Green Tea Toner (for acne prone skin)

DIY Green Tea TonerThe last few weeks I have been experiencing break outs.  I haven’t yet pinpointed what the cause is but it has given me a different perspective on skin.  My skin is so dry in places yet clogged in other places.  Combination skin is frustrating to deal with!  I must say, I am seeing quick results using French Green Clay as a mask, my Skin Clearing Serum, and also my Dry Skin Stick.   I wanted to make a toner that would balance my very unbalanced skin and also help de-clog pores.  Green Tea is full of antioxidants.  It is anti inflammatory.  Applying it to the skin can be very helpful.  Drinking green tea is even beneficial for balancing hormones, one of the leading causes of acne.

I love apple cider vinegar-I not only drink it, I also apply it to my skin.  It will actually exfoliate your skin as well as balance your pH.  The skin has a protective acid mantle, which is a thin layer of oil, on the outer surface of the skin. The acid mantle protects your skin and keeps it acidic. Skin is naturally acidic and functions best when it’s at a pH of around 5.5 (any number greater than 0 and less than 7 is acidic). While ACV has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it’s main function is to balance skin’s pH.  With a pH in balance your skin will either go 1 of 2 ways-it will get oily and clogged or will be over dry.  When you add green tea to ACV plus essential oils, you can create an amazingly healthy toner for your face!

Adding essential oils to your toner will majorly boost the clearing action of this toner.  First, I add Frankincense.  It’s regeneration properties helps to fade spots and scars.  It is antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti fungal.  Frankincense is a powerful astringent so it adds to the action of the ACV.  Lavender is also antibacterial, antiseptic and anti fungal as well as anti inflammatory.  Lavender is healing and calming.  Lemongrass is amazing for acne prone skin.  Lemongrass oil is anti fungal, antimicrobial and antiseptic as well as an astringent, but beware-it can burn (keep it to only 1 drops!!).  It cleanses and contracts pores to fight against acne!

DIY Green Tea Toner

Find 2 ounce glass spray bottle HERE.  Use this toner up within 1-2 weeks.  I have added no preservative so bacteria will grow after 2 weeks!!

I would suggest you use this toner morning and night after cleansing.  Follow up with a light moisturizer or my Skin Clearing Serum.  You can apply with a cotton ball or mist on.  This is such an affordable and effective acne treatment.  So many skin issues come from pH being out of balance.

If your skin is sensitive, use this toner with caution.  You can reduce the amount of ACV if it burns.

xx, Jenni



DIY Green Tea Toner



  1. Ashley
    January 28, 2014 / 11:22 am

    Can raw banana vinegar be substituted for ACV. I can’t get ACV where I live currently, but can get banana vinegar. Would it have the same properties?

    • January 28, 2014 / 12:11 pm

      Hi Ashley-I’m not 100% sure but I don’t think you can substitute the 2 vinegars. I think banana vinegar is totally different. I tried to do some research but couldn’t find much about it, especially in relation to skin. Not sure about shipping but I have linked it on Amazon. Thanks!! I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open about banana vinegar though!

  2. February 6, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! Just wanted to know, what is the shelf life of this concoction? =)

      • Tangela
        September 2, 2016 / 10:01 pm

        But in the post, you say to use it up within 1-2 weeks because of no preservative added and it will mold after two weeks. Can you clarify, please?

        • Jenni
          September 3, 2016 / 7:30 am

          Tangela-Anytime a recipe has water based products, I recommend making small batches because water is prone to bacteria and mold.

  3. Rhanda
    February 26, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    Hi Jenni, What do you think about adding witch hazel to this recipe? Do you think it would help or hurt? Thanks

  4. Rhanda
    February 26, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    Also, would this need to be stored in fridge to get it to last 6 mos? Thanks!

  5. Andrea
    March 19, 2014 / 9:03 am

    Hi 🙂

    Im from Costa Rica and I havent found the oils… Can I ommit them?


    Luv everything here BTW, Im doing a lot of your recipes already!

  6. Carol King
    May 4, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    I use a variation of this recipe which works great for my sensitive mature skin… I use ingredients I know my skin likes.. 1/4 c of fresh strong- brewed green tea & 1/2 teaspoon honey..stir to mix well …add 1/4 cup aloe vera juice & 1/4 cup organic ACV …then add your EO …I use 10 drops frankincense oil & 10 drops lavender oil … Shake well before each use.
    It has kept my skin fresh looking, tightened my pores & generally done a good job for me. I like to use a nail polish remover pump dispenser to apply it to a cotton ball for use on my skin .

