Make your own spot gel

Margaret By Margaret, 27th Nov 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Health>Alternative Medicine

Dealing with spot prone skin can be a challenge and finding a tretment that is both effective and gentle is not easy to come by. A lot of products aimed towards problem skin tend to be harsh and drying, therefore not very suitable for many Individuals. That is why for some a more natural approch may hold the answer.

DIY natural spot gel

The leaves, bark and twigs of the Witch hazel tree (Hamamelis Virginiana) have been traditionally used by native Americans in the successful treatment of many skin ailments, spots, itching and superficial cuts. The effectiveness of this humble plant is mainly down to it's excellent astringent properties created by the tannin (organic compounds) content. This mild astringent ability reduces inflammation, redness and itching, all of which are desirable factors when treating spot prone skin. There is also the added benefit of its subtle, gentle antibacterial qualities, that can treat the skin without over drying.

The distilled lotion is readly available from many supermarkets, chemists and online and can be used to make your own natural, safe spot gel.

250ml of distilled witch hazel
2 sachets of vegetable gelatine
3 drops of tea tree oil (optional)

Add the witch hazel to a pan.
Slowly add the gelatine, stir, and begin to warm (follow the products instructions).
Add 3-4 drops of tea tree oil for more antibacterial effect (optional).
Keep stirring.
Once the gelatine has dissolved, take of the heat and carefully pour into a sterilized container.
Allow to set, then keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 months.

Dab on spots when needed. Use as a treatment by gently massaging into clean skin.

As with all topical remedies it's advisable to carry out a patch test first.


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I am a busy mum in my 30's and when I am not running about I enjoy reading and writing about arts, alternative health and spirituality.

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