Tallow Balm Acne Recipe

Tallow Balm Acne Recipe

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    Tallow has many benefits, one including the ability to ability of tallow to help with acne.

    But first, who am I? My name is Annie and founder of The Tallow Company and came to discover the benefits of tallow when we bought our first quarter cow from a neighbour and wanted to make the most of our it. The balm was amazing to treat my son's skin condition and the rest as we say...is history.

    Our Tallow Balm for Acne Treatment recipe combines purified tallow and refined hemp seed oil, offering a balanced formula suitable for oily, combination, and dry skin. It is the base of all our whipped tallow balms at The Tallow Company.

    Tallow nourishes and hydrates, while hemp seed oil balances oil production.

    The Combined Benefits Of This Tallow Balm For Acne

    When we crafted this recipe, we were on the look out for the best complement for tallow and we also cared that it was something we could source locally.

    Benefits this recipe include:

    • Balanced Hydration: Hemp seed oil moisturizes without clogging pores, while tallow provides deep hydration, preventing overproduction of skin oil which can lead to acne.
    • Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Both ingredients have anti-inflammatory effects, reducing redness and swelling associated with acne.
    • Non-Comedogenic: Hemp seed oil is known for being non-comedogenic, meaning it doesn't clog pores, a crucial factor for acne-prone skin.
    • Rich in Linoleic Acid: Hemp seed oil is high in linoleic acid, which can help balance sebum (skin oil) levels, reducing acne occurrences.
    • Gentle on Sensitive Skin: Tallow is gentle and less likely to irritate sensitive skin, making it suitable for acne-prone skin that may already be inflamed or irritated.
    • Skin Barrier Support: Tallow helps strengthen the skin barrier, protecting against irritants that can exacerbate acne.
    • Natural Vitamins and Antioxidants: The combination provides a rich source of vitamins A, D, E, and antioxidants, promoting overall skin health and resilience.
    • Synergistic Healing: The blend supports the skin's natural healing process, potentially aiding in the reduction of acne scars and blemishes.

    For those with acne-prone skin, we recommend adding Thyme, Rosemary, or Tea Tree Oil essential oils for their beneficial properties. They have been proven in laboratory to help with acne.

    However, it's wise to first try the balm without essential oils to ensure skin compatibility, especially for sensitive skin.


    • 7 parts purified tallow (e.g., 7 oz for a smaller batch)
    • 3 parts refined hemp seed oil (e.g., 3 oz for a smaller batch)
    • Optional: 10-15 drops of essential oil (Thyme , Rosemary or Tea Tree Oil


    • Saucepan or double boiler
    • Mixing bowl
    • Hand mixer or whisk
    • Spatula
    • Jar or container for storage
    • Cake decorating kit (optional, for elegant transfer)


    1. Melting The Tallow: Gently melt the purified tallow in a saucepan or double boiler until completely liquid.
    2. Cooling and Adding Hemp Seed Oil: Let the melted tallow cool and start to solidify, then mix in the refined hemp seed oil.
    3. Whipping the Mixture: When the tallow and hemp seed oil start to solidify, whip the mixture energetically with a hand mixer or whisk. If using essential oils, add them during this step.
    4. Transfer into Jars: Once the balm is fluffy, transfer it into jars using a cake decorating kit for a smooth process.
    5. Enjoy: Your Whipped Tallow Balm is ready to use for nurturing and soothing your skin.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I make tallow balm at home?

    Yes, you can make tallow balm at home with rendered beef tallow and your choice of oils and essential oils. Ensure the tallow is pure and free from impurities.

    Where can I find the ingredients for tallow balm?

    Ingredients for tallow balm like rendered tallow and essential oils can be found at health food stores, online, or you can render tallow yourself from beef fat purchased from a butcher.

    Why does tallow make my skin break out?

    Tallow may make your skin break out if you have a sensitivity to beef products or if the balm is too occlusive for your skin type, leading to clogged pores. Additionally, impurities in non-rendered or improperly rendered tallow can also contribute to breakouts. It's important to ensure the quality of tallow and consider your skin's individual reaction to heavy moisturizers. Patch testing a small area first can help determine if tallow balm is right for your skin.


    In conclusion, our tallow balm for acne recipe is a testament to the powerful, natural skincare solutions available right from our surroundings.

    As the founder of The Tallow Company, I've seen firsthand how tallow, combined with hemp seed oil and optional essential oils, can provide balanced hydration, anti-inflammatory benefits, and support skin health without clogging pores. (for most people)

    Whether you're battling acne or looking for a more nourishing skincare routine, this whipped tallow balm might just be the gentle, effective answer you've been searching for.

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