This all natural DIY face wash clears acne with coconut and essential oils. Yes, really!
I was crusin' Facebook one night when I saw a post from a fellow hippie friend who re-posted an article on the benefits of washing your face with coconut oil. I used to wash my face with orange oil... And my skin was great! I was in near-desperation-mode from postpartum hormonal breakout hell (that's a mouthful, no?), so I thought, why not! I'll try it. (I'm a fan of trying these DIY beauty methods.) I combined the coconut oil and baking soda of the article, and a few essential oils known to improve the skin to create this DIY face wash that truly clears up acne.
So there I was, with cheeks full of ugly breakouts. The standard acne products weren't working, but they were irritating the heck out of my skin. There was no way things could get worse, so it was time to try the old school DIY method.
Here's how I made it:
1 part coconut oil
1 part baking soda
5 drops lavender essential oil (if you're making a large batch of this, double this to 10 drops)
5 drops frankincense essential oil (ditto the comment above)
UPDATE! I've gotten numerous comments (from no-reply bloggers so that I can't email them back - plllllease check your settings in gmail!) about how much a "part" is. It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if you use a tablespoon or a half a cup. When a recipe is in "parts" it's talking the RATIO. This is helpful for you to make the recipe to fit whatever type container you have for it. When something is one part coconut oil, and one part baking soda, it means you use the SAME amount of each. It could be one tablespoon of each if you have a small container, or it could be a cup of each if you have a large one. Again - "parts" means RATIO, not a certain quantity or measurement. Math is fun, right?! Back to the recipe:
Heat the coconut oil so that you can easily mix in the baking soda and essential oils, but isn't too hot to touch. Stir together until combined and pour into a glass container (this is an empty eye cream container I saved). Let cool. When you wash your face, just apply this face wash right over your skin, then remove with a damp washcloth. Your skin will smell great, it will feel soft from the coconut oil (if it's winter, you'll likely skill want some sort of moisturizer, especially for around your eye area) and the baking soda acts like a light exfoliant. Winning.
Much to my delight, things didn't get worse. The got much, much better! Check out my results!
|Prior to using oil to clear my skin - both the left and right side of my face. Yikes.|
|After using this face wash for ONE WEEK - 7 days!|
UPDATE! I've just created a DIY acne clearing toner to accompany this face wash. It's super easy to make (even easier than this) and uses witch hazel, apple cider vinegar and a few essential oils. Want more information on essential oils and the products that go with them? Check out my Products I Love page!