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Brighten Your Skin with a Natural Gram Flour Facial Mask

Updated on May 26, 2015

What is Gram Flour?

Gram flour, or chickpea flour, has long been used across India and Southeast Asia as both an exfoliant and a homemade beauty treatment to lighten and brighten skin. Brides were traditionally treated to a sesame oil massage followed by a body scrub made from gram flour, rice flour, almonds, milk, and turmeric as part of their wedding-day rituals.

There are a number of skin brightening recipes that can be easily prepared at home. My daughters and I have tried some of these and loved them, particularly the gram flour skin-lightening cream! If you’re looking for some easy, DIY methods to lighten your skin, then check out the recipes below.

Chickpea flour skin-lightening mask
Chickpea flour skin-lightening mask

Gram Flour Skin-Lightening Cream

This soft, creamy face mask uses gram flour and milk cream. It’s suitable for people with naturally dry skin as it helps to moisturise and keep the skin hydrated.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of gram flour
  • 1 tablespoon of milk cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey
  • A few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice (just 2-3 drops is enough)


Mix all the ingredients together to form a paste and apply it evenly over your face. The mask will dry naturally and you can wash it off with lukewarm water after about 20 minutes. Try this face mask daily for 3-4 weeks and then maybe once a week after that. You can apply a little moisturiser or sunblock after you wash it off.

Helpful Hints:

  1. Unfortunately, this mixture can’t be stored.
  2. You should also make sure to keep it away from your eyes as it can cause irritation.
  3. If you don't have any milk cream, you can substitute olive oil.

Alternative Recipe for Gram Flour Skin-Lightening Cream

You can also make a simple body cream by leaving out the honey and lemon juice. Mix some gram flour with cream and apply it all over your body. You can wash it off under the shower after five minutes, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth all over.

Gram Flour and Almond Skin-Whitening Mask

This face mask with almonds and gram flour is great for removing a tan and lightening the skin colour. It will also cleanse and tighten your skin.

You will need:

  • 4-6 almonds
  • 2 teaspoons gram flour
  • 3 drops freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • I teaspoon of milk

Soak the almonds overnight and peel the skins off before grinding. Mix the ground almonds with the gram flour and other ingredients to make a smooth paste which you can spread over your face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes to allow the ingredients to bleach the skin and then gently wash it off, scrubbing lightly.

Gram flour and turmeric face mask for acne
Gram flour and turmeric face mask for acne

Gram Flour and Turmeric Acne Cream

This face mask does a fantastic job of minimizing and even eliminating acne scars. Adding turmeric to this gram flour face mask is good for acne-prone skin and can help to lighten any acne scars. It can also be applied all over the body to remove dark spots caused by the sun and will leave your skin feeling brighter.

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons gram flour
  • 2 tablespoons of milk (fresh milk, not cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder

Mix the ingredients well until you have a fine paste and apply to face and neck. Leave the paste on for 20-30 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.

How does turmeric lighten skin?

Turmeric has been found to inhibit the enzymes that are responsible for producing melanin (dark pigment) in skin cells. It is also an anti-oxidant and helps to protect your skin against environmental toxins.

Skin-Lightening Cream: Gram Flour, Cucumber, and Potato Skin

This recipe uses gram flour in an interesting combination with cucumber, potato, and citrus juices! The juices from the potato and cucumber are natural astringents that are known to lighten facial skin. Cucumber is especially effective for removing those dark circles under the eyes.

It’s easiest to mix these ingredients with a blender or food processor. That way you can get a smooth paste.

You will need:

  • 4 tablespoons of gram flour
  • 2 slices of cucumber with the skin on
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Juice of one orange (or lime)

Blend all ingredients into a thick paste. Apply just one tablespoon of the mixture to your face and let it dry for 5-10 minutes before washing off. You can also leave this on as a mask overnight for better results. Be careful not to get it in your eyes as the citric acid can burn.

If you want to preserve this mixture you can add sugar and salt to the ingredients in the food blender.

Quick Mask for Acne Break-Out

If you want to help clear up a break-out of pimples try adding 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice to one tablespoon of gram flour. Spread this cool mixture over a cleansed face and leave for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off, gently rubbing with your fingers.

Gram Flour and Orange Skin-Brightening Mask

This recipe involves a little preparation as you need to dry the orange peels in the sun and grind them up first.

You will need:

  • Orange peel from one orange (dried and ground)
  • 2 tablespoons of gram flour
  • Milk cream (enough to make a thick paste)

Apply this mask to the face and neck and leave it on until it dries. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water for smooth and fairer skin.

If you don't have any gram flour you can also make this mask with just orange rind and milk. Just add a little milk to the ground orange rinds to create a smooth paste and apply this to the face and neck.

