If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I can’t say enough wonderful things about clay when it comes to skin care (and especially acne). It’s an amazing pore-vacuuming, healing-encouraging, skin detoxing powdered miracle. I always do a weekly face mask, but sometimes I need a quick and easy spot treatment. That’s where this lotion comes in.

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This creamy lotion is infused with anti-acne goodness from head-to-toe, and it’s so easy to use and apply that you’ve got no excuse not to. You can use it as a spot treatment or a quick, low-impact face mask. Because it’s pre-mixed, it’s easier to use on-the-go (though the colour does rather discourage one from going too far…). It’s just the type of thing you could quickly apply in the morning while you’re making breakfast and packing a lunch, and then rinse off before heading to school or work.

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The liquid base is white willow bark infused water. I first used white willow bark in my anti-acne toner, which has had some great reviews, so I knew I had to use it here. White willow bark is a natural source of salicin content (grandfather to salicylic acid), and it helps encourage healing, discourage infection, and reduce inflammation. Perfect for all things anti-acne, basically.

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The oils are also renown for their zit-busting properties. Seabuckthorn oil is loaded with vitamins, reduces scarring, boosts healing, and has even been endorsed by Dr. Oz for it’s anti-acne wonders (if that means anything to you at all).

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Rosehip oil is a favourite with supermodels (according to something I saw on Pinterest, at least), but beyond that it’s fantastic for healing. Now, the data on rosehip oil + acne is a bit conflicting. Some say it’s been amazing for acne, and some say it has made theirs worse. I can’t say it’s made mine worse, but I have very mild acne anyways. If you are worried, I would recommend swapping it out for argan oil instead, which has always stood me (and my zits) in good stead.

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Clay and a bit of zinc oxide team up to help detox the skin and add some anti-bacterial properties. And last, but not least, a medley of anti-acne essential oils.

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This lotion comes together like a dream and is a fantastic thing to have in your acne war chest. Give it a go!

Zinc & Clay Anti-Acne Lotion

73g | 2.6oz white-willow infused water (2 tsp white willow bark + 100mL boiling water)
2g | 0.07oz vegetable glycerin

7g | 0.25oz emulsimulse/ritamulse (or other complete emulsifying wax—not beeswax!)
8g | 0.28oz sea buckthorn seed oil (seed is recommended, but fruit oil also works)
10g | 0.34oz rosehip oil (or argan oil)

1 tsp French green clay (or multani mitti clay)
1 tsp zinc oxide

3 drop cedarwood essential oil
2 drop litsea cubeba essential oil
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop black pepper essential oil

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Start by infusing the water & white willow bark as if you’re making a cup of tea. Let steep for 15–20 minutes before straining out the solid bark and reserving the water.

Weigh the oils and emulsifying wax into a small saucepan and melt over medium heat.

While the oils are melting, weigh out 73g (2.6oz) of the white willow bark water into a small glass measuring cup and add the glycerin. Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir to combine.

Once the oils have melted, add the water mixture and heat through to ensure everything is melted.

Remove from the heat and whisk as the lotion cools. The mixture will thicken up as it cools (the thickening will take a few days if you are using a different emulsifying wax than emulsimulse/ritamulse).

Whisk in the clay, zinc oxide, essential oils, and preservative. Decant into a wide-mouthed jar. Normally I’d recommend a pump-top bottle for homemade lotions to avoid contaminating them with your fingers, but this one is too thick to use a pump.

Use either as a spot treatment or a light face mask. Rinse off after letting it dry for 10–15 minutes.

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