Like everyone else in my family, I have very oily skin by genes. Thus I have to be more careful when taking care of my skin. Oily skin usually leaves you a dirty feeling in the end of the day and your pores can easily get clogged by oil, dirt and cosmetics. The need for exfoliation for oily skin is bigger than other type of skins. I normally exfoliate 3 times a week by homemade facial scrubs to prevent pimples forming from clogged pores and to freshen and lighten my skin. I personally like to make facial scrubs myself from natural ingredients. It's cheap, it's natural, easy to make and you can find all of the ingredients right in your kitchen! Below are the best 3 natural facial scrub recipes I've been using:
Water and baking soda scrub
This is one of the best facial scrubs I have ever tried. Not only my skin feels fresh and healthy after using it, my blackheads are also gone after one month. Baking soda and water is considered a gentle exfoliator so it is safe to use on sensitive skin.
Instruction: Wet your face with luckwarm water. Add a little water to wet 1 tablespoon of baking soda and massage gently on your skin. Leave on for about 3 minutes and then rinse it off. I usually make a new scrub every time I use it, but if you make too much, you can store the scrub in the fridge for the next use.
Honey yogurt facial exfoliator
This scrub is very effective in reducing blackheads and nourishing your skin. Honey helps reduce inflamation and redness and thus is very useful in acne treatment. After using this facial mask/scrub, my skin always feels so smooth and soft. I use organic honey for the best result.
Instruction: Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Spread on your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with luckwarm water. This scrub is a bit messy but the result is very satisfying.
Olive oil and sugar scrub
I use this both as body and facial scrub and it has worked wonders. You should only use extra virgin olive oil and granulated sugar. After washing off, my skin feels very soft and moisturized (not oily).
Instruction: Mix one table spoon of sugar and one table spoon of extra virgin olive oil. Mix them well until reaching a paste-like consistence. Apply the mixture on your washed face, massage in very gently. Leave it on for about 2-3 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
I normally exfoliate my skin in the evening, after removing my makeup. Because the 3 above facial scrub recipes contain very moisturising ingredients, I usually go to bed without applying any moisturizer on my exfoliating days. Remember DO NOT exfoliate your face more than 3 times a week and you have to massage very gently. You have to be even more careful and gentle when you have acne, as hard rubbing will irritate and trigger the acne problem even more.
shruty on August 27, 2013:
I m using virgin olive oil with granulated sugar and its working...i would like to advise evryone having an oily skin to use this on face
mikio scrub on March 17, 2013:
this was really informative. i had heard a lot about the baking soda scrub but was afraid to try it because it might bleach. will add it to may today list and give you review. thank you. https://www.mikiosnaturalbodyscrub.com
Shadaan Alam from India on February 28, 2013:
excellent writeup with some new inputs, but i am a bit skeptical with honey-yoghurt facial exfoliator, will it be able to work well as an exfoliator or is it just a natural remedy for glow on the face
Kim on October 15, 2012:
Baking soda works great.
Danielle on April 22, 2012:
I am trying the sugar and olive oil recipe but i have two questions. Why is it bad to exfoliate everyday? And is it okay to apply a moisturizing lotion after exfoliation?
KittieL on February 15, 2012:
Before I struggled with extremely oily skin and occasional break outs. Now my skin is much less oily and very few break outs.
I use the Rooibos Tea Face Scrub (from the organic Made from Earth skincare line). I love the smell and it has these little scrubbing beads in it that really clean your skin thoroughly. The scrubby beads feel great on your skin and when you rinse your face you have such a fresh feeling.
Elizabeth on January 20, 2012:
To unblock pores here is one. Start with a steam treatment: fill a bowl with boiling water, hold a towel over your head and lower your face into the steam for five minutes, to open pores.
brighterday on January 18, 2012:
I love the scrub ideas! But what do you wash your face with on days when you don't use the scrubs? I need something that will not cause acne breakouts (especially under my moisturizing vit c serum and sunblock) but that won't dry my face out either....any thoughts? Thanks! :)
metrotrade from china on May 04, 2010:
Our cucumber machine is capable of producing a continous cucumber sheet, not slice, 1m to 1.5 m length. If you are the believer of cucumber for eyes, try this for the whole face and body. Very cooling and refreshing.
Robyn on March 26, 2010:
These sound great, thanks! Its a shame i don't have any extra virgin olive oil to try the third one, but i will definitely try the first two.
shoppingaholic from India on March 21, 2010:
I am so glad to know about first two scrubs as I've already applied the third one. I would like to know about Moisturizers for Oily skin that makes your skin hydrated.Thanks in advance.
Mama Sez from Canada on January 18, 2010:
Very basic and easy to follow recipes. Will be linking this to my hub to be posted soon. Thanks icebee.
fatema on December 03, 2009:
thanks my skin is T zone oily I wud appreciate more suggestions I am 35.