Please help me welcome Jodi, from Date With Your Plate as my guest poster today. Please allow me to let her tell you a little bit about her background.
“Hey there, I’m Jodi, a Holistic Nutritionist from Date With Your Plate working with people who want to clear their skin of acne – lovely to meet you! Having studied at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, I’ve learned the important role that food plays in restoring health and wellness in our body, and this is the focus of my clear skin protocols. The Holistic part means I consider not only your diet, but also your lifestyle, mindset and overall well being as it relates to acne. Everything is connected – acne and other skin conditions can be linked to almost anything in your life.”
Without further ado, here is her DIY acne fighting moisturizer recipe.
How To Make Your Own Acne Fighting Moisturizer
Do you spend a small fortune on moisturizers every month?
Or do you avoid moisturizing altogether, for fear that it will make your acne worse?
I’ve been at both ends of that spectrum! Back in the day, I thought I’d never moisturize in my life – my pores were producing so much oil, I could have donated some to the dry skinned folk in need. But when my skin eventually became really dry and my face basically started peeling off (and somehow I still had acne!), I started exploring the drugstore for potions and creams on a regular basis.
I bought one expensive drugstore brand after another, losing track of what I had even tried, so maybe buying it again. Can you relate? Promises of magical acne fighting ingredients and picture perfect skin are tough to resist, but most of those moisturizers are filled with artificial ingredients and toxins, which really do enjoy clogging up our pores. Of course, my dermatologist also prescribed some topical face creams and moisturizers, but those only worked for so long. The acne always came back. And some were so harsh that they just aggravated the dryness.
Clearing up your acne doesn’t mean you should try your hardest to dry it all up, but it doesn’t mean slathering yourself in heavy, chemical-laden creams either. Achieving clear skin simply involves finding the best natural moisturizing ingredients to feed your skin.
Moisture actually refers to the amount of water inside our skin cells, not the amount of oil (aka: sebum) on the surface of our skin. When we apply moisturizer, it helps our skin retain water (aka: moisture), and this protects it from pore clogging toxins and free radicals that can cause inflammation and irritation.
And you might want to say “Thanks!” to your sebum (whaaaaa?) because it helps prevent the loss of that moisture through evaporation. While excessive sebum can promote breakouts, a balanced level will keep the skin’s surface moist and prevent acne causing bacteria from penetrating the skin. Moisture in the skin also helps keep pores clear of dirt and debris so blemishes don’t form in the first place.
Natural exfoliation is another thing that happens when you have a proper moisturizing routine. Oil, dirt, toxins, chemicals and dead skin cells will get stuck in the excess sebum that clogs our pores. But since proper moisture levels result in balanced sebum levels, our skin can naturally exfoliate itself, releasing all of that garbage out of our pores. This is why some of us will experience more breakouts after we begin to properly moisturize – don’t freak out! Give it a few weeks and your clear, acne-free skin will eventually surface.
You do have to be careful what you put on your skin though, but a good light-weight oil can diminish acne spots and general oiliness.
And guess what! It’s so easy to make your own DIY acne fighting moisturizer at home! OH YES!
All it takes are some natural and nourishing oils.
DIY Moisturizer Ingredient #1: Carrier Oil
The first thing you’ll need for a DIY anti-acne moisturizer is a carrier oil. These oils literally “carry” moisture and nutrients into the skin.
Carrier oils come from the nuts, seeds and kernels of plants. They have little to no aroma and a conveniently long shelf life of about 6 – 12 months (but they will go rancid after this period of time).
These base oils help dilute the essential oils they’re paired with (we’ll talk more about those in a sec), without affecting their therapeutic and acne fighting qualities. They also help preserve the essential oils, aid their absorption into the skin and give you some control over their concentration.
Each carrier oil has a different combination of therapeutic properties and characteristics – I’ve listed some of my favourites for oily and acne-prone skin in the instructions below. All are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog pores. Nice!
DIY Moisturizer Ingredient #2: Essential Oil
Next, you’ll need an essential oil for your DIY clear skin moisturizer.
Essential oils are distilled plant oils, and as you probably know, can smell heavenly! They’re highly concentrated and very strong, so must be diluted in a carrier oil to avoid skin and eye irritation.
Unlike carrier oils, they never go rancid, but do lose their therapeutic benefits and effectiveness through oxidation and exposure to light and air.
