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Old 08-19-2016, 12:04 AM   #1
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Default Looking for recipe for acne and/or oily skin

I'd like to make soap for my grandson and daughter - grandson has typical teenage acne breakouts and daughter has very oily skin. I don't have a recipe but had thoughts of incorporating coconut milk, benonite clay, grapeseed oil and anything else someone could recommend.

Am torn on whether I should use coconut oil. If you have a tried and true recipe and would care to share I would be very appreciative.


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Old 08-19-2016, 12:19 AM   #2
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Activated charcoal is supposed to be helpful for acne. Sorry I can't offer any advice on the rest.


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Old 08-19-2016, 12:23 AM   #3
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In my experience with two teenagers and husband with acne (yes, even though he's in 40s) what I found that works best is activated charcoal.
It doesn't have to be fully black bar, I usually add AC to 1/2 of batter only.

I use normal soap recipe that I use in most of my soapmaking. Just your usual regulars like coconut, olive, rie bran, castor oils and shea/cocoa butters.
I keep SF really low, since you don't really want more oil on already oily skin.
Too much coconut and soap might be too harsh and stripping too much oil which might then increase oil production.

I like clay as well, I use either yellow or kaolin. I found bentonite too harsh and scratchy.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:41 AM   #4
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I can only speak for myself and my daughters, we use salt bars 3-4 times a week and then a regular soap with activated charcoal and tea tree. My skin is the best it's ever been. Everyone's skin is different so it may take some experimentation to find what works best for you kids skin.
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Salt bars has helped my adult acne and my aunt who has very oily skin, uses nothing else. 80% coconut, 20% olive oil with 35% salt.
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I will suggest against bentonite clay unless the soap's recipe has a low cleansing level AND no one with dry(ish) type skin will use it. That stuff is no joke (I used one of my sister's soaps and it had bentonite clay in it. Not too bad but it was a little much for my skin). Grapeseed oil is also known to be a major culprit where DOS is concerned. Activated Charcoal is good as it's clearing my skin up my skin and coconut milk is lovely in soap. The only thing I can ad is tea tree EO or Rosemary EO. Some people don't think it would work but it's been effective for my combination skin.
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I make a TeaTree coconut bar for my son and he really likes it. He freaks out when he runs out and gets a little breakout.

80% coconut oil
20% olive oil
Superfat at 20%
Tea Tree oil
French green clay
I make it hot process.
Lathers really nice and leaves you feeling clean with no residue.

Good luck.


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