How to make the most of Multani Mitti for oily skin
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How to make the most of Multani Mitti for oily skin

October 5th, 2021 | by

You’ve probably heard of the several benefits of Multani Mitti for skin, but if you’ve been hesitant to try it for some reason, we’re here to convince you. Say goodbye to oily and acne-prone skin with this mud face pack that’s bound to do wonders for your skin and keep it glowing. Among the several home remedies to treat acne, Multani Mitti has proved to be extremely effective, time and again. But before you try it for yourself, here’s everything you need to know about this skincare blessing. 

What is Multani Mitti?

Multani Mitti or Fuller’s Earth, as it is widely known, literally translates to ‘Clay of Multan’ – a city in Southern Punjab, Pakistan. It is typically any clay material that can decolorize oil or other liquids without the use of harsh chemicals. 

In olden times, fullers kneaded fuller’s earth and water into woolen cloth to absorb oils and other greasy impurities, as part of the cloth finishing process. However, in modern times, Multani Mitti is widely used in the Indian subcontinent in cosmetics as it is proved to be effective in removing impurities from human hair and skin. 

What are the benefits of Multani Mitti?

Multani Mitti is also often referred to as ‘Indian healing clay’ owing to its beneficial properties. We’ve listed down all the uses of this magic mud face pack to treat oily and acne-prone skin. 

  1. Fights Acne 

Multani Mitti is a great home remedy to fight acne, pimples, and breakouts since it removes excess sebum and oil from the deeper layers of your skin. 

  1. Evens skin tone

It removes dirt, sweat and impurities from your skin, thus giving it a deep cleanse. This process helps even out your skin tone and brighten your complexion. 

  1. Treats pigmentation

If you’re looking to de-tan after a beach vacay, Multani Mitti will do the trick. It treats tanning and pigmentation with its natural healing properties, leaving you with healthy skin. 

  1. Acts as a cooling agent 

Multani Mitti is super effective in treating sunburn, skin rashes and infections, keeping your skin free of irritation. 

  1. Treats skin inflammation 

Multani Mitti could be used in cold compresses to treat insect bites and skin inflammation. It facilitates blood circulation, leading to radiant and glowing skin. Its antiseptic properties help fight against and keep away blackheads/whiteheads, blemishes, freckles and acne scars. 

3 DIY Multani Mitti face packs to try at home

Multani Mitti is now synthetically manufactured by various homegrown brands. It mostly consists of silica, iron oxides, lime, magnesia, and water, in extremely variable proportions, and is generally classified as a sedimentary clay. In colour it may be whitish, yellow, brown, green, olive, or blue, depending on the ratio of its ingredients and composition.  

If you’re looking for convenient and effective DIY face packs to make at home, look no further. Multani Mitti is a powerful skincare ingredient that works its multi-functional magic on oily skin to keep your face free of acne and pimples. Here’s how you can prepare Multani Mitti face packs at the comfort of your own home and use it in your skincare regime. 

For Oily Skin 

According to Dr. Deepali Bharadwaj, a Delhi-based skincare expert who spoke to NDTV Food, Multani Mitti can work wonders on oily skin. To see visible results, mix equal portions of Multani Mitti with orange peel powder, blend it with rosewater and apply on your face. Wash off once it dries with lukewarm water. When used twice a month, this face pack will keep excess oil off your face and prevent acne. 

Pro tip: Do not over-use Multani Mitti face packs as they may leave your skin dehydrated and dry.

For Dark Circles

Beauty expert Suparna Trikha vouches for Multani Mitti’s efficacy in treating dark circles. To get rid of the baggy patches under your eyes, take half a potato and grate it. Mix it with lemon juice, one teaspoon fresh cream and Multani Mitti. Apply this paste on your dark circles and leave it on for about 20 minutes to dry. Wash off and follow this routine regularly. You’ll see a remarkable difference in no time!

For Glowing Skin 

Mix two spoons of Multani Mitti with tomato juice and a dash of sandalwood powder. Blend it well into a fine paste. Add a pinch of turmeric powder to this mixture, apply it evenly on your face and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water once it dries. Follow this routine at least once a week and you’ll find yourself with glowing, radiant skin. 

How often should one use Multani Mitti for skin?

If you have oily skin and want to treat it at home, you could apply a Multani Mitti pack every alternate day by just mixing a few drops of rose water to it. It’s advisable to scrub and exfoliate your skin at least twice or thrice a week, after cleansing your face in the morning, to remove excess dirt and dead skin cells. 


If you do decide to follow your mother’s advice and use Multani Mitti as a DIY face pack, remember that while Multani Mitti is great for oily skin, do NOT use it on dry skin. During summers when your skin could tend to get dry, reaching out for Multani Mitti to use as a cooling pack to soothe your skin is the worst mistake you could make. Because it will do the exact opposite and strip your face of natural oils at a time when it’s in fact, screaming for moisture. So, it’s extremely essential to understand when you’re safe to use Multani Mitti – for instance, when you find yourself reaching for blotting paper to dab your face, swap it for a Multani Mitti face pack instead and feel the difference it makes to your oily skin! 

Meghana Ganeshan

Meghana has about 4 years of experience as a content writer, having previously worked at leading publications such as Condé Nast (GQ Magazine) and World Wide Media (Grazia Magazine). She writes about fashion, beauty, wellness, food, and lifestyle. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction or learning foreign languages online.