Gram flour or besan is one among grandma’s favorite beauty secrets (1). It is known to fight numerous skin problems, including blemishes, pimples, dark skin, and dull and lifeless skin. It also assists in the removal of unwanted hair. This ingredient can either be used by itself or with a host of other natural ingredients to work wonders for your skin. It is tried and tested, inexpensive, and just a kitchen shelf away.

Gram flour has alkalizing properties, yet it was traditionally used as a cleanser to maintain the pH of the skin (2). Besan is known to remove dirt and toxins from deep within (3). It also has antimicrobial properties. Whether it is used alone or with a combination of other ingredients, it is definitely a superhit formula for your skin. Take a look at how it can solve a whole lot of skin problems.

Besan – The Answer To All Your Skin Problems

  1. A Remedy For Oily Skin
  2. An Emollient For Dry Skin
  3. A Salve For Acne And Pimples
  4. A Cure For Blemishes And Open Pores
  5. A Skin Whitening Formula
  6. A Solution For Unwanted Facial Hair
  7. A Treatment For Dark Patches

1. A Remedy For Oily Skin

Remedy For Oily Skin

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Besan helps to absorb and remove excess oil from the face, but it doesn’t dry out the skin (4). It regulates the moisture and keeps the skin supple. These face packs work well for oily skin. Take a look.

1. Besan & Rosewater Face Pack

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of besan
  • 4 tablespoons of rosewater

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the besan (gram flour) and the rosewater until it becomes a smooth paste.
  2. Apply it on your face and neck.
  3. Let it dry for about 20 minutes.
  4. Wash with cool water in circular motions.
  5. Pat your skin dry.

Why It Works

We are already aware that besan removes impurities and absorbs the excess oil from the skin. Rosewater is great toner, and it refreshes the skin (5). The combination of these two ingredients nourishes your skin and restores its oil balance. Your skin will look bright and full of life by the end of it.

Caution

Some natural ingredients might suit your skin, while some might not. So it is best to do a patch test to check for allergic reactions before you smear your face with the pack. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

2. Besan & Milk Face Pack

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of besan
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt/2 tablespoons of milk

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the besan with the curd or milk to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste on your skin and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  3. Once the pack dries, wash it off with cold water.
  4. Pat your skin dry and notice an instant change in your complexion.

Why It Works

Gram flour removes the extra oils that your skin cells secrete. Yogurt is very good for oily skin because of the lactic acid it contains that helps to exfoliate and refresh the skin (6). It also helps remove blackheads and scars. Milk is an age-old skin cleanser. It removes impurities and is a natural emollient (7).

Caution

Some natural ingredients might suit your skin, while some might not. So it is best to do a patch test to check for allergic reactions before you smear your face with the pack. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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2. An Emollient For Dry Skin

An Emollient For Dry Skin

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The best part about gram flour is that it works for all skin types, making it an ideal cleansing agent. If you thought it only worked for oily skin, you are mistaken. Here is a wonder pack for dry skin as well.

The Besan Ubtan

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of besan
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh cream
  • 1 teaspoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • A pinch of turmeric

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply evenly all over the face. Gently massage your skin with it.
  3. Leave it on for about five minutes, and then wash it off with cool water.
  4. Pat your skin dry. For best results, repeat this cleansing regime regularly.

Why It Works

Besan, as we all know, is an extremely neutral ingredient that helps in thoroughly cleansing your skin. Malai or fresh cream is a natural moisturizer that has been used since time immemorial. It hydrates and nourishes dry skin, and its results can be seen almost instantly (8). Honey is another ingredient that cleanses tones and moisturizes the skin, while activating the natural oils in your skin (9). Turmeric works as an antiseptic and also maintains your skin’s pH (10). Together, these ingredients will surely make your dry, lifeless skin glow.

Caution

Some natural ingredients might suit your skin, while some might not. So it is best to do a patch test to check for allergic reactions before you smear your face with the pack. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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3. A Salve For Acne And Pimples

Salve For Acne And Pimples

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Sensitive, acne-prone skin is quite a common problem, and many women are left baffled trying to get rid of those painful pimples. It is a good idea to stick to natural products if you suffer from acne.

