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postheadericon Acne Soap Recipes

This little collection of homemade soap recipes contains mostly cold process recipes and a couple melt & pour. You will find not only the classic and traditional recipes, but also natural and vegetable-based recipes for vegans. Most of them are very easy and perfectly suited for beginners — but if you are new to soap making, you may want to go over this page before attempting any of the recipes below.

Always follow standard cold process procedures, unless noted otherwise. Make sure you follow all the appropriate safety precautions, and don’t forget to run all recipes through a lye calculator before you begin!

I’ve suffered with acne for decades, my husband has had cystic acne and 5 of our kids have dealt with acne in varying degrees. I make a lot of acne stuff. My can’t-live-without-it item is my acne serum which is very simple.


I add a few drops of helichrysm EO and a few drops of galbanum EO to an Emu oil/Jojoba blend. This blend is gentle yet very healing. I use it every morning and evening.
Here are my “acne-safe” ingredients:
Kokum (I can use cocoa and shea on my body but both make my face break out. Kokum is the only butter that is safe for my face.)
The following is a melt and pour recipe submitted by Paulien for treating acne. Paulien is a subscriber to the Soap Making Fun Newsletter.
What Paulien Had to Say About the Recipe

Soap is made of natural oils and fats mixed with alkaline substance. Soap cleans your skin because it emulsifies or breaks up grease and dirt into small particles,which can then be washed away.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Essential Oils:
Tea Tree
Thyme Linalool
Witch Hazel
Herbs and/or extracts:
White willow bark
Black willow bark
Tomato powder
Jaborandi leaf
Strawberry leaf

For the record, Neem oil stinks. If you can put up with the smell, it’s really a great oil. I’ve never found anything that masks the smell, though. The dried herb isn’t quite as bad but it still has an odor.
Soap for acne or oily prone skin


Makes 2 lbs.
6 oz distilled water
6 oz aloe vera gel
2 oz castor oil
4 oz cocoa butter
4 oz coconut oil
12 oz olive oil
5 oz palm oil
5 oz palm kernal flakes
4.4 oz lye
2.5 Tablespoons bentonite clay or other drawing clays
1 oz essential oil/blend
These EO’s are known for healing and preventing acne so choose one of a combination of them.


Familiarize yourself with standard procedures for cold process soap making.
Mix water and aloe vera in a heat safe bowl, add lye, stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool.
Weigh out and melt all oils in a double boiler and stir in the clay. Remove from heat. Cool oils and lye mixture down to about 110-120 degrees. Slowly combine lye and oils, stirring with stick blender until you get a light trace. Add your essential oils and then pour into your mold.


Please Note: Most of the recipes included in the Recipe Database have been generously submitted by our customers. We are not able to test each recipe, and we cannot guarantee the results that you may obtain. The recipes are meant to be used as a guideline and source of inspiration, so please experiment in small batches. For soap recipes that include lye, please be sure to check lye calculations prior to trying the recipes. If you find that a recipe has not been calculated properly, please let us know.

Acne Soap Ingredients & Tools
Wooden spoon
Clean plastic cup or any small container
Measuring cup or container
3 tablespoons of soap flakes
60 milliliters of methylated spirits (alcohol)
50 milliliters of glycerine
60 milliliters water

The Method

1. Measure out all the ingredients and pour them into the saucepan.

2. Place the sausepan on the stove on a low heat,so the ingredients are simmering.

3. Carefully stir until the solution is clear and all mixed together.

4. With ventilation, simmer the solution for about 10 minutes,stirring occasionally.

5. If you like you can add scents to your soap using a drop pr two of essential oils.

6. Wipe the inside of the clean plastic cup with glycerine.

7. Pour the soap mixture in the plastic cup and place it in the fridge to set.

8. When your soap is hard you can take it out of the plastic cup and start using it.

Acne Soap Recipes and all other articles can be found on my blog!

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