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Easy to make, affordable and super effective, this DIY homemade face scrub is suitable for all skin types, though it works particularly well on acne-prone, oily skin. With just six ingredients, most of which you likely already have in your pantry, this exfoliating face scrub is a keeper!
This was originally published in February 2018 and has been updated in October 2022 to reflect new information and supportive content. Also note, this post is sponsored byRedmond but all thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make it possible for Root + Revel to provide free content and healthy living inspiration.
Alright, you asked for it, so here it is!
A DIY, Homemade Face Scrub is easily the most requested DIY beauty recipe we get emailed about.
We're so excited to share this with you–not only is this recipe beyond easy (just six ingredients, most of which you likely already have in your pantry!), but it's affordable AND effective. The trifecta.
How Do You Naturally Exfoliate?
Let's answer the broad question before we continue.
There are a various ways to help exfoliate your skin. One way is to apply a scrub or exfoliating cleanser to your skin. Scrubs are made from ingredients such as sugar, salt, and ground up grains like oatmeal. They can feel rough on the skin as they help get rid of dead skin cells and dirt. After using a small about with gentle circular movements rinse the natural scrub off the skin with warm water.
You can also try using a gentle chemical exfoliant like glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in an at-home facial mask. AHAs are becoming more popular as people realize that they can improve their overall complexion by helping to exfoliate and unclog pores. The best part about these products is that they’re easy to use at home and won’t leave you feeling red or irritated when you’re finished.
Finally, you could try using a pumice stone but stick to using it on the hands and feet.
Are Face Scrubs Good For Your Skin?
Making a homemade face scrub is an easy way to add some exfoliation to your beauty routine. Exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and smooth out any rough patches on your skin.
One of the best things about homemade face scrubs is that they’re cheap and easy to make. You can buy all of the ingredients at your local grocery store, so you don't have to worry about running out of fancy supplies that require ordering ahead of time.
Most homemade face scrubs are made with just three ingredients: sugar, salt, and oil (like coconut or olive oil). This means that they're incredibly simple to make!
If you decide to make a homemade face scrub, be sure to use a gentle formula (like the one we share in this post) that won’t dry out your skin and only use it 2-3 times a week to avoid over-exfoliation. Using a natural face scrub can strip your skin of moisture and lead to dryness, irritation and redness.
Are Homemade Exfoliants Good for Blackheads + Acne-Prone Skin?
Yes! Although this natural face scrub recipe is excellent for all skin types, it is especially good for blackheads and acne prone skin. The natural ingredients help to gently remove blackheads, clogged pores and oily skin. With regular use (no more than 2-3 times a week) you should see an improvement in your breakouts.
There are many different natural oils that you can use to make a homemade face scrub. This recipe uses jojoba but other oils include, coconut oil, almond oil and sweet almond oil.
For natural exfoliants, you can use coffee grounds, brown sugar or sea salt!
Soothing components to add to your homemade face scrub include things like aloe vera gel and honey.
Natural Face Scrub Ingredients for Acne + Blackheads
Now let's look a the ingredients in this face scrub in more detail:
- Oatmeal:soothes irritated skin, oatmeal is full of vitamins, minerals and lipids that hydrate and moisturize. AND oatmeal contains saponins, which has intense cleansing properties, and the fine texture of ground oats offers exfoliating and buffing capabilities thatremovedead skin cells and polishes your skin without harsh chemicals or materials that scratch your skin .Oatmeal also soaks up excess oil, which helps treat acne, and if that weren't enough, oatmeal contains zinc, which reduces inflammation and kills acne-causing bacteria.
- Bentonite Clay:This healing clay has been used for centuries as a cure-all for what ails you. But it's particularly amazing for clearing your skin–made from minerals formed from volcanic ash, bentonite clay reduces your skin's oil production, draws out toxins from your skin, unclogging pores and removing dead skin cells in the process, reduces the appearance of scars, softens skin and reduces inflammation. Wow! Pretty impressive, right?
You can buy Redmond Clay on Amazon.
For another awesome DIY beauty recipe using Bentonite Clay, check out our popular DIY Charcoal + Clay Face Mask for Acne and Blackheads!
- Baking Soda:Not only is baking soda a great natural exfoliant, it also cleanses the skin, softening it all the while, and itbrightens dull and darkened skin giving you a great glow!
