11 Homemade Avocado Face Masks For Acne And Glowing Skin

It’s no secret that avocados are great for your skin.

While eating them as part of a healthy, nutritious diet is certainly a good idea, using them as part of a revitalizing facial mask provides your skin with the full benefits of this natural beauty treatment.

If you’re looking for glowing skin without using expensive commercial products, then avocado face masks are an easy to prepare and highly effective alternative.

The range of vitamins and nutrients they contain have a number of significant benefits for skin health.

They can improve your complexion, treat acne, soothe dry and irritated skin, moisturize, and provide anti-aging benefits.

Avocado facial masks can be easily combined with other natural skin care ingredients to enhance the beneficial effects.

In this article we’ll take a look at the wonderful skin care benefits of this healthy fruit. And then we’ll show you how you can make homemade avocado face masks for acne and glowing skin.

The Benefits Of Avocado Face Masks For Skin

The best homemade avocado face masks for acne and glowing skin

Avocados are great for your skin because they are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and plant phytonutrients that are easily absorbed.

Let’s take a look at the beneficial effects these have on your skin’s health.

Moisturizes The Skin

Avocado is high in the essential fatty acid oleic acid.

When avocado is applied to the skin, this quickly and easily penetrates providing a barrier that helps to prevent the loss of moisture (1).

Antioxidant Protection

Avocados contain a number of antioxidants including vitamin E, vitamin C, carotenoids, and plant polyphenols.

These neutralize skin-damaging free radical particles, that are created from exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun and environmental toxins (2). 

This helps to prevent skin aging and slow the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

Reduces Wrinkles

Scientific studies indicate that the avocado oil that's contained in the fruit pulp helps to increase the amount of collagen that's found in your skin (3). 

This can help to improve the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles.

Soothes Itchy And Sensitive Skin

Avocados contain phytosterols, including beta-sitosterol, that have been shown in scientific studies to have anti-inflammatory properties (4).

This can help to soothe itchy, inflamed, and sensitive skin.

Soothes Sunburn

If you have spent too long in the sun, and your face is looking red and painful, then an avocado face mask can help to reduce the harmful effects of sunburn.

The damage caused by sun exposure continues in your skin for several hours afterward. In addition to the cooling and moisturizing effect of an avocado face mask, avocados also contain vitamin E that can limit this damage.

Avocado For Acne

Avocado face masks are a popular home remedy for acne.

Avocados help prevent acne as they contain vitamin E, which is involved in protecting the skin from oxidative damage caused by exposure to the sun's UV rays, as mentioned above.

This UV-induced damage plays a key role in the formation of acne. The oxidation of sebum in the skin, which then clogs pores providing the breeding ground for the acne bacteria, is one of the crucial stages in the development of the infection (5).

The vitamin E, and the other antioxidants in avocado, can stop this process from occurring and prevent further acne outbreaks.

The phytosterols that are found in avocado have an anti-inflammatory effect that can reduce the painful inflammation of existing acne lesions.

 

How To Make Homemade Avocado Face Masks

The fruit of the avocado can be used on its own or with other natural ingredients with skin care benefits.

Here are some DIY avocado facial mask recipes that you can try:

 

Plain Avocado Face Mask

Ripe avocado on a wooden board in the studio

Plain avocado can be used on its own as a face mask. Each of the subsequent face mask recipes require that you carry out the first four steps to prepare the avocado.

Directions For Use:

1. Get a fresh and ripe avocado.

2. Slice the avocado in half and remove the pit.

3. Take half an avocado, scrape the fruit out of the peel into a small bowl using a spoon.

4. Mash the avocado with a fork until it's smooth and creamy.

5. The mashed avocado can be applied to your skin without any additions using your fingers.

6. Leave it on your skin for approximately 20 minutes before washing off with warm water.

 

Avocado And Banana Face Mask

banana

Banana contains a number of vitamins and nutrients that are good for the skin. It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that protect the skin and can can kill bacteria (6), making it useful for the treatment of acne and pimples.

