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Is a blend of witch hazel, tea tree oil and lavender oil worth a try?

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I'm now going to try the natural approach to my moderate acne... :dance:

Do you think a blend of witch hazel, tea tree oil and lavender oil sounds good? What sort of concentrations? I was thinking of mixing in 10 drops of lavender oil and 6 drops of tea tree oil for every teaspoon of witch hazel...

Your thoughts? :D

Anna x


Age: 21

Location: England, UK

Problem areas: Cheeks and jaw area mainly, neck, chest, shoulder and back

Treatments tried: Accutane, Retin A, various oral antibiotics, Dianette, topical antibiotics, Clearasil, Neutrogena, No. 7 skin care, Lush natural skin care, zinc supplements, black soap and shea butter, plain old soap and water, Simple, Clinique 3-Step.

Currently using: Witch Hazel mixed with Lavender, Tea Tree and Geranium essential oils and topical ibuprofen gel 5%, 2-3 times a day


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Sounds too strong. You need to mix in a carrier oil like olive oil. Make it maybe 80% olive oil, 5% TTO, 5% lavender and the rest witch hazel or something.


-Temp123

Using a combination of topical ibuprofen (5% sports gel) on face together with 10% tea tree cream. The combo works really well, excellent clearance, invisible, no bleaching, zero irritation, no dry skin, just smooth, (mostly) clear skin.

Topical ibuprofen is available in supermarkets in the UK (own brands are cheapest).


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Thanks for replying! Would it be worth mixing it with Jojoba Oil? I was thinking of just mixing it all up in an amber bottle and then applying with cotton wool...i'm on a tight budget at the moment so hoping this works as it will be a while before i can afford to try another solution! :D


Age: 21

Location: England, UK

Problem areas: Cheeks and jaw area mainly, neck, chest, shoulder and back

Treatments tried: Accutane, Retin A, various oral antibiotics, Dianette, topical antibiotics, Clearasil, Neutrogena, No. 7 skin care, Lush natural skin care, zinc supplements, black soap and shea butter, plain old soap and water, Simple, Clinique 3-Step.

Currently using: Witch Hazel mixed with Lavender, Tea Tree and Geranium essential oils and topical ibuprofen gel 5%, 2-3 times a day


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Jojoba should work, or just mix it into any good face cream.


-Temp123

Using a combination of topical ibuprofen (5% sports gel) on face together with 10% tea tree cream. The combo works really well, excellent clearance, invisible, no bleaching, zero irritation, no dry skin, just smooth, (mostly) clear skin.

Topical ibuprofen is available in supermarkets in the UK (own brands are cheapest).


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Well I bought all the stuff yesterday... I bought Witch Hazel, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil and Geranium oil. This came to a total of £10.21 as the oils are on 3 for 2 at Boots (UK). I estimate that the ingredients will last about 5 months so thats just over £2 a month.

I mixed 50ml of Witch Hazel in an amber bottle with 60 drops of lavender, 40 drops of tea tree oil and 20 drops of geranium.

On the first application after about ten minutes my skin was a lot less red! It also felt really smooth. This morning my existing spots are slightly reduced and only one tiny white head formed over night (usually i wake up with a few).

So far so good!

It might just be a fluke, so I will keep you all updated on the progress in case anyone else is thinking of trying.

Anna :)


Age: 21

Location: England, UK

Problem areas: Cheeks and jaw area mainly, neck, chest, shoulder and back

Treatments tried: Accutane, Retin A, various oral antibiotics, Dianette, topical antibiotics, Clearasil, Neutrogena, No. 7 skin care, Lush natural skin care, zinc supplements, black soap and shea butter, plain old soap and water, Simple, Clinique 3-Step.

Currently using: Witch Hazel mixed with Lavender, Tea Tree and Geranium essential oils and topical ibuprofen gel 5%, 2-3 times a day


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i usually mix these oils with my moisturizer. i use the alba organic moisturizer. i found that olive and jojoba oils broke me out (despite being "non-comodogenic"). i usually use tea tree and lavender. occasionally geranium and clary sage as well.

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I never thought of using clary sage, i will look into this one, thankyou! Good for muscle-ache baths too ;)

Well its only the second day of using this stuff and i must say my skin hasn't looked so even for a long time! My existing spots look a lot better and i can't feel any new ones... i will start trying it on my back tonight, i will ask my partner to apply it. Its always a problem getting to spots on your back to treat them hey?


Age: 21

Location: England, UK

Problem areas: Cheeks and jaw area mainly, neck, chest, shoulder and back

Treatments tried: Accutane, Retin A, various oral antibiotics, Dianette, topical antibiotics, Clearasil, Neutrogena, No. 7 skin care, Lush natural skin care, zinc supplements, black soap and shea butter, plain old soap and water, Simple, Clinique 3-Step.

Currently using: Witch Hazel mixed with Lavender, Tea Tree and Geranium essential oils and topical ibuprofen gel 5%, 2-3 times a day


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Sorry mods, i must have put this in the wrong section :doh:

Just an update, my skin is looking pretty good today (day 3) with one new spot and rapidly reducing old spots. I bought some topical 5% ibuprofen gel as per Temp123 so hopefully this new acne fighting kit will work for me long term :wub: Fighting the bacteria, inflammation, scarring and skin tone seems like a sensible approach, can anyone think of anything i might be missing?


Age: 21

Location: England, UK

Problem areas: Cheeks and jaw area mainly, neck, chest, shoulder and back

Treatments tried: Accutane, Retin A, various oral antibiotics, Dianette, topical antibiotics, Clearasil, Neutrogena, No. 7 skin care, Lush natural skin care, zinc supplements, black soap and shea butter, plain old soap and water, Simple, Clinique 3-Step.

Currently using: Witch Hazel mixed with Lavender, Tea Tree and Geranium essential oils and topical ibuprofen gel 5%, 2-3 times a day


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i want to try something like this too, but i don't know where t buy the lavender oil. where did you get yours/whats the name of it? :think:

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i want to try something like this too, but i don't know where t buy the lavender oil. where did you get yours/whats the name of it? :think:

I bought mine from Boots in the UK, but you should be able to get it at any health store, chemist, or 'hippy' type shop - just make sure its 100% pure essential oil and not the cheap fragrance stuff for oil burners!


Age: 21

Location: England, UK

Problem areas: Cheeks and jaw area mainly, neck, chest, shoulder and back

Treatments tried: Accutane, Retin A, various oral antibiotics, Dianette, topical antibiotics, Clearasil, Neutrogena, No. 7 skin care, Lush natural skin care, zinc supplements, black soap and shea butter, plain old soap and water, Simple, Clinique 3-Step.

Currently using: Witch Hazel mixed with Lavender, Tea Tree and Geranium essential oils and topical ibuprofen gel 5%, 2-3 times a day


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That is waaaay too strong, the oils would be irritating in that concentration. I use a bottle of the natural witch hazel, the one without alcohol, and add about 10 drops tea tree oil, grapefruit extract and lemonbalm extract, about 10 drops of each. It is good for the whole body and face. It helped with my bacne, but will probably not actually make facial acne go away. It is much cheaper to mix your own witch hazel than to buy the already made lemon, etc. infusions. Those are around 7.00 where I live.

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