I hope everyone loves salves as much as I do! I feel like I live in an apothecary! It’s so fun! So in honor of my hormonal break out on my face, I thought it would be smart to make a salve for blemished skin. Being a facialist, I have given and taken my fair share of “acne treatments”. Usually this simply means burning your skin off with a chemical. While exfoliation is wonderful for your skin, making your skin smooth and encouraging cell renewal, it can also be harsh for acne sufferers. With zits comes inflammation, infection and redness. If you are using too harsh a treatment, all these ailments are exacerbated. So making a healing, protective and nourishing salve that acts as an overnight spot treatment just makes sense.
Jojoba Oil is amazing for oily skin because it actually mimics the skin’s natural sebum which is imperative for healthy, balanced skin. When there is a lack of oil, the skin naturally tries to fix the issue and ends up overproducing oil which can clog the pores. If the skin feels that it is balanced, it will not over produce oil. Plus, LIKE DISSOLVES LIKE. Adding oil to already oily pores can actually purge the pores of the sebum and dirt that is clogging them!
Melaleuca essential oil/Tea Tree is the front runner oil for oily clogged skin. Tea tree contains terpinen-4-ol, which is antibacterial. It also acts as a solvent, so it can dissolve oil that could cause zits. A recent study compared 5 percent tea-tree-oil gel to 5 percent benzoyl peroxide in a treatment of mild acne. It was found that both treatments were equal in benefits!
Frankincense essential oil is incredibly gentle and healing. It is helpful in regenerating damaged skin. It is also antibacterial and can help ward off any infection.
Beeswax, believe it or not is helpful for blemished skin as well! Not only does it form a protective barrier holding the benefits of the coconut oil, tea tree and frankincense in, it also is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic and a germicidal antioxidant ingredient.
Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Zit Zapper Salve
- In a medium pot fill with water about halfway full.
- Place a glass bowl with a spout in the water.
- Place coconut oil and beeswax in your glass bowl and melt.
- Once everything is liquid remove from heat.
- Add essential oil and pour into 1 oz. tin. Find the tin HERE.
The excess can be put in a lip balm tube for a blemish stick-works great for a very accessible spot treatment!
Apply a thin layer to the top of a blemish at bedtime. This balm is very hard but as the salve touches the skin, it will soften.
For more blemished skin recipes go HERE.
P.S.S. Since this post I have discovered that coconut oil may not be the best option for skin that is vulnerable to clogging. It rates a 4 on the comedogenic scale, 10 being the most likely to clog your pores. I chose coconut oil because of it’s amazing capabilities to heal and reduce redness and puffiness. I decided to change the main ingredient to jojoba oil which is much more suited for acne prone skin.