Homemade Facial Scrub For Combination Skin-Dermatologist Recommended

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 03/10/18

Scrub, may it be homemade or from market essentially has two ingredients- scrubbing agent and the base. When it comes to combination skin, we need a base that is neither too oily nor too drying. You can use either aloe vera or  non-comedogenic oil as a base and time-tested brown sugar as the scrubbing agent. So, let us get started!

What will you need?

For scrubbing agent, Brown sugar is best because it is both physical and chemical exfoliator. It has glycolic acid, a chemical exfoliator that works by loosening the bonds between dead and damaged skin cells. Prefer organic and unrefined brands available on Amazon.in, amazon.com or amazon.co.uk

For base, you can either use:

  • Aloe vera especially when your skin is more oily in humid weather or if you have black/whiteheads or pimples. I personally prefer the scrub for oily skin for my combination skin because my face gets greasy even with non-comedogenic oils. Make sure that you use chemical free brands of aloe vera as mentioned in the article, Best (chemical free) aloe vera gel: Dermatocare Pick.
  • Oil: As already explained, choosing the correct base is paramount in combination skin so that it is neither too oily (so that it does not clog your pores) nor too drying (so that it does not strip the natural moisturising reserves from your skin). The best option is to choose from following light weight non-comedogenic oils:


Any one of these 3 Oils




Argan oil

Provides sun protection, rich in anti-oxidants, has soothing and anti-aging benefits

Short shelf life,





Sunflower seed oil

Rich in Vitamin A, D, E


Make sure you buy the unrefined one.




Safflower oil

Rich in omega 6 fatty acid and essential vitamin

Used often for oil cleansing method

Make sure you buy the unrefined one.




How to make?

It is super easy to make the homemade facial scrub for combination skin, all you need to do is take a some brown sugar into your palm and pour the oil of your choice slowly until all the brown sugar is wet. Mix the two with the index finger of another hand. Massage this scrub on your face for a minute or two. Rinse off and pat dry. Complete your skincare regime by applying either this anti-aging face pack or this skin lightening face pack after scrubbing, called as two-step home facial.


How often can I use this scrub?

You should use this scrub twice  in a week. 


What are the side effects?

This homemade facial scrub can irritate sensitive and inflamed skin. In fact, I do not recommend scrubbing at all in inflamed, red, or irritated skin.


How to store?

This homemade facial scrub should be made fresh before use because the brown sugar softens into sticky mass in oil upon storage. All it takes is less than a minute!


Can I add other ingredients?

Though lots of recipes mention the use of lemon juice along with brown sugar, it might not be a good idea because the glycolic acid in brown sugar already has acidic pH. Similarly, honey is too sticky to let scrubbing agent glide through freely on your skin. 

In fact, there is no need to add any other ingredients because brown sugar provides both physical and chemical exfoliation to this homemade facial scrub. Also, there is no point in adding many active ingredients in the scrub because too many ingredients can do more harm than good to your skin. You can always give your skin a healthy treat of natural ingredients by applying a homemade face pack just after scrubbing. At Dermatocare, we believe in recommending researched and minimalistic homemade skincare.

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