DIY Honey Face Wash for Acne Prone Skin

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So I ran out of face wipes…uh oh. My first thought was to buy more, but then the wannabe hippie part of my brain kicked in and I thought about all the unnecessary trash I was creating.


Instead of buying more I decided to just make my own out of simple ingredients I had at my house. It turns out this stuff is amazing, cleans my face really well and leaves me feeling refreshed and soft.


The recipe is really simple and it is highly likely that you have all of the ingredients in your pantry. If it turns out you don’t, they are really easy to find at your local health food store (or even regular grocery store). If all else fails, there’s always Amazon…my shopping weakness 😜


Alright, on to the good stuff! Below you will find the benefits of all the ingredients, step by step instructions (with pictures, yippee), and a few different recipes for different skin types.


  • Honey:

Honey is amazing! If you can find raw honey from a local bee keeper in your area, even better! Honey is antibacterial so it is amazing for treating acne and preventing it from reoccurring. It is also amazing for aging because it has so many antioxidants in it. It is great in face wash because it opens up your pores and makes them easier to unclog. To top it all off, it is extremely moisturizing! So it will leave your skin silky smooth and happy after washing.


  • Jojoba Oil:

Jojoba oil is amazing because it is the only oil that closely resembles human sebum, which is an oily substance that your skin produces naturally. It is an extremely moisturizing oil and it works very well for cleansing and for removing makeup. It is also packed with vitamin E so it helps reduce wrinkles and signs of aging. It is great during winter months because it helps to lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated.


  • Argan Oil:

Argan oil is absolutely amazing for over night use. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin soft and silky. It is a very gentle oil and can be used around eyes. It is packed with vitamin A and E so it helps reduce lines and wrinkles over time. Argan oil will not clog pores so it works great in face wash and lotions. It also works perfect during the day and keeps your skin very moisturized.


  • Rosehip Seed Oil:

Rosehip Seed Oil is amazing! Is is full of fatty acids and extremely rich in Vitamins and antioxidants, which are wonderful for your skin. It was once used for its healing properties by the Native American, Ancient Egyptians and Mayans. It can help correct UV damage from too much sun exposure. It helps reduce scars, lines and wrinkles. It can help with acne and eczema and it helps even your skin tone.


  • Lavender Essential Oil:

Lavender oil is one of the most beneficial essential oils for acne treatment. It helps regulate sebum, inhibits the bacteria that causes acne and helps reduce acne scarring. It is a very soothing oil and helps with redness and healing.


  • Lemongrass Essential Oil:

I am in love with lemongrass essential oil! It is antibacterial and antimicrobial, which means it limit the amount of bacteria and microbial on your skin. Which means this is great for acne treatment! It can ward of infections and it also acts as an astringent to constrict your skin and help tone your face. It helps to minimize pores and temporarily firm your skin. Another great aspect of lemongrass oil is it helps to limit the secretion of oil so your pores don’t become clogged and your skin stays clear.


  • Rosemary Essential Oil:

Rosemary Essential Oil is great for anyone with sensitive skin. It helps to relive pain and has anti-inflammatory properties. It also has astringent properties to help minimize pores and firm your skin. It helps to treat skin conditions, such as acne, and replaces damaged tissue, which in turn reduces lines and wrinkles.


So how do you make this miracle face wash you say! Well I’ll tell you, with pictures!


  • Step 1:

Choose which recipe works best for you skin type. The recipes are all listed at the end of this post.


  • Step 2:

Get all of your ingredients. I used local, raw honey but you could use raw honey from the store. Distilled water (very important that it is distilled, we don’t want bacteria growing in our face wash). Jojoba, Argan and Rosehip Seed Oil. Lavender, Lemongrass and Rosemary Essential Oil. And finally a glass spray bottle to hold it. You could use any type of container you want though. any type of soap dispenser works great, I just didn’t’ have one on hand. If you don’t have these ingredients on hand, I will list below in the ingredients list, where you can purchase them.

DIY Hone Face Wash for Acne Prone Skin


  • Step 3:

Measure out 1/3 cup of raw honey and add it to your container of choice. If the honey is not very runny (some raw honey can be very crystallized), then you can heat the honey up in a clean sauce pan. Mine was runny enough to poor right into the container so unfortunately no melting in sauce pan picture.


  • Step 4:

You will not add 2 tablespoons of distilled water. I measure mine with a simple tablespoon and poured it right into the container on top of the honey.


  • Step 5:

Next you will take 1 teaspoon of each carrier oil that you chose. So for me, I have really dry skin, that is a little sensitive and prone to acne. So I chose to use Jojoba oil, Argan oil and Rosehip Seed oil. I added a teaspoon of each right into my container on top of the honey and distilled water. As you can see, I forgot the picture of the third carrier oil, but I promise I added it as well.


  • Step 6:

The next step is to add your essential oils. You can choose any oils that work best for your skin type. I chose lavender, rosemary and lemongrass because my goal was to help prevent and heal acne. There are many other essential oils that help prevent acne but unfortunately I did not have them on hand. But just to let you know, the 3 I used made the face wash smell so good! So anyways, simply take your essential oils and drop in about 10-20 drops of each one. I chose to use 15 drops of each but if you have very sensitive skin you may want to choose to use less. if you feel you need more, go for it.

  • Step 7:

Put the top on your container and shake, shake, shake! It should all mix really quickly and easily. Make sure to shake it up before each use because the honey likes to settle to the bottom.

DIY Hone Face Wash for Acne Prone Skin

  • Step 8: 

Take a break and eat some ice cream. I obviously wasn’t giving my ice cream the attention it deserved because it is half melted…

DIY Hone Face Wash for Acne Prone Skin

  • Step 9:

Clean up the lovely mess you made. You can see I made a huge one, especially when trying to poor the oils into the container. I don’t know if you noticed in my pictures but I’m pretty sure most of it made it onto the counter instead of in the bottle.

DIY Hone Face Wash for Acne Prone Skin

  • Step 10

Wash your face with the lovely face wash you just made. Simply squirt a little in your hand, I usually use about a quarter size amount, and then rub it all over your face for a few minutes. Wash it off with a clean rag and that’s it! Clean and soft face!


There you have it! That’s how you make homemade face wash 🙂 Look below for all the different recipes for different face types. Feel free to experiment with these recipes. Everyone has different preferences for carrier oils and essential oils. If you know you like certain ones over others and they work well for your skin, use those.


Homemade Honey Face Wash



you can also add:










I hope you all enjoy these recipes and that at least one of them works for your skin type. I’ve been using the face wash for the last few days and so far I absolutely LOVE it!!! My face is clean and soft after washing! Who knew that was possible!


If you’re into making more of your own products and you have a baby, try out my recipe for The Best, DIY Baby Booty Balm! It’s good stuff!


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16 Responses

  1. Tiffany @ Parsnips + Pastries

    I love this! Especially the “take a break and eat some ice cream….” part, haha. I need to try this. I love that you gave different recipes for different skin types, too. I just started using that argan oil brand you photoed and the shampoo that they make. I also love Aura Cacia. Thanks so much for this recipe! <3

  2. S Marie

    I love that you included multiple recipes based on skin type! So much easier to find the one that is perfect for me. Thanks!

    • Kylie

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I hope you find one that works well for your skin

  3. doityourselfdanielle

    Awesome recipe! I love frankincense for acne. Loveeee ….

    Thanks for linking up at #SustainableSundays

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