Sugar For Oily Skin

Sugar For Oily SkinWhen you look into the mirror, does it always show you a greasy-looking face, shining with excessive oils? Anyone who suffers from oily skin knows how difficult it is to manage – the skin always seems sweaty, has large open pores and is prone to frequent acne breakouts. (1)

The main trigger for oily skin is Dihydrotestosterone Hormone (DTH) which controls the sebum/oil production in the sebaceous glands. When excess DTH is released by our body, it signals the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. Few factors that contribute to excess DTH production are fluctuating hormones during puberty, pregnancy or menopause, genetics, a bad diet and stress. Apart from that, factors like hot/humid climate, dehydration, and sun’s damaging rays can lead to oily skin temporarily.

Certain prescription drugs and expensive medicated ointments provide only temporary results. But thankfully, there are a number of natural ingredients such as sugar that can be used to reduce the excessive oiliness of skin without drying it out.

In this article, let’s talk about how sugar can be an extremely effective natural remedy for oily skin.

What Makes Sugar Effective for Oily Skin?

  • Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that penetrates easily into the layers of the skin. It stimulates cell regeneration and helps to maintain the perfect balance of oils in the skin. (2)
  • The small granular particles of sugar are mildly abrasive, making it an excellent topical exfoliant for the skin. It removes excess oil, dead skin cells and unclogs the pores. (3)
  • Sugar scrubs also have an anti-aging effect on oily skin. It enhances blood circulation and oxygen flow, leading to increased collagen production and smoother, nourished skin.
  • Sugar works as a natural humectant. It locks in just the right amount of moisture and helps to keep skin adequately hydrated without making it too oily.

How to Use Sugar for Oily Skin?

Below, we specified various sugar remedies for treating oily skin. You can choose any one method among them and try regularly as specified to achieve the results.

Note: We recommend washing the affected areas with cool water and mild cleanser before trying any of remedy. It helps to remove the impurities present on the skin and enables a better penetration of the mask.

1. Sugar and Honey

Honey is a natural humectant and anti-oxidant that keeps the skin supple by absorbing excessive oils from the surface of the skin.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon sugar with 1 teaspoon honey in a bowl.
  • Scrub the affected areas with this mixture gently for 2-3 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Use this scrub twice a week.

2. Sugar and Tomato Scrub

Tomatoes work as natural acidic astringents which shrink the open pores and remove the excess oil from the skin. They are also rich sources of vitamins A and C which helps to keep the skin nourished.

  • Extract the juice from 1 small, ripe tomato in a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons sugar to it.
  • Gently scrub the mixture on oily skin for 3-4 minutes.
  • Rinse off the application with cool water.
  • Re-apply twice a week.

Note: In case you have extremely sensitive skin, add 3-4 drops of honey to this scrub.

3. Sugar and Egg White Scrub

Egg white helps to shrink open pores in the skin which can get clogged with excess oil. It also helps to tighten the skin and prevent sagging.

  • Separate the egg white from the yolk.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of sugar to the egg white in a bowl and stir well.
  • Apply the mixture on affected areas of the skin.
  • Massage gently in circular motions for 5-8 minutes.
  • Leave it on and allow it to air-dry.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat application twice in a week.

4. Sugar and Banana Scrub

Bananas contain Vitamin A, B & E, potassium and other nutrients that even out rough and oily skin, keeping it adequately moisturized from within.

  • Mash the pulp of 1 ripe banana in a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons sugar to it and mix well.
  • Make sure the mixture doesn’t have any lumps.
  • Using fingers, apply on oily skin and gently massage for few minutes.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes.
  • Use once every 3 days.

5. Sugar and Yogurt Scrub

Yogurt contains lactic acid, a natural alpha-hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate oily skin. It helps to strip off the excess oil from clogged pores of the skin.

  • Add 2 tablespoons of sugar into ½ cup fresh yogurt and mix well.
  • Scrub on oily skin gently with circular motions.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Use on alternate days for a fortnight.

6. Sugar and Baking Soda Scrub

Baking soda works as a mild exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells and cleans up clogged pores. Its astringent property prevents infections on oily skin by shrinking the open pores.

  • Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda and water to make a paste.
  • Massage for 5 minutes on affected areas of your skin.
  • Leave it on for another 5 minutes.
  • Rinse off with cool water.
  • Repeat thrice a week for best results.

7. Sugar and Aloe Vera Scrub

Aloe vera works as a soothing natural moisturizer for the skin without giving it a greasy or oily feel. It also acts as an astringent to shrink the pores, thus keeping out excess sebum, dirt and infection-causing microbes from oily skin.

  • In a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Whisk continuously for few minutes.
  • Massage the mixture on affected areas of the skin for 5 minutes.
  • Wait for 15 minutes.
  • Re-apply 3 times in a week.

