Homemade Acne Face Wash Recipes

Homemade Acne Face Wash

Over the counter and prescription acne face washes are expensive and harsh on your skin.  Why not make your own homemade acne face wash with fresh, natural ingredients that are gentle on your skin and effective at cleansing and conditioning your skin.

I’ve scoured the internet for homemade acne cleansers and found several recipes to try.  Now, I’m not going to put a homemade concoction of random ingredients on my face just because some website said it was a good idea.  Although I haven’t yet tried all of these recipes, I’ve researched them to make sure the ingredients actually are good for acne.

With all of these recipes, there is no need to wash with soap after.  Simply rinse the cleanser off your face with warm or cool water, depending on the type of cleanser and your preference.  Some like cool water because it keeps your pores closed and tightens your skin.  I prefer warm water because it’s just more comfortable for me.

Here are the best homemade acne washes I have found.  Some are so simple they have just one ingredient.  Others are a little bit more involved to make. Try one or too, or try them all.  Pick your favorite and make sure to let us know how they worked for you in the comment section below.



Simply massage honey into your skin for a couple minutes.  Before you start, pin your hair back to keep it from getting honey in it and stand over a sink in case there are drips.  You only need to use a small amount of honey, gently working a thin layer o fit into your skin.  After a few minutes, or when you’ve worked over your entire face, rinse the honey off with warm water and pat your face dry.


Honey Milk

Put 2 Tablespoons of organic milk into a small dish and heat it for a few seconds in the microwave.  Make sure it doesn’t get hot enough to burn your skin.  Add a teaspoon of honey to the milk and stir it in with your finger.  The honey will dissolve easily in the warm milk.   Wash your face with this thin lotion using the tips of your fingers and small circular motions.  Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Milk  contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid and is good for improving the overall look and feel of the skin when applied topically.  I almost didn’t include this recipe because it contains milk, but since we are not eating the mask I decided it would be okay.


Baking Soda

Baking Soda is alkaline so it will neutralize acids on your skin and kill of acne causing bacteria.  The fine grainy texture of baking soda also makes an excellent exfoliating scrub.  As you work the mixture into your skin, old dead skin cells, dirt, and impurities will come off, leaving your pores clear and your skin feeling fresh and new.

To make the baking soda facial cleanser, scoop about a teaspoon of baking soda into the palm of your hand.  Add a few drops of water, mixing with your finger until you form a thin paste, about the consistency of lotion.  Work the baking soda into your skin in small circles for 2 to 3 minutes.  Rinse it off with cool or warm water and gently pat your face dry.  Repeat weekly if desired.  Like any exfoliating method, the baking soda facial cleanse should not be done too frequently to avoid over exfoliation.


Oatmeal Yogurt

Put 1/4 cup oats in a blender, food processor or coffee grinder for a few seconds to make a fine grained texture. Combine with 1/2 cup water.  Microwave the mixture for 2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds to prevent boiling over. Add 1/4 cup plain yogurt.  If the mixture is too think, add some water, lemon juice, or apple juice.  Work into face for 2 to 3 minutes then rinse the mixture completely off with warm water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel.


Castor Oil & Olive Oil

The oily dirt and grime that builds up on our skin is not water-soluble. It is oil soluble.  Though perhaps counter intuitive, oil cleansers really do work, and they leave skin feeling soft and glowing. Stripping our natural oils away with harsh astringents may dry up the skin’s oil, but it leaves skin dry and defenseless.  Plus, skin often responds to such an assault by producing excess oil, which can compound problems.

Use a blend of castor oil and olive oil or sunflower oil as a daily facial cleanser.  The ratio of oils will depend on your skin type.  For oily skin use more castor oil, and for dry skin use less castor oil.  You may have to experiment to find the right blend for your skin.  Combine the oils in a small squeeze bottle, like the kind they sell in the travel section.  Start with these guidelines.

  • Oily skin: 3 parts castor oil to 7 parts olive or sunflower oil
  • Balanced skin: 1 part castor oil to 4 parts olive or sunflower oil
  • Dry skin: 1 part castor oil to 9 parts olive or sunflower oil

To use the wash, squeeze a small amount onto your hand, maybe the size of a quarter, and work into your skin.  Next, place a hot washcloth on your face for a couple minutes to open up your pores and allow the oil to penetrate your skin and do its work.  Rinse the cleanser off your skin with warm water.


If you liked these ideas you may also like these homemade masks for acne.


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