Benefits of using Yoghurt for Skincare – Homemade Solutions

**If you have any intolerances or sensitivities to dairy, please be cautious of using yoghurt in any form. If you’re not sure (eczema can make you think you are/not when you really are sensitive to products if not allergic) you can carry out a patch test before trying the full mask. Yoghurt can sting!

Now when I first began this blog, I introduced you to Yoghurt masks I used during flare ups and I find myself asking myself now, why did I stop using them? Yoghurt is such a simple ingredient but yet so effective at treating the skin and now that my skin is playing up by being eczema prone AND spot prone, I thought yoghurt could help so much!

What yoghurt has to offer:

Zinc: Zinc contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce red swellings caused by acne or rashesand has mild anti-astringent properties that help tighten tissues. It helps with cell reproduction and can reduce the size of acne and pimples. Zinc can help to regulate oil production in the sebaceous glands thereby helping oily skin prone to breakouts. (definitely what I need!).

Lactic Acid: This is such a key ingredient! It helps smoothen rough skin, exfoliate and moisturise dry skin a tthe same time. Its also anti- ageing 🙂

Calcium: Skin regeneration as an anti oxidant. The anti-oxidants provided by calcium help prevent and heal dry scaly skin.  It also helps skin renewal.

B-vitamins: Yogurt is rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12 and vitamin B5. Riboflavin is a beneficial vitamin for skin that is glowing and hydrated. Riboflavin is necessary for cell growth and regeneration and also protects skin cells from oxidative damage by free radicals. Vitamin B5 is responsible for facilitating manufacture of healthy fats in cells.

And below are some of the benefits as seen on

Benefit No. 1: Natural Moisturizer and Skin Brightener

  • Revive a tired and dull complexion by gently massaging thick yoghurt on damp skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash with tepid water. The lactic acid is a natural hydroxyl-acid that helps exfoliate, hydrate and sooth skin.
  • Add natural glow to the skin by making a homemade face pack using yoghurt, masoor lentils and orange peel. Grind the ingredients together, apply the pack on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing to reveal a fresher and brighter complexion. If you have dry skin, add some honey to provide the extra moisture required by the skin.
  • Another face pack can be made by blending 4 tbsp. yoghurt with 1 tbsp. cocoa powder and 1 tbsp. honey. Apply the mask on the face for 20 minutes before washing with lukewarm water to get rid of dull and tired skin.

Benefit No. 2: Hydrating Scrub to Remove Dead Skin Cells

Thanks to the moisturizing properties, yoghurt is an excellent hydrating scrub to remove dry dead skin cells. This remedy is excellent for those with dry and sensitive skin.

  • Make a natural scrub at home with 2 tbsp. yoghurt and 1 tbsp. oats. Exfoliate the skin by gently massaging the scrub in circular motions.
  • If blackheads and whiteheads are your worry, blend some rice powder and yoghurt into a thick coarse paste and rub onto the skin in little circular movements before washing with cold water.

Benefit No. 3: Fights Pimples and Acne

You can include yoghurt in your daily diet or make a nourishing face pack to cure acne. Due to its acidic nature, yoghurt destroys various acne-causing bacteria, fungus and germs within the body.

  • Apply some creamy yoghurt on the face and wash after 30 minutes with water to deep cleanse the skin and reduce breakouts.
  • Alternatively, you may make a paste of yoghurt with some turmeric powder, sugar and sandalwood powder. Massage the paste on the skin and rinse off with cold water after 15 minutes.

Benefit No. 4: Reduces Blemishes, Tanning, Under Eye Dark Circles and Skin Discoloration

  • If you have skin blemishes caused by acne or insect bites, apply yoghurt that is diluted with water. This will not only cool the area but also lighten the blemish. Yoghurt contains zinc, which helps lighten blemishes and scar and prevents redness of the skin.
  • To get rid of dark circles under the eye area, apply a thin layer of yoghurt on the affected area and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Wipe the excess yoghurt with a cotton ball and go to bed. Repeat the procedure for a week to notice a considerable difference.
  • To get rid of skin discoloration, mix 2 tbsp. yoghurt with few drops of lemon juice and leave it on the skin for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Yoghurt contains mild bleaching properties that help smoothen out discoloured skin when applied regularly.

Benefit No. 5: Anti-Ageing

  • Yoghurt effectively fights off free radicals and contains anti-aging properties that delays appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to appear on the face. The lactic acid in yoghurt helps prevent premature skin ageing.
  • To prevent wrinkles and keep the skin youthful and glowing, make a face pack using a tbsp. olive oil and 3 tbsp. yoghurt. Apply the mixture on the face for 30 minutes and repeat at least 3 times a week.
  • Alternatively, mash some banana, avocado and yoghurt and apply the paste on the face for 30 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
  • Another recipe to prevent ageing is grated cucumber and yoghurt. Apply the mixture generously over the face and let it dry for 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Cucumber provides a cooling effect that helps tighten facial pores while yoghurt provides a firming action.

Benefit No. 6: Fights Skin Infections

Fungal infections on the skin can be cured by apply a small amount of yoghurt in a gauze and placing it on the affected area. This must be repeated 4-5 times a day for best results.

Benefit No. 7: Cures Sunburn

Treat sunburns naturally with yoghurt. Yoghurt contains zinc that helps provide relief from the burning and itching sensation that sunburns provide. Make a mixture of yoghurt by adding some chamomile essential oil. Rub the paste over the sunburn and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.


What’s not to like about Yoghurt! It has so many benefits. I’m trying a Yoghurt (plain of course) and lemon face mask tonight since I have these ingredients at home already and I’m hoping it’ll help with my acne breakouts, exfoliate my skin and help with the skin discolouration over time! Yoghurt can help to keep the bacteria at bay for both eczema and acne, help reduce inflammation, brighten skin and exfoliate….so it begs the question….why are we not using this on a regular basis?!

Have you ever used yoghurt in homemade solutions for your skin? What has worked for you?

2 Responses to “Benefits of using Yoghurt for Skincare – Homemade Solutions”
  1. Patricia says:

    OK, I will try it and make a mask or two. I am going to buy a small container of organic yogurt, though. With the stuff they put into conventional cows for milk these days, I don’t trust anything other than organic yogurt. With all the money I’ve spent so far, an extra $2 for organic is worth it. Thanks for posting this one–wouldn’t have tried it without your testimonial.


    • Selina says:

      I would be cautious if you have dairy sensitivities?

      I don’t you see. I’m trying the mask tonight so I’ll put my feedback up 🙂 yoghurt can sting if my skin is open but it has benefited my flare ups in the past. So im hoping now it can help my dull, congested, discoloured skin 🙂


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