Mulethi fairness face pack for oily skin: DIY by Dermatologist

Mulethi fairness face pack for oily skin: DIY by Dermatologist

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 29/05/17

If you are looking for an easy and efficient way to reduce your pigmentation and tanning, then this mulethi fairness face pack is for you. I have formulated this face pack with the following skin lightening ingredients based on research (see references at the end):

  • Licorice called as mulethi in Hindi has glabridin that reduces hyperpigmentation by inhibiting of tyrosinase, an enzyme used for the synthesis of skin pigment, melanin. Licorice also works by dispersing the melanin.

  • Lemon owes its skin lightening action to citric acid and vitamin C content.

  • Aloe vera helps in reducing dark patches by aggregation of skin pigment called melanin. 

  • Papaya has an enzyme called papain just underneath the peel, that lightens the skin.

  • Cucumber also helps in skin fairness.

Are you ready to  brighten up your oily skin with this mulethi fairness face pack. Make sure that you have the essentials in order to try this easy DIY formulated by a dermatologist!


What will you need?


Where to buy?

1. Multani mitti or fuller's earth 

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2. Chickpea flour

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3. Licorice powder

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4. Aloe vera

Use fresh aloe vera or buy one of these  Best (chemical free) Aloe vera gel

5. Mashed Papaya

Take papaya just beneath the peel and mash it.

6. Grated cucumber

Take a slice of cucumber and grate it.

7. Lemon

Cut lemon and squeeze 5 drops.

How to make?

Mix the following ingredients in a clean bowl:



1. Multani mitti or fuller's earth

2 spoons

2. Chickpea flour

2 spoons

3. Licorice Or Mulethi  powder

1/4 spoon

4. Aloe vera

1/4 spoon

5. Mashed Papaya

1/2 spoon

6. Grated cucumber

1/2 spoon

7. Lemon juice

5 drops


The best part of making fairness face pack at home is that you can customise it further as follows 

  • If this face pack is too drying for your skin, then try Skin lightening face mask for combination skin.

  • If this face pack is unable to control your oil secretion then, then increase the quantity of multani mitti or fuller's earth from 2 to 3 spoons and reduce gram flour or besan to 1 spoon.

How to use?

  • Cleanse your face with this homemade face wash for oily skin or even better is to exfoliate your skin with this brown sugar scrub.

  • Pat dry with a clean, soft cloth.

  • Apply the face pack in an upward direction. 

  • Let it dry. Leave it untouched for half an hour or so.

  • Once it is dry, splash a generous amount of water on your face to make the mask soft.

  • Gently scrub your face by removing the face pack in circular, outward motions to aid the removal of dead skin cells.

  • Rinse off the leftover face pack and pat dry.

  • You can use this face mask once or twice in a week.


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.


How can use this face pack?

You can use this mulethi fairness face pack,  If your skin type is oily and your skin concern is pigmentation, Being a dermatologist, I must warn you that do not try home remedy just because it worked your friend or you have that particular ingredient at home. 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 or 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 (present article)


Anti-aging face pack for oily skin


Combination skin

Homemade anti-acne face pack for combination skin


Skin lightening face mask for combination skin


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:


In the end, I would like to emphasise that this single face pack might not be enough, you should follow this 5 step skincare routine for reducing dark patches or lightening your skin tone.