8. Sugar and Orange Juice Scrub

Orange contains citric acid that acts as a natural astringent which shrinks the open pores. It also exfoliates the dead skin cell, excess oil and impurities present on the skin.

  • Combine 3-4 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl.
  • Apply and leave it on for 5 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Use twice in a week.

9. Sugar, Lemon and Olive Oil Scrub

Olive oil helps to dissolve the excess oils present on the surface of the skin. It also moisturizes the skin without clogging the pores.

  • Combine 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons sugar and 2-3 drops of olive oil.
  • Massage it gently on your oily skin for 3-4 minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat the application once every 3 days.

Note: Instead of olive oil, you can add honey to achieve the same results.

10. Sugar, Olive Oil and Orange Peel Scrub

Orange peel has rich anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties along with anti-oxidants that help to treat acne caused by oily skin. It is also an astringent and opens up the oil-clogged pores of the skin.

  • Mix 1 teaspoon grated orange peel, 3 cups of sugar and 1/3 cup olive oil in a bowl.
  • Apply and massage on oily skin for 5-8 minutes.
  • Allow it to air dry.
  • Wash off with cool water.
  • Repeat twice a week.

11. Sugar, Honey and Olive Oil Scrub

This exfoliating scrub removes excess oil from the pores of the skin and helps in regeneration of skin cells.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon each of honey and olive oil in a bowl.
  • Stir well to make a fine paste.
  • Start massaging it in gentle circular motions from the chin towards the cheeks.
  • Continue for 2-3 minutes.
  • Wash off thoroughly with warm water.
  • Splash face with cold water to close the skin pores.
  • Repeat the process 2-3 times a week.

12. Sugar, Lemon and Coconut Oil Scrub

Coconut oil is natural oil which cleanses the skin, unclogs blocked pores and helps maintain the natural oil content of the skin surface.

  • Combine 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, ½ cup of coconut oil to a bowl.
  • Gently scrub over affected areas in circular motions.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes and wash off with cold water.
  • Repeat 2-3 times in a week.

13. Sugar, Coconut Oil and Cucumber Scrub

Since they are made up of 90% water, cucumbers moisturize the skin without making it oily. Being a natural astringent and exfoliator, it tightens up the open pores of the skin.

  • Mix ½ cup coarse sugar with ½ cup fine white sugar.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon cucumber juice to the mixture.
  • Apply the mixture on oily skin.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  • Wash off with cool water.
  • Repeat twice a week.

14. Sugar, Coconut Oil and Eucalyptus Essential Oil Scrub

Eucalyptus oil is known for its natural astringent properties that help to regulate the production of sebum, resulting in toned skin.

  • Combine 1 cup sugar, ½ cup coconut oil and 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a bowl.
  • Scrub the mixture in circular motions on the oily areas.
  • Leave on for 8-10 minutes.
  • Wash with cool water.
  • Re-apply once a week.

15. Sugar, Kiwi and Olive Oil Scrub

The kiwi fruit is rich in antioxidants as well as Vitamins A and C, which help in controlling excess sebum production on the skin.

  • Peel and mash 1 kiwi in a bowl.
  • Add 2 teaspoons sugar and 2-3 drops of olive oil to it.
  • Scrub it in circular motions for 2-3 minutes.
  • Leave on for 5-8 minutes.
  • Wash off with cool water.
  • Re-apply once a week.

Note: You can also use sunflower oil instead of olive oil in this scrub.

16. Sugar, Green Tea and Lemon Scrub

Green tea is a natural source of anti-oxidants and catechins, which act as natural astringents for the skin. These help to shrink pores and reduce excess sebum production.

  • Brew a cup of green tea.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons each of green tea and sugar.
  • Add 4-5 drops of lemon juice to it and mix well.
  • Using a cotton ball, apply it on oily skin.
  • Scrub gently for 3-4 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water followed by cool water.
  • The remaining green tea solution can be stored in an airtight container for re-use.
  • Repeat the application twice a week.

Note: Instead of lemon juice, you can add 2 tablespoons of honey and follow the same process to achieve the results.

17. Sugar and Almond Scrub

Almond oil contains fatty acids that dissolve the excess sebum produced by the sebaceous glands.

  • In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon almond meal (finely ground almonds) and 2 tablespoons almond oil.
  • Scrub the mixture gently on oily skin.
  • Leave it on for 8-10 minutes.
  • Wash off with cold water.
  • Use this application once in a week.

18. Sugar, Coffee and Grapeseed Oil Scrub

In addition to being a rich source of anti-oxidants, coffee is an anti-inflammatory agent that reduces the redness of inflamed, oily skin. Caffeine dehydrates fatty cells in the skin by pulling out excess water from the layers, resulting in smoother skin. Grapeseed oil is a mild natural astringent that helps balance the body’s natural oil production. It seals an adequate amount of moisture in the skin to keep it hydrated.

