Wednesday, 23 July 2014

DIY Besan (Kadalai Maavu) Face Pack for Fairness, Acne & Glowing Skin

 

 

I am sure, many of you must have tried this besan and turmeric face mask at least once. This mask is very popular because it is made with common kitchen ingredients, very effective and easy to make. This besan/ kadalai maavu face pack is very good for treating acne, skin whitening and it leaves your skin glowing. Regular use will also reduce the facial hair. Almost all Indian household will have besan and turmeric powder in the kitchen. I don't remember a day that I haven't used turmeric in my daily cooking. Besan/ Gram flour/ Chickpea flour is a flour made from ground chick peas. Though in Southern India, we don't use gram flour in cooking commonly like in Northern India, we do stock up on it for the few dishes we make with it and for using it externally on the skin. We call it "Kadalai maavu" in Tamil. But try to buy chick pea flour from reputed brands. Please don't buy gram flour that is bright yellow, as the gram flour might be artificially colored. You can also make your own chick pea flour by grinding dried chick peas in the mixer to a fine powder. Chickpea flour is full of proteins and it is great for the skin. We sometimes use it as a bath powder and for young children, we use it to wash the hair too. This face mask is very good for acne prone, oily skin. This face pack can be used by people with very sensitive skin too, provided you use good quality ingredients. To make the face pack, first rub a piece of turmeric to get the paste. Now add the turmeric paste to the chick pea flour. Add the required amount of whole milk to get a thick spreadable paste. To use, wash your face, wipe dry and then apply a thin coating of the paste all over the face. Wait for it to dry and then wash it off.

 


METHOD:
1. Take a piece of turmeric and rub it on a clean coarse stone along with little water to get a paste.


2. Add the turmeric paste to the chickpea flour.


3. Add whole milk to the mixture and mix together to form a smooth paste. Your face pack is ready.


4. To use, apply the face pack on your face, wait for it to dry and then wash it off.


NOTES:
  • If you are making your own gram flour, make sure to sieve it.
  • When mixing the milk, make sure there are no lumps. 
  • The mixture should be of thick paste like consistency.
  • I have been using this mask for quite some time now and I find it very effective for treating acne. 
  • You can also try with rose water instead of milk, if you don't want to use milk and find your face oily after using the pack.

103 comments:

  1. i get acne whn adding turmeric.is there a substitute to it?

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  2. Good quality turmeric is very good for preventing acne. But if you feel it is not agreeing with you, try substituting it with sandalwood paste..........

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  3. Hi besan and chickpea flour are different right? Besan is from channa dal.chickpea is chole right?

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  4. They both are the same. When chick peas are split & polished it is called chana dal. When chana dal is roasted, it is called pottukadalai/ roasted channa dal, the ones that we use for coconut chutney. When roasted chana dal is powdered, it is called gram flour/ besan/ chick pea flour :)

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  5. Hello, I am staying at hostel, so milk is not available for me, can I use Milk Powder as substitute? also whether Kasturi Turmeric can be used as substitute for normal turmeric in this face pack??

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  6. Yes, you can use milk powder and kasthuri manjal powder for this face pack......

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  7. Hi, Miesha,
    I would prefer the regular milk for this pack...........

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  8. Hiiii...
    Is raw milk r boiled milk shld b used? Can u say ingredients for facewash powder to be used daily lso shld make face glowing nd diminishes acne scar tooo

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  9. Hi Vino,
    I used boiled milk. Please see the green gram bath powder, it is best powder to be used on the face or you can try the rose petal bath powder too....Both recipes are there in the blog and they keep the skin blemish free...

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    1. Thank u so much. Then this face pack can be used daily or twice in a week??

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    2. I tried using raw milk and it feels fresh lso tried boiled milk but it makes face oilier that is in tamil vazhuvazhunu erunchu.

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    3. Hi Vino,
      I usually boil whole milk and wait for the cream to collect on top and then once the milk cream has collected, I will remove the cream and then use the milk. If you feel your skin is still oily after using the pack, try with pure rose water.....You can apply this face pack weekly twice....

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  10. i have black marks on my skin .. can i use only kadalai maavu with milk without ading turmeric?? coz am a boy turmeric apply pana yellow colour face aayidum la

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  11. Hi Shahul,
    Yes, you can skip manjal, but try adding a few drops of lemon to the mixture............

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  12. hi. i have a oily skin. Is it okay for me to use milk/

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    1. Hi, No don't use milk to make the pack, it will make your face greasy. You can mix it with either rose water or herbal waters made by boiling water with any of your favorite herbs or floral waters....

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  13. Can we use this remedy daily... N can we apply for body also....

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    1. Ramya, Try using this face pack weekly twice or thrice and you can use it for your body too....

