Skin brightening face pack for combination skin: DIY by Dermatologist

Skin brightening face pack for combination skin: DIY by Dermatologist

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 29/05/17

Do you know what is a unique thing about combination skin? Variable oil secretion, you might have oily T-zone and dry to normal cheeks or patches of dry and oily skin. So, you need a face pack that can optimise your oil secretion with the balance of oil absorbing and moisturising ingredients. Besides optimising oil secretions of combination skin, this face pack help in skin brightening by reducing dark spots/patches, melasma, tanning etc. This is achieved with the help of the following skin whitening ingredients; Aloe Vera, Licorice, Lemon, Papaya and Cucumber

If your skin type is combination and your skin concern is pigmentation, then, go ahead and brighten up your skin with this licorice or mulethi based face pack. Make sure that you have the essentials in order to try this easy DIY formulated by a dermatologist!

How to make?

Mix the following ingredients in a clean bowl:



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1. Oats

2 spoons

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2. Chickpea flour

2 spoons

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3. Licorice or Mulethi 

1/4 spoon

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4. Aloe vera

1/4 spoon Use fresh aloe vera or buy  Best (chemical free) Aloe vera gel

5. Mashed Papaya

1/2 spoon Take papaya just beneath the peel and mash it.

6. Grated cucumber

1/2 spoon Take a slice of cucumber and grate it.

7. Lemon

5 drops

Use fresh lemon and squeeze 5 drops.

How to use?


What are the side effects?

This skin lightening face pack has many potent ingredients, which could cause irritation, as is common for sensitive skin. Thus, always perform the patch test before the first use. Secondly, do not expose your skin to harsh sunlight after using this face pack, because the lemon in it might react, and cause irritation.


How to store?

This face pack cannot be stored.


Who can use this face pack?

You can use this face pack, if you have combination skin type and your major skin concern is pigmentation in the form of melasma, dark patches, tanning, freckles etc.

I must tell you do not treat your skin as a guinea pig by putting anything on your skin without understanding what your skin really needs. As a dermatologist and expert in skin care, I would like to bring to your notice that the choice of skin care product and home remedy depends on 2 factors:

  • your skin type: oily, dry or combination.
  • your key skin concern: pigmentation, wrinkles or acne.

You can take advantage of our product finder tool to find the best product/remedy based on your skin type and concern. Needless to say, that using a wrong face pack can be more damaging because the ingredients stay on your skin for a prolonged time, therefore, use the table given below to find the best face pack for your skin:





Oily skin

Homemade anti-acne face pack for oily skin

Skin lightening face pack for oily skin 


Anti-aging face pack for oily skin


Combination skin

Homemade anti-acne face pack for combination skin


Skin lightening face mask for combination skin (present article)

Anti-aging face pack for combination skin


Dry skin

See dermatologist because most anti-acne ingredients can irritate dry skin

Skin lightening face pack for dry skin 


Anti-aging face pack for dry skin



Why these ingredients?

All the skin-lightening ingredients used in this face pack has following studies to back up their efficacy: