02 May 2018

DIY Sheet Mask for Acne Prone Skin

This easy to make DIY sheet mask for acne prone skin has just three ingredients to naturally control acne.  

I used to have acne prone skin, so I know the struggle.  You can't use something too oily or your face will break out even more.  If you use something drying, you'll end up with dry skin and acne, which isn't fun either.  

With that in mind, I set out to make a DIY sheet mask just for acne prone skin.  I didn't use any oils in it, but it won't be too drying for your skin.

This mask uses gentle and natural ingredients, so you can use it once or twice a week.  It won't overdry your skin, so you don't have to wait a full week to use another one.



Sheet masks are part of the Korean beauty craze.  I honestly thought Korean beauty was just the latest buzz word, but I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the products are.  I definitely notice a difference in my skin when I use the products exclusively.

One big thing in Korean skin care is the sheet mask.  These are cotton or muslin disposable masks that are cut to the shape of your face with holes for you mouth, nose, and eyes.  

The sheets are soaked in anti-aging serums or moisturizing serums to help your skin.  The sheet helps hold the product to your skin and prevent evaporation.  

I love using sheet masks, but the cost can add up.  I try to do a mask once a week.  At $2-5 or more per sheet mask four times a month, it can really eat into my beauty budget.  

So I decided to make my own DIY sheet masks.  This costs about 10 cents for each application, and I can even make different recipes.  

If you have oily acne prone skin, I recommend using a charcoal mask.  This will help absorb oil and clear your pores.  I would use a charcoal mask once a week and this DIY sheet mask for acne prone skin once a week.  Use them 3-4 days apart so you don't overdo it.  

In order to make this sheet mask, you'll need sheet masks.  They are very inexpensive on Amazon.  You can get 100 of them for under $10.  That should last you about two years!  


The green tea works as the base of the mask.  It's high in anti-oxidants, so it can help prevent signs of aging.

The tannins in the tea are a natural astringent.  They work to clear out your pores and control oil production.  Both of these are very important if you have acne prone skin.

What really makes green tea remarkable is that the catechins in the tea have been shown to have anti-bacterial properties.

Acne is caused by bacteria, oil, and debris clogging pores, so clearing your pores and killing the bacteria can help reduce acne.


Witch hazel is one of my favorite ingredients for controlling acne.  It can help reduce inflammation and redness when used topically.  It also helps decrease oil, which makes your face look better in the short term and long term. 

Witch hazel can help balance your pH level, promote healing of scars or scabs, and reduce pores.  It also moisturizes your skin without making it oily.


You can use either tea tree oil or turmeric essential oil.  Tea tree oil is normally my first line of defense for acne, but I find it can be too irritating when used on a sheet mask.  I have oily skin, but it is a little sensitive.  If you use tea tree oil, take off the mask and rinse your face well if you experience any irritation.

Tea tree oil is naturally antiseptic, so it can kill most germs that cause acne.  However, it can be drying.

Turmeric helps dry out pimples.  It's also antiseptic, so it kills the germs that can cause acne. I like using turmeric in skin care recipes, but it can stain.  Using the oil gives you the benefits without the mess.




Brew a cup of green tea and let cool completely.  I let the tea bags sit in the water while it cooled so it would be concentrated.  


Combine the green tea, witch hazel, and essential oil of your choice in a shallow bowl.  Stir well.


Dip the sheet mask into the tea mixture and let it get soaked.  Pull the sheet mask out and let it drip dry.  You don't want to wring it out completely, but you don't want it dripping either.


Lay the sheet mask of your face.  Smooth it down with your fingers so it completely covers your skin.  Let dry for 30 minutes.  


Remove the sheet mask and discard.  Rinse your face.  You do not have to wash unless you want to.

While you technically could reuse the liquid, the green tea will only last for two days in the fridge.  

You will have liquid leftover, so grab a friend and both of you can do a DIY sheet mask for acne prone skin.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.