Homemade Zit Zapper

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Love using the pimple solution sticks from the store but hate the price and the ingredients? Here’s how to make your own Homemade Zit Zapper cream sticks with just a few ingredients!

Beat those pesky zits by making your own zit zapper sticks with just a few things you already have in your pantry! #homemadezitzapper #zitzappersticks #naturalzitcream

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 (or going anywhere!) this fall wants to have a face full of pimples. It’s embarrassing, but sometimes it can’t be helped.

I hope that in this post 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. If you love DIY recipes you might also enjoy my book, Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, Self Sufficient Life.

Homemade Acne Treatment Sticks

This is the easiest thing to make that gets rid of pimples. It sounds a little counterproductive…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:

How to Make Homemade Zit Cream Sticks

Step One: On the stovetop, 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!).

Step Two: Add in just a few drops of tea tree oil (no more than 5).

Step Three: 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.)

Step Four: 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 Homemade Zit Zapper 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 could add less or leave it out.)

–You can also use your tea tree oil to make Homemade Hand Sanitizer Spray.

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Other Natural 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 it 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 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 it 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.


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 of them a try and discover what works best with your skin.

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Here are some more natural remedies that you can make at home!

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


This blog post about Homemade Zit Zapper Sticks was originally published on Little House Living in January 2014. It has been updated as of August 2019.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. Me, too! I first found out about the wonders of coconut oil when I was having radiation treatment. I put it on the radiation field and my surgery scars and it healed my skin. Now I use it on my face and a little on my hair (long and curly). I’m sensitive to scents and the crap that’s in most skin and body products, so that’s a cheap solution.

  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

    We Three Crabs

  6. 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….

  7. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. I don’t think Coconut oil is the best oil to use. It has a high Comedogenic Rating. It’s a 4 on a scale of 1-5. A better option would be Babassu oil.

    2. 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.

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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?

    1. 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.

  10. 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…

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

    1. 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 🙂

  12. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

    2. 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!

    3. Same here. I’ve only read positive reports regarding coconut oil. I am 65 years old and have been using coconut oil since I was 27. Positively the most beneficial oil there is. I use a mixture of coconut oil, lavender essential oil, frankincense and myrrh essential oil with a capsule of vitamin e. This keeps away pimples too. My sixteen year old grandson uses it to control his acne. I mix sugar and coconut oil as a scrub, rince face with warm water and spray a mixture of lemon essential oil and almond oil to balance the ph of his skin – then apply the moisturizer I mixed with the coconut oil and essential oils. Now that is the way to go with all my family and friends. I make batches to give for presents and they love it!!!

  13. 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

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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 !

    4. 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. =)

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

    1. 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.


  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

    1. 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!

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

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

    1. 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.

  23. 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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  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

    1. 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,

    2. 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.)

    3. Chris, I realized potato chips caused me major breakouts of acne as a teenager. That translates to “oily food”. I think sugar can also be tied in with outbreaks.

  29. 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!

  30. 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 =)

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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

  35. 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.

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

  37. 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?

  38. My brother is 19 and having some horrible issues with acne and the only thing I’ve found that works for him is a homemade oil cleanser made from 2 parts coconut oil, 1 part castor oil. (Adjust depending on skin type. Normal skin=half & half, dry skin= 2 parts coconut & 1 part castor, oily skin = 2 parts castor & 1 part coconut) He leaves it on 10 to 15 minutes (or until he gets impatient) then wipes it off and washes his face with an oatmeal-honey bar soap I found at a farmers market in North Carolina. He still has some acne but it’s not nearly as bad as it was when he was using Clean n Clear, Clearasil, etc. I’m going to try making some of this sometime this week and see if it helps!

  39. Does your recipe make just 1 tube? Have you ever tried to make a bigger batch? Just double, triple, etc the recipe as necessary?

  40. I have an 11 y/o sister who will be turning 12 in November. She’s just getting her period and all that fun stuff, so she’s got a lot of acne on her forehead and really oily skin.

    She’s always touching her face and rubbing her acne, my older sister and I try to get her to not touch it as often but she doesn’t listen haha. Just wondering if this stuff works well for any skin types, and if it will work for her?

    She gets made fun of at school for her acne and if I can help her with not going through what many of us did when we were in 6 th and 7 th grade, that’s be great.

    1. The best way to see if it will work is just to try it. You may have to adjust or add a cleanser to the routine but all skin types can react differently so you wouldn’t know for sure until you gave it a try.

  41. Thank so much for this great post. I know several teens and adults who could benefit from this blog. The ingredients are so simple and affordable. I think that is the thing I love about DIY skincare.

  42. I am definitely going to make this! Between myself,my teenage son and daughter, this will be put to excellent use!

  43. Thank you so much for linking at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

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  44. I want to try this it looks so easy and helpful, I need it!

    Have you linked up at #bloggerspotlight yet this week?

  45. I currently use both coconut oil and tea tree oil, regularly AND I think this recipe is going to be a game changer!

    For some reason the older I get, the worse my skin gets. Stress. Ugh.

    Thanks for sharing!

  46. What a neat idea. 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipes, Crafts, Tips and Tricks Facebook group.

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  47. Coconut oil actually is listed as acne causing. However a better and only safe fat for the tea tree oil is a raw shea butter, as this has been proven to cure acne is some people. It is anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. You really should change your recipe. Coconut oil makes it worse, and is far more allergenic than shea butter.

    1. It very much depends on your skin type. I’ve used the coconut oil stick for years and it works very well for my dry skin and occasional breakouts.

  48. I’m excited to try this! I’ve had acne prone skin since I was 12 (I’m 43 now), and I like using all natural, homemade skin care products. I currently use lavender instead of tea tree oil, but my hubby prefers tea tree so I’ll try making these.