Homemade Face Wash for Oily Skin: DIY Recipe from Dermatologist

Homemade Face Wash for Oily Skin: DIY Recipe from Dermatologist

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 25/10/18

Oily skin needs a face wash that can remove excess oils from your skin along with controling acne, reducing open pores and giving a fresh matt look. This homemade face wash does all this that too without the use of harsh surfactants. Thats not all, it takes less than 5 minutes to make and can be stored for 1-3 months without refrigeration. So are you ready to try this 100% natural face wash?

How to make?

Mix and store the following ingredients in completely dry airtight container:



Clicking on the link given below for the list of recipe that can be made with ingredeint:

Fuller’s earth or Multani mitti

5 tablespoons

Multani mitti- List of recipes

Gram flour or Besan

10 tablespoons

Chickpea flour: List of recipes

Turmeric powder

1/2 tablespoon

Turmeric: list of recipes

Neem powder

(for acne prone skin

1 tablespoon

Neem Powder: list of recipes

Lemon peel powder (omit in sensitive skin)

1/2 teaspoon


Lemon Peel powder: list of recipes

Tea-tree essential oil

5-10 drops to enhance anti-acne action (optional)




Watch the video for demo:

How to use?

  • Wash your face with plain water.
  • Take a small amount of above mixture on your palm.
  • Put some drops of water and make a paste on your palm.
  • Massage this paste on your face gently in circular motions.
  • Spend more time on your T-Zone.
  • If possible, leave it for a minute or two on your face. The good idea is to start your shower by applying this paste and end by rinsing it.
  • Rinse off with water and pat dry with a soft tissue, if you have added turmeric to prevent staining of the towels.

How to store?

The only precaution you need to take is KEEP THIS FACE WASH DRY because if water gets into this face wash, bacteria and moulds will grow in it. So make sure you close the lid of the airtight container after each use and put it away from the tap. In the beginning, I also wasted a couple of batches until I got more disciplined on keeping this face wash away from water. This little effort of making and storing this face wash will pay off in the long run with beautiful skin, without risk of harming yourself and the mother earth.

Why these ingredients?

  • Multani mitti and chickpea flours absorb extra oils from the greasy skin. They gently exfoliate your skin to remove dead cells and debris to give clean and fresh skin.
  • Turmeric and lemon peel powder impart skin-lightening, anti-septic and anti-ageing action to this face pack.
  • In acne-prone skin, neem and tea tree oil control pimples.

Can this face wash remove make-up?

No, this face wash is not strong enough to remove the make-up. You should remove your makeup with cleansing milk and then wash your face with this homemade face wash.

Why should you use homemade skin care products?

After researching about hundreds of ingredients used in the skincare products, I realised that they might bring temporary benefit but cause skin damage on long term besides promoting cancer and environment damage. This homemade Face Wash was my first innovation- all natural, easy to make and store. I hope you will like it!