I’ve heard several customers say they, their family member, or their friend found lye soap helped with acne. People tell me of their grandma’s handing them a bar of handmade lye soap as a teenager when those first break-outs show up.
I can personally attest that handmade soap has made a big difference in the skin of all our children, no matter their skin-type. So what makes lye soap particularly good for acne? Well there’s several ways lye soap, and other handmade soaps, could be helping, here’s my theories:
First, traditional lye soap can be harsh, as I’ve explained in this previous post. Being harsh, also means it’s drying. So grandma’s lye soap could’ve been helping just by drying out that teenage skin, pulling off the excess oils.
Conversely, a lye soap recipe that’s balanced well is gentle. Lye soap contains no colors, no perfumes, no additives of any kind. Just plain, pure, white soap. Often oily skin just needs a good, pure soap to clean it well and not irritate it further. That’s exactly what a gentle lye, or handmade soap would do.
But even better is a handmade soap formulated for acne! And that’s where my 2nd born, Airman Basic comes in.
(Those of you know him are sworn to secrecy. He must never know his mother plastered his story all across the world wide web. If you agree, you may read further. ;)
Severe acne runs on my husband’s side of the family. The kind that comes with boils and cysts and leaves permanent scarring. We promised ourselves that the minute our children showed signs of acne, we would act quickly.
So I was prepared.
With what? Believe it or not, my Poison Ivy Soap.
My Airman is our only child, so far, who’s struggled with acne. And I immediately put him on a Poison Ivy Soap regimen. He washed with it morning and night, especially at night. If he did what mom told him, his skin was visibly clearer by the second day. It worked so well, he began asking for it when he got a break-out.
You did note he asked for a skin-care product? In my experience that’s quite momentous…a teenage boy asking for soap.
So why did this soap work? It’s the gentleness of pure handmade soap combined with acne, fungal, and viral fighting additives. This soap is packed with clay, witch hazel, plantain, chickweed, no extra oils or butters, tea tree essential oil, plus more. For my teenagers, and for many of my customers, this has been the magic combination to keep break-outs at bay.
Now whether my son was headed for terrible acne like his father’s, I don’t know. We never got there. I’m giving my Poison Ivy Soap at least a little credit for that.
For people who are bit spooked to try Poison Ivy Soap, I encourage them to try Mother Lydia’s Oat & Milk Soap first. Often an oatmeal soap is enough to take care of a mild case of acne. It’s the gentlest bar I make and I have customers bringing me wonderful stories about what it does for all kinds of skin.
But if you are dealing with a hard case of full-blown acne, give some Poison Ivy Soap a try. Compared to many of the over-the-counter treatments, you’ll be saving some money and much kinder to your skin.