Directions For Use:

1. Prepare the avocado as in the plain avocado recipe above.

2. Peel a banana.

3. Break the banana into small chunks and then add them to the mashed avocado.

4. Use a fork to mash the banana together with the avocado until it's smooth.

5. Use your fingers to spread the mixture on your face.

6. Leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes.

7. Wash the face mask off your face using warm water and dry with a clean towel.

8. Use every day for best results.

 

Avocado And Oatmeal Face Mask

oatmeal

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that have seen it used successfully in scientific studies in the treatment of dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne. It can soothe itchy and sensitive skin, and is good for oily skin. It also contains antioxidants that help to protect against ultraviolet radiation (7).

Directions For Use:

1. Mash the avocado fruit as explained in the plain avocado recipe above.

2. Take 1/2 a cup of oatmeal.

3. Cook the oatmeal as per the instructions on the packet.

4. Mix the oatmeal with the avocado using a fork until it forms a paste.

5. Apply the avocado and oatmeal face mask using your fingers.

6. Leave it on your skin for approximately 15 minutes.

7. Rinse the face mask off your skin with warm water and pat dry.

8. You can use this as frequently as you desire.

 

Avocado And Honey Face Mask

Honeycomb with Wooden Dipper on Wooden Plate Closeup

Honey has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (8) that make it a common natural ingredient in face masks.

It’s also an effective moisturizer, and contains skin protecting antioxidants (9).

Some people consider this the best avocado face mask for acne prone skin.

Directions For Use:

1. See the plain avocado recipe above for instructions on avocado preparation.

2. Get a jar of raw organic honey.

3. Measure out 1 tablespoon of the honey into the bowl with the avocado.

4. Use a fork to thoroughly mix the honey and avocado together.

5. Use a brush or your fingers to apply the avocado and honey face mask.

6. Leave it on your face for 20 minutes and then wash off with water.

7. Repeat every day if you are treating acne.

 

Avocado And Yogurt Face Mask

Greek yogurt in a glass jars with spoons on wooden background
Yogurt has been used for thousands of tears as a beauty treatment. The probiotic bacteria that it contains protect and moisturize the skin (10).

They also enhance your skin’s natural ability to kill the bacteria that causes acne (11).

Directions For Use:

1. Prepare the avocado as in the plain avocado recipe.

2. Get a carton of organic, plain Greek yogurt.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon of the yogurt with the avocado paste using a fork or spoon.

4. Use your fingers or a brush to carefully spread the face mask on your skin.

5. Leave the face mask on for about 15-20 minutes.

6. Wash the face mask off and pat dry with a towel.

7. You can use this face mask every day.

 

Avocado And Lemon Face Mask

freshly squeezed lemon juice in small bowl

Lemon juice can be used for acne as it’s an antibacterial that can kill acne causing bacteria (12) and exfoliate dead skin from your face due to the citric acid it contains.

It can help to give you revitalized, glowing skin, but care also needs to be taken in its use.

It photo-sensitizes the skin, so try to avoid sun exposure and always wear a sunscreen after using lemon juice.

Directions For Use:

1. Mash half an avocado in a bowl as in the plain avocado recipe above.

2. Get a lemon.

3. Slice the lemon in half.

4. Squeeze half a lemon into the bowl containing the avocado.

5. Stir the lemon and avocado together using a fork or spoon.

6. Apply the mixture to your face using a brush or your fingers. Take special care to avoid your eyes, lips, or any open wounds.

7. Leave the face mask on your face for approximately 15 minutes.

8. Wash your face with water and dry with a clean towel.

9. Use this face mask 2-3 times per week.

10. Use a sunscreen in the days after using this face mask.

 

Avocado Honey Lemon face mask

fresh honey in the glass bank and camomiles

Directions For Use:

1. Follow the steps in the plain avocado recipe to prepare the avocado.

2. Get a lemon and a jar of raw organic honey.

3. Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl of mashed avocado.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the bowl.

