An Uncomplicated Life Blog: DIY Face Wash That Clears Acne

Monday, March 14, 2016

DIY Face Wash That Clears Acne

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.

A DIY face wash that blends coconut oil, baking soda and two essential oils. It's easy to make and it WORKS!

I wrote a post a long while ago about cleansing your face with oil. And I made a lot of sense - that oil cleans oil, and while detergents do that too, they often strip too much oil from your face. That makes your face make more oil. And leads to clogged pores. I mean, that post was great and made tons of sense and my skin was so clear from it! And then I had Otto and started to break out (errrr, BADLY) and slowly, acne products took over the oil cleansing method. Poor choice, Paige. You know where that led me? To more breakouts.

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)

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!
Isn't that awesome?! My skin all around looks better in the second photo. Yes, there was some editing. I had to lighten the second set of photos because it was a rainy day. That's it - outside of some photo brightening, everything else is this DIY face wash!

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.

This DIY face wash uses coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils to naturally clear your acne. Yes, I'm serious! It works!

If you're suffering from acne, whether it be long standing or hormonal like mine, try this DIY face wash! The coconut oil replenishes moisture, the baking soda cleans the skin, the lavender helps to heal acne scars and the frankincense promotes a youthful glow.


38 comments:

  1. Ohh I need to try this because I have very similar acne going on right now on my cheeks. It's so painful and hard to hide. Thanks for the tips!

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  2. That is an amazing difference in just one week!! So many uses for coconut oil it's crazy! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. I just happen to have everything to make this today. Score.

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  4. Oh wow! That is impressive. That is where I get my breakouts as well and I make sure to keep my hair off my face as much as I can especially at night, hello sexy thick headbands but I totally noticed a difference when I keep my locks of my face. I definitely need to try this combo because you know I'm all about those hippie girl products ;-)

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  5. Yes! I will for sure be keeping this handy if I get the postpartum breakouts. Really not looking forward to that part of pregnancy.

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  6. Oh wow, this is awesome! What a great DIY!

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  7. Ok super intrigued over here! My skin has been a nightmare lately! My mom swears by her EE. I must give this a whirl asap!

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  8. Whoa! Ok, so I can spot a doctored after shot like nobody's business, and that my friend is the real deal! How awesome. Love this, my little hippie friend.

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  9. That is amazing! I haven't had acne this time around (I only have it when I am pregnant or that time of the month) so I am going to save it for then! But I do love using coconut oil. As you know from your Minnesota days, northern winters are so dry! I seriously lather my face in coconut oil every night and after every shower! And the fact that I don't break out is seriously because it is that dry! My skin just eats it up!

    xo
    Annie

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  10. LOVE! I have such oily skin that I'm always looking for something new. Things for the tip!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  11. Wow! Those are AMAZING results. I recently started cleaning my face with oil too. I didn't have acne to clear up (thought it was terrible before I got pregnant!), but it has definitely made my skin brighter and smoother.

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  12. I am ON BOARD with ya, sister. Can't wait to mix this up and add it to my regimen.

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  13. This is so great - I love anything homemade and natural like this and your results are amazing! I still have a scar from those awful pregnancy hormones!

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  14. Wow I love essential oils and coconut oil but I had no idea you could use them to wash your face! I pinned for later.

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  15. Oh wow!! I'm going to have to try this!

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  16. I'm so impressed with the difference this made in your skin so quickly! I'm going to give this a try for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. holy shitballs! sorry haha but damn. that difference is amazing!

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  18. Thank you for this. My skin is going nutso lately

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  19. I love making my own essential oil products! I use a similar wash, but add tea tree and it works great!

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  20. I use castor oil and olive oil and my face has never felt or looked better! Oil really is the best thing :)

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  21. Paige- this looks awesome. I love all the DIY natural stuff and will add this to my list.

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  22. This is exactly what I wanted, after a 2 week vacation in (hot) Australia, I did not just return with tons of memories but also with tons of acne and pimples on my face, ugh! I started with some of my DIY masks to help remove it but defietlny going to give your DIY mask a try, love adding essential oils.
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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  23. WOW, I'm going to have to try this! Love that this is a DIY and natural cleaner. Thanks for sharing!!

