Homemade Natural Spot Treatment for Acne-Prone Skin: DIY Inspired by Grease Lightning but Without Parabens + Prevents Acne Scars.

If you have an acne-prone skin the chances are high someone has already recommended you to try out Grease Lightning spot treatment. Many people have been raving about it, and after trying it out I have decided to make my own homemade version of it - paraben-FREE, btw!;-)
WHAT I USE:
  • 2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel- anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, yet highly moisturizing
  • 1/2 tsp  Witch Hazel Extract - anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial
  • 1/2 tsp  Sea Salt - contains vital minerals that help acne heal faster and prevent infections (source)
  • a few drops*** of Thyme Oil - anti-septic and anti-bacterial - I've been hearing more and more people saying that thyme oil is THE best oil for acne treatment.
  • a few drops of Tea Tree Oil - heals existing acne + kills acne-causing bacteria.
  • a few drops of Lavender Oil - antiseptic and antibacterial, yet "easy" on the skin and doesn't cause excessive dryness.
  • a few drops of Peppermint Oil (optional) - peppermint oil isn't used in Grease Lightning, but I use it because it doesn't only inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria, it also increases blood circulation and has an amazing cooling  effect. Remember why we put ice pack on wounds? Ice stimulates blood circulation in the area you apply it to and thus prevents any discoloration in the form of bruising and scarring. Peppermint oil has similar effect on acne. (source)
 *** I put seven drops of each oil.

 
HOW I MAKE & USE IT:

I first combine sea salt with witch hazel extract and aloe vera gel and mix them very well together. I then add my oils, mix again and put into a container. Whenever I need to use this treatment, I put some on a cotton swab and apply on the spots. I use a new swab/side on each spot to avoid transferring bacteria and I never use my fingers to apply the gel. 

I hope you guys will find this DIY helpful. And if you do, feel free to check out my other DIYs;-)



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39 comments:

  1. This sounds really amazing and interesting! Thanks for sharing it<3!
    Hope you have a great day:)!
    -Iris
    http://colorfulw.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Iris! that's very sweet of you;-)

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  2. Маша, спасибо за рецептик! Главное - все натуральное!!!

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  3. do you know where i can find the Witch Hazel Extract? you have a really nice blog :)
    following you now dear, if you want you can follow me back <3
    http://flowersandcrowns.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Daniela! you can try to find it in your local supermarket or on Amazon (I'm gonna include the link right now) - hope that helps. Again, thank you♥♥♥

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    2. I've seen it at health food stores, like Whole Foods!

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    3. Do you mean regular witch hazel, not extract? They're two completely different things.

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    4. Hey, Alyson! I used witch hazel extracted in alcohol (14%)

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    5. You can buy witch hazel at Walgreens in the pharmacy area or even walgreens

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  4. interesting! would you like to follow each other in gfc and bloglovin? let me know!

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  5. This is good! You commented on my blog earlier and I came to browse around yours! So glad I found your blog it's amazing... I was wondering how did you find my blog? *follows your blog*

    Jenny xox

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    1. oh, thank you, Jenny♥♥♥ I was actually browsing beauty bloggers trying to find some cute DIY projects and other great posts and came across your headband idea - really love it! again, thank you for stopping by;-)

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  6. This is awesome, I will have to give it a try!

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    1. thank you, Chantal! I'm glad you liked it;-)

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  7. Hi, Maria!
    Great DIY project! What are your results with it now? Does it help to get rid of pimples? It's definitely worth trying, it's all natural and not so expensive. Now you can open your own skin care store:) Thanks.

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, David! It definitely is helping, but I also need to fight the habit of touching and popping my pimples when they show up - habit I ended up with after some stressful time in life:-( And yes, I'm trying to squeeze in some time and to work on opening a store - again, thank you!!!

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  8. Hi Maria- LOVE your spa DIYs! As a college student I LOVE all the products Lush and what not offers but its not friendly for my budget.

    Anyway I was wondering how often you use this spot treatment also would it be okay to use it like a toner and then put benzoyl peroxide on top of it? Or would that irritate the skin too much?