More Natural Skin-Lightening Ingredients

Here is a list of other natural skin-lightening ingredients that can be used to treat dark spots, acne scars, freckles or uneven skin tone.

Papaya - Unripe papaya has high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps to remove dead skin cells and lighten the skin. It has long been used to heal wounds and other ailments like acne and dry skin. Papaya also nourishes the skin with nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E and contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to smooth the skin and make it more radiant. If you have very sensitive skin, you can also use ripe papaya which has all the same benefits but less papain.

Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) - Clinical studies have shown that niacinamide (or niacin) preserves natural enzymes that are important for cell renewal and growth. It protects the skin from toxins and is effective in reducing hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and acne.

Licorice Extract - Licorice extract comes from the root of the liquorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra). It contains glabridin which has been found to inhibit the production of melanin (dark skin pigment) when applied topically and is an effective treatment for hyperpigmentation.

Tomatoes - Tomatoes have natural acids that exfoliate and help to lighten the skin. They are packed with a number of useful vitamins too, including vitamins B1, B3, B6 and C.

Emblica Extract (Indian gooseberry) - Emblica extract is a powerful antioxidant that can protect your skin from free radicals and toxins. It’s gentle on the skin and has long been used as a skin care product in Southeast Asia. Emblica contains effective skin-lightening properties that can be used to treat hyperpigmentation and age spots.

Mulberry Extract - This extract is very powerful skin-lightener and is an all-natural substitute for hydroquinone, the active ingredient in most skin-lightening products. The mulberry extract works by inhibiting the production of tyronsinase, the enzyme responsible for producing melanin.

Bearberry Extract - contains arbutin which is also known to suppress the action of the tyrosinase enzyme.

Conclusion

There are a range of "all natural" skin-lightening creams on the market today, like Meladerm by Civant, that utilise a number of these known skin lighteners. So if you can't be bothered mixing up your own recipes, look for a skin-lightening cream that contains a mixture of natural ingredients, like those listed above.

Be wary of skin-lightening products that contain hydroquinone or mercury as these ingredients are not, generally, considered to be safe.

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      suman 2 years ago

      thanks

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      jeny 2 years ago

      Can I ask pls. Answer

      the gram flour

      Milk

      turmeric powder

      I use that every or what.?

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      You can use a whitening mask daily until you are happy with the results. After that use a weekly mask to maintain the skin shade.

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      chloe 2 years ago

      Can i use gram flour turmeric and milk for acne prone skin? I have a lot of scars and my skin is oily. Pls advise. Thanks

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Gram flour in face masks is good for oily skin as it absorbs and removes excess oil. The mask with turmeric and milk added is especially designed for acne scars. You can also mix gram flour and warm honey to make a mask. The honey has anti-microbial properties that can help prevent pimple break outs.

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      nandhini 2 years ago

      Ive tried the gram flour,turmeric,milk pack..though I put equal amounts of turmeric and flour...it's a wonderful face mask n gives instant results..better than any commercial stuff...rest all is new..will try them out..thanx for the info...

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Thanks Nanhindi. Maybe people can try the milk mask using equal amounts of the turmeric and gram flour as you have used it too. Hope you like the other recipes.

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      nad 2 years ago

      Hello!

      Will these recipes work on African-American skin? Thank you.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Yes these recipes can lighten and improve all skin types.

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      Aniedoabasi 2 years ago

      Please can I mix tumeric, gram flour, almond oil and lime for skin lightening?

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Yes. I haven't tried these together but i believe they would make a good lightening mask. Let us know the result if you try these!

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      jesty 2 years ago

      I have tried gram flour ,turmeric,yogurt mixture.it is a wonderful face mask that give me quick result.it also a very good pack for sun tan removal.thanku madam. It is a great advice.

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      manju 2 years ago

      I hav a Black marks on face pl advice

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      Thish 2 years ago

      Hi, Nice article. Is this the same turmeric we put to cook curries or is there a separate type of turmeric for cosmetic? Keep on writing!

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Thanks! Yes, the same turmeric powder we use in cooking can be used in these recipes.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Manju. For dark spots you can use these lightening recipes or you can try applying lemon juice directly onto the spots with a cotton bud. Let the lemon juice dry and then rinse it off with cold water

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      sarah 2 years ago

      I hve started to use turmeric powder with gram flour and green gram flour mask but as soon I wash my face there is lot itching with redness pls advice

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi. Tumeric can cause an allergic rash in some people so this might not be the best face mask for your skin type.

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      hanu .. 2 years ago

      May I know how to remove these black heads on nose especially??

