DIY CLEANSING PADS FOR OILY SKIN | Top Cosmetic Dermatologist Delray Beach


I don’t know if I skipped this during the past years but I’m starting to see more and more options for facial cleansing pads, especially for problematic skin.  I haven’t noticed this trend while I was living in Asia (although I consider Asia the mother of all possibilities when it comes to skincare) however they seem to be very popular in Europe, at least. We recommend you to check out this website–  to learn about their “Top Cosmetic Dermatologist Delray Beach” services.

Nevertheless, cleansing pads seem to suffer from the same problem as spot treatments, they are all alcohol based (read why alcohol is bad). Though I have spotted some Alcohol-free versions from Aveeno or Desert Essence, the brands that are most accessible to us (Garnier, Oxy, etc.) still don’t comply with the current alcohol-free standard.

That’s why I decided to make my own cleansing pads specially designed for my needs, no alcohol, not too mattifying and not over-drying. The main igredients are tea (tames down a bit the strong smell of vinegar), apple cider vinegar and essential tea tree oil, all the ingredients you’ll need to help you fight back oiliness, pimples and blackheads without causing irritation.

You’ll first need a recipient, I used an empty jar of what used to be a Lush fresh mask and it fits like a glove, 10 cotton pads and the exact quantity of serum for this jar made out of 9 Tablespoons of herbal tea, 4 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 3 to 5 drops of essential tea tree oil (see images below).

There are other recipes that use apple cider vinegar (like this one on My Woman Stuff) the ratio that they generally agree to for oily skin is up to half vinegar half water (or tea in this case), however I found that this is a bit too much, too tight but you can experiment with different ratios too see what best fits you.

The benefits of tea tree oil are well researched, you can read my Tea Tree Oil article if you’re not convinced yet, but when you’re using essential Tea tree oil you need to be very careful not to use it directly on the skin. Essential Tea Tree Oil needs to be diluted in water, always, or else it will cause skin irritation.

The Tea Tree Oil that I used is a local Estonian brands but any brand would do, for instance the Australian Dessert Essence is a reputable provider of Pure Essential Tea Tree Oil and decent pricing.

As a tip I suggest using some more compact cotton pads, the regular two-layered ones may split in half when soaked up in serum and may cause quite a hassle for the user.