How to Make Medicated Soap

by Mary Ylisela ; Updated September 28, 2017

Medicated soap washes and heals skin at the same time.

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Many skin issues, such as eczema and severely dry skin, benefit from using a medicated soap. A medicated soap helps you cleanse while soothing and treating the skin issue at hand. While medicated soaps are available at the store or through a dermatologist, most commercial soaps contain chemicals that can irritate the skin. Making your own simple but effective medicated soap at home is easy to do and allows you to soothe irritated skin while saving money.

Items you will need

  • 3 tbsp. organic liquid soap
  • 25 drops tea tree oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Pump dispenser (optional)
  • Towel
  • Double boiler
  • 2 cups glycerin soap base
  • 2 tbsp. tea tree oil
  • Spoon
  • Soap molds
  • Cooking rack
  • Plastic zip sandwich bags

Homemade Medicated Liquid Soap

Step 1

Combine 3 tbsp. organic liquid soap and 25 drops tea tree oil in a spray bottle or pump dispenser. Shake the bottle well to mix the ingredients.

Step 2

Apply the tea tree oil soap to the skin and massage it in. Allow the medicated soap to sit on the skin for a few minutes so the tea tree oil can soothe and heal irritated skin.

Step 3

Rinse the medicated soap off with lukewarm water and pat the skin dry with a clean towel. Use the medicated liquid soap throughout the day, as needed. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that is known to have skin-healing properties.

Homemade Medicated Bar Soap

Step 1

Heat the water in the bottom of a double boiler under medium heat so the water is simmering.

Step 2

Place 2 cups glycerin soap base and 2 tbsp. tea tree oil in the top of the double boiler. Stir the two ingredients until fully melted, then remove from heat.

Step 3

Pour the medicated glycerin soap into soap molds. Set the soap molds on a cooling rack and allow them to sit until the soap hardens and cools.

Step 4

Pop the hardened bars of medicated glycerin soap out of the molds and store the soap bars in plastic zip sandwich bags to keep them dry.


  • Keep a spray bottle of tea tree oil medicated soap spray in your bag or purse for when you're on-the-go but still prefer to use a soap that is good for your skin.


  • Use caution when making soap with a double boiler as the heat and steam can cause burns.

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About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.