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Black heads are common on the nose if you have large pores and oily skin. You can use a number of things to exfoliate and remove black heads.

      You can put lemon juice directly on the black spots, leave this for around 15 minutes before washing off with water. Some people use a mixture of lemon juice, cucumber juice, and honey.

      You can also try making scrubs from: lemon juice and sugar, nutmeg and milk, baking soda and water or salt and sour cream

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      Abdul salam 2 years ago

      Does any registration needed for packing green gram flour for selling in market.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi. I don't know much about selling this product. You would need to look up information for your country. In countries like India, producers might need to have their produce checked for quality and have their produce graded before sale.

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      suman 2 years ago

      I had use un named beauty cream after a week.

      I got lot of ance and black mark on face. Please give any advice what to use for mark.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Acne scars and black marks will fade over time but you could try speeding this up by using a product with glycolic acid in it.

      Products with licorice extract, retinol and lemon juice can also help.

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      suman 2 years ago

      Thankyou for advice! Can I know for how mins should I keep lemon juice on my face & plz say me somethings more about home remedy tips to use for dark mark.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      You can dip a cotton bud in lemon juice and put it on your dark spots twice a day. Leave for 15 to 20 mins before washing off.

      You can also try a mixture of horseradish juice, lemon juice and honey. Leave on the spots for 20 mins.

      Some people use the juice of red onion on their spots too!

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      suman 2 years ago

      Thank you! I'll try it.

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      Gloria 2 years ago

      I really like the innovation.but what products of cream can I be using constantly for a fair skill, I advise me thanks

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      harshi 2 years ago

      I am harshi if i use milk and besan it will make my neck fair or not ??

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      You can try a mix of 4 teaspoons besan, 1 teaspoon milk and 1teaspoon of lemon juice. Rub mixture onto neck and wash off after it dries.

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      Dilani 2 years ago

      Hi, Can you please tell me how to make gram flour at home? soaking some chickpeas overnight and grinding them next day will do the work? Tnx

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      You can grind dried chickpeas in a food processor and refine this in a spice grinder if you have one. You might need to put this through a sieve to remove any large bits. There are lots of methods for making gram flour online if you search this question too. Hope that helps!

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      Dilani 2 years ago

      Thank you.. i didn't know sorry..im from srilanka and wanted to know if i can make it that way..thanks :-)

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      Dilani 2 years ago

      And i also wanted to know if this whitening method works that way too. The way that soaking chickpea over night and making a paste with this and other ingredients :-) thanks

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      sathis 2 years ago

      i want to white skin...plz help..

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi sathis, you can try some of the recipes here to achieve whiter skin. Also try recipes for face masks with lemon juice.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Dilani. I see what you meant now. i haven't seen any whitening recipes where the chick peas are soaked and made into a paste but maybe you could try this? Let us know if it is successful!

      I have seen that a paste made from black chick peas can be used to treat acne scars and sun damage but i haven't tried this.

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      shab 2 years ago

      If i use methi paste with curd n gramflour instead of turmeric,, will that help in skin whitening??

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Methi paste has anti-inflamatory properties which can help soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars. I have read that it can help to lighten the skin when mixed with milk so maybe you could try adding this instead of tumeric

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      shab 2 years ago

      Ok.. Thank you :)

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      lisette 2 years ago

      hi what is the alternative for gram flour as it is hard to find in our country..thanks

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Gram flour is also called chickpea flour or besan. I know soybean flour can be used as a substitute in cooking but i don't know if that works as a substitute for skin lightening masks. There are other ingredients that can be used to lighten the skin if you can't get gram flour. Search online for skin lightening recipes and you will find masks made from common ingredients like lemon, milk and honey.

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      Manju 2 years ago

      I'm using gram flour with rose water as a daily twice basic on my face. Is that ok to use daily??

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Gram flour and rosewater masks are usually best for oily skin so, as long as it doesn't make your skin too dry, it should be fine

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      Manju 2 years ago

      Hi , I have lot of pigmentation on my face & my skin is compination skin.is there anything I can do?? I'm using gram flour with rosewater but look like I have little discolouration on my cheek so what should I do for that??? Help me pls.

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      shazna 2 years ago

      hi, im using gram flour and lemon mixed face pack since few days, will it work best to get a fair skin? And usually my skin is little bit dry so please tell me can i use fresh aloe gel after using this pack as a natural moisterizer?

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi, maybe you could try applying lemon juice on a cotton bud to the areas that are discoloured

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Aloe vera can be used as a moisturiser and you can mix it with a little olive oil if your skin is very dry

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      Pallavi 2 years ago

      Hii...i am using besan milk n lime juice since some months i want to get fair skin tone fast then what can besan make more effectitve for get whiter skin plz suggest me soon...thanks.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi i would try the first recipe posted in this hub that has lemon juice in it

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      Pallavi 2 years ago

      Thanks but my skin is oily and i cannot get milk cream then can i use olive oil....will olive oil suit for oily skin and can i mix olive oil with honey in that besan whitening face pack...thanks in advance.