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    1. Thank you, Sayako! it means a lot to me, really! and I'm glad you find my recipes helpful;-))) To be honest that's exactly how I've been using this treatment for the past few days, because I was traveling and forgot my toner at home. this guy worked great! as for benzoyl peroxide on top of it - I honestly don't know and don't want to comment on something I haven't tried.... sorry, I wish I could help more with that:-(

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  9. I'd recommend you find a French penpal acne no more book online (or better yet, lover) so that they can pick it up for you. And when you do, please let me know so I can put in an order, too.

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  11. LOVE your site!! I do a lot of DIY and am excited to try several of your ideas!! ......

    and I'll share this one with you.....for an emergency "pimple paste".....grind two plain aspirin tablets to a fine powder (mortar n pestle works best for this, makes a nice even powder!) add water ONE DROP at a time to get a smooth paste.

    You don't have to treat your entire face....apply the paste only to the pimple or break out area..... (I use a small cheese spreader that was orphaned from a set and re-purposed!l) .....let it dry....rinse....you can do a final touch up with Witch Hazel on a cotton swab.

    This worked great when I was a kid and I've used it for my own teenagers.....it helps "speed heal" and remove inflammation from pimples that need to *disappear* before school pictures, prom or other special event....you can repeat the treatment every 4-6 hours as needed..... MUCH cheaper than those pricey things in the stores and VERY effective!!....and most households have a bottle of aspirin in the medicine cabinet so no extra trips to the market!!
    I'll be keeping a close check on your site! Lovely ideas!!!
    xoxo!
    BeBe

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    1. That is AMAZING! Wow! Thank you so incredibly much for taking time to share this idea with us, BeBe!!!! I most definitely need to try this;-)))

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  12. Hi, This is a good post, indeed a great job. You must have done good research for the work, i appreciate your efforts

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  13. I'll never be bored with your skin-care posts! This was really informative and helpful. Thanks for taking the time to write this. The sun's rays can accelerate acne and increase inflammation. Some acne treatment products even heighten the skin's sensitivity to sunlight. If you're outside, you should always wear sunscreen.
    http://www.menscosmo.com/best-treatment-for-acne-scars/

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  14. Thank you so much :) my friend gave me a little sample jar of the grease lighting to take home and try one day. It worked great! But when I went back to the store to purchase it I picked up the bottle to read the ingredients first (like i do with anything i buy) and was shocked to see that paraben was one of the ingredients listed. Lush said that all there products we're "naturally made" I was so disappointed because I refuse to use anything with paraben in it. So I definitely appreciate this home made version of it I will definitely be trying this :)

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  15. Thank you Maria for very informative article!

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  16. Hello Maria! All your DIY posts are great, easy recipe with handy and inexpensive, natural ingredients!!!!! Thank you so much, the pictures are great and very helpful too! Regarding your DIY for Lush copycat products, they must have felt threaten by your blog, there are guides for making similar products to theirs all over the internet and YouTube. Well done for everything and keep up all the amazing work! People like you that love beauty in life and sharing it with others makes people's lives better 💞💞💞💞💞💞💞

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  17. one of the nice... post i have seen... it gives me lot of information ..
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  18. My acne don't last for longer but there scars don't go easily which make me looks weird. Thanks for sharing about how to treat scar.

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  19. Just an FYI, my daughter's Derm let us know that individuals with seasonal allergies, asthma and/or eczema may be more prone to tea tree oil allergies and to use it with extreme caution as the allergies can appear at any time. In fact part of what we thought was acne was actually a skin reaction to the tea tree we were using. (A real bummer because I put it in our shampoo to help ward off pests from camp....

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  20. When I add the salt, it completely breaks down the Aloe Vera Gel into a liquid. Is this just the type of Gel or salt that I have or is this how it happened with you?

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  21. this is just amazing, where do you get these wonderful ideas?

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  22. where can i get the aloe vera??
    thanks,
    Sophie

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  23. Hi, I sent a friend request on Facebook. Wanted to find out where to buy yur toilet bombs, but was wondering if you have anything for acne skin that is already scarred?

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