Homemade Toner Pads for Acne

March 7, 2016Allison Murray
With only 3 things you can make homemade toner pads for acne. Be it stress, hormonal or teenage angst, these are amazing!

With only 3 things you can make homemade toner pads for acne. Be it stress, hormonal or teenage angst, these are amazing!

My dermatologist explained to me that I have adult acne. It sucks. I missed it when the others had it as a teenager and it’s decided to hit me with a vengeance as an adult. I’m not quite sure how, but once my breakout was hormonal and another time it appeared to be stress induced. I was told that with hormones I just had to use a gentle cleanser on my face and for stress, well I needed to calm the heck down.

I used the recommended bar soap but it made my face feel tight and weird. And it helped but it seemed as though I just had less really bad, cystic acne. And then one day I was talked into purchasing a face wash and toner based on tea tree oil at a fancy schmancy shop. I forked huge was of cash, came home and realized that it was working so, so well for me and then, when I started running low I just quit using it. I mean, I didn’t want to fork out another $75 or whatever for it at the store and so I just went back to my cheap bar soap that made my face feel weird and kind of helped.

But since I’ve gotten into using essential oils here and there I realized, tea tree oil is, in fact, an essential oil and I can use it however I please. And this might sound a bit weird, but now I just run plain water over my face, whether in the shower or at the sink, and kind of use my fingers to “scrub” makeup and dirt and stuff away. But I don’t use soap. I follow up with my homemade toner pads and I’m doing just as well as I was on the fancy stuff as I was with my expensive store bought regime of 3 different things. So get ready to take 2 simple ingredients and make a huge difference in the acne you see on your face!

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With only 3 things you can make homemade toner pads for acne. Be it stress, hormonal or teenage angst, these are amazing!

Now I always think you should buy decent essential oils but since this is going on our faces, we especially want to get the good stuff. And just kind of quickly, this stuff works so well because it’s antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. It isn’t the greatest smelling essential oil but you get used to it’s scent after a bit of use. It makes your skin kind of tingle/go numb, FYI, but I actually quite enjoy the sensation.

With only 3 things you can make homemade toner pads for acne. Be it stress, hormonal or teenage angst, these are amazing!

First make sure your cotton rounds fit inside of your jar. This is a little (I think) pint jar with a wide mouth and it perfectly holds 40.

Fill the jar 1/4 to 1/2 full of water, depending on how “juicy” you like your toner pads. I like mine REALLY  juicy.

Add tea tree oil, 1 part for every 9 parts of water is typical. I actually up mine to 2 parts for every 9 parts of water because I feel it helps to better prevent that horrible, hormonal cystic acne by being a bit stronger.

With only 3 things you can make homemade toner pads for acne. Be it stress, hormonal or teenage angst, these are amazing!

Shake that business up hard until it looks white instead of clear and then start pushing your cotton pads in kind of quickly. They’ll start soaking up the liquid FAST.

With only 3 things you can make homemade toner pads for acne. Be it stress, hormonal or teenage angst, these are amazing!

Turn the jar over for a while so that the top and bottom pads are about the same moisture-wise. I typically do this until the first time I use them because I forget to flip it back around.

I keep mine in the dark, in my side table drawer by the bed, though I don’t know that a lack of light is entirely necessary.

With only 3 things you can make homemade toner pads for acne. Be it stress, hormonal or teenage angst, these are amazing!

Peel the top one off when you need to clean your face and wipe all around, taking care NOT to get it in your eyes. In fact, it’s kind of strong for your eye tissue in general. I stick with my T-zone and cheeks mostly, keeping away from my eyes.

And that’s all there is to that. With tea tree oil, distilled water and cotton pads, all inexpensive, and a reusable mason jar, you’ve got a chichi boutique worthy toner that will help keep that acne at bay, whether it be due to stress, hormones or teenage angst. :)

With only 3 things you can make homemade toner pads for acne. Be it stress, hormonal or teenage angst, these are amazing!

Comments (5)

  • Cyn

    March 23, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    I don’t want to sound stupid but when you say 1 part for every 9 parts what do you mean exactly?

    1. Allison Murray

      March 24, 2016 at 8:24 AM

      If you use 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil, use 9 teaspoons of water with it. I probably could have put that a much simpler way :) Good luck!

      1. Cyn

        March 24, 2016 at 12:25 PM

        I’m sure a lot of people knew what you meant lol I’m just learning how to do these “home remedies” and thank you for letting me know…I’ll have to give it a try, but if you can find one for the body that would be great LOL

  • Neemo

    August 23, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Another question. Do you need to rinse it off? Or just leave it. And how many times a day do you need to apply? Thank you

    1. Allison Murray

      August 23, 2017 at 5:37 PM

      Nope. You can leave it on and go. Use as many times as you’d like throughout the day, just take care to keep an eye out for redness. I use mine before bed only but use as you see fit!

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