5 DIY Face Wash Recipes For All Skin Types

If you’re tired of spending money on expensive face washes when you’re having a breakout, or if you’d just like a little more control over the chemicals you are exposing your body to, making your face wash at home might be appealing to you.

We all have different skin types, and depending on your skin type, you’ll need to adapt the ingredients that you use within your face wash.

This is because different skin types will call out for different things, and using certain ingredients with certain skin types can cause breakouts and other skin conditions to get worse.

5 DIY Face Wash Recipes For All Skin Types

Ensuring that you are using the right face wash for your skin type is important, as otherwise, you may be making matters worse, instead of improving your skin.

Below, we’ll list five face wash recipes that you can make yourself at home, geared towards specific skin types.

If you’re not sure of your skin type, we’ve included some information on how you can work out whether you have dry, oily, combination, normal or sensitive skin at the end of this article.

Five Face Washes That You Can Make At Home

Face Wash For Dry, Sensitive And Normal Skin

If you struggle with dry skin, or if you have normal or even sensitive skin, this DIY face wash is suitable for you.

The combination of aloe vera and honey in this face wash is amazing for dry and sensitive skin, as the aloe vera will soothe any dry, sore areas, whilst the honey will prevent infection and give your skin a bit of a barrier against the elements.


To make this face wash, you will need:

  • A quarter cup of raw honey
  • A quarter cup of aloe vera gel
  • Two tablespoons of argan oil


  1. Measure out all of your ingredients, and place them into the container of your choice. It helps to use an airtight container that you can store in the refrigerator if you would like to use this face wash again in the future.
  2. Mix the ingredients, ensuring that they are fully combined.
  3. Using your fingers, apply a thin layer of the face wash over your face, and allow it to sink into your skin.
  4. Rinse your face with water, using circular motions with your fingers to work the ingredients into your skin, before wiping any excess away with a damp washcloth.

Face Wash For Oily Skin

Often, your skin type is decided by the pH balance of your skin.

Using this super simple apple cider vinegar face wash will help to restore some of this pH balance in oily skin, whilst also using the amazing properties of the apple cider vinegar to draw out sebum and other impurities from your pores, often found in oily skin types.


To make this face wash, you will need to use the following ingredients:

  • One part apple cider vinegar
  • Three parts water


  1. In a container of your choice, measure out one part apple cider vinegar to three parts water. If you are only making enough face wash for one application, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and three tablespoons of water will be more than enough to cleanse your entire face.
  2. Mix the two ingredients, before using a piece of cotton wool or a washcloth to apply the apple cider vinegar solution to your skin.
  3. Allow the face wash to sink into your skin, before rinsing off with cold water.
  4. Whilst it is important to let it soak into your skin a little, don’t allow it to sit on your skin for too long, as the apple cider vinegar can dry your skin out and cause irritation.

Face Wash For Combination Skin

Combination skin can be difficult to look after, so ensuring that you are using a face wash that targets both oily and dry areas of skin is important.

This face wash will help to rid your skin of impurities, whilst still being gentle in case of delicate or dry skin.


To make this face wash at home, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Two tablespoons of gram flour
  • A quarter cup of milk


  1. In a container of your choice, add the gram flour.
  2. Slowly mix in a small amount of milk at a time, so that the gram flour is nicely incorporated.
  3. Once you have added all of your milk, you should be left with a paste. If you find that this paste is thick, you can add a little more milk, and if it is too thin, you can add some more flour.
  4. Now that you have made your face wash, you can use it. Using your fingers, add some paste to your skin. Move your fingers in circular motions, rubbing the mixture in and allowing it a chance to work.
  5. Rinse with a washcloth and warm water.

Face Wash For Skin Prone To Breakouts

Dealing with breakouts can be exhausting, and can have a massive impact on your self-esteem.

This face wash recipe is great, as it contains essential oils, apple cider vinegar, and soap to help target those blemishes and breakouts.


To make this face wash, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Two drops of frankincense essential oil
  • One drop of lavender essential oil
  • Three drops of melaleuca essential oil
  • Two tablespoons of water
  • One teaspoon of castile soap
  • Three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar


  1. In a container of your choice, mix all of the above ingredients. An airtight container works best for this recipe, as this will enable you to store it in the refrigerator for later use, saving you from making multiple batches.
  2. Using either a washcloth or a piece of cotton wool, add a little of this mixture to your skin.
  3. Specifically target the areas that you tend to be acne-prone in, as this will help to soothe and prevent it.
  4. Ensure that you don’t use this face wash too regularly, as it can cause skin irritation due to the drying effect that apple cider vinegar can have, as a result of its high levels of acidity.

Anti-Aging Face Wash

No matter your skin type, ensuring that you are keeping up with an anti-aging skin care routine will be something you are grateful for in years to come.

This face wash uses frankincense and avocado oil to promote cell repair, protecting against any fine lines and wrinkles.


To make this face wash at home, you will need the following ingredients

  • One tablespoon of avocado oil
  • Three tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • Four drops of frankincense essential oil


  1. Measure and add your ingredients to a container of your choice.
  2. Mix well, ensuring that everything is fully incorporated.
  3. Once everything is combined, you can use either a washcloth or cotton ball to massage the face wash into your skin.
  4. Concentrate on any fine lines and wrinkles, whilst also ensuring not to get any into your eyes.
  5. Allow the mixture to sink into your skin a little before rinsing with both a warm washcloth and water.

What Skin Type Are You?

What Skin Type Are You?

Before making a face wash, you first need to know which face wash to use for your skin type.

Identifying your skin type is important, as this helps you to ensure that your skincare regime is specific to exactly what your skin needs, instead of just using a range of products for different skin types that may be doing more harm for your skin than good.

