10 Ways to Remove Tan from Oily Skin

Hi IMBBians, oily skin can be cumbersome to deal with and when it starts getting tanned the job gets tougher. Sweating and getting tanned due to prolonged sun exposure is not a new issue. It is frustrating when we spot the skin tone of our exposed areas quite different from the rest of the body. This article specially discusses on the issue to save oily skin from the harmful effects of sun tan. I have created a mix of both market available and homemade remedies to remove tan from oily skin for different types of women. Keep reading to know how to deal with this problem.

How to Remove Tan from Oily Skin

Market Available Remedies:

1. Always Use a Sunscreen

The best tan protection guard is to always use a good sunscreen before you step out. For oily skin, sunscreen that gives a matte finish and don’t feel heavy on the skin is always desirable. Depending on your duration of sun exposure, look for a good SPF factor in your sunscreen. A good sunscreen with the right amount of SPF factor in it strikes the right balance and controls skin tanning in oily skin and keeps it oil-free for long.
Recommendations: Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+, Cetaphil PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30, Lakme Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 50 PA+++ Gel Sunscreen

2. Switching to Tan-Removal Face Cleansing

If you have oily skin which is highly prone to getting tanned, using a face cleanser which controls oil and keeps it matte is not sufficient. Look for the right ingredients in your face wash and switch to the one that can do multi-tasking. In other words, I meant a good tan removal face wash which specially formulated for oily skin.
Recommendations: Himalaya Herbals Tan Removal Orange Face Wash, VLCC Anti Tan Skin Lightening Face Wash, Pond’s Pure White Anti-Pollution + Purity Face Wash

3. Tan-Removal Face Scrubbing

Cleansing and Scrubbing go hand in hand to remove tan from oily skin and achieve clear and squeaky clean face. It is important to incorporate good facial scrubs in your routine that have anti-oxidant properties and can soothe stressed skin. Oily skin needs specialised skin treatment when it comes to tan removal. Facial scrubs that are mild yet effective as ultimate skin polishers can cause a refinement in tanned skin and bring back the much needed glow.
Recommendations: Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Ayurvedic Face Scrub, Biotique Bio-Papaya Revitalising Tan Removal Scrub, Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Absolute Anti Tan Scrub

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4. Tan-Removal Face Masking

This is the most vital step in fighting to remove tan from oily skin. The scorching heat of the sun eats up the entire glow and the body normally creates melanin as a response to sun exposure in order to protect he inner layers of the skin from damage. Using a good tan-removal face mask relaxes the skin and helps in curbing deep skin tan. It also effectively takes away all the dirt and impurities and reveals a brighter and glowing complexion. I will name a few face masks which are good as oil-controlling agents and also fights off skin tan very well.
Recommendations: O3+ De-Tan Pack, Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, Just-Herbs Petal Soft Anti-Tan Rose Face pack, Lotus Herbals Safe Sun De-Tan Face Pack

5. Application of Tan-Removal Face creams

This step may seem auxiliary but it is for those who sometimes forget applying a good sunscreen and return back with tanned skin. For those of you who have oily skin and are negligent about pre-sun care skin regime, there are a few facial night creams that can be your savior in curbing sun tan effectively. These creams are normal facial creams but can help you get rid of that terrible skin tan with regular use. Usually, for oily skin gel-based creams are better because they get absorbed easily and provide a light-weight, matte finish upon application.
Recommendations: Lotus Herbals White Glow Skin Whitening & Brightening Gel Crème, Loreal Paris White Perfect Night Cream, Olay Natural White Nourishing Night Repair Cream, Forest Essential Night Treatment Cream Peel, Garnier Light Complete White Speed Fairness Serum Cream
These were a few tan-removal skin care steps for oily skin and the products are easily available in the market. Apart from that, there a few home remedies that can work wonders for oily-tanned skin.

Homemade Remedies:

6. Tomato

Tomato is a natural bleaching agent and is enriched with anti-oxidant properties. It is well-suited for oily skin and applying its juice helps to remove skin tan easily. Many people are unaware of the benefits of this awesome fruit but its juice prevents free radicals and stops excessive oil production by the skin glands.
How to Use:
Cut a piece of tomato and apply the juice on your skin. Massage it properly until it gets absorbed well. This mask will help to achieve desired results and is greatly effective for skin tan.

7. Multani Mitti

This is probably one of the best and most effective ingredients for oily skin. Multani Mitti is a natural tan-removing agent and suits oily and acne-prone skin the best. It application helps to keep skin matte and shine-free and also helps in providing a radiant looking skin.
How to Use:
Mix Multani Mitti with rose water and form a thick paste. Apply it on the skin and keep it for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off thoroughly. Use this mask thrice a week for tan-treatment.

8. Curd and Lemon Juice Face Mask


The mild bleaching effect of yogurt because of its acidic property removes skin tan efficiently, keeps the blemishes away, and leaves your skin supple and properly moisturized. Lemon on the other side will shrink the pore sizes and inhibit oil production by the skin glands. A combo pack made by the usage of both these ingredients is a great mask for oily and tanned skin. Use this mask after returning home every day. This relieves tired and tanned skin.
How to use:
Squeeze lemon to bring out the juice and put one tablespoon of this into the bowl. Finally, add your yogurt into the mix so that you have a thick pack. Now apply this pack on your face and keep it for 30 minutes. Check whether it has dried. Wash it off with some cold water. Rub it gently when you are rinsing off the pack.

9. Gram Flour, Honey and Turmeric Anti-Tan pack

The anti-tan and deep cleansing properties of turmeric are nothing new to us. It has been used in so many face creams and is an active constituent of Ayurvedic face creams. Along with that, Gram Flour is another excellent skin ingredient for oily and tanned skin. It is an age-old solution to use gram flour for oily skin because it especially suited to treat pimples and acne. Honey, on the other hand acts as a good nourisher and adds a healthy glow to the skin. A face pack prepared from all these ingredients is a powerful remedy to get rid of dark spots, pigmentation and skin tanning and will improve skin tone in the long run.
How to Use:
Put gram flour in a bowl and add honey and turmeric to it. Add a little amount of rose water to this and mix them to form a paste. Apply this on the tanned areas of your skin and allow it to dry. When it has dried, rinse it off and you will get glowing skin instantly.

10. Brown Sugar Scrub


Brown sugar is a potent source of antioxidants and gently exfoliates the skin without damaging it. It helps in preventing free radicals which is responsible for skin darkening and pigmentation due to sun exposure. A DIY brown sugar scrub is another effective agent for tan removal in oily skinned beauties.
How to Use:
Take brown sugar, oatmeal, a few drops of lemon juice and add apple cider vinegar to it. Mix them to form a scrub. Apply it onto your face and massage gently for some time. Then leave it for some time. This group of ingredients are best suited for treating oily and tanned skin and will help to get the desired results.

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