1. Besan & Honey Pack

What You Need

2 tablespoons of gram flour
1 tablespoon of honey

What You Need To Do

1. Warm the honey in a microwave for about 10 seconds. Make sure it does not get too hot.
2. Mix the besan and honey, and apply it on your skin evenly.
3. Allow the pack to dry and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
4. Gently towel dry your skin.

Why It Works

Honey and besan are both deep cleansers that remove toxins and dirt from deep within. Honey also has antibacterial properties that cure and dry out pimples with regular use. It also soothes and moisturizes the skin (11).

Caution

While curing acne naturally, it is extremely essential to consult your physician before you treat yourself at home. Without proper investigation, you might end up aggravating the problem. Also, some natural ingredients might suit your skin, while some might not. So it is best to do a patch test to check for allergic reactions before you smear your face with the pack. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

2. Besan & Sandalwood Pack

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon of gram flour
  • 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder
  • 2 tablespoons of rosewater
  • A pinch of turmeric

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste evenly on your skin and let it dry.
  3. Wash off the pack after about 20 minutes.
  4. Pat your skin dry.

Why It Works

We have established time and again that gram flour acts as a great cleanser. Rosewater helps to cleanse and hydrate the skin, and soothes and cools irritated skin. Turmeric is a natural healer that also contains antibacterial properties. Sandalwood dries out pimples and soothes the skin (12). It also ensures the pimples don’t come back.

Caution

Be careful while using sandalwood powder. Not many brands sell authentic sandalwood powder, and using something that is not authentic will worsen the condition. While curing acne naturally, it is extremely essential to consult your physician before you treat yourself at home. Without proper investigation, you might end up aggravating the problem. Also, some natural ingredients might suit your skin, while some might not. So it is best to do a patch test to check for allergic reactions before you smear your face with the pack. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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4. A Cure For Blemishes And Open Pores

Blemishes And Open Pores

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If you were victim to acne-prone skin when you were a teenager, it is likely that you will have blemishes and open pores as an after effect. It might be a worrying condition, and while you might be doing different things to get rid of it, this might give you the desired results.

Besan & Cucumber Juice Pack

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of besan
  • 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice
  • 5 drops of lemon juice

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix both the ingredients.
  2. Apply this smooth paste evenly across your skin.
  3. Keep the pack on for about 30 minutes and then wash off with cool water.
  4. Pat your skin dry.

Why It Works

This pack will help replenish your skin and close the pores. Cucumber has astringent properties that help in closing the pores. Lemon juice is a tried and tested remedy to get rid of acne scars and lighten the skin tone (13).

Caution

Some natural ingredients might suit your skin, while some might not. So it is best to do a patch test to check for allergic reactions before you smear your face with the pack. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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5. A Skin Whitening Formula

Skin Whitening Formula

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Tanned skin is never welcome. After a beach holiday or a trek to the mountains, the next few days are always spent worrying about sun-baked skin. Besan ensures your skin is lighter toned and replenished.

Besan & Almond Pack

What You Need

  • 4 almonds (powdered)
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of besan

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a thick paste.
  2. Add more milk to the mixture if it seems too thick.
  3. Apply the paste evenly all over your face and neck, and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with cool water, and then pat dry your skin.

Why It Works

Besan is a cleanser and removes dirt from the skin. Almond has the necessary vitamins and minerals that nourish and rejuvenate the skin (14). This is essential after all the harm caused by the sun. Almonds also lighten dark circles and refresh the skin around the eyes. The lemon juice acts as a bleaching agent and lightens the skin. Milk also cleanses and moisturizes the skin and helps to lighten it.

Caution

Some natural ingredients might suit your skin, while some might not. So it is best to do a patch test to check for allergic reactions before you smear your face with the pack. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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6. A Solution For Unwanted Facial Hair

Solution For Unwanted Facial Hair

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This is another age-old practice, wherein mothers massage the girl child with a mixture of besan and water or cream to lighten the skin and remove unwanted facial or body hair. The good news is, it works!

