Why scrub your face?

Exfoliation is necessary for maintaining that youthful glow on your face. But do you need to scrub it as well? The answer is an overwhelming Yes.

Normal cleansers do clean the skin off the dirt and impurities that keep depositing on the facial skin. But these cleansers are not effective for removing the dead skin cells and deep cleaning the pores. This layer of dead skin cells and impurities mixed with the oil that our skin secretes makes the pores clogged and face looks dull. This also stops active ingredients in your facial creams from entering the epidermis.

This is where Scrubbing comes in handy.

Now there are various ways available for scrubbing: Physical (dry brushing, cloth, pads etc.), Chemical (chemical peels and masks). These might be effective for some but for Oily skin it may cause some problems.

Facial Scrubs for Oily Skin

Oily Skin: A constant shiny layer on your face. You live in fear of acne and blemishes.

Combination Skin: Face is dry or normal except forehead, nose and chin.

If you have these two skin types then you are probably always seeking to find that balanced exfoliator that lies in the middle of: Dry out too much to Very Gentle.

What to look for?

Scrub Ingredient: You are not looking for sharp-edged granules which can leave your skin damaged and bruised. You are looking for circular granules which are fine enough to not cause any micro tears and bruises on skin.

Natural Scrub Ingredient: Chemicals can dry skin out fast and can even cause redness and swelling. We are looking for soft natural ingredients that can digest your dead skin cells.

Doesn’t Dry out Too Much: A rookie mistake is to choose a harsh cleanser for oily skin. This makes skin dry out and then as a recovery measure the skin produces more oil. So the accompanying cleansers should contain moisturizer ingredients or essential oils so as keep skin’s basic moisture intact.

Derma-Nu Oxygen Facial Scrub


  • High 70% of organic ingredients
  • Incredible smell and no harsh chemicals
  • Full of natural anti oxidants
  • Made in USA

Natural Scrub: Jojoba beads help clear the pores. Gentle exfoliation also provided by Olive and Hibiscus extracts.

Helpful Ingredients: Blueberries, cranberries, pomegranate, rhubarb and dandelion extract act as powerful anti-oxidants among other benefits.

Safe: Paraben Free, Phthalates Free, Non-Comedogenic

Best Offer: $15.95 (2 oz) = $8/Oz

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Burt’s Bees Deep Pore Scrub


  • Contains natural anti-inflammatory ingredients
  • Helps keep oil balance
  • Smells good
  • Creamy texture
  • You may not like it if your skin is too oily

Natural Scrub: Finely ground Peach Stones help scrub skin gently. Willowbark exfoliates and cleans pores to remove dirt and excess oil.

Helpful Ingredients: Grape seed oil, coconut oil, chamomile flower extract, ginger root extract, stearic acid, glycerin

Safe: Paraben Free, Patrolatum free, Phthalates free, Alcohol free, Non-Comedogenic

Best Offer: $8.01 (4 oz) = $2/Oz

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Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub

Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub

  • Gentle on skin
  • Works even for sensitive skin types
  • Keeps skin moisturized
  • Cheapest Among All
  • Made in UK

Natural Scrub: Rice Granules exfoliate gently and effectively

Helpful Ingredients: Pro vitamin B5, vitamin E, Aloe vera: Keeps skin moisturized while acting as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient.

Safe: Hypoallergenic, Noncomedogenic, No Artificial Perfumes or Dyes

Best Offer: $5.97 (5 Oz) = $1.12/Oz

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UltraLuxe Triple Action Scrub – Clear

UltraLuxe Triple Action Scrub - Clear

  • For oily to acneic skin
  • Deep cleanses but gently
  • May not like the smell
  • Grainy texture

Scrub Ingredient: Linseed Powder. Non-abrasive mixture that polishes gently.

Helpful Ingredients: Lavender Extract, Tea Tree Extract and Green Tea Extract deep cleanse the pores while Lactic Acid smoothens and brightens skin tone.

Safe: Paraben Free, Sulfate free, Free from Artificial fragrance & dye, Phthalates Free

Price: $49.00 (3 oz) = $16/Oz

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ClariSea Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant

ClariSea Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant Scrub

  • Effective for Blackheads
  • Works for Normal to Oily Skin
  • Easy to customize the level of scrub grit
  • Don’t Use if allergic to nuts

Scrub Ingredient: Pacific Ocean & Himalayan Pink Sea Salt powder. First exfoliates and then dissolves into skin for deep cleansing.

