Homemade Zit Zapper

by Merissa on January 28, 2014

in Natural Living

Homemade Zit Zapper - Little House Living

Homemade Zit Zapper

Since it's back to school time it's the perfect time to talk about skin. No child, young adult, or adult heading back to the classroom this fall wants to have a face full of pimples. It's embarrassing, but sometimes can't be helped.

Today you will find some easy and homemade solutions to your pimple problems. Anyone can use these ideas, whether you are a teen or an adult going through hormone imbalances and changes.

Homemade Zit Zapper

This is the easiest thing to make that gets rid of pimples. It sounds a little counter productive...oil to help an oily face? But for many people, oil isn't the issue (I had very, very dry skin as a teen and still had acne issues) and this may be a great and easy solution for you. All you need is:

On the stove top, melt 1/8 cup of coconut oil (if it's a hot day you can skip this step and just use your melted coconut oil instead!). Add in just a few drops of tea tree oil (no more than 5). Mix to blend and then use an eye drop dropper to add the mixture into the lip balm tubes. It should only take a few minutes for the coconut oil to set up. (If your kitchen is warm, stick the tubes in the fridge first.) Store the tubes in the fridge so they don't melt and use as needed as a homemade zit zapper spot targeting treatment. This method works very well for me!

Why does this work?
Coconut Oil is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. It helps with redness and puffiness and will fight bacteria. Tea Tree Oil is also antibacterial and anti-fungal so it gives it an extra kick. You can apply this homemade zip zapper as needed. (Warning: Tea Tree Oil does have some natural estrogen in it, so if you have trouble with that hormone you should add less or leave it out.)

Other Homemade Zit Zapper Ideas

If you need more than just spot treatment you can try some of the other ideas listed below. One may work for you that won't work for someone else; it all depends on your skin type!

Apple Cider Vinegar: Dilute the vinegar in a little water before applying it to your face. Dab on as needed with a cotton ball.

Baking Soda: Create a paste with baking soda and water and apply to your face as needed. You can spot apply or apply to your entire face. Leave on for about 15 minutes and then rinse off. Repeat daily as needed.

Lemon Juice: Fresh squeeze a lemon and apply the juice to your entire face. It will act as an astringent and cleanse your face. Leave on 15 minutes to an hour before rinsing off.

Clay: Applying clay to your face and to your trouble spots will help draw out bacteria and reduce swelling and redness. If you aren't sure which kind to get, I recommend Redmond Clay.

Green Tea: Green Tea has antioxidant properties and makes a good face wash. Brew up a strong pot, cool, and use as a face rinse when you wash your face.

Witch Hazel: Use Witch Hazel as an astringent. Apply as needed with a cotton ball.

Charcoal: Using a Charcoal activated soap as a face wash can help cleanse and draw out toxins from your pores. You can buy it here on Amazon.

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As I said above, some of these methods may work for you and some won't, it all depends on your skin type! So give a couple a try and discover what works best with your skin.

Do you have a special homemade zit zapper remedy? What seems to work best for you?

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1 Pam September 23, 2013 at 7:16 am

Have a two teens and an almost teen, I was quite curious about your post.. :) Looks like I need to invest in some coconut oil. We have tried the Apple Cider Vinegar, but my kids really can’t stand the smell of it when using it.

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2 Merissa September 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

If you try it let us know how it works for you!

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3 Dani September 26, 2013 at 8:48 am

If you have not purchased your coconut oil yet, I would like to suggest to you that you by raw, unrefined coconut oil as opposed to refined. The healing and nutritional values of the refined are diminished greatly during the refining process. I jumped on the all natural band wagon a few years ago and went full force, so my first experiences with coconut oil were of oil that I extracted from the coconut, myself. AMAZING! But then, as with most “projects” in my life, I realized that I just didn’t have the time to make my own so I went and bought a jar….was not impressed! So a friend of mine told me the refined stuff I was buying was useless and recommended buying unrefined. I love it almost as much as the oil I was extracting at home! I use it for everything. I even keep an air tight container in my purse for when I am away from home…it’s the only moisturizer I use.

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4 Tammy September 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

Will have to do this from my teen for sure

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5 Cynthia L September 23, 2013 at 8:01 am

What great tips! I have never had an issue until I went through menopause! My daughter has a few problems with acne and I will pass the tips on to her, she enjoys using natural ingredients!

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6 Merissa September 23, 2013 at 8:08 am

I hope one of these methods will work for her!