The Besan Exfoliator

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of gram flour
  • 2 tablespoons of water

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix the besan and water to form a thick paste.
  2. Smear your face with this paste, and rub gently in circular motions for about 10 minutes.
  3. You could keep wetting the mix, if it gets too dry as you rub.
  4. Wash off with cool water, and pat your skin dry.

Why It Works

As you exfoliate your skin with this paste, it cleanses your skin and lightens your complexion while gently pulling out your fine facial hair.

Caution

Some natural ingredients might suit your skin, while some might not. So it is best to do a patch test to check for allergic reactions before you smear your face with the pack. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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7. A Treatment For Dark Patches

Treatment For Dark Patches

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Wounds are a part of growing up. However, the black marks they leave behind are not pleasant at all. But you needn’t worry about them any longer. These simple home remedies will help you get rid of these marks in no time. Use this pack regularly to get rid of dark patches on your neck, arms, or knees.

Besan & Lemon Pack

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of besan
  • ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
  • A pinch of turmeric

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Apply the pack on the affected areas and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off and pat dry. Follow up with a moisturizer.

Why It Works

Besan cleanses the dark areas, and along with lemon, lightens the skin tone. The yogurt heals the skin and moisturizes it. Wounded skin is extremely dry, and yogurt will help the skin retain its natural moisture. Turmeric imparts a glow to the skin and nourishes it (15).

Caution

Some natural ingredients might suit your skin, while some might not. So it is best to do a patch test to check for allergic reactions before you smear your face with the pack. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. By now, you must know that besan is truly a miracle for the skin. Using besan in the right way in accordance with your skin type will make it healthy and glowing. Try these face packs, now!

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/daksha/ Daksha

    These are just brilliant. thank you!! All the above face pack recipes are very easy to try at home and very effective. once again thanks for the amazing face pack recipes.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/riddhijholapara/ Riddhi Jholapara

      Thanks daksha. ..do try em

  • eva

    thanks dear for the amazing face pack recipes, …………….

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/riddhijholapara/ Riddhi Jholapara

      Thanks Eva

  • Nivy

    I didn’t think it was possible for one ingredient to have sooooo many benefits! Thank you Riddhi….now i am going to spend this weekend at home instead of a parlor!

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/riddhijholapara/ Riddhi Jholapara

      Yes nivy .. Yr trips to the parlour ll be postponed if u regularly use besan

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/amruthasaxena/ Amrutha

    Hey Riddhi. Its too excellent! I never knew that we can mix besan in so many combinations to make our skin glow . All the above given homemade besan face pack recipes are amazing. Thanks a lot for providing such a wonderfull tips.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/riddhijholapara/ Riddhi Jholapara

      Thank you amrutha

  • Namrata

    Besan is a good scrubbing ingredient. It is safe to use as well. i have been using this to scrub my body since ages and its the best natural scrubbing agent that tigthens and firms my skin. I love it.. On the whole a great article Riddhi.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/riddhijholapara/ Riddhi Jholapara

      Thank you namrata

  • swetha

    um…. are these facepacks ok for children?………im only 14 :-P

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/riddhijholapara/ Riddhi Jholapara

      Yes Shweta it is safe :)

  • Smitha

    yes..i am using besan face pack..and it has made great effect on my skin.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/riddhijholapara/ Riddhi Jholapara

      Thanks smitha … Besan has good effect on my skin too

  • payal

    hello… i am having open pores on my cheeks……can i apply besan and curd mixture on my face??????

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/riddhijholapara/ Riddhi Jholapara

      yes payal

  • pratu

    how to remove facial hair by using besan

  • reshma

    Thank u for the amazing face pack

  • Meeta

    Besan is best exfoliating ingredient.. It suits my skin perfectly.. and i do use it with honey, turmeric and curd.. i apply that pack of face and hands and scrub it after it dries up.. All its ingredients so the wonders.. to make my skin glow..

