Acne scars suck. Anyone who has suffered from their lingering hyperpigmentation knows this truth to be frankly self-evident. A careful and consistent skincare regime is the best way to manage acne topically, but when breakouts and their repercussions inevitably hit...you need a back-up plan. Masks (specifically Dead Sea mud) draw out impurities and absorb excess oils, and simultaneously soothe the skin for a quick beauty boost that's instantly noticeable. Why? Because this specific mud acts a gentle exfoliator, removing dead skin cells. Do it regularly and the results will be cumulative. I'm a straight talker, so it's worth pointing out that a true scar cannot be reversed but it can be dramatically improved. This first thing to note is what kind of scar it is, if at all. What some people think is acne scarring is very often discolouration, which is reversible.
FYI: I'm also a realist, and that said, DIY treatments do a damn good job of fading those marks faster, to get you back to the even-toned complexion you had before that massive breakout. There's something about the dense color of Dead Sea mud that just looks healing and restorative, plus it actually is! Studies by the Dead Sea Research Center (DSRC), a nonprofit organization, have shown Dead Sea mud is useful for treating an array of pesky skin conditions, especially when used in conjunction with adjunct therapies, such as Dead Sea bathing (get yourself to Israel STAT).
When your skin is acting up, the idea of putting chemicals like AHAS (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAS (beta hydroxy acids) on can be high-risk. If you don't want to exacerbate what's already there, then come sit by my fire. To this end, I've concocted you a healing, purifying, and skin-soothing DIY Dead Sea (the world's richest source of natural salts and minerals) mud mask based on what our Mediterranean sisters have been enjoying for years, and added in a few trusty stalwarts of my beauty cabinet. Manuka honey is antibacterial and calming, sandalwood works a jiffy on fading scars and inflamed hair follicles on the face, while rosehip oil is Australia's A-list hydrating and pigmentation-reducing elixir.
DIY Dead Sea Mud Mask
- ½ cup Dead Sea mud
- 3 drops sandalwood essential oil
- 2 drops lavender oil
- 1 teaspoon rosehip oil
- mixing bowl
- Manuka honey
- Place ½ cup Dead Sea mud in a mixing bowl.
- Add rosehip oil, lavender, and sandalwood essential oil.
- Mix carefully to be sure the essential oils are thoroughly incorporated into the clay.
- Store the Dead Sea mud mask in a glass bowl or jar.
- When you want to use it, wash your face with warm water and your favorite cleanser, and then dry your skin. Smooth honey under your eyes down to the tops of your cheekbones. Honey will hydrate and moisturize as it protects tender skin from the mud mask.
- Smooth a thin layer of the mud mixture over your face, moving your fingers from the center of your face and working outward. Massage the mud gently into your skin.
- Allow the Dead Sea mud mask to remain on your skin for five to 15 minutes. The mud should feel partly dry.
- Soak a washcloth in warm water. Lay the washcloth over your face to soften the mask. Once the mask is softened, rinse your face with warm water.