask, then instead of the 1 TB of green tea alternatively infuse the green tea in the oils, and then you can remove that 1 TB of green tea from the recipe, and this removes some of the liquid essentially making it thicker. You can also add in more oat meal and this will make it thicker too.
Shelf lifeIt is probably only good for as long as the yogurt's shelf life was listed on its container, well, and perhaps a week longer than that since store expiration dates are always much earlier than they need to be.
If you want the recipe to last longer, keep it in the fridge, and, you can also remove the egg white and then it should last longer as well since the Tea Tree oil and also the Lemon Juice are both decent preservatives.
Or, just half this recipe, and that will make a small bell jar size, which would last just a week or two with several uses.
AlternativesSome people believe in the power of Tumeric and apple cider vinegar to heal acne scars, so you could try adding these in too and seeing how they work for you.
Here is a fantastic article on possible oil substitutions you can make:
Here are some links/articles I used in creating this...