Sugar has garnered a bad reputation over the years because of the adverse health effects it can cause. Especially if you have oily skin, you would be advised to cut down on sugar from your diet too. However, sugar is not the bad guy every time.1
Long-term studies have found that sugar, when applied on the face, can work wonders in controlling excess oil production. It’s a natural source of glycolic acid that stimulates cell regeneration and regulates oil balance of the skin. The structure of sugar particles makes it the best abrasive for the skin. It even helps in unclogging pores and locks in the skin’s moisture.2
DIY Sugar Scrubs for Oily Skin
Below are some super easy scrubs using sugar that you can use to keep the oiliness of your skin in check.
1. Sugar And Honey Scrub
Sugar granules and honey, when mixed together, remove excess oil from oily skin without drying it up.
- Blend 1 tablespoon of sugar with a teaspoon of honey in a bowl.
- Scrub all over the face with special attention to your T-zone.
- Wash away with tepid water.
- Do it this twice a week.
2. Sugar And Tomato Scrub
The vitamin A and C content in tomatoes make them naturally acidic. They have the added property of being great toners for the skin while removing excess oil.3
- Mash 1 tomato and strain its juice into a bowl.
- Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar to it.
- Cleanse your face and scrub the mixture all over your face.
- Wash off after 5 minutes if massage.
- Do it twice a week.
3. Sugar And Egg White Scrub
Egg whites have the ability to close large pores and reverse aging-related skin changes. If your skin is turning oily with each passing year, this will work just right for you.
- In a bowl whisk 1 egg white with sugar until it’s creamy.
- Apply the creamy mix all over clean face and massage in an upward direction for 5 minutes.
- Leave it on until it dries.
- Wash your face with warm water.
4. Sugar And Yogurt Scrub
This scrub is particularly good if you have both oily and tanned skin. The lactic acid in yogurt exfoliates skin, de-tans and unclogs oily pores.
- In a bowl mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with an equal amount of yogurt.
- Scrub it all over the face and leave it to dry for 10 minutes.
- Wash off and pat your face dry.
- Do it once in a week.
5. Sugar and Baking Soda Scrub
Baking soda is widely used as a home remedy for dermatological problems. It exfoliates, removes dead skin cells and excess oil from the pores.
- Make a paste out of 2 tablespoons of baking soda and water.
- Massage it for 5 minutes all over the face.
- Rinse it off with cold water on drying.
- Do it twice a week.
6. Sugar And Aloe Vera Scrub
Aloe gel is cooling moisturizer with an astringent effect on the skin. It prevents clogging of pores as well as bacterial infections like acne from appearing.
- Combine 2 tablespoons of aloe gel and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl.
- Massage it onto your face continuously for a few minutes.
- Wash it off after drying.
- Being a mild mixture you can apply it thrice a week.
Go on and give your face some sugary goodness with these simple scrub varieties!
|↑1||Davis, Erica C., and Valerie D. Callender. “A review of acne in ethnic skin: pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and management strategies.” The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology 3, no. 4 (2010): 24.|
|↑2||Kornhauser, Andrija, Sergio G. Coelho, and Vincent J. Hearing. “Applications of hydroxy acids: classification, mechanisms, and photoactivity.” Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology: CCID 3 (2010): 135.|
|↑3||Telang, Pumori Saokar. “Vitamin C in dermatology.” Indian dermatology online journal 4, no. 2 (2013): 143.|