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.
Coconut oil is not a very moisturizing oil. If you have dry skin and make your own creams I would go for jojoba or olive oil instead. Coconut oil has an amazing ability to regulate oil production. It mimics our natural oil and gives our skin the message to stop over producing oil which is causing clogged pores. Some people are naturally oily (take heart, you will age more gracefully then the clear skinned dry people!) but most of the time oil is over produced because it has been stripped from this skin due to using strong chemically based products that over cleanse or over exfoliate.
Anyway, I have chased a rabbit-Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, it is antiseptic, anti fungal and antimicrobial. It is full of antioxidants and is incredibly healing. It can be used alone for a moisturizer for people suffering from clogged pores. As I’ve said in a previous post, LIKE DISSOLVES LIKE-Coconut oil will get into your pores and help dissolve your clogs. You can buy the absolute best coconut oil here.
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.