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7 Andrea September 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Ooh, I so need this! I have tried Witch Hazel before, and it works pretty well! I love activated charcoal for teeth whitening, so I will be giving that a try. Tea tree oil is such fantastic stuff, I am sure it works wonderfully… that’ll be first on my list :)

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8 Kristina Hudson September 24, 2013 at 8:06 am

Thank you for the tips! There are a couple in there I have never heard of- I’ll give them a try! I would like to mention something about the baking soda though. You said it all depends on your skin type, and that’s very true. If the baking soda starts to feel like it’s burning, rinse it off immediately. Burning is not synonymous with working in this case! I have red hair and the skin to go along with it and I can’t leave baking soda on my face for more than about 10 SECONDS before it starts to burn- I can’t imagine leaving it on for several minutes. So definitely be careful! Thanks again and God bless!

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9 Erica September 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

This will come in handy as i move to a much cooler, dryer climate. My skin may change and I will need a new product to use.

Erica
We Three Crabs

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10 laurel September 26, 2013 at 11:45 am

This may be a silly question…but can someone help me get the zit zapper recipe? I see the picture up top but no recipe….

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11 Merissa September 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Try refreshing the page. We were having website issues but they should be fixed now.

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12 Kemmi Lee, LE September 27, 2013 at 9:50 am

Please do not do this. Although coconut is naturally antibacterial, it is known to clog pores! In fact according to Dr. James Fulton, the leading researcher in the world of acne, coconut oil is one of the worst things to put directly on your face if you have acne. Put it in your food for a healthy gut, instead. Tea tree oil is safe to use neat. Just dab tea tree oil directly on a pimple, several times a day. I love and endorse natural and organic cosmetics and personal care as much as anyone, as long as it is based on good science, but there is a reason why you need to be licensed to practice skin care. Acne is a serious disease that has to be managed internally and externally…and not by dabbing it with coconut oil.

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13 Merissa September 27, 2013 at 10:42 am

I think it completely depends on your skin type. What works for someone else may not work for you. I’ve tested this method for years and it works wonders on any acne that pops up on my skin.

I also do not claim to be licensed in anything, this site is only for sharing personal experience. You can read more in my Disclaimer if you have any questions.

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14 Kellea November 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

Most certified aromatherapists recommend that you do NOT use tea tree oil neat, except for rare emergencies and for a short period of time. Continued use of any oil neat can and may cause sensitivity to that oil. Please first consult with a certified aromatherapist before using Tea Tree neat.

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15 Angelica October 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm

I will use a container. Would that be okay too? Also, would this work for blackheads?

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16 Merissa October 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I’m not sure about blackheads but it’s worth a try. yes, any container will work!

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17 Jenny October 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I’m completely with you on the coconut oil. I think it has so many other health properties as well, I can’t stress enough how much time I have got for coconut oil. It’s all natural as well obviously, so it’s not like you’re using some strange chemicals :)

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18 pipersfun2 November 1, 2013 at 1:45 am

I have a question, I know that zinc is also great for stopping pimples. Do you think that it would be helpful to add that to it?

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19 Merissa November 1, 2013 at 5:25 am

You could always try it! Like I said, different ingredients work for different skin so if this doesn’t work for you it would be a good idea to mix it up with some other ingredients.

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20 meital November 4, 2013 at 12:02 am

This looks great…I personally used blue light therapy to get rid of a mild acne problem I used to have…Well, I use light therapy for just about anything…

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21 Kalyn Brooke | Creative Savings November 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

This is a great idea – and sounds so easy! I rarely break out anymore, but sometimes you get one out of nowhere. Not fun!

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22 Tracy November 7, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Coconut oil will clog your pores. Tea tree oil will dry your pimples.

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23 Merissa November 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Coconut oil is actually comedogenic. It may clog pores in some people while for others it will not. Like I said in the post, it’s a trial and error thing. It does not clog pores for me, I use it on my face daily :)

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24 Cheyenne Pomerleau January 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I don’t know why people are saying coconut oil will clog pores: I’ve been doing some research, and the articles I’ve seen all say the exact opposite – which is what lead me here looking for a natural solution to my frequent battles with acne. :-) Perhaps that is a more opinionated statement, as everyone’s skin is different and will react as such.