The concentrated level of essential oils can cause irritation or reactions in some individuals, so be sure to do a small patch test the first time you use them. Inside the forearm is a good spot because it’s delicate and similar to facial skin. Look to see if you have an adverse reaction before putting it on your face. Certain essential oils should be avoided altogether by pregnant women, infants and children.
DIY Acne Fighting Moisturizer Instructions
Fill a small bottle to almost full with your chosen carrier oil. Any size will do, but most cosmetic bottles at the health food store are about 15-60 mL.
Here are some of my favourite carrier oils for oily and acne-prone skin:
- Argan oil
- Sesame oil
- Jojoba oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Hazelnut oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Sweet almond oil
Jojoba is my go-to oil for daytime, since it has a light, non-greasy finish. Thicker oils like grapeseed are great for deeper moisturizing effects overnight.
Add your essential oil (EO) of choice! Just a few drops is enough – the EO should make up only about 2%-3% of the overall mixture. Not to get all math class on you, but each 20 drops of EO is equal to 1 mL. That means 6-9 drops EO in a 15 mL bottle, 12-18 drops EO in a 30 mL bottle and 24-36 drops EO in a 60 mL bottle.
These are some of my fave essential oils for oily and acne-prone skin:
- Lavender Oil
Good for a normal-dry skin type. Lavender is anti-bacterial, gentle and good for mature skin since it helps with skin cell regeneration. Studies have shown lavender to soothe both acne and eczema.
- Lemongrass Oil
A natural astringent that shrinks pores, enhances skin repair and removes dead skin cells. It’s a multi-purpose oil for normal, sensitive or oily skin. Studies have also shown the benefits that lemongrass (Latin name: cymbopogon) can have for acne.
- Rosemary Oil
Reduces acne redness & puffiness, diminishes excess oil, improves circulation and keeps the skin firm and toned. Perfect for normal-oily skin type. Be cautious using this essential oil if you have epilepsy or a heart condition.
- Tea Tree Oil
Probably the most popular remedy used for oily skin, it’s got anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antifungal properties and fights acne causing bacteria.
- Bergamot Oil
Good for all skin types. It has a delectable citrus scent, is antimicrobial and antiseptic and promotes skin growth (so great for acne scar repair!)
With both the carrier and essential oils in the bottle, give it a little shake and apply to you face morning and night with a cotton ball or makeup pad. Let it absorb – depending on the oil, it will take a few seconds to a few minutes – and apply some natural makeup, if that’s your thing.
And I’ve got a bonus idea just for you guys!
This step is optional and kinda like a clear skin boost. Instead of using just one carrier oil, it’s nice to add a second one for extra nourishing and nutritive benefits. If you’ve only got one carrier oil on hand, or plain just don’t feel like it, that’s OK!
Otherwise, fill your bottle 1/2 – 2/3 full with the first carrier oil you chose above. Then fill the remaining 1/3 – 1/2 of the bottle with a second carrier oil and add your EO as described above.
Here are some cool bonus carrier oils you can try (I love using sea buckthorn, baobab, evening primrose and peach kernel oils for the all important clear skin vitamin A!):
- Tamanu oil
- Borage oil
- Evening primrose oil
- Neem oil
- Sea buckthorn oil
- Pomegranate oil
- Carrot seed oil
- Pumpkin seed oil
- Apricot kernel oil
- Baobab oil
- Peach kernel oil
- Sandalwood seed oil
How To Store Your DIY Acne Fighting Moisturizer
I recommend mixing your DIY moisturizer in a dark glass bottle, either amber or cobalt blue in colour. This will help protect the oils from oxidation through exposure to air and light, as well as maintain their therapeutic properties. Store them in a cool dark place for about 6 – 12 months.
Making small batches will mean you have to DIY more often, but it will ensure that the oils don’t go past their prime. Plus, it gives you an opportunity to experiment with different oils, and if you find that you don’t like a particular one, you can easily switch it up with your next batch.
Have fun experimenting and please share your moisture mixtures and let us know what your favourite oils are!
Disclaimer: The information contained within this post is for informational purposes only. It is intended for general well-being and education and is not intended to be used as medical advice and is not a substitute for medical services. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should always consult with a health care professional before starting on any health plan.
I just love how inexpensive and easy it can be to care for your skin. Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of information, Jodi. Find her at:
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Tea Tree Oil is one of my favorite essential oils for fighting acne. What are some of yours? Can’t wait to hear from you!
Until next time,