Acne Face Mask with White Willow Bark
Overzealous sebum secretion is a major contributor to acne. While it is natural to create some oils, too much tends to get trapped in pores, starts developing bacteria which the skin reacts to by becoming inflamed and developing pimples. Masks for acne absorb oil, wash away debris and keep bacteria away.
I developed my mask to address all the topical reasons acne develops and my customers are really happy with the product.
All you need to do is mix a teaspoon or more to a small bowl of water, yogurt or honey and spread over face.
Mix with any of the following;
- WATER if you want maximum absorption of sebum.
- YOGURT if you have acne and dry skin, the fat in yogurt will help keep the skin moisturized.
- HONEY to sooth and calm your skin.
Mix a teaspoon of mask with enough liquid for easy spreadibility. Allow to dry on skin and wash off. Use once or twice a week.
ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS
BENTONITE CLAY FOR ACNE
This American mined clay works so well as a mask because it does three things very well.
- It absorbs the extra oil on your face
- It draws out pour blockages.
- It also attracts and takes in toxins that might be contributing to the bacterial growth on the face.
In fact, it has been studied for its potential to attract and absorb toxins for skin exposed to allergens, poisons, and other skin irritants.
There are many different types of clays and each contains it own unique signature mix of trace minerals like potassium, iron and magnesium which probably helps clay provide an environment inhospitable to bacteria.
WHITE WILLOW BARK FOR ACNE
This natural source for salicin is the grandfather of present day Salicylic acid and sodium salicylate — a palatable form of the very familiar pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medicine, aspirin. Salicylic acid is a major active ingredient in the popular but expensive skin care regimen, Proactiv.
Salicin is good to treat acne sufferers as it not only acts as an anti-inflammatory (say goodbye to enflamed, red skin) but is also an acid which loosens extra layers of skin and allows it to be shed away instead of clogging your pores. Its presence also prevents the growth of bacteria.
The strong relationship between White Willow bark and Aspirin means that those with allergies to aspirin should avoid ingredients containing Willow Bark, Wintergreen and Spearmint.
LEMON VERBENA FOR ACNE
This lovely and clean smelling herb has shown considerable antibacterial properties in studies and makes it an excellent choice for my face mask.(http://scholarsresearchlibrary.com/ABR-vol4-iss10/ABR-2013-4-10-52-55.pdf)
WINTERGREEN FOR ACNE
This herb is another source of base salicylic acid and methyl salicylate. Methyl Salicylate is refreshing and cooling to inflamed skin.
SPIROLINA POWDER FOR ACNE
I can find very little reliable evidence that Spirolina is good for your skin or face yet I just can’t help feel it is the perfect ingredient to mix with the others. It is jam packed with a variety of proteins, vitamins and minerals. I’ve included the list from Wikipedia on my website at WWW.ZIRYABS.COM and I’ll continue to research this ingredient and continue to use it without evidence of its greatness for now. One of the additional benefits of Spirolina is its bright green color which is a great color for reddened skin.
DIATOMACEOUS EARTH FOR ACNE
Works well as an absorber of unwanted dirt as well as a gentle exfoliator when you wash off the mask. It also provides a good source of silica to the mixture.
SEA BUCKTHORN POWDER FOR ACNE
Sea Buckthorn Powder, also known as Hippophae requires further study on its usefulness for many things including as a source of nutrition as well as medicinal potential. I found this quote calling for further study printed in Scientific and Academic Publishing (http://article.sapub.org/10.5923.j.fph.20120203.02.html).
“Rich source of natural antioxidants such as ascorbic acid, tocopherols, carotenoids, flavonoids, while they contain proteins, vitamins (especially vitamin C), minerals, lipids (mainly unsaturated fatty acids), sugars, organic acids and phytosterols. Animal and human studies suggest that sea buckthorn may have various beneficial effects: cardioprotective, anti-atherogenic, antioxidant, anti-cancer, immunomodulatory, anti-bacterial, antiviral, and wound healing and anti-inflammatory. ”
Meanwhile, we have some impressive anecdotal reports on the healing impact of seabuckthorn oil on skin, especially on damaged, scarred and burned skin. Given its high level of Vit C., I conclude that Seabuckthorn Powder would have similar benefits of a Vit C. serum on photoaging.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11896774 one study concluded that their mixture of Vit C resulted in clinically visible and statistically significant improvement in wrinkling when used topically for 12 weeks. This clinical improvement correlates with biopsy evidence of new collagen formation.
ALOE VERA POWDER FOR ACNE
While nothing proves conclusively that Aloe Vera can heal as much as it is said to heal, I do know that I like using Aloe Vera on cuts, scrapes and burns because it feels good. My grandmother grew it and used it on her skin and, when I went to Kenya, I learned that the Samburu warriors used it to heal everything from cuts to pink eye. I use it in my mask suspecting it will help soothe and heal sore, acne challenged skin.
CINNAMON POWDER FOR ACNE
Cinnamon, like Turmeric, has gotten a lot of attention recently for its uses outside of flavoring food. Studies suggest cinnamon has strong antibacterial action as well as may encourage blood flow to the skin and increase collagen production. I believe it is milder then clove but caution should be used when applying cinnamon to skin as too much might be irritating.
NEEM POWDER FOR ACNE
One of my favorite ingredients, Neem is known as the tree of gold in India for it many uses including acting as both an antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory. Neem Powder is not oily.
IRISH MOSS FOR ACNE
This seaweed is a great ingredient in a mask as it helps thicken the mask while adding potentially beneficial nutrients including Beta Carotene.
GUAR GUM is also a thickener helping to bond the ingredients together when moistened and helps mixture stick to your face.
This product and the above description is not meant to claim that this mask can treat or cure your acne. The FDA protects your safety from claims of products having any medicinal benefits without scientifically recognized and approved proof.