natural beauty

scoby ate my face

Or at least that’s what it looks like when you are using scoby as a moisturizing mask.

Scoby (short for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) is used in tea to create a drink called Kombucha. While fermenting the tea, scoby feeds on the sugars and can grow to the size of the container your making kombucha in. And though they are most known for there kombucha tea making ways, they have many other uses. (It’s handy to have a few uses in your back pocket because they multiply…fast!)

You can just consider me your guinea pig. I want to try many scoby remedies and recipes and as I go I will be filling you in, good or bad.

My first scoby venture was using it to create a moisturizing mask. I have read where people place scoby in the blender and mix it with aloe vera juice, but I have also read where folks just place the scoby whole on their faces. The thought of ground scoby didn’t set right with me so I opted for the whole.


The culture of scoby pulls circulation to the surface of the skin which helps regenerate skin cells. The pH of the culture has the effect of a mild and all natural acid peel by removing dead skin cells and leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.

To ensure I wouldn’t have a reaction from the scoby , I tested a small section on the back of my hand. After 15 minutes of leaving the scoby in place, my skin was soft, smooth and I had absolutely no negative reaction.

Ready or not, I was about to put the biggest piece of scoby that we own over my face. This was my pre-game face.

Once the scoby was removed form tea and rinsed off, I placed it over my face for a little over 15 minutes. It smelled like vinegar initially but before long it subsided. (Does anyone else see the heart in the center of this scoby?)
Tip: You might want to lightly pat the scoby dry so it doesn’t drip down the side of your face while you’re waiting for a rejuvenated complexion.


When the scoby was removed, my skin was glowing where it made contact. I only wish we had a slightly larger piece to cover the entirety of my face. Seriously. It is my new go to when I need to whip my skin into shape. I was actually experiencing a little bit of dry skin prior to the scoby moisturizing mask and afterwords it was no longer a problem.

I’m calling my first scoby trial a success. Now, I just need to see if I can talk my mom and sister into this cheap and easy facial. And don’t think the scoby goes to waste after being used. Your compost will be thrilled to have it. It’s just another place it can be helpful.

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  • Reply
    Linda Farley
    August 5, 2016 at 7:16 am

    You could grow a scoby big enough to cover your face! Just use a wider container when you brew kombucha; the SCOBY will grow to cover the surface. Thanks for being our guinea pig! I’m going to try a SCOBY facial.

  • Reply
    April 12, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Help! I did a scoby facial three days in a row because it worked so well on day one… too much of a good thing went bad… Now I have a ton of little red bumps all over my face. I think the scody just dried out my face and gave me a rash. Any suggestions?

    • Reply
      this natural dream
      April 21, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Oh no! How are things now? Has time healed the bumps? I did have a few ideas cross my mind (like a coconut oil/baking soda face wash or a salve we make) but I don’t want to suggest something that could do more harm. Talking to Ryan, he thinks the culprit in over “scobying” was too much acidic exposure.

      Praying things are better for you!

  • Reply
    May 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    You can also cut it up or blend it to make a goop instead of a cake

    • Reply
      May 23, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Interesting…I would totally try blending it!


  • Reply
    Helen Ellsworth
    October 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Can you keep using that scoby or do u Chuck it out?

    • Reply
      this natural dream
      October 21, 2017 at 11:45 am

      I compost what is used. Mostly because I can’t take the idea of putting what was on my face back in a fermenting tea 😉


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