Acne can seem like a curse…
…or a battle that leaves us searching for a cure and trying tons of commercially-prepared remedies that promise treatment.
The belief that pharmaceutical antibiotics, harsh chemicals, and synthetic hormones are necessary to treat acne is simply untrue.
In addition to diet modification (more fresh, less processed foods), there are several all-natural, herbal remedies that are super effective in clear up your skin.
Herbs that Heal
Of the many all-natural and “old-wives’ tale” remedies used to treat acne…herbs often work the best to heal facial blemishes.
A few of my favorite included:
Yet my experience in combining these herbs has been amazing!
Herbal Acne Treatment Bar Soap Recipe
I can honestly say that no other facial cleanser has had the power of this bar soap.
Utilizing the healing and detoxifying properties of neem oil, castor oil, and tea tree — coupled with the skin-loving herbs of thyme, burdock root, comfrey, and nettles — acne has little hope against this stuff!
Get ready to blast your blemish-prone skin!
-10 ounces olive oil infused with dried thyme, burdock root, comfrey, and nettles
-10 ounces coconut oil
-2 ounces castor oil
-6 ounces Neem oil
-3 ounces Palm oil, or grass-fed tallow (just be sure to run the recipe through the lye calculator if using tallow instead of palm)
-2 ounces beeswax
-4.5 ounces of lye
-10 ounces of water
-1 ounce tea tree oil
-1 ounce peppermint essential oil
*Please Note: All measurements are by weight using a small digital kitchen scale.
1. Measure the lye and water — each in separate bowls — using a kitchen scale. Note: Always run your recipe through a lye calculator to be sure that you are using the proper amount of oils, lye, and liquid.
2. Carefully combine the lye and water by pouring the lye into the water (never pour the water into the lye) and stir liquid until lye is completely dissolved. The liquid is caustic and not to be touched in anyway. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Note: Be careful when working with lye and follow all of the recommended precautions. Note: What I’m trying to say is, I can not be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe.
3. Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare the oils.
4. Measure all oils, by using a kitchen scale, and pour into a pot. Note: Use the herbal oil infusion methods that I share in this post as a guide when creating your own herb infused olive oil for this recipe.
5. Warm oils and beeswax on low heat until all are melted.
6. Pour melted oils into a crock pot. Be sure the crock pot is on the lowest setting. Note: Do not allow the oils to get to hot.
7. Add the lye/water mixture to the oils in the crock pot and stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of vinegar, soap, and water. Vinegar will neutralize the lye.
8. After a brief stir, grab your stick blender and get to work! Blend the oils, lye, and water in the crock pot for at least 3-5 minutes. We are working toward ”trace.”
9. Blend until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency.
10. Once the mixture is pudding-like, cover the crock pot and “cook” the soap for approximately 1 hour.
11. By the end, the mixture should have folded in on itself and it should be somewhat transparent. Turn off the crock pot.
12. Prepare your molds. Note: I just use a standard glass loaf pan lined with parchment paper and it’s always worked perfectly. Post Update: I have switched to using these silicon loaf pans and LOVE them!
13. Add the essential oils just prior to pouring your soap into the molds.
14. Spoon soap mixture into molds. Allow soap to cool and harden for 24 hours.
15. Remove from mold on to cutting board and cut into 1 inch thick bars.
16. Place bars on a tray with good airflow so that they can harden further. Because we are using the hot processed method of soap-making with this recipe…feel free to go ahead and use your first bar!!!
-If you are new to soap-making I strongly suggest you read through these very informative articles and find what will work for you:
-I would also recommend borrowing a few of these books from the library if you really find yourself wanting to know more:
- Handcrafted Soapby Dolores Boone
- The Soapmaker’s Companionby Susan Miller Cavitch
- The Natural Soap Bookby Susan Miller Cavitch
Where to Buy Soap-Making Supplies
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