DIY Beauty | Lemon + Thyme Toner for Blemished Skin


DIY Beauty | Lemon + Thyme Toner for Blemished SkinApparently, Thyme is a natural alternative to the infamous acne treatment, benzoyl peroxide, and in fact – it has even been found to be more effective, according to this snazzy study! Who knew Thyme was such is an antibacterial powerhouse?!

While benzoyl peroxide may work well at first – it’s got horrendous side-effects that make it like crack to get off of! Cue horrible flashbacks of Proactiv, ugh!!)! Burning, itching, peeling, greasy, dry + super-sensitive skin… all at the same time. And, it creates free-radicals too! Totally not cool.

So, if you’re in the market for something more gentle, yet effective from mother nature, try this tincture! I had originally seen this recipe awhile back here, + then saw it again recently here while looking for a natural replacement for my prescription acne treatments – so, I decided to give it a shot! While I love my Witch Hazel for lots of things, this recipe wasn’t a miracle-worker for me, but lots of others swear by it! So, check it out!

What you need


  • Some Witch Hazels contain alcohol. Play around with it + see if you like the regular, or Alcohol-free Witch Hazel version better.
  • The Witch Hazel will turn brown from the Thyme.
  • You can use it right away, but let the thyme for a few days before straining the thyme out.
  • This doesn’t necessarily have the most pleasant smell, but works well!
  • Always use the highest quality of fresh, organic ingredients when possible.


  1. Sterilize your jar with rubbing alcohol or by boiling for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the thyme to a sterilized bottle or jar.
  3. Pour 3 oz. of witch hazel on top.
  4. Shake the mixture + allow it to steep for 3 days.
  5. Strain the thyme.
  6. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 month.
  7. To use – add to a cotton round + swipe as necessary.
 Have you ever tried this, or any DIY Toner for Acne? 


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  • Reply
    Beauty Salon Karama
    November 4, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I loved this.I will try this for sure for my acne.

  • Reply
    February 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve had issues with acne in the past and know the importance of using a toner. Thanks for this recipe.

  • Reply
    Issho Genki
    February 26, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Thank you for sharing this DIY toner, I will try it soon since it is all organic. I’ve been looking for products for my sensitive and dry skin and I think organic ingredients are perfect.

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