I’ve been planning to make an acne serum for a while now. I’ve had all kinds of great, healing oils in my cupboard for a while now. Oils like tamanu, black currant seed, baobab, and sea buckthorn. I stumbled across a little tip via Pinterest recommending applying sea buckthorn seed oil to zits as soon as they rear their ugly heads (or even earlier than that, if you can manage it). So I decided that sea buckthorn seed oil would be the base for my serum.

As I did more research into sea buckthorn, I realized its a serum all in itself (there’s even an entire product line based around it for acne care). Its loaded with beta carotene, vitamins C & E, and all kinds of great fatty acids. It has a pleasant, nutty smell, and the beta carotene gives it a nice orange glow. Vitamins C & E help heal and repair the skin, and beta carotene has been show to be good for the skin as well. Apparently it is also a mild painkiller, which supposedly discourages picking at things (which I have never found to be terribly beneficial to the healing process).

Since I had tamanu oil (supposedly very healing) and baobab oil (rich in vitamins & fatty acid, said to improve tone & elasticity in skin), I decided to add a few drops of each. I also added some lavender essential oil for its scent (very complimentary to the nutty oils) and antibacterial properties. And then extra Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) for good measure.

And voila, acne/scar serum for all over. I keep it in a 10mL darkened glass bottle with a dropper top and apply a drop or two to any blemishes and scars after I apply argan oil (USA / Canada)… and I think it’s helping. My skin is better than its ever been, and any zits that dare appear aren’t a problem when I immediately douse them with my handy new serum.

Sea Buckthorn Acne Serum

7mL sea buckthorn seed oil
1mL Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada)
30 drops tamanu oil
20 drops baobab oil
5 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all oils in a dark glass bottle. Cover and shake to combine. Apply neat to blemishes and scars.