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25 Merissa January 1, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I’ve found that it really depends on one’s skin type. And yes, I think it’s easy to believe that all oil on the face is bad but it all depends on the kind of oil used :)

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26 Erin K November 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Hi!
I loooove coconut oil. I use coconut oil exclusively for body moisturizer . I tried it as a facial moisturizer for about 2 months and it completely broke me out. You can find the comedogenic ratings of oils and other natural moisturizers online. I found out that on a scale of 0-5, coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 4, which means it is highly likely to clog pores. As many have said, everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products. After doing my homework, I found that hemp seed oil has a comedogenic rating of zero, which means it will not clog pores! It is also high in in essential fatty acids, which will actually make the sebum in your pores less sticky, therefore unclogging your pores. It has worked wonders for my acne and my skin is so soft and younger looking. I always still keep a big jar of coconut oil on hand for all over body and hair moisturization, though. Smells amazing and really moisturizers skin and gives it a beautiful glow! Thanks for the post, very informative!

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27 Cheyenne Pomerleau January 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Well, at any rate, I made some to try and look forward to seeing how it works. :-)

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28 Melinda January 10, 2014 at 2:50 am

So I have a question? Also I just found your web site so I haven’t had a lot of time to read anything on diet/coconut oil benefits and acne. But where would you begin? I have a close family member with a terrible, constant outbreak on her back. Many have told me it may be an allergy? But we’ve had no luck addressing it this way. In the past we have had great results from extensive antibiotics, but I don’t want to use these. High doses for a month at a time? Not an option anymore. Because of these results I think it may be bacterial and the coconut oil is said to be antibacterial. I know this is long but any advice would be helpful. This has been extremely difficult for this person to deal with. Thanks very much in Advance, Melinda

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29 Merissa January 10, 2014 at 7:41 am

I would just try some coconut oil on their back and see if it does anything (give it a few days). It shouldn’t hurt to try and you will find out if it’s going to help. I think I’d just try straight and plain coconut oil at first and if that seems beneficial, maybe add in some essential oils later.

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30 Lana January 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

I did antibiotics for acne as a teen and it ruined my health. Constant antibiotic use pretty much shut down my immune system. I have just spent three tough years regaining my health but I was ill for 35 years because of it. In the natural alternative medicine world, acne is considered to be a problem with the gut showing up externally on the skin. The number one thing to do is to treat the gut and the acne will take care of itself. Now that my health issues have been addressed I have great skin.

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31 Veronica P March 4, 2014 at 6:24 am

Melinda, Get her some Pink Himalayan salt, you can buy it in soap size bars, after she washes her back with the salt, when she gets out of the shower, then add the coconut oil. I know it sounds crazy, but the Himalayan salt works like magic with acne !

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32 Kellea November 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

Try rubbing on fresh garlic cloves. My daughter has a good bit of acne and this is the only thing that works for her. Just slice a fresh clove to expose the juice, and rub it on the trouble areas. Keep slicing off new layers to reveal more juice as it dries out while you’re rubbing. Garlic is a powerful antibiotic and it is a wonderful anti-acne cure. My daughter uses it at night before bed since it makes her smell garlicky. She saw instant overnight results the first time she used it. It may also help for her to eat fresh garlic daily (aside from internal help against the acne, it is also a great way to keep away the sick bugs.) If it’s too strong to eat raw, try blending 1/2 a clove in a smoothie. =)

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33 Evie Dawson January 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

Loved your post! I believe to create your own skin care products, it’s important to use the highest quality ingredients that will nourish skin as well. Always take into consideration to use organic ingredients.

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34 Christina Caswell January 28, 2014 at 8:27 am

Those are some great ideas. I have super sensitive skin, so I have to watch what I use on my face. I made a paste out of baking soda and water and used it to clean my face. While it did clean my face, it also irritated it. The next time I cleaned my face, I mixed some baking soda and coconut oil. The combination of baking soda and coconut oil cleaned my face, left my skin soft, and there was no irritation.

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35 Belinda January 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Same thing happened to my daughter (she also has super sensitive skin). Thanks for the tip about the coconut oil. We’ll give that a try.

Blessings

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36 Laura Adams January 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I have not tried the coconut oil yet, but have used tea tree oil for many years for various things. My teens love to wash their face and then put pure organic honey on their face. leave it on for 15 minutes up to overnight and tthen wash it off. They have also mixed some cinnamon in with the honey and put it on their acne. It seems to work for clearing up the acne. The honey acts as an antibacterial and draws the toxins out. I do agree with people on a healthy gut and liver is the key. Acne is just the liver trying to remove toxins.

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37 jelli January 29, 2014 at 7:58 am

I love this recipe and can’t wait to dive into more of your DIY skincare recipes, Merissa. I found you from Ahalogy as I was pinning network content and I’m so happy I did! Have a great week.

