Keep Skin Clear With This 3-Ingredient DIY Acne Balm

October 21, 2016
by Annalise Mantz for Thrive Market

It’s tempting to blame a nasty breakout on oily skin. If only you had dry skin, that would solve the problem. Right?

Wrong. Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than that. As any good dermatologist will tell you, acne is actually caused by inflammation, which leads to the clogged pores and excess oil production that causes pimples. Drying out the skin actually makes inflammation worse, starting the chain reaction all over again.

To effectively treat acne, you need a product that walks the fine line between unclogging pores and total dehydration. This three-ingredient DIY balm does the trick. The zit-zapping power comes from tea tree oil, which fights acne without over-drying the skin. Soothing aloe vera gel and hydrating coconut oil help the skin retain moisture.

Dab a little on a blemish before adding your makeup for the day, or apply before bed to let the balm work its magic while you snooze. Your skin will clear up in no time!

DIY Acne Treatment Balm

What You Need

2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
½ tablespoon aloe vera gel
3 drops tea tree oil
Empty lip balm tube
Small funnel


Whisk together coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and tea tree oil. Funnel mixture into the lip balm tube and refrigerate 10 minutes, or until hardened. Store in a cool, dry place.

Apply as a spot treatment morning and night.

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6 thoughts on “Keep Skin Clear With This 3-Ingredient DIY Acne Balm”

  • bourkebabe

    I thought coconut oil is a no-no acne is rated a 4 out of 5 on comedogenic ratings.

    • Lia

      My thoughts exactly... coconut oil is no good for acne sufferers unless possibly using fractionated coconut oil. Jojoba oil (easier to come by than fract. coconut oil) might also be a good choice as it mimics sebum and therefore balances oil production.

      • bourkebabe

        Jojoba oil is good (rated as 2) but Argan oil (rated as 0) would be a good choice, also. Shea butter (rated as 0) might be a good alternative as far as making a balm?

        • Lia

          Yes, I forgot about shea butter! I bought some a while back specifically because I'd learned it was good for acne sufferers.

  • Jannah Hancock

    No that's not true at all - about coconut oil. Coconut oil, the natural organic kind, is a natural anti-viral, anti-microbial (anti-bacterial), anti-fungal agent. I have always had acne-prone, oily skin. I have used natural coconut oil (not fractionated or refined at all) on my face and body at night for several years, and I actually saw my acne decrease and my skin's oil production diminish a little. It left my skin condition improved. The coconut oil alone won't cause a huge improvement in acne, but it definitely does not cause it to worsen.

    Not all acne is caused by bacteria in the skin. It also comes from inflammation going on inside your body, from things you eat/drink, hormonal changes, etc. Coconut oil is currently being used to treat such inflammation, as well as being used to treat cognitive decline in dementia sufferers and people with HIV/AIDS and both type I and II herpes infection. It can also help fight a sluggish thyroid. These studies have proven the efficacy of coconut oil. It's not a panacea or cure-all, but it it is a great tool to have in your arsenal for improved health.

    The trick in using coconut oil for skin is to just rub on enough to make your skin feel naturally hydrated. You don't need to coat it on thick. Dr. Mary Enig had some good books and articles out on coconut oil before she died. She was a biochemist and dietician. She was one of the first voices to speak out against trans fats. She was called on by Congress in the U.S. to testify about how harmful it was. Her books on fats and what she wrote about coconut oil is very informative.

    • bourkebabe

      Thanks, Jannah....great information. Maybe it's an individual reaction thing as organic coconut oil has caused me to break out on facial skin but love it for a body moisturizer esp. in summer.

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