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      karthika 2 years ago

      Can I use green gram flour instead of gram flour in above combination

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Pallavi. If you have oily skin you could use a mixture of gram flour and rosewater. You can look on the internet for a recipe.

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      Angie Woods 2 years ago from Australia

      Hi Karthika. Yes you can mix green gram flour , which has a lot of protein, with milk to make a lightening mask

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      Decery 24 months ago

      I've been looking for gram flour or chickpea flour for days now but i really can't find it in any store here in the philippines. Is there any substitute that i can use?

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      Angie Woods 24 months ago from Australia

      I haven't tried this but i read that you can use a mixture of wheat and a rough rice powder as a substitute. this acts as an exfoliant in the same way chickpea flour does.

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      rubini 24 months ago

      Is the gram flour , turmeric powder and milk paste is effective than gram flour, lemon juice and milk?

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      Angie Woods 24 months ago from Australia

      It's really personal preference but I would say the mask made with lemon juice would be more effective because lemon juice is a proven skin lightener

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      rubini 24 months ago

      Thankz... Plz say that for how many days I need to apply the gram flour, lemon juice and milk paste to get the effective result. If this mixture make me to look fair and bright?

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      Angie Woods 24 months ago from Australia

      It depends on the degree of lightening that you want. Some people make this mask a regular part of their beauty rountine. It usually takes a couple weeks until you really notice a difference. You could use lemon juice on your skin at least 3-4 times a week. Lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to the sun though so try to minimise sun exposure and wear a good sunscreen

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      Ayisha 23 months ago

      i am having dry skin. Which of this would help to moisture my face. I can't use lime juice, it's make itching on my skin.. Pls pls help me.

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      Angie Woods 23 months ago from Australia

      You could try the mask with gram flour, milk and tumeric above. Avoid the ones with lemon juice.

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      ks 23 months ago

      I heard vinegar is good for dark areas on skin .can I use vinegar mixed with besan for bringing back theskin tone on the body?

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      Angie Woods 23 months ago from Australia

      Vinegar is used as a skin lightening ingredient but i haven't seen it used with besan. Maybe someone can help us here?

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      kavya 22 months ago

      before n after applying turmeric n gram flour facial shuld we wash our face

      wit face wash

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      Angie Woods 22 months ago from Australia

      It's not necessary to use face wash before applying the masks but you can do this if you like. You can let us know if the lightening mask works better if you wash your face first.

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      Yolanda 22 months ago

      Hie where can I buy gram flour?

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      Angie Woods 22 months ago from Australia

      You can usually buy gram flour in health food stores, supermarkets or online at Amazon

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      seline 22 months ago

      Hi is it skin lighting pills r safe

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      Angie Woods 22 months ago from Australia

      I don't know a lot about skin lightening pills but some of the side effects might imvlude allergic reactions or kidney damage. Maybe consult a doctor before taking these

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      Suffiyan 22 months ago

      Hi Angie

      hope ur doing well

      can i use kojic cream for acne scars? how safe it would be for skin

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      Angie Woods 22 months ago from Australia

      Hi Suffiyan

      Kojic creams and soaps are often used to lighten acne scars. Kojic has been shown to inhibit the production of melanin, the brown pigmentation in the skin, and it acts as an anti oxidant.

      Kojic is a natural product but some people have concerns about using Kojic acid on their skin as it can irrirate sensitive skin. Check whitening creams first, they should only contain about 1% kojic which is considered safe for the skin.

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      Melissa 22 months ago

      Can the turmeric face mask get rid of the black spots on your face? If not, what should I do?

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      Angie Woods 22 months ago from Australia

      The tumeric mask should be effective for black spots. Turmeric has a substance called curcumin in it which reduces the production of melanin (brown pigment) in the skin.

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      dawn 22 months ago

      Hai..i have oily skin and pimbles,acenes too....for my skin which pack is more suitable.......gram flour,rose water or gram flour,tumeric

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      Angie Woods 22 months ago from Australia

      Hi. The mask with tumeric would be good because tumeric helps to regulate the amount of sebum in the skin.

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      dawn 21 months ago

      Thank you....

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      dawn 21 months ago

      Can i use wildturmeric...

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      Angie Woods 21 months ago from Australia

      Yes, wild tumeric powder could be used in the recipe above. It is apparently a great skin lightener and is good for acne prone skin. I havent tried the wild variety so you could let us know what you think.