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38 Duchess76 February 1, 2014 at 7:13 pm

I love your website, and this is a great idea. I’ve used coconut oil straight on my face and love it. That said, I’m wondering if I could also use beeswax in the mixture, or if that would clog pores more? I do my own balms frequently, but none specifically for zits yet. If like my balm to be a little firmer, since coconut oil gets so soft in the summer. Would love your thoughts.

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39 Merissa February 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I’m not sure if it would clog pores…I do use beeswax in my lotions but I don’t typically use the lotion on my face. I like to keep this stick in the fridge in the warmer months to keep it harder, plus the coolness feels great!

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40 Lori February 9, 2014 at 7:43 am

We use Witch Hazel- love the stuff! I like your idea here too.

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41 NATASHA SALAZAR February 27, 2014 at 7:41 am

Can you add a bit of beeswax to keep it a little firmer? That way you don’t have to keep it refrigerated?

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42 Merissa February 27, 2014 at 11:50 am

Yes you can, although it might cause some pore blockage in some people.

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43 Pratiba April 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hey guys,
Since i had pimples and mild acne problem….i used sandalwood paste…i got the sandalwood stick and made a paste n put it on the spots n leave them overnight…trust me it works! but be careful purchase the genuine good quality sandalwood.i got mine from mysore,india

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44 Patti April 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm

You mentioned that one of the ingredients has some estrogen in it, is it too much for a 16 year old male to use? Just curious, my son uses things like sea breeze and says it burns his skin, sometimes it doesn’t even work. Just trying to find something that should work and be more gentle on his skin.

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45 Merissa April 13, 2014 at 9:27 pm

I personally think it’s ok but it would be good to do more research if you are wondering.

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46 Therese April 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

When my son was a teen he had acne, but it was the worst on his back. The one thing that helped him was a sulphur wash. I am now an empty-nester and make my own soap. I’ve seen a recipe for adding flowers of sulphur (a natural ingredient available at drug stores) to soap when milling. I’d like to try it but don’t have a guinea pig. I can’t walk up to a teen and say, “Would you try my homemade soap on your acne?” haha Maybe one of these days…would like to know if anyone has tried this.

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47 Janet July 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Exfoliating is the key to combating back acne. My personal preference is sea salt scrub, you can make your own or buy it (I prefer Arbonne). Afterwards you apply whatever acne treatment you feel works for you. I have amazing luck with Arbonne products, which are organic, and their acne treatment is the only brand I will buy now.

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48 mandy April 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I myself have dealt with acne since I was a teen and have tried everything possible. I have super sensitive skin and everything broke me out or irritated my skin. After 15 years of trying I found out that gold dial bar soap works great to clean my face. That is all I use anymore. Make sure that you wash make up off every night and frequently change your pillow case.

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49 Arron May 2, 2014 at 3:40 am

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50 Amanda May 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I going to try this as a spot treatment. Overall I have been using an aspirin mask made with aspirin, yogurt, and honey. If anyone is interested the recipe is 5 uncoated aspirin, 2 tbsp plain yogurt and a little honey. Mix the honey and yogurt and then add the aspirin and let them dissolve. The instructions say to leave on ten to twenty minutes but I have been leaving it on for forty five or so. So far it’s been working wonders for my skin. I have been using it every other day and it’s wonderful!

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51 jc May 25, 2014 at 8:44 pm

This is now my face today suffering of acne problems. I’m searching for a great treatment solution. It’s a blessing I read this information of yours which proving me to try on it especially the treatment of the coconut oil. I’ll try on it to see the best result. Thank you! God bless and hoping many people suffering acne problems like me see this page.

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52 Kathleen June 1, 2014 at 6:48 am

What I do is slice a clove of garlic in half so it produces the juice. Wash skin with warm water to help open pores. Then rub the acne with the garlic half for a few minutes. I’m not going to lie..it does burn a bit. Then after wards rinse your face with cool water. The cool water helps to close up pores. The garlic helps to get rid of the oil and dirt that are in the acne. Hope this helps.

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53 Merissa June 1, 2014 at 8:41 am

Thanks for sharing this!