  • Mix 3 tablespoons ground coffee, 1 tablespoon each of brown sugar and grapeseed oil.
  • Stir out any lumps to make a smooth mixture.
  • Apply it to affected areas of skin.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  • Wash with cool water.
  • Use once a fortnight.

19. Sugar, Blueberry and Honey Scrub

Blueberry helps normalize and maintain adequate levels of oils in the skin and helps to even out the skin tone. It is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals that are essential for the nourishment of healthy skin.

  • Wash and crush ¾ cup of ripe blueberries.
  • Add 1 tablespoon sugar and 2 tablespoons honey to it.
  • Mix well and use as a scrub on oily skin.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse skin with cool water.
  • Follow the method once in a week.

20. Sugar and Chocolate Scrub

This chocolate scrub helps to control excessive oil secretion from the sebaceous glands and keeps the skin oil-free. Cocoa powder is rich in anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties which are crucial for the maintenance of healthy and nourished skin. Vanilla extract is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals which soothes irritated oily skin and improves the overall skin tone.

  • Mix ½ cup cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, ¾ cup almond oil, ¼ cup brown sugar and white sugar together in a bowl.
  • Rub the paste lightly in circular motions on oily skin.
  • Wait for 5-8 minutes and wash off with cool water.
  • Repeat once a week for a month.

Note: This scrub can be stored in an airtight container for later use. But make sure to use it within 2 weeks.

21. Sugar, Oatmeal, Honey and Coconut Oil Scrub

Being a good natural absorbent, oatmeal helps to get rid of excess sebum on the skin. It is a natural moisturizer and tricks oily skin into producing lesser oil than usual. It also has a grainy texture which makes it an excellent natural scrub.

  • Grind ½ cup of oats into fine powder.
  • Add ¼ cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons honey and ½ cup coconut oil to the oats.
  • Apply the scrub on oily skin and leave it on for 5-8 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Use twice a week for best results.

22. Sugar, Mint Juice, Almond Oil and Peppermint Oil

Peppermint helps to balance the natural oil content of the skin. It provides soothing and cooling effect on oily skin.

  • Combine ½ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon mint juice, 1 teaspoon almond oil and 1-2 drops of peppermint oil to it.
  • Apply the mixture on affected areas of the skin.
  • Massage for few minutes and rinse off with water.
  • Repeat twice in a week.

23. Sugar, Ginger, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Almond Oil and Coconut Oil

A ginger scrub helps to reduce excess sebum production, eliminate the shine of extra oils on the skin and cleanse up the clogged pores. It also stimulates blood circulation and keeps the skin supple. Cinnamon helps tighten pores and clears it up of blemishes. Nutmeg is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent that helps exfoliate dead skin cells.

  • In a large bowl, mix ½ cup white sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon grated ginger, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 3 tablespoons almond oil and ¼ cup coconut oil.
  • Massage the mixture on oily skin for 3-5 minutes.
  • Wash off with cool water.
  • Repeat the process once in a week.

Tips and Precautions

  • Carry out a simple patch test on the inner arm to make sure you’re not sensitive/allergic to any ingredient used in the remedy.
  • If you have extra-sensitive skin, it is better to opt for brown instead of white sugar. Because the granules of brown sugar are softer than the other.
  • In case the skin appears too dry after washing off a scrub, you can apply a light, oil-free, water-based moisturizer on the affected areas.
  • Always apply sunscreen when you are going out in the sun to avoid more damage to your oily skin.
  • Taking a hot shower or steam bath before trying the remedies helps to open up the clogged pores and makes the remedy more effective.
  • After application, gently massage in for a few minutes and avoid harsh strokes. Regular circular motions help the scrub to penetrate into the layers of the skin well.
  • Stay away from any source of heat or direct sunlight after applying a scrub on your skin.
  • Ensure that the scrub does not enter your eyes while application because some ingredients might irritate the conjunctiva leading to watering or redness. A good option is to place cucumber slices on the eyes for soothing purposes.
  • Never use any sugar scrubs on open wounds or cuts on the skin. Allow them to heal fully before application.
  • Following a daily cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine can do wonders for your oily skin.
  • Make sure all your cosmetics are oil-free/water-based. Remove all make-up and cleanse your skin at least twice a day to avoid excessive oil formation.
  • Include protein-rich foods, green leafy vegetables in your diet and stay away from deep-fried food and caffeinated/carbonated drinks.
  • Stay hydrated – drink adequate amounts of water throughout the day to make sure your skin remains healthy and nourished.

Did this article help you to find the most suitable natural home remedies for your oily skin? Are there any other natural products you use apart from sugar to combat the problem? Do let us know your ideas, experiences and questions in the comments section below.

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