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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Empty Cream JarHow to Make Your Own Anti-acne / Anti-wrinkle Cream 

I have recently been trying to find cheaper DIY alternatives to skin care. I have found that many of the products on the market are expensive and don't really seem to do much. Those anti-wrinkle treatments that I have used haven't seemed to decrease my wrinkles at all, many of the eye treatments haven't done much for my bags and dark circles, and anti-acne products seem to have so much other weird stuff in them that counteract the acne meds in them and end up causing breakouts anyway. I have found sunscreen products on the market to be expensive and make my face really shiny and sticky and often have strong perfumes, which I don't think are very good for my skin. A lot of those nice BB creams seem to make me break out and don't seem to match my complexion.

It has been an uphill climb trying to find alternatives. My skin has also gone through a dramatic change after child bearing and approaching 40. It has now returned to puberty skin, where it has been oily and acneic. I am sure it is hormonal because I haven't seen my skin so messed up since I was 12 or 13. So many of the new alternative skincare products I have been trying stopped working for me. And many of the old tricks I used to use, like jojoba and aloe vera stopped working for me too.

I found a nice supplier that sells a huge variety of premade skincare bases in bulk. Most of them are pretty awesome, but I am slowly finding that they just don't seem to have the "perfect" skin care products for my aging but acneic skin. And it gets a little expensive buying in bulk all the time. I used to use a facial lotion from them that I absolutely loved. It was the only thing that could smooth out the wrinkles in my forehead.  It was made of mostly natural oils and no synthetic perfumes, silicon derivatives, or dyes. But when my skin changed, it made me break out really bad, and I'm not sure why. My guess is that it was either the rosehip oil or the refined coconut oil in it.

Lately, I created my own anhydrous cream by mixing several different natural oils together. I had done lots of research and found these oils to help with both aging and acne. So far, after a few days of using them, wrinkles and acne seem better than they have in a long time. I'll post comments here with updates on how it continues to work for me.


Here are the ingredients I used:

1/4 cup Virgin Coconut oil (the virgin unrefined version is supposed to awesome at treating acne versus the refined coconut oil, which actually worsens acne for me. Also incredible for wrinkles.)
1/2 cup Shea Butter (supposed to be good for acne scarring)
1/8 cup Grapeseed oil (like a natural but gentle acne astringent)
1/8 cup Jojoba oil (to help lower the production of acne causing sebum)
about 1/2 ounce Tamanu Oil (supposed to be a great oil for acne and aging, from reviews from Makeup Alley)
few drops of Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil (for the vitamin A that helps with acne and wrinkles, like a natural Retin-A and Retinol)
about 10 capsules Evening Primrose Oil (supposed to help with hormonal acne)
1 drop Rosemary Oleoresin Extract (to prevent oils from going rancid)


Equipment needed:

large bowl (I use a large glass mixing bowl)
smaller bowl (a smaller version of the above bowl)
wire wisk
container or jar for finished cream
hot water
ice water
spoon to transfer cream into jar


Here are the steps to make it:

1. Put hot (or near boiling) water in a large bowl. Fill bowl about 1/3 full.

2. Put virgin coconut oil and shea butter in smaller bowl.

3. Place smaller bowl inside larger bowl (to create a gentle double broiler effect) BE SURE NOT TO GET WATER INTO THE OILS! It will mess up the cream.

4. Using a wire wisk, stir the solid oils around until they melt.

5. Remove the small bowl from the large bowl. Once melted, you don't need to keep the oils hot.

6. Add all the other oils and stir.

7. Pour out the hot water from the large bowl.

8. Put ice and cold water in the large bowl up to about 1/3 of the bowl.

9. Put the small bowl of oil mixture into the large bowl of ice water. AGAIN, BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET ANY WATER INTO THE OIL MIXTURE!

10. Stir constantly.

11. When you feel the oil mixture starting to get a little thick and cloudy or stick to the bottom of the bowl, remove the small bowl from the ice water (to prevent it from solidifying too fast).

12. Continue stirring at room temperature until the mixture gets completely solid but before it gets hard.

13. Once it really starts to solidify, which seems to happen all of a sudden, quickly scoop it into a container. (I use an old cream container, but you can use an old clean glass jar or rubbermaid/tupperware container.)


It is kind of a process to make it. It takes about an hour and needs constant attention and a little muscle for the stirring. But I got desperate since I was spending lots of money on store bought products that didn't seem to work. Plus I happened to have all these ingredients lying around from other experiments I've been trying over the past few months. If you don't have all these ingredients, I would start with at least mixing virgin coconut oil, shea butter mixture and grapeseed oil. But be sure to use Virgin coconut oil. I tried this before with refined coconut oil and broke out!


How to use:

I use this cream in a couple of different ways. I am still experimenting with the best way to use this cream. It is pretty thick and oily. I use it on my face at least two times a day.


Cleansing the Skin:

1. Pull hair back away from the face so that you don't get oil in your hair.

2. Take a small glob of the cream into the palm of one hand, so you don't keep dipping into it with dirty fingers (I learned this the hard way)

3. With fingers of the other hand, apply to face generously, in circular motions (I also do around my eyes to get the makeup off, but don't get it inside your eye.)

4. Remove with warm damp cloth or microfiber cloth

5. Your face will still be a bit oily afterwards, but moisturized

6. Follow with toner and any other acne treatments you like



I usually do either cleansing or moisturizing with this cream, not both because it becomes too greasy for me.

1. Cleanse face with a cleanser other than this cream

2. Apply toner

3. While face is still a bit wet from toner, gently put a very small amount of this cream all over face (except eye area - I don't know why really, but it seems that coconut oil and shea butter are a little too rich for eye cream...). Use gentle upward circular motions to rub into skin. Rub off any excess oil with clean hands.

4. Apply any other acne treatments you like or your makeup


If you do try this cream, post a comment and let me know how it works for you. I will also add comments as I continue using it.

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