For example, if you have oily skin, using an oil-based face wash is the last thing that your skin needs.

There are also ways to ensure that you are treating other conditions that may occur as a result of your skin type – for example, oily skin can lead to enlarged pores and acne, so ensuring that your face wash takes these things into account is essential, as this alone can make a massive difference to your skin.

If you aren’t sure what your skin type is, we’ve included a handy little guide below, to help you figure it out.

The T-Zone

The T-Zone is the ‘T’-shaped area on your face, including your chin, nose, and forehead.

You can use this part of your skin to assess your skin type, for example, if it feels greasy then you are likely to have oily or combination skin.

Dry Skin

This skin type will feel tight, and potentially have dry areas, as well as more obvious wrinkles or lines.

If you have this skin type, you may find that it can get irritated and that it feels particularly sensitive to different skincare. Redness and itchiness are common with this skin type.

Dry skin doesn’t have as much oil as regular skin, meaning that it lacks a lot of the skin’s natural defenses that would usually help to prevent irritation.

As a result, this skin type typically benefits from a moisturizer of some kind – this helps to hydrate your skin, as well as gives it a bit of protection against both the elements and signs of aging.

Normal Skin

If you have normal skin, you’ll find that it doesn’t feel oily or dry and that it has a smooth texture. If you have this skin type, you’ll have small, unnoticeable pores, and you won’t get breakouts as often.

You won’t get redness or irritation as frequently with this skin type, either.

This skin type doesn’t require as much care as some other skin types can, so ensuring that you’re keeping up with a light skincare regime, including cleansing and moisturizing, should help to keep your skin in good condition.

Oily Skin

Oily skin can both look and feel greasy, as a result of a build-up of sebum. When looking for oily skin, pay particular attention to your T-Zone – this area is where you are most likely to find signs of oiliness.

Your pores may be more visible, as they are more enlarged and can be clogged easier with sebum and other skin debris. You may find that you are prone to blackheads and other breakouts.

It is important to regularly detoxify this skin type to draw out any impurities and oil that lead to clogged pores and resultant breakouts.

Combination Skin

If you have combination skin, you will find that your T-Zone can feel quite oily, whilst the rest of your skin might feel dry.

Be careful when selecting products for this skin type, as the combination of both oily and dry mean that it can be easy to throw either of these out of balance.

Try to look for products that are suitable for all skin types, instead of dry or oily skin, specifically.

How to Figure Out Your Skin Type

There are multiple ways to identify your specific skin type.

Method One – Observation

An easy way of determining your skin type is to simply observe it.

  1. Give yourself a starting point by washing your face with a gentle cleanser. Foaming cleansers work well for this.
  2. When you’re finished, gently dry your face by parting it with a soft towel or something similar.
  3. Wait for around half an hour or so, ensuring that you don’t touch your skin too much in between, as this can cause your skin to become more oily.
  4. Observe your skin. Are there any dry or oily areas? How does it feel to the touch? Is there any redness or sensitivity? How tight is it?
  5. Pay particular attention to your T-Zone in comparison with other areas. Is this area dry or oily? How big are your pores?
  6. Rinse your face once more – does it feel sore or sensitive at all? Does it feel sensitive if you apply any skincare?

Tip: Make sure not to use any additional skincare products when observing, (until you reach that step in the directions) even if you would usually apply some; the point of this is to observe what your skin does without any interference from other products, to determine what your skin type is.

Additional products may contribute to oiliness/dryness that is unusual for your skin, leading you to believe that you are a different skin type to the one you have.

If you find that you have a mixture of oily and dry areas, you probably have a combination skin type.

Oily skin can be identified if you find that you mainly have oily areas, whereas dry skin is identifiable by mainly dry areas of skin.

You may find that you don’t have signs of oiliness or dryness, in which case, you might have a normal skin type.

Sensitive skin can appear in all skin types, but it’s something that you should pay attention to, nonetheless.

If you find that you have areas of redness or soreness, especially after applying any skincare, there’s a good chance you have a sensitive skin type, in combination with any of the other skin types.

Method Two – Using Blotting Paper

The second method you can use to determine what skin type you have involves using blotting paper.

  1. To check your skin type, pat a piece of blotting paper onto your face.
  2. Examine the blotting paper – is it oily? Pay close attention to the amount of oil you gather, and from which area of your face that oil has come from.
  3. Your T-Zone is expected to have a little oiliness, but if you find that it is oily, or that you are picking up oil on other areas of your face, you know that you don’t have normal or dry skin, and you are more likely to either have oily skin or a combination skin type.

The blotting paper method is a little harder to determine than the previous method.

Picking up a lot of oil in various areas on your face points towards an oily or combination skin type.

If you find that the blotting paper doesn’t pick up any oil, or minimal amounts of oil, there’s a good chance you have a normal skin type.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, after reading this article, you have a good idea of your specific skin type, as well as a face wash that you can make at home.

It is important to always ensure that you are protecting your skin against the elements, keeping it well hydrated, and maintaining it, as well as preventing any breakouts.

To ensure that your skin is getting the best treatment, finding out your skin type, and making sure that your skincare regime is beneficial to your specific skin type is extremely important.

Not to mention, if you struggle with any sore areas, as is common in dry and sensitive skin, you can use the ingredients used within some of the DIY face washes listed within this article to soothe these areas.

As well as using a daily face wash, you should ensure that your skin stays well moisturized and that you are using sunscreen to keep your skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays, especially if you live in a hot area.

If you find that you continue to struggle with issues, scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist may point you in the right direction.

Hannah Shiftle
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