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  14. can i apply kadalai maavu and sandal?

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    1. Hi Jothi,
      You can use kadalai maavu and pure sandalwood paste too....

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  15. Hie mam... My husband is suffering from red spots on his cheek can u plz suggest any remedy for it... Dis redness is due to high exposure of sun in Kashmir...

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    1. Try the sandalwood and rose petals paste on the affected area (recipe in the blog) to ease the irritation and apply fresh Aloe Vera gel every day on the face before bath. It is a natural sunscreen and will prevent further occurrence of red spots.....

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  16. I Apply Lemon Juice and Curd Mixture Continuosly on My Face Now My ForeHead become Black PLZ Suggest Me some ideas 2 get rid of this Problem.

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    1. Don't apply lime juice on the skin daily, as it is very acidic it might not agree with everyone's skin. Apply the sandalwood face mask (recipe in the blog) daily on the forehead till the skin return back to normal or you can try fresh Aloe Vera gel too...

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    2. I have my marriage in February before that i want to lighten my skin tone.can u give me a tip

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    3. Hi Thini, Congratulations for your wedding! Any homemade face pack done regularly will brighten the skin tone, I would suggest using either besan | oatmeal | turmeric and papaya face mask from the blog regularly to see results. Also up your intake of water and wear sunscreen everyday...

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  17. Can I Apply KadalaiMaavU FacePack Daily???

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  18. Hi,Can men use kadalai mavu face pack twice a week?
    Asking this because I read that kadalai mavu is used for removing facial hair. So, is it safe for men to use without affecting the facial hair?

    Thanks!!

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    1. Hi, You can use kadalai maavu face pack weekly twice. Even though women have fine hair in the face, any home treatments for facial hair removal takes months of daily application to see results. Men have much thicker and coarser hair which will not be affected at all especially with weekly twice treatments, so you can use it weekly twice safely :)

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  19. Mam Will U Suggest me any best Sunscreener for this burning summer???

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  20. Mam how much time i have to wait for kadalaimaavu face pack to dry for is it safe for my skin to make it dry for an hour???

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  21. Mam I am doing kadalai maavu face pack every night is it a right thing to do by doing so or any problem will occur ah???

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  22. Mam one more thing is it a right option using dove moisturising soap for facewash???

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  23. Mam I Will Wash My Face Two Times First with Dove and then with Himalaya Facewash is it right by me???

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    1. Try a sunscreen that has an spf of 30 to 50, it will protect the skin well. Usually within 10 to 15 minutes the pack will be completely dry, you can wash it off and you don't have to wait for an hour. Kadalai maavu face pack even if used daily will not harm the skin. I always use my homemade powder for face wash so I don't know how effective the brands you mentioned are but try not to use two face washes at once as it can strip the skin of natural oils...

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  24. Mam thanks for your suggestions, I am a 26 year old male and I was brown skin (Maaniram) but don't know why my face alone became black before 10 years. Its probably because of a chicken pox that i got 10 years back or too much exposure to sun while playing then. Most men in our family had a brown face but during adulthood their face alone got black. so is it because of my gene? I use only hamam soap and i didn't even applied a face powder for the past 15 years even once. so what i need to do? shall i use the above kadalai maavu paste or any other? Is the manjal ok? for my facial hair. Thanks,,

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  25. Hi, Try the above paste and along with it try massaging your face with pure Aloe Vera gel everyday, it will greatly help...

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  26. odacha kadalaiya araikanuma (used for thenga chatni) illa kadalai parupa araikanuma mam?

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    1. If you can get good quality kadala maavu use that itself else use chutney kadalai for making the flour..:)

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  27. Hi mam i was in childhood i am affect from chicken box mam but till now that scars and small face holes does not hide mam. . please give me suggestion for how to clear that problem mam. .

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    1. Make a paste of pure turmeric and holy basil leaves and apply on the scars daily. This paste will stain the skin, so try to apply it before bath daily. It might take some time for the scars to heal as it has been there for many years but with regular application, it will slowly fade...

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    2. thank you so much mam. .i have small doubt in this treatment. Basically turmeric usage is hair will not grow, so will it be ok for me? and i have another question mam how to clear acne on face. thank you

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    3. Even for women it takes months of daily application to stunt hair growth. Since men have very coarse hair, it will take a very long time of daily application to stunt facial hair growth, so you can apply safely for a few days to treat the scars...:)

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  28. mam, i am affected by black heads so how can remove the black heads plz suggest the best answer for me. then i ask another question Will U Suggest me any best Sunscreener for this summer

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    1. I usually steam my face and then rub gently with green gram dhal bath powder(recipe in the blog), it removes all the black heads very effectively. Try a sunscreen from any one of the good brands with SPF 15 and if your skin is very fair try SPF 30...