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54 Chris June 24, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Ok i’m desperate :( I used everything possible and nothing worked. I went to the dermatologist. I started drinking more water. I stopped using makeup. I started using a tea tree oil soap and stopped wiping my face with the towel because i’ve red it gets lots of bacteria. I started disinfecting my phone with alcohol everyday. I used masks with aspirin, cucumber, potato, honey, yogurt, egg, lemon, milk, garlic, toothpaste, olive oil, castor oil and many others
NOTHING WORKED. I’m still fighting acne and I’m 16. It’s frustrating…over a year and a half i started losing hope that i will ever get over this problem. I see everyday, on the street, in my classroom, among my friends, girls with perfect skin. Why am I not like that? I tried almost everything and nothing works.
I hope you all people out there who tried one or more of these solutions had better results than me and started feeling better with themselves. If you need masks and natural treatments that I used/ know against acne, you can ask me. At least you should have more luck than me

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55 Sara July 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

You are 16! I promise it gets better! And NO ONE has perfect skin, they just hide it under makeup and you’re brave to not hide it. Just make sure you have a facial routine. Wash only twice a day, exfoliate once a week. It’ll gradually get better I promise! Be patient, my acne only started getting better at 19. Smile! I promise you that your confidence will make those pimples fade! I don’t know how (maybe some chemical difference?), but the happier I was with myself the less I stressed, the less zits I had. One more thing, nothing can vanish your acne overnight, you have to stick to one thing and keep at it. Try it for two weeks straight and only if it’s not working by then, try something else. (A before and after picture helps a lot). Sweetie, you are beautiful, don’t let a couple of spots stand in the way of you not seeing that!

Best of Luck,
Sara

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56 Kellea November 4, 2014 at 10:38 am

Have you tried simply rubbing on fresh garlic juice from a fresh raw clove? My daughter has acne and that’s the only thing that works for her. She does it at night before bed (so she doesn’t’ stink during the day) and sees GREAT results. Garlic is a powerful antibiotic (which is what usually causes acne.)

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57 melody July 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

I have always known that coconut oil and tea tree oil are great for reducing acne blemishes but this idea you had to put them into lip balm tubes is just genius! I never knew how to use both of these oils together and was a bit lazy to try to mix something up, but putting them into a lip balm tube is easy and can be used at any moment you need it.
Really great idea, thanks for sharing!

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58 Sara July 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Honey!

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59 Sara July 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

It’s antibacterial and works amazingly overnight with a dab on the zit and a bandaid or as a mask.

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60 Tricia the Good Mama August 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I never thought to try something like this for acne! Thanks for the post!

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61 Nicole August 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I will have to give this a try! I have breakouts that flare up from time to time…I’d love to have something like this to attack them with. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Wind-Down. Make sure to link back to us so you can be featured!

Nicole =)

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62 Julie V. August 29, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Thanks for the idea. Skin care is always a tough one, at least for me. I’m visiting from Natasha in Oz’s party.

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63 Lauren September 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

I wish I could say that my 28 year old skin didn’t need any acne treatments at this point in my life. Unfortunately, my skin thinks it’s still 15. Thanks for sharing this homemade treatment.

I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

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64 Jayshree September 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I use tea tree oil for myself-as a 27 year old adult! I also use a few drops of Frankincense, lavender (for calming effect) as well as tea tree oil with witch hazel for a night toner!

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65 Jessica September 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

Hey Merissa, I love this post and the tips! Growing up I rarely had ance, all of my friends always doted over how I never broke out in high school…now many years later, after having a child, my skin is HORRIBLE. I break out on my face, back, neck, chest and at 29 its quite embarrassing, especially when all of my friends at this age have great skin. I would of much rather went through this in high school with everyone else. I cant wait to try these tips and see if anything works!! WAHOO fingers crossed

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66 Merissa September 3, 2014 at 9:29 am

I hope this helps you Jessica! :)

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67 Elizabeth September 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I didn’t know coconut oil helped with that! I have some and I will try it. Thanks!

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68 Kellea November 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

I haven’t read through all your comments so I don’t know if this has been mentioned or not. Fresh garlic is WONDERFUL for getting rid of zits. My daughter has an issue with them and when she is faithful to her regimen, it is fabulous. She cuts a fresh garlic clove and rubs the juice on her trouble areas. Just keep slicing a new layer off to reveal more fresh juice, as needed. She does this at night before bed since she smells garlicky =). The next morning brings instant visible results. After a few days of consistent use – dramatic difference…and depending on how bad the outbreak was, sometimes gone within just a few days.

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69 Merissa November 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Thanks for sharing, I didn’t know!

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70 Barbera November 10, 2014 at 3:11 am

I never thought about making a zit zapper in home. It’s wonderful, will surely give it a try. Thank you, Merissa!

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71 Katrina November 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Do you think one could melt the pink Himalayan into this recipe? How many tubes does this recipe make? Also, if I decided to add Frankincense and Lavender as Jayshree commented…how many drops do you suppose I should add?

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