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      Xolisile 21 months ago

      Thanks Angie for your explaination

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      navin 20 months ago

      Can I use gram flour..honey..rosewater..and lemon 4 whiten skin?!..and I using it daily so how many weeks it takes 4 best results mam!!

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      Angie Woods 20 months ago from Australia

      I havent tried that combination but all those ingredients help to lighten skin. Most people see results straight away with gram flour but ut depends on the lightening effect you wont. You can use a lightening mask daily. You should see results in 2-4 weeks with a regular routine.

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      navin 20 months ago

      So for skin whitening may use gram flour...milk..and lemon..hence honey!!

      For u expected 3-4 weeks will I have any change on color my skin!!!

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      navin 20 months ago

      Mam tell..wat have to do change my skin tone..

      Tis remedy which I had may work..?!

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      Angie Woods 20 months ago from Australia

      Hi Navin. I would try the recipe above with gram flour, almond and lemon juice.

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      navin 20 months ago

      Mam can I using milk for almonds..could it be whiten my skin!

      Gram flour..milk..lemon and turmeric!

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      Angie Woods 20 months ago from Australia

      Yes Navin. You can use all these ingredients. Try the recipes on this hub page or you can find more recipes online.

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      navin 20 months ago

      Gram flour..milk..turmeric and lemon. .

      Can whiten my skin??

      Hence it has been 2weeks I used it!

      hence no change on my face..

      How many days it took to whiten my face!!!

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      Angie Woods 20 months ago from Australia

      Hi. I dont know how dark your skin is or if you are looking to lighten a dark area of skin. Usually results can be seen in 2 to 4 weeks but it depends on your skin type and the overall affect you want.

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      navin 20 months ago

      No mam...my skin had color face but..iam sun tanned!

      So I have to get my color back tats y!!

      Results may be comes good im 4 weeks..

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      umama 20 months ago

      heloow i have mild acne what should i have to use to get rid of acne and can i try daily lemon besan and milk mask for acne thank u

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      edwin 20 months ago

      I used gram flour 3weeks but no change on my skin!!

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      Angie Woods 20 months ago from Australia

      Besan can be used to fight pimples. Try a mask with 2 teaspoons of besan , 2 teaspoons sandalwood, a little milk and a pinch of tumeric. Apply to face and wash after it dries with cool water.

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      venkat 19 months ago

      Will gram flour, milk. Almonds can whiten my face..

      Times 2 takes 4 results..

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      Angie Woods 19 months ago from Australia

      Hi. Its difficult to say how long it will take to see results because it depends on your skin colour . Most people use this mask as part of their regular routine. You should see a difference in 2-4 weeks.

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      shankar raj 19 months ago

      I used it almost 1 month bt no change till now..

      Im jus tanned I would like 2 recover it..

      Any comments 4 tis

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      Angie Woods 19 months ago from Australia

      Thanks for your comments. That's a shame you see no change. I don't know how dark skinned you are but when you are using these masks you should limit your exposure to the sun and use a suncreen with a high SPF.

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      prasana 19 months ago

      Hi..can I use gram flour with papaya for improving my skin tone..

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      Angie Woods 19 months ago from Australia

      Hi Prasana. Yes you can mash a few pieces of papaya with 2 tablespoons of gram flour to make a mask . You can also add a little bit of orange juice to this one.

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      kawthur ramputh 18 months ago

      Hi...l have acne and scars! What can i use.?i allergy with tumeric

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      Angie Woods 18 months ago from Australia

      There are many other masks that help with acne and acne scars. You can find recipes online, for example, fresh lemon juice and natural greek yoghurt can be used.

      Another popular mask uses 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoons honey, 4 teaspoons sugar and 2 teaspoons green tea.

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      Fazna Sameem 15 months ago

      Hai....hai can i replace the milk cream with yogurt or just milk as my skin is a combination one,will that mixture gives a better result??

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      Angie Woods 15 months ago from Australia

      Hi. Yes you can replace the milk cream with buttermilk or yoghurt which might give a better result if your skin is oily or combination.

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      craftybegonia 14 months ago from Southwestern, United States

      I have heard of using rice flour to get a beautiful complexion but I am not sure if I ever heard about gram flour. Very informative. Thanks for sharing! Pinned.

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      nanthini 13 months ago

      i have been using natural products since last year and now I see the difference in the effectiveness of the natural products I use on my face. for instance, I had pimples on my face and after using brown sugar and coconut oil as face scrub and then applying besan flour with turmeric powder facepack for 2 days, the pimples disappeared!