- Jojoba Oil: This soothing oilworks well for nearly all skin types and leaves skin hydrated without the heavy shine, as it’s very similar to our skin’s natural oil/sebum production.
- Rose Hip Oil:This ultra-nourishing oil is a must-have for pretty much every skin type! It’s chockfull of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E, making it perfect for dry or aging skin, as it has been linked to increased collagen production. Rosehip seed oil is also high in retinoic acid, which studies show reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scarsand brightens skin. It’s also incredibly healing thanks to itsantimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds, so it’s great for refining skin texture and tone.
- Lavender Essential Oil:Not only does it smell so good that you’ll feel instantly relaxed (lavender is proven to lower stress), but it also helps regenerate skin cells so it’s great for aging skin, sun spots and scarring.
How Do You Make Homemade Scrubs at Home?
Making homemade face scrub couldn't be easier. All you need are the six natural ingredients listed above, and a food processor.
Pulse everything together until combined, add to a clean glass jar and voila! You're done. Seriously.
I told you this recipe was easy. But why would you even want to make your own skincare?
Well, sadly, like most store-bought beauty products, tons of known carcinogens, hormone disruptors and skin irritants make up the ingredient lists of most commercial face scrubs.
Toxic Ingredient Found in Popular Face Scrubs
We've outlinedthe top toxic ingredients found in some of the most popular face scrubs on the market today below:
- Microbeads:A lot of store bought scrubs are made with microbeads or microplastics. Problem is, most wastewater treatment doesn’t filter out microbeads, so they end up in our water where they absorb persistent organic pollutants (long-lasting toxic chemicals like pesticides, flame retardants, motor oil and more) and other industrial chemicals. They're then eated by fish and other marine organisms, which we then eat. Trouble is, they're not labeled as microbeads on skincare products. So instead, if you see polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate or polymethyl methacrylate on the label, run far away.
- Fragrance:Hormone disruptor and among the top five allergens in the world. Learn why you should avoid fragrance as much as possible here.
- Parabens:Mimic estrogen in the body and cause reproductive, hormonal, and developmental disorders with a link to breast cancer.
- PEG-100 Stearate:Has been linked tocancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, contamination concerns, irritation, and organ system toxicity.
- Methylisothiazolinone:A preservative known to cause allergic reactions,dermatitis, lung toxicity and neurotoxicity, increasing the risk of seizures and visual abnormalities.
- Sodium Hydroxide: Astrong irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract and concerns about cancer and neurotoxicity. In fact, it is classified as “expected to be toxic or harmful” and one or more animal studies show brain and nervous system, metabolic, and sense organ effects at very low doses and there are warnings regarding using this ingredient around the eyes or mouth (of course, which is where you're putting face scrub).
**Note: these ingredients can be found inSt. Ives Apricot Scrub, Borghese Fango Face Scrub,Clearasil Acne Scrub, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub,Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub, Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate and GLAMGLOW Treatments
Cost Comparison To Store Bought Exfoliators
Even if you can find some natural face scrubs that aren’t full of toxic chemicals, you’ll likely have to shell out a pretty penny. Drugstore brands usually run at least $10, while higher-quality brands can be upwards of $30 per bottle.
Compare that to this recipe, which costs just $6.36 to make.
- I paid just $11.03 for 32 ounces, but I only used 1.5 ounces = $0.51
- Bentonite Clay:
- I paid just $17.13 for 24 ounces, but I only used 1 ounce = $0.71
- Baking Soda:
- I paid just $6.25 for 16 ounces, but I only used 0.5 ounces = $0.20
- Jojoba Oil
- I paid just $12.95 for 4 ounces, but I only used 1.5 ounces = $4.86
- Rose Hip Oil
- I paid just $24.99 for 4 ounces, but I only used 5 drops = $0.05
- Lavender Essential Oil
- I paid just $14.95 for 4 ounces, but I only used 5 drops = $0.03
Sold! Right?! That's just $0.63 per use!
If you try this Homemade Face Scrub Recipe, be sure to leave a review and rating below. I'd also LOVE to see how it turned out for you–share a photo and tag us @rootandrevel!
P.S. If you really just can't find the time or energy to make this recipe, my favorite store-bought, non-toxic face scrub is Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub.
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Homemade Face Scrub for All Skin Types (including Acne-Prone, Oily Skin!)
