Please be sure to read my disclaimer at the end of this post.
Recently, I decided to try something totally new for my adult acne. Having PCOS, I get hormonal breakouts a lot, sometimes cystic breakouts (ouch!) and my skin seems to change with the seasons. In the winter, it’s extremely dry. Sometimes, it hurts quite a bit, actually. Not fun. In the summer, my skin runs more on the oily side so I may have to park this recipe on the bench during the warmer months.
I use coconut oil every day for eye make-up remover and looove it. We use it for a variety of other skin care uses as well, but a couple weeks ago I discovered something new and I wanted to share!
Tea tree oil is from the tea tree grown in Australia. It is primarily used as an antiseptic and anti-fungal remedy. Research suggests that tea tree oil works as well as 5% benzoyl peroxide when it comes to controlling acne. It can be used to treat athletes foot, fungal nail infections, lice, ringworm, insect bites, and of course, acne.
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. Not only is it a delicious option for a cooking oil (my favorite is shrimp!), but it’s also wonderful for the skin. We use it on Zoey for eczema – just straight up unrefined coconut oil beats all OTC lotions we’ve tried!
After a lot of reading online, I came up with my own little concoction that seems to work GREAT for me. It very well could be a combination of the face wash just pairing well with this moisturizer, I’m not sure, but this is what works for me right now.
I took 3 heaping spoonfuls of coconut oil and mixed it well with 5 drops of tea tree oil in a glass jar. I keep it in the bathroom and I lightly apply it every morning to my face after washing with the Neutrogena Naturals Face and Body Bar. I only use about a dime-size amount, if that, and I cover my face and my neck. I make sure to avoid my eyes because of the tea tree oil. I can imagine that wouldn’t feel very good.
Now, this might be better for a nighttime routine if you do have more oily skin or if you spend most of your days outside because this does not have SPF in it. For me, it works for the daytime pretty well during these frigid winter months. My skin feels extra clean after using it, and it feels hydrated all day long. Plus, I’m wearing less make-up because my skin tone seems to be evening out. It’s glowing and the breakouts are getting less and less frequent. Instead of foundation to cover up looking like a 12-year-old girl going through puberty, I can just do some spot cover-up and powder, and it feels so nice! I have some Arbonne facial products coming in soon, one of which is a moisturizer and I believe it has a natural SPF in it (don’t quote me on that), so I plan to use that during the day and just using this at night come springtime when I’ll be outside more and at risk for sunburn. Fingers crossed that I continue to have good results! For now, this works great.
I love using coconut oil for skin care and could probably write an entire post on the ways we use it in our house. What is your favorite way to use coconut oil?
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I’m not a medical professional. This is something that works for me and my skin type. If you’re sensitive to coconut oil or tea tree oil, this is not for you. If you have excessively oily skin, this is probably not for you. After reading this post, use your own judgement if this is something you want to try – I won’t try to sway you one way or the other. This is my personal experience with my personal skin type, and I am not responsible for any reactions (positive or negative) that you experience if you try this. As mentioned, this does not have any SPF in it, so I wouldn’t recommend you slathering this on and then sunbathing. Just sayin’…