Helpful Ingredients: Sweet Almond nut powder brightens and Activated bamboo charcoal powder works on black heads.

Safe: Free from Paraben, Sulphate, Artificial fragrance & Dye and Gluten. Cruelty free & Vegan friendly

Price: $18.00 (5oz) = $3.6/Oz

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Organic Surge Perfecting Face Polish

Organic Surge Perfecting Face Scrub

  • Doesn’t have an oily texture
  • Gentle enough for frequent use
  • For all skin types including Oily Skin
  • Suitable for Vegans
  • Made in UK
  • May feel like it’s not abrasive enough

Scrub Ingredient: Finely ground olive stone.

Active Ingredient: Sunflower Seed Oil, Lime Peel Oil & Rosemary Leaf Oil among other essential oils. Aloe vera & Ginkgo Biloba leaf extracts as anti-inflammatory smoothening agents

Safe: Paraben Free, Phthalates Free, Gluten Free,

Price: $16.40 for (2.5 oz) = $6.6/Oz

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Astara Daily Refining Scrub

Astara Daily Refining Scrub

  • Anti Aging Properties
  • Benefits acne prone skin
  • Gentle & Finely Grained

Scrub Ingredient: Diatomaceous Earth

Helpful Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera & Comfrey extract help cleanse pores while keeping skin soft. Chamomile, algae extracts, basil. Oil extracts of Grapefruit, Mandarin Orange, Rosemary and Lavender.

Safe: Free from Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances , Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Animal Testing. Non-GMO

Price: $28.60 (6 oz) = $4.8/Oz

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Apivita Face Scrub With Olive

Apivita Face Scrub With Olive

  • Natural Scrub plus Salicylic Acid for even acne prone skin
  • 88% natural ingredients
  • Made in Greece
  • Menthol can be irritating for some

Scrub Ingredient: Olive Seed Powder. Salicylic acid for gentle exfoliation

Helpful Ingredients: Apricot kernel oil & Grapeseed oil act as powerful anti-oxidants. Lavender Oil soothes while green tea extracts rejuvenate.

Safe: Free from Parabens, Silicone, Glycols, Mineral oils, Phthalates

Price: $ 21.38 (1.7 oz) = $12.6/Oz

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Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains For Face

Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains For Face

  • Totally Customizable Scrub
  • Mix with water or your regular cleanser
  • Pour Top for Ease of Use
  • Expensive

Scrub Ingredient: Japanese adzuki bean powder

Other Ingredients: None.

Safe: No other ingredient. No Chemical preservatives.

Price: $64.99 (0.99 oz) = $65/Oz

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Superskin Spring Cleaning Scrub

Superskin Spring Cleaning Scrub

  • For oily to acneic skin
  • Works for Sensitive skin as well
  • Anti Bacterial & Oil Control Formula
  • Only One Natural Ingredient: Pumice

Scrub Ingredient: Pumice stone powder

Active Ingredients: Zinc PCA, monolaurin control oil production and act as anti bacterial agents. Copper peptides for a glowing skin.

Safe: Paraben Free, Fragrance Free, phthalate free, Hypoallergenic, Non-comedogenic, No Preservatives

Price: $22.00 (4.06 oz) = $5.4/Oz

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Always Patch Test:

If you have sensitive skin, or even if you don’t, it is always a good idea to first Patch test any face product.

Apply a small quantity of this exfoliating scrub on a small patch of your face. Use it normally, wash off and then wait to see how your skin responds.

If you are concerned about any ingredient or the product it is always a good thing to discuss this with your physician.

Never Over exfoliate.

Never use face scrubs more than two or at max three times a week. Never use more than one type of exfoliation in one go.


  1. Apply with circular motions onto wet skin, massaging for several minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water.
  2. Dilute the facial scrub with water if it feels too thick and grainy.
  3. Be gentle. Don’t apply too much pressure.
  4. Avoid the eye area.
  5. Check the directions for use on the product cover. Never exceed that.

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Lisa is a Fashion and Beauty blogger. When is not working on a new post she can be found hanging out with their beautician friends working on a new look for their makeup artist friends. She is a big chocolate freak and believes swimming is the best exercise for body and mind.