Homemade Acne Face Wash: Get The 3 Most Simple & Affordable Remedies

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Homemade Acne Face Wash Recipes

I remember the day I half invented my own homemade acne face wash. I was 10 and my older sister was starting to break out, something I intended on resolving before it started to happen to me as well! I was also too young to buy my own over the counter product so I needed to come up with something using whatever I could find in the kitchen.

I scrounged up a concoction of honey, peanut butter, cucumber juice and to top everything off some salt and pepper for good measure.

Well needless to say, my mother wasn’t too impressed when she came home that day to find me covered in a brown goo. Most of it somehow reaching my hair to make things even worse!

Since then, I’ve realized the importance of good research and managed to find not just one homemade acne face wash, but multiple that do the trick nicely if you ever need to save some money.

Hold Up!

I decided to take a poll just recently, which showed that clearly acne is one of the biggest problems you BESer’s are having right now. With that said I decided to put together a video showing you guys how to make the 3 best home remedies for acne made up of:

  1. DIY microdermabrasion scrub (yes this can double as a face wash as well)
  2. Homemade blackhead strips that work just as well as store bought ones.
  3. Homemade acne spot treatment that costs less than $1!

Enough said, here’s the video:

Homemade Acne Face Wash #3: Strawberry Yogurt Cleanser

This is probably the easiest of the three to make and it’s likely you already have the ingredients necessary to put it together.

Strawberry Yogurt(1-2 tbs)

Strawberry yogurt for acneProbably the best source of salicylic acid in the natural world. SA has the ability to exfoliate the smallest of skin cells from the walls inside your pores. By eliminating all the dead cells, your chances of clogging your pores is reduced.

As we all know, a clogged pore is the first step towards a serious acne breakout.

Plain Natural Yogurt(1-2 tbs)

You MUST supplement the strawberry yogurt with the plain, natural variety as well.


Mainly because it contains a lot more of the antibiotic agents your skin needs to eliminate any acne causing bacteria. It’s also much more acidic and that means it can help draw out any unwanted oil deep from within your pores.

Making This Acne Face Wash

I hardly need to explain the process of applying this face wash as it’s pretty simple. Just follow these simple steps:

Take a bowl and blend both varieties of the yogurt together. I like to use a whisk because it’s faster, but a spoon is fine if you don’t have one.

Next using you hands, apply the mix directly to your face, massaging into your skin in a circular motion. Do this for about a minute or so to allow the nutrients to properly enter your skin.

Finally take a hot washcloth and place it over your face for another minute. After it has cooled down, use the cloth to wipe off the remaining yogurt.

Make sure you always apply a moisturizer after washing your face, as the salicylic acid in the strawberries will dry out your skin. Dry skin can then shed and clog your pores.

Again, not something we want!

Homemade Acne Face Wash #2: Oatmeal Cleanser

Oatmeal for acneMy second favorite acne face wash is again extremely simple to make and also uses natural yogurt, but this time combined with oatmeal.


This is one of the most effective ingredients you can find at home for combating symptoms of acne. Oatmeal is able to absorb not only excess oil and bacteria, but it also is capable of exfoliating the dead skin cells that lead to blockages.

It also has astringent properties that help to tighten skin pores, providing a cleansing action in the process.

Making This Cleanser

Again there’s not too much when it comes to making this remedy. Just follow these simple steps:

The first step is to take 1/2 cup of oatmeal and combine it with 2 tbsp of plain natural yogurt into a bowl. Stir the mixture using a spoon until it looks fairly even.

Secondly, using your fingers to apply the cleanser to your face, massaging it in a circular motion so that it feels like you’re actually exfoliating your skin. Do this for about a minute.

Finally take a hot washcloth(just like in the previous face wash) and place it over your face for another minute. Wait for it to cool before using it to wipe off the cleanser.

The best thing about this home remedy is it can be used by those with both dry and combination skin. The oatmeal also has soothing properties, which definitely helps those with sensitive than normal skin.

Homemade Acne Face Wash #1: The Whole Nine Yards!

Yeah this one is definitely one of my favorites. You’ll see just what I mean by “the whole nine yards” when you take a look at the ingredients needed.

Baking Soda(1/2 cup)

Baking soda is literally the BEST ingredient you can find at home to act as a form of dermabrasion. It’s so fine that it’s able to penetrate extremely deep into skin pores and exfoliate away any dead cells.


If you haven’t tried it yourself, it’s likely you would have heard of applying cucumber directly to your eyes to help reduce things like under eye circles and crows feet. The reason is because cucumbers contain a high degree of vitamins A and E. When it comes to reducing future acne breakouts, it’s important to ensure you don’t dry out your skin. The vitamin E in cucumbers, combined with the antioxidant properties of vitamin A, should ensure this does not happen.

Honey(1 tbsp)

By far the best ingredient you can find at home for killing off acne causing bacteria. The greatest thing about honey is it’s 100% natural(if you buy the organic variety) and won’t clog your pores.

Olive Oil(1 tbsp)

Did you know that olive oil contains very similar properties to the oil produced naturally in your skin? It may seem a little weird to add more oil as generally it’s a major contributor to acne breakouts, however let me explain why it’s a good idea. By applying clean oil to your skin, it will essentially dissolve and replace any old dirty oil, which is more likely to cause blockages.

Making This Face Wash

Follow these simple steps to make and apply this homemade acne face wash:

The first step is to dice your cucumber into fairly small sized chunks. They don’t have to be too fine, just small enough to make it easier on the blender which is step two…

Take your blender(if you don’t have one, why not ask a neighbor?) and pour in all the ingredients mentioned above and combine them with 1/2 cup of water. Blend the mixture for about 30 seconds or until it looks nice and even.

Thirdly grab a small container and pour the face wash in. It should last 2-3 days, but you can double the shelf-life by adding in a few drops of vitamin E oil.

Finally apply the face wash once in the morning and once at night for best results. NEVER wash off with soap. Instead either use a hot washcloth or lukewarm water.

I’ve found this is one of the better face washes you can make at home. For even better results, try adding in a couple drops of tea tree oil.

Over To You!

What did you think of these homemade acne face washes? And more importantly, do you have any homemade acne face wash recipes of your own? Share your thoughts or recipes by leaving me a comment in the box below!

6 comments… add one

  • Ashley Graham-Smith August 17, 2013 4:29 pm

    I’ve made this a few times and the baking soda never seems to blend with the rest of the recipe. It always sinks to the bottom. Is there a way to handle this issue? Thanks!

  • Are you using a blender or doing it by hand?

  • Is there a way to make any of these and preserve them in the fridge? I want to start using homemade recipes but don’t want to have to mix a concoction every time I wash my face. the last recipe mentioned you can make it last linger by adding vitamin E would that stretch to be a week?

  • They should all last for at least a few uses. If it looks like it’s starting to get a little funky maybe mix a new batch but a week should be doable :)

  • It is really, really thin. Is that the way it is supposed to be? How do you apply it to the face? Can’t really do it with fingers if it is as thin as water.

  • Splash it on like water and then rub it into your skin using a circular motion :)


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