Acne is one of the most infamous skin woes that can plague us from our teenage years, even into adulthood. There are a lot of causes and even more solutions, some of which seem to do more harm than good in the long run. Although a quality, blemish-targeting skincare routine is the best way to tackle your acne, sometimes your routine just needs a bit of a boost. Unfortunately, the complexities of acne can often leave our head spinning and our wallets hurting, so Team SkinOwl has come to your rescue with a list of our favorite DIY acne solutions.
Before you jump into your favorite DIY acne solutions, make sure to give your face a good, but gentle cleanse. We like using our Tomato Beauty Bar, which is made specifically to treat oily, sensitive, and acne prone skin. Our Turmeric Beauty Bar is great for those in mid-breakout. Turmeric’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties reduce inflammation, banish acne-causing bacteria, and help the skin heal. Feeling super congested? Charcoal Bar will come to your rescue, drawing out impurities and toxins, while not stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Aloe, Your Redness Reducing Friend
There are so many amazing natural benefits to aloe! From acne scar healing to redness and swelling reducing, aloe is an amazing ingredient to add to your blemish banishing routine. Here are some ways we’re using aloe in our DIY acne solutions.
Fresh Aloe Vera Face Mask || If you’re lucky enough to have an aloe vera plant or leaf on hand, scrape out the inner gooeyness and simply apply it all over your face. If you want to avoid a mess, you can cover your face with plastic wrap. Leave your mask on for 10-20 minutes and wash off with cool water.
Looking to kick this up a notch? Throw your aloe vera, 1/2 a peeled cucumber, and 2 drops of tea tree essential oil in a blender and apply the smooth blend to your face. The cucumber will help cool, depuff, and brighten, while tea tree oil will zap zits.
No time for a mask? Apply a little bit of our Eye+ to any especially inflamed and red areas of the face. The cucumber, aloe, and vitamin E found in our eye gel will help reduce redness and inflammation in no time!
Zip Zapping Tea Tree Oil
We’ve all heard of using tea tree oil as a blemish spot treatment, but how does it actually work? The powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties of this oil help to eliminate blemishes without irritating or overly drying your skin. Here are our favorite DIY tea tree spot treatments, courtesy of Hello Glow, to help zap those zits!
Acne Roll on Spot Treatment || Fill a roll-on applicator 3/4 the way with your choice of non-greasy, anti-inflammatory, and oil regulating jojoba, hemp seed or grapeseed oil. Fill the remaining 1/4 of your applicator with tea tree oil. Gently shake and apply directly to your blemish. The best part about this DIY is that you can pop it in your bag and use it on the go!
Overnight Acne Spot Treatment || Need something that will pack a bit more of a punch? Take 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil and mix it with 2 drops of tea tree oil and 1/2 clove fresh garlic crushed and finely mashed. Garlic is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory so it will help reduce redness and inflammation. Apply mixture to your spot with a q-tip and leave it on overnight to work its magic!
Looking for other ways to incorporate tea tree oil into your skincare routine? Try our Charcoal Beauty Bar. It’s combination of lavender, eucalyptus, cedarwood, tea tree , nd peppermint oils calm, heal, and clarify the skin’s pores.
Everyone’s Favorite Toner, Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is one of those simple, yet powerful ingredients that everyone should use in their skincare regimen. It’s an astringent that tightens pores, fights bacteria, and reduces inflammation. This ancient remedy is definitely one worth including in your beauty regimen, so here’s how we’re using witch hazel as one of our DIY acne solutions.
Wonderful Witch Hazel Toner || This natural astringent is incredible at removing excess oil from the skin, so it’s perfect to use as a toner after cleansing, or even throughout the day as a quick skin refresh. For normal to oily skin, mix 3 parts witch hazel to 1 part water. Drier skin types might prefer to substitute the water for rosewater, as it has more hydrating properties. You can pop your witch hazel toner into a spray bottle and spritz it over your face to tone. You can also pop some on a cotton pad and apply it that way.
Suffer from razor burn? Try applying your witch hazel toner before and after shaving to help reduce irritation.
Blemish Spot Treatment || Witch Hazel is another great spot treatment! Simply soak a q-tip in witch hazel and apply to your blemish for a few seconds to reduce its swollen and red appearance. You can then follow up with your Tea Tree Acne Roll on Spot Treatment!
Want to reap the benefits of witch hazel but have no time for DIY acne solutions? Bust out your Neck+ and use it as an all over, anti-acne face treatment. Full of zit zapping ingredients such as toning witch hazel, soothing aloe, and redness reducing turmeric, this skin concentrate will leave your complexion feeling hydrated, toned, and radiant.
Let us know if you end up trying out any of these DIY acne solutions by tagging us using @skinowl on Instagram. We’d love to see your recreations!