French green clay is a powerful tool in ridding the body of impurities and toxins. When partnered with apple cider vinegar and Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil in this easy DIY recipe, you’ve got a force to be reckoned with against those tough acne spots that wanna hang around and try to ruin a good day! This recipe literally contains 3 ingredients, and you will Love the results you get when you use it!
~ 1/2 Tablespoon French green clay (where to buy)
~ 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar (this is the only kind of ACV I buy)
~ 3-5 drops Melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil (How to purchase essential oils)
1. Mix all three ingredients in a wooden bowl (plastic is also okay, but do not mix in a metal bowl or with metal utensils, as the metal can interact with the ingredients in a negative way).
2. Let the mixture sit open in the air for about 10 minutes. You will notice almost a fizzing, this is normal.
3. Allow the mixture to turn slightly from a thin liquid to a thicker consistency.
4. Transfer to a small container of your choice (I re-used a small jar I had cleaned out previously)
5. Mixture will keep in the fridge for at least a week or two as long as it is kept covered.
Apply spot treatment to acne spots once or twice a day. Allow the treatment to turn from a dark green to a pale shade of green (about 5-10 minutes). Use a warm wet cloth to gently remove the mask from the area you’ve applied it to.
You can use this treatment as an all over facial mask, however, I would not suggest leaving it on for longer than about 5 minutes. When using as an all over facial, remember that this treatment is meant to draw out impurities and toxins. You will likely see things get worse before they get better, as whatever impurities may be deep under the skin will be drawn to the surface. This is a very powerful mask, please use sparingly and monitor for any sensitivities.
Why these 3 ingredients?
French green clay is known for it’s incredible antibacterial properties, plus it acts to literally draw out impurities from the skin! It’s also beneficial for tightening the pores, toning the skin, exfoliating dead skin cells and reducing inflammation in acne. (source) Apple cider vinegar has natural antiseptic and drying properties that make it great for clearing acne on the skin. Because ACV is slightly acidic, it also works to restore the skin’s proper pH level. Melaleuca (also known as tea tree) oil has all kinds of benefits, but is primarily used to treat wounds, infections, and skin ailments. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits which can help to reduce inflammation and irritation caused by acne. (source)
Please keep in mind that although this can certainly aid topically for clearing the skin of impurities, there is generally a deeper reason behind what may be causing your acne woes. There are various reasons you may be having acne issues… it may be that you need to investigate your dietary habits, it could be an allergy (like a gluten-intolerance), it might be a hormonal imbalance, or it could be that you have a skincare routine that is doing more damage than good (ie: continuously stripping the skin of needed moisture, and essentially telling your skin to produce more oil!). Whatever the reason may be, I strongly suggest doing a little digging and figuring out what’s behind your skin dilemma!