Almost everyone likes mint.
With its fresh and slightly sweet taste. And strong menthol aroma.
But it’s also good for skin care. And in particular, the treatment of acne.
It’s easy to use, and it’s cheap to get started with.
So let’s take a look at how to use mint leaves for acne.
The Benefits Of Mint For Acne
Mint has a number of benefits that make it great for treating acne.
It contains many interesting phytochemicals that give it the following properties:
A lot of its power is because of the menthol it contains. So it’s best to use mints with a high menthol content like peppermint.
How To Use Mint For Acne
Mint leaves can be used in a variety of ways to treat acne and pimples.
They can be used as a face mask on their own. Or combined with other natural acne treatments for greater effect.
Here are some recipes and ideas that you can try:
Mint Face Mask – On Its Own
- Get 2 cups of fresh mint leaves.
- Grind the leaves using a pestle and mortar.
- Add a small amount of water to the leaves as you grind them until you make a thick paste.
- Apply the paste to your skin using your fingers.
- Allow the paste to dry on your skin before washing it off again.
- Use 2 times per week.
Mint And Turmeric Face Mask
Turmeric has been used for beauty and skincare for hundreds of years.
It contains curcumin, which gives it strong antibacterial properties that can fight acne.
- Prepare the mint paste as in the mint face mask instructions above.
- Get some turmeric powder.
- Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to the mint paste and stir together well using a fork or spoon.
- Apply the mixture to your skin with your fingertips.
- Leave the mint and turmeric face mask on for approximately 20 minutes.
- Wash and dry your face.
- Use the face mask 2 times per week.
Mint And Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) Face Mask
Fuller’s Earth is a clay that helps to absorb excess sebum from the skin.
Face masks using Fuller’s Earth can be drying for the skin, so people with dry skin already should be careful about using it.
- Get some Fuller’s Earth and some fresh mint leaves.
- Prepare the mint paste as described above.
- Add 1 tablespoon of Fuller’s Earth to the paste and mix together.
- Add more water as required to produce a thick paste.
- Apply the face mask to your skin using your fingers.
- Allow the face mask to dry on your skin for about 20 minutes.
- Wash it off your face before the clay face mask starts to feel flaky.
- Use twice per week if you have oily skin.
Mint And Yogurt Face Mask
Yogurt contains probiotic bacteria that help your skin to fight off an acne infection.
- Get some fresh mint leaves and a carton of plain Greek yogurt.
- Follow the directions given above for making the mint paste.
- Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt to the paste and mix together thoroughly.
- Apply the mixture to your face.
- Leave the mixture on your face for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash the face mask off using warm water and pat dry with a towel.
- Use this face mask up to 2 times each week.
Mint And Avocado Face Mask
Avocado is useful for acne because it contains antioxidants that protect the skin.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe the painful acne swellings.
Avocado face masks are a popular home remedy for acne.
- Get some fresh mint leaves and a ripe avocado.
- Prepare the mint leaves as described in the mint face mask recipe above.
- Slice the avocado in half and remove the seed from the middle.
- Select one half of the avocado.
- Take a spoon and scrape the avocado fruit from the peel into the bowl containing the mint paste.
- Use a fork to mash the avocado together with the mint paste until it’s smooth.
- Use your fingers to put the face mask on your face.
- Wash it off after about 20 minutes.
- Use a couple of times each week.
Side Effects And Precautions
Before using a mint face pack for the first time, it’s a good idea to do a quick patch test on your wrist to check if your skin has any reaction to the ingredients.
People with a salicylate allergy should avoid using mint as it contains acetylsalicylic acid.
Mint has a number of properties that make it useful in the treatment of acne.
And it can be easily combined with other natural remedies. Increasing the potency of your acne-fighting face mask.
Have you tried using mint leaves for acne? Please share your experiences with us in the comments below!