exfoliating MSM face mask

hey crunchies! today i have something i’m very excited to share with you (and i hope you’re excited about what it does!). i gave you a little teaser on instagram, but it definitely looked like some sort of melted ice cream. haha!

exfoliating and healing MSM mask

it’s an exfoliating face mask that also:

  • removes dirt and other impurities without drying your skin out
  • has antibacterial and probiotic properties
  • evens skin tone
  • heals current blemishes
  • balances skin pH
  • reduces appearance and heals acne scars
  • lessens inflammation
  • balances oily and dry skin
  • is suitable for all skin types

it’s pretty great i think. it’ll make your face feel oh-so-soft and perfectly moisturized!

what’s in it:


  • MSM powder – contains sulfur, which heals current breakouts, reduces acne scars, lessens inflammation, and exfoliates your face.
  • pure aloe vera gel – heals current blemishes, balances oily and dry skin.
  • raw honey – has antibac properties, evens skin tone, heals current blemishes, reduces acne scars, and balances oily and dry skin.
  • organic kefir – has probiotic properties, heals current blemishes, balances skin pH, lessens inflammation

MSM powder is the star of the show in this exfoliating mask. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulfur compound that’s found naturally in foods such as raw milk, kale, eggs, and grass-fed beef (among others). it’s very important, as it’s the 3rd largest nutrient found in your body. it works to help your body’s detoxification process, with inflammatory conditions, and produces high amounts of keratin and collagen. MSM helps with joint flexibility, psoriasis, eczema, growing stronger nails, growing thicker/longer hair, balancing blood sugar levels, etc. there are many medical articles surrounding MSM and its benefits (which you should check out!).

most people aren’t getting enough of this nutrient, due to pasteurization of our foods, as well as cooking our veggies. these processes slash MSM contents in food by half! supplementing with MSM powder might be worth discussing with your healthcare professional.

while usually taken internally, MSM is also amazing when applied topically. this face mask is no exception!

how to make:

  • grab a regular kitchen spoon and a bowl to mix up your ingredients. you should also find a tiny air-tight container to keep the leftovers in the fridge.
  • mix 2 1/2 spoonfuls of MSM powder with 1 1/2 spoonfuls of aloe, 1 spoonful of raw honey, and 1 spoonful of kefir
  • mix very well and let it sit for 30 minutes minimum (maybe closer to an hour will be the best). the mix will look very runny now, but it will thicken up. letting it sit will also allow the MSM to dissolve into the aloe, leaving it less gritty, but perfect for exfoliation.
  • the mix should be thickened up after 30-60 minutes. you can spoon it into your container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.




how to use:

  • remove makeup or excess dirt with warm water and a washcloth. pat until almost dry, leaving your face slightly damp.
  • using a nickel-sized amount of the mix, gently rub onto your face in tiny circles.
  • massage your face with the mix for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • let the mix sit on your face for 15-20 minutes, to allow the nutrients to soak in and do their magical work.
  • very gently wash the mix off with warm water (and a wash cloth if you need it).
  • try not to pet your soft-as-a-baby’s-butt face. it’s hard not to; i know.

this mask can be used 1 to 2 times a week, as long as you’re not using another exfoliator, and as long as you’re gentle with massaging it onto your face.

you should notice immediate results with the texture of your skin, but wait for a few uses to see noticeable improvements in acne/acne scars, skin tone, and other blemishes.

this recipe should stay fresh if kept in an air-tight container and in the fridge for about 2 weeks. if it looks or smells funny, toss it of course!

try this mask out for a few weeks and see how you like it! comment below with your experiences!! 🙂

is there anything you’d add to this mask?? another mask you love for the same properties? let us hear about it!


19 thoughts on “exfoliating MSM face mask

  1. I wanted to get some Lily if the Valley aloe gel but the ingredients included more than just aloe, along with some preservatives. Is the one you have pictured preservative free? Thanks!

