Friday, 29 June 2012


When I was a teenager, not only did I have oily skin, it was also very sensitive to over-the-counter skincare products and the sun.

I will have a breakout of puss filled pimples or my skin will be itchy. Sometimes, rashes will appear in patches especially on the cheeks area. Whenever I go under the sun, my skin will be flushed and red as a ripe tomato. It was that serious.

Some of my colleagues thought that  I have applied too much blusher while my well meaning relatives would exclaim to my mom that , "Your daughter is glowing with health!" It is so far from the truth-on both counts. 

Due to using strong creams and cleansers that were too harsh and drying for my acne, it caused the dermis to become thinner and my skin compensated by producing more oil which was trapped under the skin and clogged the pores even more. Since the blood vessels were nearer to the surface, my face will reddened easily from heat and skincare products that contained alcohol.  My condition became worse when I started taking swimming lessons. The chlorinated water aggravated the condition that I had to seek treatment with a skin specialist who helped to clear my acne problem.

Now, I don't have this problem anymore as I am using a natural skin care product and supplements that cleared the condition as well as greatly improved my skin.

These are two mask recipes for combination and sensitive skins. I just found it online. If you have such a condition, hope it will be beneficial to you. Let me know if it works.

Combination Skin

Homemade Face Mask for Combination Skin

Red roses
A rose-based mask is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.
This mask, based on roses, is perfect for balancing out the oily and dry areas of your skin.


  • Optional: 6 fresh rose petals
  • 2 tbsps rosewater
  • 1 tbsp natural yogurt, room temperature (not lowfat or non-fat)
  • 1 tbsp runny honey (to get honey runny, you can warm it in a microwave for a few seconds).


Soak rose petals, then crush them in a bowl.
Add the rosewater, yogurt and honey.
Mix well and apply to the skin.
Leave on for 10 minutes.

Sensitive Skin

Homemade Face Mask for Sensitive Skin

This soothing mask is great for chapped, sunburned or irritated skin.
Lemon and lime
Lemon & Lime
This mask is great for soothing chapped, sunburned or otherwise irritated skin.
Extra tip: This mask works well for other skin types as well.
For oily skin, add a couple drops of lemon or lime juice.
For dry skin, mix in a couple tablespoons of honey.


Raw Oatmeal
  • 1 cup natural yogurt (we like it just-out-of-the-fridge cold)
  • ½ cup oatmeal (any type of basic oatmeal works here)


Mix the ingredients together.
Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes.
Wash off mask with a washcloth steamed in the microwave (careful that it's not too hot).

Beaten egg whites
Beaten egg whites (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Two other fun options for oatmeal face masks:

Egg whites.(beating it is optional)

Mix the oatmeal and an egg white. Let the mixture dry on face, then gently wash off with a few splashes of warm water. Follow with a steaming washcloth to the face.

My next topic for discussion is, "The Spices of Life-Cayenne Pepper".

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Until my next post, "Here's to your health!"

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