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      Angie Woods 13 months ago from Australia

      Hi Nanthini, thank you for your useful tips! Hope this can help others who have pimple problems :)

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      Tina 12 months ago

      What if I cannot find the gram flour

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      Angie Woods 12 months ago from Australia

      Gram flour is also called besan or chickpea flour. If you cant find it you can substitute this with plain flour, rice flour or ground oats. You can also do this if your skin is a bit dry.

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      Amanda 12 months ago

      I have malasma, l am feeling stressed and extremely anxious about this. What is the best face mask to use daily.

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      Angie Woods 12 months ago from Australia

      You should try a mask with tumeric. Try mixing 5 tablespoon of tumeric and 1 tablespoon gram flour with 10 tablespoon of milk. Use this mask everyday. Let it dry before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Massage the skin with your fingers as you wash it off.

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      Barbie 12 months ago

      I started using gram flour in my daily bath but i feel damn itching after i wash it.... Wat can i do? Is thr any alternative thngs whch can be used?

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      Angie Woods 12 months ago from Australia

      You could try rice flour or even regular all purpose flour as an alternative if you think the gram flour is causing the problem.

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      shubham 11 months ago

      Can i use honey,lemon,gram flour and turmeric for oily skin

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      Angie Woods 11 months ago from Australia

      Yes shubham you could try using those ingredients in a mask. Let us know how it works for oily skin. :)

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      ARAVIND 11 months ago

      TAKE TABLE SPOON OF GRAM FLOUR AND HALF SPOON TURMERIC POWDER AND ONE SPOON SANDAL POWDER MIX IN MILK AND APPLY IN OUR FACE AND AFTER HALF AN HOUR WASH IN ICE WATER IT WILL GIVE BETTER IMPROVEMENT ON YOUR FACE TRY IT FOR THREE WEEKS

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      Angie Woods 11 months ago from Australia

      Thanks Aravind. Hoping readers can try this one!

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      Sindhu Muthuraj 10 months ago

      Applying turmeric on face and going out in sun, won't it make the skin more tan? also, I am allergic to lemon. Applying lemon on the skin and going out in the sun wont it make the skin tan more?

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      Ava 10 months ago

      Man

      I have natural dry and fair skin. But Sun taned. Can I use gram flour with coconut milk for lighten my skin?

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      Angie Woods 10 months ago from Australia

      I haven't heard of this recipe but I think that would work. Let us know if it does or if you have any tips for using the coconut milk.

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      Ava 10 months ago

      Thank you mam.

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      samna 10 months ago

      i have acne prone and oily skin. i used isotretinoin capsules for 6 month to the pimples acne recovery but now i again get pimples when i left medicine..what is the reason and what face mask is best for me??

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      Angie Woods 10 months ago from Australia

      Hi. I would try the mask in this article with tumeric and gram flour. Other natural ingredients you could try are a mask of natural yoghurt, with a little oatmeal and lemon juice which is suitable for oily skin.

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      samna 10 months ago

      thanks

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      lata 9 months ago

      Maam, my skin is sensitive n oily too, i have so many dark spots n acne, ,,i have already concerned doctors too but can't help...what should I do to remove darks n cure acne

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      Eva 9 months ago

      Iam suffering of facial hair

      Plz suggedt me a remedy

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      umed 7 months ago

      turmeric cause yellowish color of my face , how to solve this ?

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      Angie Woods 7 months ago from Australia

      Pure organic tumeric shouldn't turn your skin yellow. Some supermarket brands may contain extra dyes that could cause that problem

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      Priya 6 months ago

      Hi its useful recepi

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      jana 6 months ago

      Hi, I have a lot of acne scars, black heads, and even more white heads. Any masks that will help and lighten my skin as well?

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      Hi. Masks with tumeric are especially good for acne scarring. Try the one here or search online for more tumeric lightening masks

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      RS 6 months ago

      Can i use gram flour curd honey for face brightening and glowing ?? Please give tips...

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      Yes you can use equal amounts of curd and besan and add a spoon of honey which helps to moisturise the skin.

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      Us 6 months ago

      Hi ,

      Can you tell something more about these remedies

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      Hi you can read more about these in my other hubs also.

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      saam 6 months ago

      can i use turmeric,milk,gram flower,rice flower and honey as mask ? how does it help ? i have dry skin

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      Yes you could try these. The honey will help to soften and moisturise the skin.

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      NADEEM 6 months ago

      HELLO...I HOPE YOU ARE GOOD....I HAVE DISCOLORATION ON MY FACE..COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO I HAD USED CURD AND HONEY ON MY FACE AND BELIEVE ME IT WAS AMAZING RESULT BUT DOING IT FOR A LONG TIME IT HAS STARTED SHOWING ME ADVERSE EFFECT NOW MY SKIN IS BLACK AGAIN....NOW WHAT I WOULD DO TO GET BACK MY ORIGINAL SKIN COLOUR...I FEEL GREAT I U REPLY ME.

