Three experts—two dermats and the author of a book on Ayurvedic beauty—share their favourite skincare concoctions
Acne is one of the more frustrating skin concerns to have—it can be caused due to a multitude of reasons and instills a fear that anything that touches your face is going to make you break out further. While this fear may be valid for a lot of things—please, stop touching all your spots to begin with—it doesn’t mean that every single skincare ingredient will irritate your skin. Three beauty experts—two dermatologists and an author of a book on Ayurvedic beauty—share their favourite, tried-and-tested anti-acne face mask mixes, which you can make at home to reduce your breakouts and give you clear skin.
Mix together the pulp of one ripe tomato and a peach, apply for 20 mins and wash it off with regular water. Tomato is a good cleanser and reduces oiliness from your skin, while peach is rich in Vitamin C, so it adds brightness to the face. —Dr Madhuri Agarwal
Take a small piece of ripe papaya and a quarter piece of cucumber and puree them together. Add a tbsp of yogurt to this, and refrigerate for an hour so that it sets into a thicker consistency. Finally, add a tsp of honey and apply the mix to your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 mins and wash off. Your skin will look brighter and fresher. Papain, the main enzyme in papaya, dissolves dead skin cells and works as an antibacterial to fight infection. It brightens the visage by removing dead skin and making the skin even toned. —Dr Jaishree Sharad, as featured in her book Skin Rules: Your 6-week Plan to Radiant Skin
You will need a quarter tsp each of kasturi manjal (a type of turmeric), freshly ground neem leaves and sandalwood powder, along with one or two saffron strands, enough milk to make a paste, and a splash of rosewater (optional). Mix the kasturi manjal, freshly ground neem leaves, sandalwood powder and saffron with milk and make a paste. You can also add a little rosewater. Apply it on the face and wash before it is completely dry. This helps add glow, targets bad bacteria and evens out the skin tone. —Vasudha Rai, as featured in her book Glow: Indian Foods, Recipes and Rituals for Beauty, Inside and Out
Make a mix of oatmeal powder and honey and use it as a DIY face mask to target acne. Oatmeal helps with the exfoliation of blocked pores, and honey works as an antibacterial agent to prevent acne flare ups while keeping skin hydrated. —Dr Madhuri Agarwal
You will need one tbsp aloe vera gel (scooped out of the leaf), one tbsp multani mitti powder, a pinch of turmeric powder or fresh turmeric paste, one tsp honey and a few drops of rosewater. Make a paste with the aloe vera gel, multani mitti powder, turmeric powder, honey and rosewater. Apply it evenly on the face and neck for 15 minutes. Wash with water and pat dry. This mask is suitable for all skin types and can be used once a week. It is also an excellent remedy to sooth tired and problem skin. —Vasudha Rai, as featured in her book Glow: Indian Foods, Recipes and Rituals for Beauty, Inside and Out
One egg white with mint leaves is another great DIY face mask that’s easy to whip up at home. The egg white helps with oil reduction, and the mint is rich in antioxidants which helps to keep your skin healthy and acne-free. —Dr Madhuri Agarwal