Homemade Facial Scrub For Oily Skin-Dermatologist Recommended

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 30/11/16

Scrubbing has immense benefits in oily skin because it not only removes dead cells but also helps in unclogging the pores, reducing the chances of getting open pores, black/whiteheads and pimples. Thus, people with oily skin type should make a point to scrub atleast two times a week followed by a face pack.

The scrub has two essential elements- scrubbing agent and base. We will stick to time-tested brown sugar for scrubbing agent and use aloe vera as the base. Thus, I am not recommending any new recipe for the homemade scrub for oily skin, but it is important to understand the why and how behind the use of homemade recipes to maximise the results. So, let us get started!


What will you need?

Brown sugar 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. 

Aloe Vera serves as perfect gliding base for brown sugar. It has additional anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, antiseptic benefits.



Brand suggestion

Aloe Vera

Prefer brands with safer preservatives


Brown sugar


Prefer organic and unrefined brands





How to make?

It is super easy to make the homemade facial scrub for oily skin, all you need to do is take a small amount of brown sugar on your palm and pour aloe vera 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. Watch this video for demo. Complete your skincare regime by applying either anti-aging or skin lightening face pack after scrubbing, called as two-step home facial.


How often can I use this scrub?

You should use this scrub at least twice in a week to remove the clogs that can block your oil glands. However, avoid scrubbing if you have red or pus-filled pimples or sensitivity breakouts.


What are the side effects?

This homemade facial scrub can irritate sensitive and inflamed skin. In fact, I discourage scrubbing the inflamed, red, or irritated skin.


How to store?

This homemade facial scrub should be made fresh before use. All it takes is less than a minute!


Can I add other ingredients?

Though lot recipes mention the use of lemon juice along with brown sugar, it is not recommendable because the glycolic acid in brown sugar is already acidic. 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.