  2. hi alex, I have some questions for you about “no poo”. I am a natural redhead and from what I have learned about being a red head is that we have no In between when it comes to EVERYTHING!!! We are either one extreme or the other. Example pain tolerance is either 0 or 10, skin fair very fair and dry. My hair is thick frizzy strands no wave no curl just unruly flips everywhere. My scalp had always dry and itchy but my roots would get oily after like 4 days and even then it wasn’t bad. But the rest if my hair has always been dry. Now that I have gone no poo I am getting oily faster, like the next day, and it is 100 times more oil then I have ever had in my life. I used the boar bristle brush, DIY Dry shampoo, preening, etc. I have shoulder length hair so I am limited to hair do’s to hide the oily mess. Red hair is very hard to conceal oil. I used the baking soda and ACV rinse for the first 4 weeks, but I was having wash more during the week then I have ever had to in the past. I was still really itchy so I used Aloe treatments. That worked for like 2-3 hours after I rinsed it out. So I then got Dr. Bonners Castile soap and diluted with water with ACV rinse It still wasn’t helping really helping my oily issue, but it clean my hair and I wasn’t as itchy. I then found a recipe that combine coconut milk, Castile soap, glycerin, jojoba oil, and ES of choice. Used 1 time did great……. But then the next day oil mess again. I have tried your water lemon juice and ACV rinse too. I have been straightening my hair still with a flat iron after it is dry, other wise I have one side that flips out and the other side flips under and the back has a strain he kink in it. I blow dry my hair with a cool air blow dryer. I am getting discouraged with the oily issue. I am a nurse and a mother of 2 little boys and I work out 4-5 times a week and my hair care has become more then it was before. Any advice you have to offer me would be great. I started my no Poo July 13, 2014. I don’t want to go back to shampooing. I know I need to get my ph balanced and that will help a lot.

    Thanks Katie

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  3. I used whey (homemade from local raw milk) instead of kefir, I dont digest dairy very well and I keep whey for lacto-fermenting projects. I dont think it has the same level of probiotics as kefir but it turned out well if this is more feasible for anyone. I used a little less than a spoonful of whey.

    1. great idea ashlin! thanks for sharing! kefir is lactose-free due to its fermentation process, so anyone with ingesting dairy can safely ingest kefir. it’s been shown in studies to actually help those anti-dairy guts 🙂

      1. It doesnt seem to be a lactose thing…I guess an allergy/sensitivity to the protein. or something. Also not eating dairy has cut down on the “bad” fat for me or helped with fat ratios. every body is different

    1. Mine was a little runny also.. I used it anyways, and have already seen some
      Improvement in my complexion with just two uses. I’m kinda amazed actually! 🙂 hope yours worked out!

  4. This is off topic (sorry), but: I just read that the best way to dry hair is to air-dry 70%/80% of it and then blow-dry the rest. The dyer needs to be held 6 inches away from the hair, and cold air should be used. Apparently, air-drying could cause damage to hair. Have you heard of this? I wanted to know what you thought about it.

  5. Thanks for the recipe! I will give it a try. Do you have any thoughts on using glycolic acid as an exfoliating agent? I found a product that’s just 10 percent glycolic acid and some kind of base, nothing else. It goes on like a toner, you just use a cotton ball. I noticed improvement right away, but am wary of overusing it.

  6. I found all of these ingredients at sprouts, it was a bit pricey, but I want to see if it will help. I’m so excited to try it! I also want to see if the msm will help my back. The aloe gel too! Both of them are supposed to help with muscle and joint pain! So they have a duel purpose, which is why I didn’t mind the cost. I’ll let you know how it works out! Thank you for posting this!! 🙂

  7. I was just wondering if you knew the average cost of all ingredients out together? I have a tricky budget most of the time and I know this would REALLY help my acne and complexion. 🙂

  8. Hi Alex!:) Really nice and appealing list of positive outcomes. Could you only please tell us, where you get your MSM powder? I don’t think I have seen it in our local stores..or I just haven’t noticed:)

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