Servings: 10 uses
Easy to make, affordable and supereffective this DIY face scrub is suitable for all skin types, though it works particularly well on acne-prone, oily skin. With just 6 ingredients, most of which you likely already have in your pantry, this exfoliating face scrub is a keeper!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
In a food processor, combine oatmeal, clay and baking soda. Pulse until finely ground.
Add jojoba oil, rose hip oil and lavender oil. Pulse again until mixed through.
Transfer scrub to a clean glass jar.
To use: take a teaspoon and apply to damp face in gentle, circular motions. Rinse and/or use a soft washcloth to wipe off any excess.
Moisturize as needed.
The scrub should keep for up to a month in a sealed glass jar. You can use two to three times per week, depending on skin type and needs.
Keyword: acne, beauty, DIY, face scrub
Author: Root + Revel Collective
Plum Green Tea Face Scrub
It's a gentle exfoliating scrub for oily, acne-prone skin. This one can effectively cleanse your pores without aggravating your acne. It has a gel-cream based texture that is not harsh on your skin. Works best only when followed with a toner and moisturiser.
That's right, face scrubs helps in eliminating the excessive oil, dirt, pollution that helps in giving you clearer skin. These face scrubs also open pores that prevent excessive oil production, thus helping in fighting back acne.Which homemade scrub is best for face? ›
Coffee grounds, sugar, finely ground sea salt, cinnamon and oats are some of the best ingredients to use in a homemade exfoliating scrub, Roff says. She is a big fan of sugar face scrubs, as they can brighten dull skin and fight signs of aging.Is salt or sugar scrub better for acne? ›
If you want a product that will offer a gentler manner of exfoliation, go with sugar. However, if you wish to add detoxifying benefits, always opt for salt. Your esthetician can help you with any questions about whether or not a salt scrub will be an appropriate product to include in your body care routine.Does sugar scrub clear acne? ›
Sugar has round granules, which are less coarse than salt. This is what makes sugar a good choice for acne treatment. It is less abrasive on sensitive skin, like the skin on your face, but still exfoliates to loosen damaged or dead skin cells. This keeps dead cells from clogging pores, which is a major cause of acne.Do scrub remove pimples? ›
The face scrub cannot treat your pimples. Rather if you scrub your face when you have pimples, it may irritate your skin and cause a burning sensation. Face scrub can however prevent pimples by removing the dead skin cells.Is coffee scrub good for acne prone skin? ›
Scrubbing the face with coffee grounds can help to clear away dead skin cells and unclog the pores. The chlorogenic acids in coffee may also reduce inflammation and protect against some strains of bacteria.
By removing dead skin cells, facial scrubs allow oil, dirt, bacteria, etc. that were trapped deep within pores to come to the surface. The blemish that results is actually the body's way of expelling toxins completely. Breakouts that occur anywhere from two to four weeks after a gentle scrub are normal.What is the best homemade exfoliating scrub? ›
How to make it: Blend 1/4 cup of oats until fine. Mix with 2 tablespoons of almond meal, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, and 1 tablespoon of honey. This scrub is gentle enough for face and body. Leave on for three minutes, and then rinse with warm water.Which is better sugar or salt scrub? ›
Sugar doesn't dry out the skin, so it's a good option for people who have naturally dry skin. Salt has sharper edges than sugar, which means that these scrubs are more abrasive. If your skin is rough and needs to be smoothed, then you might consider salt instead of sugar.
- 1: In a bowl, mix together 1 cup coconut oil and 2 cups granulated sugar. Mix until a grainy paste forms. ...
- 2: Add 40-50 drops of your choice of essential oil. ...
- 3: Optional: Add 1 drop of food coloring to give it a little color.
- 4: Scoop contents into a Mason jar.
Mix 1 cup very warm water (not boiling) with 3 tablespoons of Himalayan salt. (Did you know Himalayan salt has over 84 minerals. No wonder its so amazing for your skin). Stir well.Does salt worsen acne? ›
Iodized salt, which is the kind that you usually sprinkle onto your food, can also aggravate your skin more and cause breakouts.