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  29. hi Ramya, bumped into your blog today and finding it absolutely amazing. I've been suffering from sever adult acne. I'm 35 years old with acne issues for almost 9 years now. I started developing deep acne issue after age of 26 and never had such big issues of acne during my early years :| i had tried undergoing every possible treatment out there but i lost my patience when such expensive treatment like laser also did not address problem permanently. i have been under depression since last 3-4 years due to acne issue. My skin has become completely dark as i usually cant apply any product even sun screen as it leads to more acne. I try not to over think but after every few days, when big flared acne appear on my face, i really get concerned. I've discontinued socializing due to this as my skin was very radiant, fair and flawless and now i feel so depressed when i see others and feel embarrassed with my skin. My husband is very fair and with perfect skin and i feel sad that he has to put up with my skin condition. I have tried many natural remedies as suggested in many blogs, but never got relief, to an extent that i stopped putting any effort to try it. I am finding your blog very hopeful and i again now feel like trying these recipes. I really wish it works for me although staying here in Delhi, getting real authentic organic products may be tricky. Your expertise on which specific recipe I can try for which the ingredients availability may not be so difficult and can be effective on such stubborn skin. My skin is very oily and very sensitive. Thanks much in advance.

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    1. Hi, I am very very sorry for the late reply. In my personal experience, I find a combination of turmeric and fresh holy basil leaves works very well. But the paste stings initially when applied especially if the basil leaves are fresh and it has to be done daily consistently to see results. But since your skin is chemically treated, I would suggest applying the nutmeg with sandalwood paste (recipe in the blog) consistently for a few weeks regularly first. I would suggest using pure sandalwood bark and homemade rose water for best results. It is very mild and works well even on chemically treated skin. Can you please use the paste for a week and tell me how you feel?

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  30. Hi mam..
    I am raji. I prepared the powder usin kadalai parupu and lemon dried. I use morning and nit to wash my face. I not using soap. My frndz said if i use t powder daily it vl create wrinkles after some age. Is it true. Even i am getting pimples how i avoid it mam.

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    1. Hi, I have seen my elders use bath powders like you mentioned their entire life, especially my grandma was using it regularly and she had very good skin. Don't be scared of using bath powders, just focus on getting good, pesticide free ingredients for the powder and I can confidently say that it is 100 % better than commercially produced soaps. For acne, try using the turmeric and basil face pack from the blog...

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  31. Hi...I am having some rashes and little bumps on my face...what to do...but sometimes my face feels oily and also dry...help me

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    1. I would suggest turmeric and holy basil pack from the blog, it will be very good for treating the rashes and bumps. Try to up your intake of water, both these tips will greatly help you. Try and let me know how you feel..

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    2. I get a black mark uder my lips and around my lips.please mam suggest me a home made remedies to cure it

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    3. I would suggest applying fresh lemon juice on the area everyday, try and let me know whether it is effective..

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  32. Can this face pack give wrinkles in the future ?

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    1. Hi Anne, I have been using this besan face mask for years and have not experienced any side effects at all. I am sure it will not cause wrinkles in the future..

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  33. hi,
    how many times should i do this a week?

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    1. You can use this besan face mask for about 2 times a week...

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  34. mam i have dry skin is it good to.use kadalai maavu pack ...

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    1. Yes, this face pack will brighten the skin tone well..

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  35. Hi i'm having acne,black marksand also wide pores on my cheeks..i used so many home remedy..that will not give a good result.. now my skin became too black..due to tanning..what i have to do my skin acne free and clear..am having oily skin...

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    1. I would suggest tulsi and turmeric face pack from the blog, it is very safe and will greatly help in treating acne and black marks...

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  36. If I use this pack twice a day for a month will it make any difference?

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    1. I would suggest using it weekly twice or thrice to see results...

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  37. can we use it for dandruff?

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    1. No this pack can't be used for dandruff, I would suggest fenugreek hair mask from the blog for dandruff...

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  38. Hi yenaku face la scar romba clr change ah iruku adhuku idhu use panna podhuma? Romba hole uhm iruku :(

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  39. And idhu use panrapo Namma face wash use pannalama ?

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    1. I would suggest using this papaya face mask, it will treat skin pigmentation well :http://www.wildturmeric.net/2013/06/papaya-body-scrub.html. You can use a mild face wash after using the face pack...

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  40. Dear Ramya,
    Thank you for the wonderful write up. I have very sensitive skin and would like to know how many times can I use this Kadala Mao pack during the week without drying the skin or any irritation. Also, can you please suggest natural cleansers on a daily basis without stripping or irritation to the skin. Also, can one use the turmeric powder which is used for cooking for the pack? Many thanks and Regards. Bhuvana.