    • May 4, 2014 / 7:25 pm

      Carol-Thanks for sharing! I love it! You are so right-once you find what your skin responds to keep going with it. It can be hard to see results when you are figuring your skin out. I like the idea of using a nail polish remover pump!

    • Ashlynn
      November 17, 2015 / 10:49 pm

      This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing! Does this amount of honey leave any stickiness or tackiness at all? I will be trying this recipe too!

        • Ashlynn
          November 18, 2015 / 3:39 pm

          I was referring to the toner recipe Carol King posted 😉 I did try this toner and it burned terribly so I omitted the Lemongrass and now it is great!

          • November 22, 2015 / 6:51 pm

            Ashlynn-Oh no! I’ve never thought of lemongrass being “hot” but I’m going to reduce the drops. So sorry!!

  7. Stephanie
    May 24, 2014 / 4:18 pm

    Hi what is the shelf life for this product? I made it back in February and still have some left. Should I still be using it?

  8. July 1, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    Great post! I’m quite distressed with my acne-prone skin and the scars on my face always take long time to heal. Will definitely try this toner (I LOVE green tea!) and hope my face condition could be improved soon 🙂

  9. pooja
    July 15, 2014 / 2:05 am

    hey what kind of a cleanser would you suggest before using this toner? and also can i use essential oils (geranium+lavender+almond) as a moisturiser after applying this toner?

  10. Luvcats
    July 21, 2014 / 6:47 am

    Will it spoil if the weather is about 28 degrees Celsius?

  11. Pam
    November 8, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    Just made it a few minutes ago. I hope it will work. 🙂

  12. Ashlynn
    November 17, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    Another lovely DIY jenni! I used my organic jasmin flower and green tea for this and used the 10 drops frankincense with10 drops lavender and 5 lemongrass instead since lemongrass is a “hot” oil for me. I am excited to see how it does for me!

  13. Maria
    December 19, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    Can you use any other essential oils in place of lemongrass? My daughter has struggled for years with terrible acne. We have seen a dermatologist for all of that time trying different solutions with no improvement. I am really hoping this will help.

    • December 26, 2015 / 7:30 pm

      Yes, for sure! Many oils will work or you can omit it completely. I like carrot seed, geranium, lavender, meleleuca and frankincense the most for acne. Good luck! Has she tried the Oil Cleansing Method?

      • Maria
        December 27, 2015 / 10:45 pm

        She hasn’t tried the oil cleansing method yet because I read in the comments that some people were experiencing clogged pores. What would you recommend?

  14. January 26, 2016 / 11:47 am

    Hi Jenni,

    Just wanted to thank you for the recipe and let you know we linked to it in our big 200 DIY Beauty Products round up on MoneyPantry.

  15. shelly
    April 2, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    Do you prefer one brand of essential oil to another? What do you look for in essential oils?

    • Jenni
      April 6, 2016 / 3:05 pm

      Shelly-I prefer Spark Naturals. I started out using Young Living because I knew their quality was very high but the prices and having to order through an individual just annoyed me. Spark is the same high quality minus the high prices and they have a web site you can order from. You can also use my coupon code at anytime to get an extra 10% off. It’s JENNIRAINCLOUD if you are interested.

  16. Katrin
    July 1, 2016 / 6:47 am

    Hi Jenny
    Just a short question – I’m from Europe and I’m not sure what exactly you mean with cider. Is it vinegar or rather wine? There’s no exact translation and I don’t want to risk using the false ingredient.
    Thanks very much,

    • Jenni
      July 4, 2016 / 7:28 am

      Katrin-It’s apple cider vinegar-click on the link to see a pic of the bottle. I’d be shocked if you couldn’t find it. It is a vinegar though.

      • Katrin
        July 7, 2016 / 1:54 am

        Thanks Jenni, for your help.

  17. Rajam
    August 14, 2018 / 2:57 am

    I love your blog! I am new to DIY skincare and was wondering how much preservative I need to add to increase the shelf-life.

    • Jenni
      September 3, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      Rajam-Thank you!!! For 2 oz. of toner you should use about 1/8tsp of Leucidal Liquid. I find mine at Lotion Crafter.

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