  • kriti

    Hi i have doubt,whether i have to use boiled milk or raw milk in besan pack i.e besan+milk+lemon juice .Please reply …

    • Anjali

      u shuld use raw milk……
      bolid milk is f noo use in makng a face pack…..:)

    • Anonymous

      Use room temperature milk

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Judie_Osammor/ Judie

    Hi. I have besan, turmeric, honey, egg white and lemon juice. I want to create a homemade face mask to lighten my skin and fade dark spots as well as remove excess oil. Pls could I use this mix without having to use milk or curd. I react to milk and curd. Help!!!

  • Pooja Sharma

    Hi ,

    Yes , This is true & best effects of Mixture of Curd,Gram Floor & Turmeric Powder. I feel very freshness on my face

  • monita

    does usage of milk on face increase facial hair growth?

  • shweta

    does besan help in reducing acne scars….

  • ganga

    i m using the mixture of milk lemon turmeric powder honey and besan……………will it help tol lighten my skin or not ???

  • lisha

    hi well im having dark neck. im really sad of that. i like the gram flour,turmeric,lemon curd mixture bt im confused as u mentioned Apply til oil daily and massage what is that mean? i can”t get it what u mean

  • ansa

    hello..kya ap mujhy clour farir krnyki tip bta skti hen winter me

  • mansi

    i have dark circuls under eyes,what should i do?

  • sup

    can i in apply this paste in winter and how many times could i apply pls reply me . on supriya.dokla@yahoo.com

    A paste of besan and cucumber juice will help reduce the blemishes and also tightens pores.

    • Saumya Rastogi

      20 minutes

  • Bruna

    Hey good post! The packs are pretty easy and well researched. I would love to try the facial hair removal pack. Please keep up the good work!

  • arsh

    hi mam mujhe weather according pimple acne problem hai…what shud i do…m using haldi besan milk pack for whole ngt but after wash i dont know kya cream use krun jisey normal rhey skin for winter

  • sarita

    sorry for the post it was just a mistake kindly delete it

  • vaishnavi

    hai!
    vaishnavi
    my skin is oil skin .plz help to control my oil face.
    and face want look shinning.

  • tanvi

    i’m of 17 years and want to apply some natural things over lotions,face wash etc…..can i apply besan with milk and turmeric…pls advice me how to apply these….can i apply this daily?is this also help me to be fair and glowing?also suggest me susituts….

  • tanvi

    i’m of 17 now and i want to use something natural on my face …can i use besan,raw milk (soaked overnight) daily for 10 mins.to remove tan and browness of my face…pls RIDDHI i need ur sugestion .

  • fouzia

    good information surely we will try and get back to u after one month.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/richag/ Richa

      Hope you find it useful :)

  • Iram Mannan

    hello can i remove black heads by using milk huldi and besan pack .my skin is very dry

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Nilima, there are several home remedies to get rid of pimples such as:
    1. Turmeric paste – Mix turmeric in the right ratio with a little water or yogurt and apply at night for at least 30-40 minutes before washing with water as a mask.
    2. Cucumber mask – Grind a bit of cucumber to form a paste, and put this directly on your pimple or over your whole face. Wait for it to set for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse your skin off with cold water.
    These methods may not bring instant results but with regular application it may reduce and bring relief to your face and improve your skin tone. Healthy and a balanced diet also plays a major role in skin care, hence avoid consuming any sort of junk food. If your problem persists then it is advisable to consult a dermatologist to assess your skin.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Vandana, preparing these face packs are simple, quick and easy. Storing the face packs in the refrigerator may lead them to become dry and difficult to apply the next time you use. Hence prepare these packs a few mins before its application to get maximum benefits out of it.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Zaynab, you can use or massage your skin with almond oil or olive oil instead of til oil. The ingredients used in this pack are herbal and natural, thus it is absolutely safe and harmless to use it on a 5 years old kid. Also ensure that your kid is not allergic to any of these ingredients such as curd, lemon or turmeric. Massage this pack gently on the skin to get rid of any tan.. this pack works well as an exfoliater.