5. Mix the lemon, avocado, and honey together using a fork.

6. Apply the mixture to your face using a brush or your fingers.

7. Leave it on your face for 15 minutes.

8. Wash the mixture off with warm water and pat dry.

9. Use 2-3 times per week for best results.

10. Always use a sunscreen daily when using lemon juice or any other exfoliant.

 

Avocado Honey Yogurt Face Mask

avocado-honey

Directions For Use:

1. See the plain avocado recipe above for avocado preparation.

2. Get a jar of raw organic honey and a carton of plain Greek yogurt.

3. Add 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey to the mashed avocado.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt to the bowl.

5. Mix the ingredients completely using a fork.

6. Use your fingers or a brush to apply the mixture to your face.

7. Leave the mixture on your face for about 15-20 minutes.

8. Clean your face with warm water and dry.

9. This can be used every day.

 

Avocado And Coconut Oil Face Mask

Coconut oil on table

Coconut oil is moisturizing and has antibacterial properties that can kill the acne causing bacteria P. acnes (13).

It also provides your skin with antioxidants that protect it from UV related damage and aging (14).

This is a good avocado face mask for dry skin.

Directions For Use:

1. Follow the steps in the plain avocado recipe to prepare the avocado.

2. Get a jar of 'virgin' or 'extra virgin' coconut oil.

3. Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

4. If your coconut oil is solid at room temperature, then gently heat it in a pan until it melts.

5. Add the liquid coconut oil to the bowl of mashed avocado.

6. Mix together using a fork or spoon.

7. Spread the face mask on your skin using a brush or your fingertips.

8. Leave the avocado mask on your face for approximately 20 minutes.

9. Wash off using warm water.

10. Repeat each day.

 

Avocado, Coconut Oil, And Honey Face Mask

natural coconut oil

Directions For Use:

1. Follow the instructions in the plain avocado recipe for preparation of the avocado.

2. Get a jar of coconut oil and a jar of raw organic honey.

3. Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the bowl of avocado.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the bowl.

5. Before adding the coconut oil, if it's solid at room temperature first heat it gently in a pan until it melts.

6. Mix the ingredient together completely.

7. Apply to your face using your fingertips or a brush.

8. Leave on your face for about 15-20 minutes before washing it off again.

9. Use every day to see the best results.

 

Avocado, Turmeric, And Yogurt Face Mask

Turmeric powder. Traditional indian spice widely used in cooking and medicine

Turmeric has been used for centuries in South Asia as a natural beauty treatment.

The curcumin it contains has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a good natural remedy for acne (15).

Studies have also shown that it helps to reduce dark spots, lines, and wrinkles when applied topically (16).

This is a good avocado face mask for wrinkles and clear skin.

Directions For Use:

1. Mash the avocado as in the plain avocado recipe above.

2. Get some turmeric powder and a carton of plain Greek yogurt.

3. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to the bowl of avocado.

4. Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt to the bowl and mix using a fork.

5. Apply the paste to your face.

6. Leave it on for approximately 20 minutes.

7. Wash it off again with warm water and dry with a clean towel.

8. Use the face mask 2-3 times per week for beautiful skin.

 

Side Effects And Precautions

  • Most people don't have any problems when applying avocado to their skin. But, before using avocado and the added ingredients listed above on your face, it's a good idea to do a quick test on the back of your wrist to see how your skin reacts. Leave the mixture for about 20 minutes and observe any reaction.If you have a latex allergy then it's possible you could be allergic to avocado (17).

 

Final Thoughts

Avocados are easy to combine with a wide range of natural skin care ingredients to create homemade face masks that have powerful benefits for your skin when used regularly.

They moisturize, soothe, prevent and reverse skin aging, and can help with the treatment of skin conditions like acne.

Have you tried any homemade avocado face masks? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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