Make your own homemade acne cream to calm and balance oily, acne-prone skin. Excellent for using as a night cream.
This homemade face cream recipe includes lavender, bergamot and ylang ylang to cleanse your skin, balance oil production and help reduce the appearance of scarring. Vitamin E and aloe vera soothe and heal reddened, irritated skin.
Plus, its sweet floral scent soothes your nerves and balances your emotions, helping you slide into a peaceful, happy sleep.
While it may seem counter-intuitive to add oil to your face in a cream or facial oil, in fact it's critical to do so.
Cleansing your face strips away your skin's natural oils, and if you don't replace them your skin will do it for you, producing even more oil than before.
Moisturizer recipes such as this homemade acne cream use grapeseed oil, which tightens pores and helps reduce oil production - while at the same time replenishing that all-important oil barrier on the surface of your skin.
4 teaspoons (20ml) Grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon (5g) Emulsifying wax
1/2 teaspoon Stearic Acid (stabilizer)
1/2 teaspoon (2ml) or 2 400-IU capsules Vitamin E
1/3 cup (75ml) Witch Hazel or distilled water
1 tablespoon (15ml) Aloe Vera gel
5 drops Grapefruit Seed extract
5 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Bergamot OR Lemon essential oil
1 drop Geranium OR Ylang Ylang essential oil
1 drop Cedarwood essential oil
This recipe makes approximately 4oz (125ml) of homemade acne cream. Use it every night after washing and toning your face.
If your cream turns out too thin - and you will only know this for sure once it has cooled completely - make up another little mini-batch with 2 teaspoons oil, another 1/2 to 1 tablespoon emulsifying wax, and another 1/2 teaspoon of stearic acid. Melt as directed in the instructions above. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of warm water and then pour the new batch into the old, thin batch. Stir them together and let them set.
If your cream turns out too thick, make another complete batch using the recipe above, but this time reduce the emulsifying wax to 1/2 tablespoon and leave out the stearic acid. Mix the new, thin batch in with the old, thick batch to get a more middle-of-the-road consistency.
You can't just add more water because your cream would separate - the emulsifying wax has to work its magic to hold everything together.
For a thinner consistency, add a little less emulsifying wax and reduce the amount of stearic acid.
You can reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of drops of essential oils. Don't increase the essential oils, since they should only be a certain percentage of the total recipe.
Some of my readers have written to say that aloe vera makes their sensitive skin sting. If that's the case for you, replace the aloe with a tablespoon of water or, if your skin is dry but still acne-prone, a tablespoon of vegetable glycerin.
FYI: Stearic Acid is a waxy natural acid found in animal and vegetable fats that emulsifies, thickens and stabilizes lotions and creams. (The stearic acid from Mountain Rose is vegetable-based.)
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