Some real doozies on my face have “blessed” me with an opportunity to fight back using my favorite natural DIY blemish treatments.
About once a month my hormones do crazy things, leaving my face with breakouts that closely resemble moguls on a ski slope. In fact, you can see a Mt. Everest look-alike on my forehead from a mile away right now.
All joking aside, it’s always nice to be able to put your best face forward and not have to worry that people are staring at your disgusting breakouts when talking to you.
In the video below, I share three of my favorite go-to remedies for naturally treating blemishes. (Keep reading for detailed recipes and additional information.)
Heal Blemishes Naturally
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My Favorite Remedies
Remedy #1: Tea Tree Gel
Tea tree is a powerful essential oil with antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It promotes healing in blemishes and has been studied in-depth to find a concentration at which it’s most effective. Tea tree essential oil has been shown to be very effective in healing acne at a 5% concentration. In clinical trials, it worked as well as an acne treatment with 5% benzoyl peroxide (the active ingredient in most commercial acne treatments). Combining tea tree oil with pure aloe vera gel (which is also very beneficial for acneic skin and breakouts) yields a very natural, gentle remedy for blemishes.
- 1 Tbsp pure aloe vera gel (find pure aloe vera gel here)
- ¼ tsp tea tree essential oil (find 100% pure essential oils here)
Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Transfer to a small container with an airtight lid. Apply directly to blemishes or problem areas with a clean finger or cotton swab. Allow to dry. Store tea tree gel in the refrigerator. Use within a few weeks.
Remedy #2: Witch Hazel and Essential Oil
Witch hazel is another simple, effective treatment for blemishes. This plant extract is naturally astringent, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. To boost the healing properties of this blemish remedy, I combine it with an antibacterial essential oil. Some options are thyme, tea tree, lemon, lavender, and many more.
- 2 oz. witch hazel extract (find witch hazel extract here)
- 8-10 drops antibacterial essential oil of your choice (find 100% pure essential oils here)
Add witch hazel to a small squirt bottle. Drip essential oils into bottle, cap tightly, and shake to combine. Squirt a small amount onto a cotton ball and apply directly to blemishes. Allow to dry.
Remedy #3: Clay Treatment
Clays have been used for centuries in all sorts of cosmetic, healing, and spa-type preparations. Clays work to draw toxins and impurities from your skin, leaving you with an improved complexion. French Green Clay is an extremely absorbent clay, which also tones and revitalizes skin, and speeds healing of blemishes. It can be used weekly in a mask, or daily to spot-treat blemishes. Kaolin Clay (White Cosmetic Clay) can also be used to treat problem areas. It is a gentle, absorbent clay that is appropriate for all skin types.
- French Green Clay or Kaolin Clay (find naturally processed clays here)
- distilled or filtered water (find water purification systems here)
Add a small amount of clay to a bowl (about ½ teaspoon for spot-treatments or 1 teaspoon for full face), and add a little water at a time, stirring after each addition, until a smooth paste is formed. Apply paste to problem areas or as a mask over entire face. Allow clay to dry completely, then use a warm washcloth to gently rinse away clay. Mix clay blemish treatment only as needed, and discard extras after use.
Show your face
Hopefully one of these remedies will work so you can confidently show your face to the world. I have had success with each one at different times, but my favorite is probably the tea tree gel, which I like to apply several times a day and it doesn’t dry my skin or leave any evidence. (Which reminds me…don’t forget to wash a clay treatment off your face before sitting down for dinner. It scares the other people at the table.)
And hey, if none of these work, you can just smile. I’ve always found a big fat smile can create the best diversion when I’m self conscious about my mug.
If you have a favorite natural remedy for treating blemishes, share it with the community below!