A facial scrub is one of the essential beauty products for the skin, along with tonic and cream. These three skin care products are essential for healthy, attractive skin. While the tonic cleans and the cream nourishes, the scrub removes old, dead skin cells by polishing the skin's surface and leaving behind a new, smooth skin layer. Just like with every beauty product, it is best when a scrub is completely compatible, and that is why African American women need to use a slightly different kind of facial scrub than the ones meant primarily for Caucasian skin.

Wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap. Do the same with the bowl and the spoon you will use when making the facial scrub. When making a homemade cosmetic product, everything must be aseptic and clean.

Squeeze two small lemons or limes into a ceramic bowl. African American skin tends to be oily, so this ingredient is essential for removing excess oil.

Add 3 tbsp. of honey and 3 tbsp. of plain, unsweetened yogurt. African American skin normally has large pores and using ingredients, such as honey and yogurt, helps to nourish and moisturize even during a quick facial scrub.

Add 2 tbsp. of fine, plain oatmeal. Use a high-quality oatmeal, one with soft grains that won't be too tough on the skin. Note that if oatmeal is left open, it becomes more crispy and hard in a few days; therefore, it is better to use soft oatmeal from an unopened package. You can substitute oatmeal with corn flour: both of these ingredients make excellent abrasive agents in a facial scrub recipe.

Mix the ingredients thoroughly with the tablespoon, until they form a homogeneous paste. If you want a less complicated facial scrub, follow the next step.

Combine 1 tbsp. of baking soda and 2 tbsp. of oatmeal with just enough water to soak the oatmeal and create a thick mixture.


Before applying a cosmetic product on your skin, especially as abrasive as a scrub, consult with a dermatologist.

About the Author


Based in West Windsor, New Jersey, Kelly Brown has been writing health and travel related articles since 1999. Her work has appeared in “Salon” magazine and “Better Health” magazine. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Southern Connecticut State University.