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  24. I really wanna give this a try! I don't have any luck with most acne meds except the prescription kind but they are so harsh. It's worth trying for sure!
    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  25. I love natural products. This looks so easy to make. I love that it is free of chemicals.

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  26. As a acne-ridden teenage girl, I've tried this for two days and I can already see a difference! Now hopefully it'll work on my blackheads too...

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  27. Could you use this for backne as well? My poor back looks terrible and its almost tank top season. I will be using it for my face for sure. Im new to oils so im excited to try it.

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  29. What causes acne:

    - Bad foods. This is important! These foods induce acne because they're acid/mucus forming and cause the immune system to become weakened. The body does not know how to digest and utilize them properly, so instead, it pushes the toxins out through the skin causing buildup and then spots. One must eliminate ALL of these foods if one wants beautiful clear skin. There is NO exception. If I eat these things I breakout, and I'm absolutely positive that others that suffer with acne do as well. It's that simple. So here they are: Dairy, gluten, processed sugar, too many nuts, alcohol, caffeine, fried foods, and processed foods.

    - Lack of water. I never drank water the way I do now, and that was a big problem. The body cannot function correctly without proper amounts of water, specifically the organs. So of course this affects the skin, which is the largest organ of them all.

    - Lack of sleep. Not just enough sleep, but quality sleep. I didn't know that it was so important, and that it's the most critical time for healing. So without this sleep the body cannot, and will not, heal properly. Evening gaming, late-night movies, school work, or unfinished art projects are never worth staying up for. I found this out the hard way, so get it done during the day.

    - Stress. This can be the cause of almost any issue, including breakouts. Stress actually irritates the skin which can lead to redness, blotchiness, and even more sebum production which then can cause acne. It truly affects every cell in your body. I spent way too much time fretting in front of the mirror, which only made matters worse.

    - Lack of exercise. Not moving is one of the most taxing things on the body. Unhealthy individuals actually have less blood vessels in the skin and therefore the body doesn't get it's much needed oxygen. Not going outside in the sun too is problematic because insufficient sun makes skin dull and takes longer to heal.

    - Environment. Over showering daily with hot water, touching one's face, sports gear, cell phones, makeup, dirty pillowcases, etc. are all things that may actually cause breakouts if the preceding issues haven't been addressed. A weak body may not be able to handle these things. So they could also become a problem, but are not a definite cause like the other factors listed over.

    So now that we know that we're not doomed by genes, age, or gender, here are some things to help combat acne and get rid of it for good.

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  30. using face wash is good habit. we should use face wash daily because it give glow to the face.Remove dead cells and moisturizes our face. I always buy face wash online.Recently i shop face wash from gandhibagh.com

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  31. Most people in the world have to contend with pimple growth and acne sometime during their lives however it is the scars that acne and pimple growth leave which pose the maximum problems. Can acne be avoided at all and if not, can scarring be avoided?

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  32. Curious if you moisturize after? Doesn't seem like it would be needed.

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  33. You said 1 part per five drops - do you have a recommendation of exactly how much oil and baking soda to use?

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  34. Spotted skin, scars and acne marks make you feel embarrassed and hurt self-esteem as well. Many of us opt for cosmetics and other products to get rid of acne residues. There are many home remedies which have proven their effects on lightening these skin marks. Tomato and Lemon Juice: Take a “fresh tomato” and make its paste. Mix it well with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply the paste on face for around 20 minutes and rinse it off gently with water after 20 minutes. Pulp of Aloe Vera: Let the pulp from Aloe Vera dry for 5 minutes in sun. Add 6-8 drops of lemon juice to it and apply on the affected area and face for 15 minutes. Onions: Cut the onion into small pieces. Grind those pieces and separate the juice from the residue. Apply the juice for few minutes on the affected skin and rinse after 10 minutes. Cucumber and Milk: Make a paste out of cucumber, milk and a bit of lime extract. It will serve as a face mask. Apply thoroughly and wash it with warm water after 10 minutes. You must consider a visit to dermatologist in severity of the condition. But, these home remedies are proven effective in getting rid of acne marks, black spots, pimples and dark spots.
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  35. I noticed this asked earlier, but exactly how much is 1 part baking soda/1 part coconut oil?

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