Salt helps to cleanse pores deeply, balance oil production and thwart bacteria that can instigate breakouts and acne. Try it: Mix one teaspoon sea salt with four ounces of warm water in small spray bottle until salt is dissolved.Can you mix salt and sugar for a scrub? ›
You can mix salt and sugar (both sugars or just one, depending on whether you want a softer or coarser scrub), and last but not least, you can do an all salt one which is particularly good for softening up rough feet. When selecting essential oils, it may simply come down to scents and aromas you like best.Can I use only sugar to scrub my face? ›
Sugar scrubs are touted as creating soft, smooth skin, but these are much too harsh for facial skin. Stick with using sugar scrubs only on the body, and consider alternatives that are safer for your face. The goal of a facial scrub is to gently exfoliate your skin — not irritate it.How do you make a sugar scrub for acne? ›
Just mix a tablespoon of sugar in half a lemon's juice and mix it. You can also add a bit of honey to attain a nice consistency. Apply it all over you face and leave it for 20-30 minutes. Wash away with water along with gently scrubbing your skin.What is the safest way to exfoliate face? ›
If you use a scrub or chemical exfoliator, apply the product gently using small, circular motions. Do this for about 30 seconds, and then rinse off with lukewarm — not hot — water. If you use a brush or sponge, use short light strokes. Never exfoliate if you have open cuts or wounds or if your skin is sunburned.Should you exfoliate every day acne? ›
How often should you exfoliate if you have oily or acne-prone skin? These skin types can exfoliate two or three times a week if their skin can tolerate it. Opt for products containing salicylic acid, notes Zeichner, as it's oil-soluble. (These will mainly be of the chemical variety.)Which scrub is best for open pores? ›
- SKINCEUTICALS Micro Exfoliating Scrub.
- Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment.
- St. ...
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Scrub.
- Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub.
- Tula So Poreless Deep Exfoliating Blackhead Scrub.
- Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator Smoothing Skin Polish.
For instance, you can try the Mamaearth Charcoal Face Scrub (Buy it for Rs 314 on Amazon), Plum Green Tea Gentle Revival Face Scrub (Buy it for Rs 335 on Amazon) or Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub (Pack of 2, Buy it for Rs 3,494 on Amazon) for a deep and natural cleanse.Can coffee worsen pimples? ›
While coffee doesn't cause acne, some studies suggest it can make it worse. Caffeine makes you feel alert and awake but also leads to a heightened stress response in the body. Stress hormones, such as cortisol, may increase the amount of oil produced by your sebaceous glands, meaning you can be more prone to breakouts.Is coffee and coconut oil good for acne? ›
Coconut oil helps in removing impurities and coffee removes the dead skin cells that cause acne.How can I identify my skin type? ›
If your skin appears shiny throughout, you likely have oily skin. If it feels tight and is flaky or scaly, you likely have dry skin. If the shine is only in your T-zone, you probably have combination skin. If your skin feels hydrated and comfortable, but not oily, you likely have normal skin.How can I prevent pimples on my face permanently? ›
- Keep your skin clean. Gently wash your face up to twice daily and after sweating. ...
- Choose the right skin care. ...
- Shampoo regularly.
- Stick to your treatment.
- Keep your hands off.
- Stay out of the sun and tanning beds.
You may be wondering: “How often should I exfoliate my acne-prone skin?” Experts typically recommend exfoliating 2-3 times per week if your skin is prone to acne. Depending on the severity of your acne, you may need to reduce that to 1-2 times per week.How do I know if I have fungal acne? ›
How do I know if I have fungal acne? The most common symptom that you'll notice is itchiness of the bumps. Fungal acne is itchy but never painful, as typical acne can be when a blemish becomes inflamed. Fungal acne can be persistent, worsen with sweating, and flare in hot and humid temperatures.How do you make organic exfoliating scrub? ›
Directions. Add brown sugar, coconut oil, and honey to a mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, and add more coconut oil if it's too crumbly. Once you've reached the desired consistency, spoon your scrub into a container.How can I exfoliate my face fast? ›
- Using a clean brush or your favorite scrub, move in small, gentle, circular strokes around your face, says Dr. Shah.
- Keep your movements light. ...
- Rinse with lukewarm water so your freshly exfoliated face isn't irritated by hot water.
- Pat face dry and apply moisturizer.
SUGAR SCRUB : Combine 4 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp orange juice, and 1 tbsp coconut oil in a mixing dish. Stir in 1 tbsp natural raw honey until thoroughly combined. Use it all over your body and face. Allow for several minutes before rinsing with water.
