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The 9 Best DIY Facials for Acne!

posted in Skin & Body
11/03/2016
  • You don’t need to go to the chemist, or a pharmacy, a beauty store, or the dermatologist to calm redness + heal acne. All you need are a few tried + true ingredients that can be found in your kitchen pantry or bathroom cabinet.
    You don’t need to go to the chemist, or a pharmacy, a beauty store, or the dermatologist to calm redness + heal acne. All you need are a few tried + true ingredients that can be found in your kitchen pantry or bathroom cabinet.
  • These really work! Not only are they completely natural, they are gentle + effective. You need all 3 of these factors in order to gently heal acne from the outside while you heal from the inside. Using harsh scrubs, face washes + spot treatments (check out my DIY DRYING LOTION DUPE!) that you can pick up at the store are NOT the answer! Often these treatments make redness + irritation worse. Plus your skin gets used to the chemicals in them + you end up needing  stronger + stronger treatments.

  • OATMEALl great for smooth beautiful skin. Its soothing properties help calm redness, smooth texture + moisturize dry skin. Oatmeal is also great for reducing inflammation caused by acne. Using ground oatmeal as a simple homemade scrub will also slough off dead skin cells, an important stead in preventing blemishes.
    OATMEALl great for smooth beautiful skin. Its soothing properties help calm redness, smooth texture + moisturize dry skin. Oatmeal is also great for reducing inflammation caused by acne. Using ground oatmeal as a simple homemade scrub will also slough off dead skin cells, an important stead in preventing blemishes.
  • Raw honey is one of the best natural acne treatments there is. It is known for its ability to kill acne causing bacteria as well as improve the texture of skin making it full + supple. It will calm redness and+ bring down swelling. Raw honey can also prevent future breakouts with regular use. 
    Raw honey is one of the best natural acne treatments there is. It is known for its ability to kill acne causing bacteria as well as improve the texture of skin making it full + supple. It will calm redness and+ bring down swelling. Raw honey can also prevent future breakouts with regular use. 
  • A cousin of the tea tree, manuka is renowned for its potent medicinal qualities. When bees harvest pollen from the manuka tree, these qualities are transferred into the honey making it incredibly powerful against acne as a mask or spot treatment. Manuka’s unique healing abilities make it perfect for open wounds so if you have scratched/picked at your skin, manuka is the perfect fix.



    A cousin of the tea tree, manuka is renowned for its potent medicinal qualities. When bees harvest pollen from the manuka tree, these qualities are transferred into the honey making it incredibly powerful against acne as a mask or spot treatment. Manuka’s unique healing abilities make it perfect for open wounds so if you have scratched/picked at your skin, manuka is the perfect fix.


  • Manuka honey comes in many degrees of potency (some seem a bit outlandish, so be careful about which brands you choose) ranging from 5+ UMF (unique manuka factor) to around 28+ UMF. 

    In general, the higher the UMF/bio active number the more potent the manuka honey is. I aim for at least UMF 12+ because I have found that anything lower than that tends to be less effective for the crazy price tag. Yes, manuka honey is expensive BUT it works amazingly well.

  • Known for its ability to literally pull out blackheads + banish blemishes, rhassoul clay is a must have for acne sufferers. 
    Known for its ability to literally pull out blackheads + banish blemishes, rhassoul clay is a must have for acne sufferers. 
  • Slippery elm comes from the inner bark of the slippery elm tree. Its mucilaginous (slimy) texture when mixed with water lends a super satisfying mask for even the most sensitive skin types.
You can use this herb for things like:
• Sore throat
• Indigestion
• Sour stomach
• Intestinal distress
But it is also amazing for topical use as well-especially acne!
Using this on the skin will:
• Plump dry tired skin
• Reduce inflammation caused by acne
• Reduce redness
• Even out complexion
• Heal picked at skin

    Slippery elm comes from the inner bark of the slippery elm tree. Its mucilaginous (slimy) texture when mixed with water lends a super satisfying mask for even the most sensitive skin types.

    You can use this herb for things like:

    • Sore throat
    • Indigestion
    • Sour stomach
    • Intestinal distress

    But it is also amazing for topical use as well-especially acne!

    Using this on the skin will:

    • Plump dry tired skin
    • Reduce inflammation caused by acne
    • Reduce redness
    • Even out complexion
    • Heal picked at skin

  • Hydrosols aka floral waters are hands down the BEST toners for the skin. Not only do they even out skin tone, smooth fine lines + reduce redness, they also balance the PH of your skin. PH balance is super important for preventing acne.
Our skin’s acid mantle can easily become imbalanced from bathing in tap water. If we don’t restore the skin back to its normal PH level (4.5-5.5), acne starts showing up! Hydrosols can return the skin back to its normal PH levels.

    Hydrosols aka floral waters are hands down the BEST toners for the skin. Not only do they even out skin tone, smooth fine lines + reduce redness, they also balance the PH of your skin. PH balance is super important for preventing acne.

    Our skin’s acid mantle can easily become imbalanced from bathing in tap water. If we don’t restore the skin back to its normal PH level (4.5-5.5), acne starts showing up! Hydrosols can return the skin back to its normal PH levels.

  • Rosehips are little Vitamin C powerhouses. Not only are they beneficial taken internally, they are also great as a serum.
Rosehip seed oil is naturally high in anti-oxidants + is very restorative + well tolerated by all skin types. One of my favorite uses for it is for preventing scars + keeping fine lines at bay, but most of all, I use it because it doesn’t break out my skin!
I already have a tip posted for this-- in a DIY face serum tip! 

    Rosehips are little Vitamin C powerhouses. Not only are they beneficial taken internally, they are also great as a serum.

    Rosehip seed oil is naturally high in anti-oxidants + is very restorative + well tolerated by all skin types. One of my favorite uses for it is for preventing scars + keeping fine lines at bay, but most of all, I use it because it doesn’t break out my skin!

    I already have a tip posted for this-- in a DIY face serum tip! 

  • Pearl powder has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine. Empresses were known to use it as a dusting powder on their faces to keep their complexions smooth + porcelain-like. Don’t worry, pearl powder won’t make your skin white; it will keep the redness away while making your skin feel silky smooth! 



    Pearl powder has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine. Empresses were known to use it as a dusting powder on their faces to keep their complexions smooth + porcelain-like. Don’t worry, pearl powder won’t make your skin white; it will keep the redness away while making your skin feel silky smooth! 


  • Pearl powder is very comparable to conventional setting powder in that it doesn’t leave any color on the skin. In fact, you could technically consider pearl powder to be more of a sheer mineral makeup. It leaves your skin silky, luminous, + matte which is perfect for my oily skin!
    Pearl powder is very comparable to conventional setting powder in that it doesn’t leave any color on the skin. In fact, you could technically consider pearl powder to be more of a sheer mineral makeup. It leaves your skin silky, luminous, + matte which is perfect for my oily skin!

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