Acne Face Wash - Mom's Guide to Clear Skin

An Original Homemade Skin Care Recipe

This is an all natural, acne face wash I came up with. I used to have quite an acne problem as a teen, but this cleanser took all of that away.

I love this recipe because it is packed with nutrients for your skin, without leaving it oily, and it's safe for daily use on sensitive skin too.

A lot of times when people have an acne problem their skin is oily enough, but can still be dehydrated. For balanced skin you need to clean it, moisturize it (with oils), and hydrate it. That's where this acne face wash comes in.

If your skin is oily, you probably need something to hydrate it, not moisturize it. Oats, Aloe, and honey can all do that. Every ingredient in this acne face wash is excellent for your skin, and when you put them all together, they create a world of relief that will revolutionize the way you care for your skin. Once you start using this acne face wash, not only will you notice a relief in your acne, but you'll also notice a more even skin tone, a glowing complexion, and nourished, supple skin.

I always like to know why ingredients in a product work, instead of just trying this or that. If you know what every ingredient is for, it's much easier to develop the perfect skin care for yourself. After all, no one in the world knows your skin like you do.

Scroll down below the recipe to read about each ingredient and what it does for your skin.

Acne Face Wash Recipe:


  • 1/4 c Oats
  • 1/4 c baking soda
  • 1/2 Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1 T Honey
  • 2 T Castor Oil
  • 3 -4 drops TeaTree Oil (Melaleuca) - Optional

Grind oats in a coffee grinder or blender, until it's a almost a powder. Pour into a bowl, combine thoroughly with baking soda, and set aside. With a whisk or hand mixer, whip together aloe vera, honey, castor oil, and optionally tea tree oil until a little fluffy.

Slowly stir the oat and baking soda mixture into the aloe mixture until completely combined. Store in a sealed glass container. 

Use as a daily face wash in the morning and evening. 

About the Acne Face Wash Ingredients


Image By Josef Stieranka - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link

Oats are very healing to the skin, and are helpful in remedying a number of rashes and infections including a poison ivy reaction, chicken pox, and even acne. Oats are very gentle on the skin, while being an effective cleansing agent. The reason I chose oats for this acne face wash is because, I wanted something to soften the feel on your skin. Baking soda and Melaleuca (tea tree) oil are incredible, but can make your skin feel a little stressed if you use them twice daily.

The oats help relieve that a bit. Oats obviously have their own healing properties for acne as well, but they also hydrate your skin. 

Baking Soda

Baking Soda is just really refined salt.

Salt is one of nature's best cleansing agents, and it strips dirt from your skin effortlessly. Salt can also dry out your skin, so when you use salt in your skincare, it is important to also use a moisturizer.

Baking soda is a great cleansing agent, and is gentler on the skin than some other salts, making it a gentler scrubbing agent.

Part of the reason salt is so good at scrubbing your skin is because it's tiny, sharp crystals. Sometimes larger salt crystals can actually scratch the surface of your skin. In order to avoid this, you can put the salt in the blender or coffee grinder, and grind it to the consistency of baking soda.

If you are a person that has a skin sensitivity to baking soda, you can always use Himalayan Pink salt, ground up really fine instead. However, if you are not sensitive to baking soda, it's an excellent natural cleaning agent, which is very important for an acne face wash.

Aloe Vera 

Aloe is often used for burn relief, but it's actually great for a number of skin healing applications. Aloe contains several anti-inflammatory enzyme compounds. Aloe is a natural anti-inflammatory, which is important in a skin care routine. Whether internal or external, inflammation causes nothing but trouble. 

Aloe is extremely soothing to skin (hair too), and can help it recover from a lot more than just sun damage. Aloe hydrates the skin without making it greasy, which can improve acne tremendously.

Of course if you are trying to find natural acne face wash ingredients, something directly from a plant is ideal.

When choosing an Aloe Vera Gel, it's important to think about what it is supposed to look like. When Aloe Vera Gel comes straight from the plant, it has a slight greenish hue to it, and it is not completely solid. It's more jelly-like.

The crystal clear, firm Aloe Vera Gel that you get from Walmart claims to be 100% pure Aloe, but it's the wrong color and consistency. That tells me it either came from a low quality plant, or was subject to processing. (Perhaps both)

When I'm looking for Aloe Vera Gel, I always look for something that is the consistency of mucus. I know it sounds nasty, but that's what good aloe should look and feel like. 


Honey is one of nature's treasures. It's a natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, and antioxidant. Local honey is helpful is in building an immunity to seasonal allergies, and never, ever goes bad. 1000 year old honey crystals could be heated up, and they'd still be good to eat, so honey makes an excellent preservative.

Honey can aid in cellular regeneration, which makes it an excellent skin care ingredient. Simply put, honey is packed with antioxidant and skin purifying nutrients. It's a worthwhile additive to your skincare routine.

Raw honey alone can replace most of your skincare products. If you choose to only use honey to clean your face, it can calm acne, reduce inflammation, and leave your skin more hydrated. Honey is one of the best things you can put on your skin.

Castor Oil

Castor Oil's two best traits are curing acne, and making your hair grow faster and thicker. I love castor oil, because it's so cheap, so natural, and so effective.

Castor oil is a natural antibiotic, anti-microbial, and disinfecting agent. Castor oil is good at killing germs, hidden pathogens, and stomping out any infections (like acne). Castor oil can kill the infection lurking below the skin, before it ever becomes a full grown pimple or zit. 

I like to use castor oil, honey, and baking soda together, because castor oil and honey kill any sort of infection or pathogen that may be on your skin, while hydrating and replenishing nutrients. Then the baking soda come in, and scrubs all that dead badness right off the surface. They are kind of a dream team together.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil

Melaleuca is how I supercharge this acne face wash. Trea tree oil is deeply healing for the skin. It's good at wiping out bacteria and infections. I've always used melaleuca by itself as a spot treatment for acne, and even cold sores. Melaleuca helps the skin recover from the sore, as well as wiping out the infection that caused it.

Essential oils can really make a difference in your skin care. I always list them as "optional," because the other ingredients in my recipes are very good, but the essential oils have a way of taking it to the next level, that I've never found in anything else. If I could only have one essential oil for skin care, and no others, I would choose Melaleuca. It's so effective, and works so quickly, I just can't imagine my skincare routine without it.

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