The sharp angles of sea salt granules make them a strong exfoliant (don't bother with table salt - the refining process removes its beneficial properties). Because it's more abrasive, choose salt for scrubbing notoriously dryer areas of your body - feet, elbows, knuckles and legs.
“Salt acts as a mechanical exfoliant and scrub, removing dead skin cells. This leaves the skin feeling smoother, softer, and brighter. Through osmotic actions, salts absorb toxins and draw out dirt and oil. Improved pore size is another benefit,” says Amin.What is the best ingredients for scrub? ›
Lactic acid is the best exfoliating ingredient for dry, sensitive skin. Salicyclic acid is the best exfoliating ingredient for oily, acne-prone skin. Chemical exfoliants like alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids are recommended over physical exfoliants.What natural ingredient can I use to exfoliate my skin? ›
Oatmeal. To exfoliate your face at home with oatmeal: Combine one tablespoon finely ground oats with one tablespoon of your favorite natural oil or honey (the oats need something smooth to bind to). Apply to face with your fingers using a circular motion.What is the easiest way to exfoliate? ›
The easiest way to exfoliate your arms and legs is with a brush, sponge, or glove. This can help get rid of dead skin cells and stimulate circulation. Look for a body scrub at your local pharmacy or online and lather with it in the shower. You can also try dry brushing.How do you make a body scrub for acne? ›
Ingredients: 1/4 cup fresh coffee grounds, 1/4 cup fine ground salt, 1/4 cup almond oil. Directions: Mix all ingredients and apply in the shower, lightly scrub for 3-5 minutes, and rinse. The problem: Acne-prone, oily skin. This astringent scrub from Fender works to balance out oily or acne-prone skin.Is lemon scrub good for acne? ›
reduced oil (sebum) due to the drying effects of citric acid. antiseptic qualities, which may kill bacteria that lead to acne, such as P. acnes. reduced redness and inflammation that may help treat inflammatory acne as well as leftover scars.Does salt scrub get rid of acne? ›
Use your fingers to gently exfoliate in a circular motion while rinsing your skin thoroughly with tepid water. Follow with your usual skin-care routine. Salt helps to cleanse pores deeply, balance oil production and thwart bacteria that can instigate breakouts and acne.How do you exfoliate with active acne? ›
Instead of using physical exfoliants, acne-prone skin types should always opt for chemical exfoliants. Chemical exfoliators use acids or enzymes to dissolve the glue that holds dead skin cells together without any irritating scrubbing action.How do you exfoliate hormonal acne? ›
Cleansers containing exfoliating ingredients such as salicylic acid or lactic acid will help to exfoliate skin and prevent clogged pores, and are best for those experiencing mild whiteheads or blackheads; face washes with benzoyl peroxide target surface bacteria and are best for red, inflammatory acne.
Whether your acne is mild or more severe, regular exfoliation will smooth and soften the skin and brighten your complexion. It also helps reduce breakouts by keeping the pores from becoming clogged with the pus of dead cells and sebum (skin oil).Can honey remove pimples? ›
Raw honey helps balance the bacteria on your skin, which makes it a great product to use for acne. Manuka honey has been studied as an anti-acne product and found to be significantly more effective than other popular products. Honey speeds up your skin cells' healing processes.How get rid acne fast? ›
- 6 Ways to Get Rid of Pimples Fast. ...
- Apply Ice to the Pimple: ...
- Apply a Paste of Crushed Aspirin to the Pimple. ...
- Use An Over-the-Counter Acne Spot Treatment. ...
- Use Makeup with Salicylic Acid to Conceal Pimples. ...
- Apply a Face Mask for Acne. ...
- Get a Cortisone Injection to Quickly Get Rid of a Pimple.
For acne breakouts, baking soda can help soothe inflammation and mild pain. It can be used as an exfoliant or added to current acne treatments to boost effects. However, it's not recommended for everyday use.Why does sea water help acne? ›
“Ocean water contains high levels of salt, which has a drying and exfoliating effect on the skin. There are anecdotal reports of ocean water clearing up skin conditions like acne. The salt helps remove excess oil from the skin to dry out pimples,” Dr. Zeichner confirms to Teen Vogue.Is salty water good for acne? ›
Washing your face with salt water can be harsh and irritating, according to Shirazi, who warns that overuse can compromise your skin barrier. “This can worsen some skin conditions like acne and eczema, or potentially cause hyperpigmentation and scarring as a result.