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      Your skin may have darkened again due to sun exposure. If you are using skin lightening treatments you need to to use a good sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF). You could try a skin lightening cream like Meladerm which is available online. Some skin doctors might also recommend a chemical peel.

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      NADEEM 6 months ago

      long time ago i had used hydroquinone but now i just want to be safe side....i wanna use only natural home remedies...please suggest me somethng

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      You can use any of the recipes listed here with gram flour. Or see my other hub about all natural ingredients for skin lightening. If you want a product without hydroquinine there are all natural skin whitening creams available, like Meladerm. These products do not contain hydroquinine.

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      NADEEM 6 months ago

      lets say if i started using meladerm so can i used meladerm for long time or u will suggest me only for few months??sorry for bothering you but please just need a good advice...thanks....just tell me how long i can use..

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      Angie Woods 6 months ago from Australia

      You can use Meladerm daily for as long as you need. If you reach your desired skin colour you can stop or drop back to using 2-3 days a week .

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      NADEEM 5 months ago

      hello....i saw review on meladerm and its really not good....people are saying its not a lightning cream..its deosnt work......if you want u can see review on internet....can you suggest me somethng else?????? please

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      jaskiran 5 months ago

      Is this recipe good for sensitive skin?

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      Angie Woods 5 months ago from Australia

      My daughter found Meladerm useful for hyperpigmentation on her arms and legs but it might not suit everyone. There are a number of whitening creams on Amazon. Some have natural ingredients and some have 2% hydroquinine. You can read the customer reviews to see the recommended products like Pink Madison or Swiss Botany.

      Hi Jaskiran

      Yes these recipes should be fine for sensitive skin. Just be careful with lemon juice because it can be very drying for the skin. The recipe that cotains honey also might be more suitable.

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      NADEEM 5 months ago

      i wanna use meladerm as its work on your daughter pigmentation so i should give a try but let me ask you something after i used meladerm does it has any adverse effect means if i used meladerm for years it has any adverse effect????

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      Angie Woods 5 months ago from Australia

      I dont know of any adverse effects from using Meladerm and the ingredients are all natural. However, I don't know anyone who has used it for years. Hydroquinine can cause actual darkening of the skin if used over a long period of tine.

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      sarika 5 months ago

      I've been using meladerm for a few years now. I began using meladerm for pigmentation problem, which I came across after having my first child. During my pregnancy I was getting dark shadows in areas of my face and body, using meladerm it made my face even toned, generally brighter and just healthier. I use meladerm after the summer season to even out my skin tone as my tan starts to fade. I love this product because it naturally brightens the apprance of your face without being too abrasive to the skin unlike other products that help to even skin tones and textures this product helps to bring back the natural moisture we all need in our skin. Also I'd like to just mention they have a fantastic approach to their customer service, recently I had an order that didn't go as planned, they were happy to help, they put in a fantastic goodwill gesture too. Civant look after their customers. I can't mistake them, only thing I would say is I would be happier if they had a store in London.

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      Angie Woods 5 months ago from Australia

      Thank you for your comments. That's very helpful for others who are thinking of trying this product.

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      anamika 5 months ago

      Meladerm did not work for me. I have used it for one month on several brown spots and there is no change at all. It is now day 35 so I can't get a refund but I assume I could have (as advertised) if I had tried earlier. Maybe it works for others

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      aima zaidi 5 months ago

      I bought the product after seeing so many promising reviews, i used as instructed. IT DID NOT WORK

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      Sylvie 5 months ago

      Hello, I have a surplus of fresh organic turmeric. Can I use it in one of you recipes or will it turn my skin bright yellow? Maybe I should try dehydrating it an grinding it? Thanks for your input.

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      Angie Woods 5 months ago from Australia

      Usually the organic tumeric will not turn your skin yellow. So you could try it without drying it. The shop bought powder form can sometimes turn your skin yellow.

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      john 5 months ago

      is swiss botany gleam cream contain hydroquinone??

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      Angie Woods 5 months ago from Australia

      No. This product is hydroquinine free.

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      john 5 months ago

      THANKS..

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      Pavitra 5 months ago

      Hi Angie,

      Hope you are doing good..

      My skin very dark and very dull. Please suggest me any remedy to get back my skin color.

      Thanks,

      Pavitra

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      Angie Woods 5 months ago from Australia

      Hi Pavitra. Have you tried some of the recipes here? You could try the recipes with gram flour and lemon juice which are great for skin lightening.

