5 Homemade Scrubs for Oily Skin

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5 Homemade Scrubs for Oily Skin

Oily skin is perhaps the most problematic skin, next only to sensitive skin. Almost all products seem to aggravate it, causing breakouts and acne. What if we told you that there was a way to keep the oil production of your skin under control?

Yes! It is possible! You just need to follow this technique regularly. This ‘technique’ is not rocket science – it is a simple scrubbing, which is necessary to get rid of dead cells. And, this is even more essential if you have oily skin. The combination of clogged pores and accumulated dead cells result in acne and pimples.

Most commercial scrubs can be unsafe and are also expensive. Why not make your own scrubs at home – you know what is going into your scrub, and since you are formulating it, you will avoid ingredients to which you are allergic.

5 Homemade Scrubs for Oily Skin

Here we have the formulas for 5 homemade scrubs for oily skin.

1. Coffee Scrub


If you are one of those who love your morning cup of coffee, then you would have the leftover granules from the brew. What do you do with it? Throw it away or feed it to your compost bin? Now, you can use it in one more way – make your face scrub.

All you need is equal quantities of coffee grounds and yogurt. Make a paste using the two and gently scrub your face with it. Don’t rinse it immediately. Leave it on your face for a couple of minutes. If you have yogurt allergy, then replace the yogurt with honey. Do this once a week to keep your face clean, oil-free and glowing.

2. Oatmeal Scrub

oats scrub

Oatmeal is as good for the skin as it is for your body. It has anti-inflammatory properties and saponins that soothe your skin and cleanse it.

Mix equal quantities of honey, yogurt and oatmeal to make a paste. Apply it to the face and neck. After 10 minutes, scrub for 5 minutes with wet fingers and rinse. If you have a dairy allergy, use rosewater. Honey is a natural moisturizer, but if you are allergic to it, skip it. Scrubbing once a week will give your skin a radiant glow.

3. Green Tea Scrub

Green tea contains polyphenol, which helps eliminate oxidative stress causing skin damage. You will need two bags of green tea steeped in hot water. To 2 tablespoons of the decoction, add two tablespoons of sugar and lemon juice. Don’t throw away the remaining green tea. You will need it to adjust its consistency. Use your fingers to apply and scrub your face with this mixture for about 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Any leftover scrub can be refrigerated to be reused. Using this scrub twice a week gives good results.

4. Red Lentils (Masoor Dal) Scrub

This is one of the oldest known scrubs that gives excellent results. Coarsely powder red lentils, or you can soak them and grind them coarsely. Add yogurt and turmeric to make a paste. Gently scrub your face with this paste for a couple of minutes and then wash with warm water. Add rosewater to this scrub for fragrance and also to get additional benefits of GulabJal. This scrub is to be used once a week. It clears away dead cells and removes excess oil from the skin.

5. Sugar Scrub

Another popular scrub for oily skin is sugar, olive oil and lemon scrub. Just mix the three and gently scrub your skin with it. This scrub removes excess oiliness, eliminates dead cells and cleanses the pores, preventing acne and pimples. It also gives your skin suppleness and glow. Use this scrub twice a week.

Tips to Take Care of Oily Skin

It is a misconception that oily skin does not have to be moisturized. This is so far from the truth! In fact, oily skin needs as much moisturization as dry skin does. When you scrub your face clean of all dirt, the natural oils also get washed off. If you do not moisturize your skin after washing it, your skin will take care of itself by secreting sebum or oil, which is excess in some cases. That is what causes oily skin. If you moisturize your skin, it will not release excess sebum, and that will keep the oiliness at bay.

Another point to remember is that if your skin is excessively oily, it needs to be cleaned twice a day. Always cleanse your skin and remove all traces of makeup before you go to bed.

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.


Oily skin is not a bane. It is a proven fact that people with oily skin look younger for a longer time than people with dry skin. Just remember to take care of it, and don’t forget to cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin. It will thank you in the years to come.

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