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      Pavitra 5 months ago

      Hi Angie,

      Which one I need to use as my skin is very dark & dull..am confused.. Please suggest..

      Thanks for your time..

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      Angie Woods 5 months ago from Australia

      Hi Pavitra. I would probably try the one with gram flour, almonds , milk and lemon first. See how that goes.

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      Pavitra 5 months ago

      Thanks for your suggestion Angie.. Will definitely try.. One more question, Can I use curd+gramflour+turmeric+lemon face pack to get rid of dark and tanned skin, Will my skin become brighter and fair?

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      pigmentation 5 months ago

      Hi Angie,if i do not have Gram flour, could i use milk, tumeric and baking soda or plain flour instead.

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      Angie Woods 5 months ago from Australia

      Hi Pavitra. Yes you could definitely try that one. Tumeric is great for skin lightening.

      Hi pigmentation. I read that you can substitute all purpose flour for gram flour. I think gram flour is better though.

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      Rabina 4 months ago

      Hi ma'am may i use the mixture of rose water and besan to lighten my skin color?Here is one problem i have lighten body color bt my face color is so dark.

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      Rabina Dhakal 4 months ago

      Hi ma'am may i use the mixture of gramme and rose water to lighten my face color?caz i have white color of body but my face and hand color is so dark... can u plz suggest me the better method

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      Angie Woods 4 months ago from Australia

      Hi Rabina. I would try the face mask in this article that has besan and tumeric on your face. Recipes with lemon juice might also be good to lighten your face and hands.

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      Rabina Dhakal 4 months ago

      how many times i have to use the mixture of besan and turmeric and can i mix the rose water on it????

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      Angie Woods 4 months ago from Australia

      You can use this 2-3 times a week. Some people use a mask like this daily but it could dry your skin out so you would need to add milk or cream. You can add rose water but not necessary.

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      Rabina Dhakal 4 months ago

      oh thank u so much for ur information n do you have any idea of growing eyebrow ?

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      Rabina Dhakal 4 months ago

      ma'am is it the permanent method of lighting face?

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      Angie Woods 4 months ago from Australia

      Hi. Im not sure about growing eyebrows . Sorry. These face masks will lighten the skin but you need to be patient to see results. Also you need to avoid the sun where possible and if you do go out, wear a sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor).

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      Anup 4 months ago

      Hi, my skin is oily and develops tan very fast once exposed to sunlight. I need to remove tan and also get a brighter looking skin tone. I have access to gram flour, rice flour, turmeric, lemon juice, rose water, sandalwood powder, milk, olive oil. Please let me know the most effective paste/mask/procedure to achieve the desired result.

      P.S. I am not allergic to any of the above mentioned ingredients.

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      Angie Woods 4 months ago from Australia

      Hi. I would use the recipe with gram flour and tumeric

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      CMB 3 months ago

      I am olive toned. Will these masks make my face whiter than the rest of my body? I like the idea of the mask, but I also like the colour of my skin. It is just the hair that I don't want.

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      Angie Woods 3 months ago from Australia

      Hi. These masks are specifically for skin lightening so maybe look for other recipes without the lightening ingredients like lemon, tumeric etc.

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      jenny 3 months ago

      for the first recipe, what type of cream do i use and what amount?, because the picture says a teaspoon, but you typed a tablespoon.

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      Angie Woods 3 months ago from Australia

      Hi. That picture shows a different recipe again. It has one tablespoon of gram flour and one teaspoon of cows milk cream. My recipe has one tablespoon of cream. Hope that helps!

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      SUMAN 3 months ago

      i used curd and honey on my face.... i just wanna ask you should i use it regularly or twice a week??because when i am using it on regular basis its not showing the result....thanks.

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      Angie Woods 3 months ago from Australia

      Hi. You could try adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to your curd and honey mask. It is usually recommended to apply this mask 2-3 times a week.

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      kartik 5 weeks ago

      i used papaya face mask once in a week....and evryday i used cetaphil moisturizer.my question is can i apply mosturizer after using papaya face mask??

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      Angie Woods 5 weeks ago from Australia

      Hi Kartik. Yes after you have washed off your papaya face mask you can apply your moisturiser.

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      Angie Woods 5 weeks ago from Australia

      Hi Kartik. You can continue to use your moisturiser for a long as you want

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      Angie Woods 5 weeks ago from Australia

      Hi Bhaskar. You can try some of the recipes here using gram flour to lighten your skin. Or you buy an all natural skin whitening cream like Meladerm made by Civant Skin Care. Look for a cream that is hydroquinine free.

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      Angie Woods 4 weeks ago from Australia

      Hi Deepu. You can try the recipe here for Gram Flour and Orange mask. But it uses orange peel not powder.

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