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    1. Dearest Bhuvana, I am very sorry for the late reply. I would suggest doing a small patch test first and if it agrees with you then you can start using it weekly twice. I would suggest using turmeric powder (the one you have mentioned) which is used for cooking (try to buy organic one) as kasthuri manjal might cause burning sensation for you. I have few recipes in the blog for homemade cleansers that we regularly use at home, please check for them in the beauty page....

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  41. Hi, I get some itching sensation when I use this pack...also after washing the skin has red patches but it disappears after sometime
    Is that normal

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    1. Did you make your own turmeric paste like mentioned in the post? Most of the time the turmeric powder we buy is ground in a machine that is used to grind chilli powder. Next time try the face pack by making your own turmeric paste and let me know how your skin reacts to it...

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  42. Hi,recently i did peel to treat acne scars but the peel resulted in hyper pigmenatation as a result of which my skin turned black here and there and I look very vigorous now. Can I apply kadali maavu with curd on daily basis to reduce the black spots?

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    1. Since your skin is chemically treated I would suggest applying pure fresh Aloe Vera gel from the plant on the area to help it heal. It is very soothing and will help it heal faster...

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  43. hi mam.. I am 21. I am suffering from upper lip facial hair.. I had done threading for first time.. and I want to avoid it regrowth.. what are the possible ways to avoid it ..? expecting a quick reply mam..

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    1. As far as I know, there are 2 ways to get rid of facial hair, one is alum powder + rose water mixture and the other is nagarmotha + turmeric paste recipe from the blog. Both these methods work but it takes daily application for months together to see results and the results vary depending the coarseness of the facial hair...

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  44. how to make kadalai mavu at home mam..? which gram is want to be used.?

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    1. Powder fried gram dal (pottukadalai in Tamil) in a dry mixer, sieve and use....

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  45. Hi mam
    Iam preetha Kadala mavu is not good fory face and i am having pimples and blach marks plz suggest some resulting face wash and pack

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    1. I would suggest you try the turmeric and basil face pack from the blog...

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  46. Hello ,Can i use kadalai mavu for hair in daily or weekly twice, since i facing oily dandruff and hair loss ,28 years Male .Please advice ,

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    1. It will be hard to use only besan | kadalai maavu for hair as it is very pasty. Why not try the homemade shampoo from the blog?

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  47. Hi mam iam Bhuvana THANK YOU for your natural health tips
    i had a problem with pimple recently in my forehead and cheeks and its black marks also.nowadays i am not using any fairness cream or soap for face wash .i just using Green Gram and vaetti vaeru as you said. and kadailai maavu face pack also daily.
    i am not sure mam those are pimple or not its like small small dot with its black marks in forehead and cheeks.please give me suggestion to get rid of this problem mam

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    1. I think those are black heads, for blackheads increase the water intake and reduce stress along with the remedies. When you increase the water take black heads vanish very quickly (my experience)....

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  48. hi mam...enku oily skin...black ah maruthu skin..kadalaimavu with milk,daily use panalama.is it safe for skin..bcoz it remove facial hair ...plz give solution ..

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    1. Try kadalai maava mixed with coconut water or rice water along with turmeric powder, it is good for oily skin. If it is good quality turmeric and besan you can use it daily. Try this besan mask for a week and let me know how you feel...

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  49. is it ok if i use pack including basen, dhal , moong powder with yogurt on face

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    1. Yes, you can use the combination you mentioned...

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  50. I am using besan n haldi paste more than a week but it is not clearing my pimples and acne and the pimples becoming more and more in my forehead n face iwhat i will do mam

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    1. Skip the besan and just use turmeric powder mixed with coconut water on the acne for a few days and let me know how you feel...

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  51. Hi mam...im priya here..i have black heads on my nose...it looks very odd on my face...could you please suggest me a good remedy to get rid of these black heads on my nose...

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    1. Priya, I have posted a (video) remedy for removing blackheads at home on the right side bar, please have a look...

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  52. Hello mam, I was infected by chicken pox in the beginning of this month. Am recovered now.But I have scars in ma face and all over the body.Can you suggest me how to get rid of these scar marks?

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  53. Hello mam, I was infected by chicken pox in the beginning of this month. Am recovered now.But I have scars in ma face and all over the body.Can you suggest me how to get rid of these scar marks?

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    1. Hi Pavithra my son also got chicken pox few months back, we applied turmeric and neem leaves paste and he doesn't have any scars at all. I would suggest applying turmeric and neem leaf paste for a few weeks continuously...

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  54. Mam....Am prasanth
    i having few pimples at both side
    i using cleargel phosphate clindamycin
    which takes more time to get cure
    now am 20
    i cant able to come out
    where i feeling like
    i having pimples

    can u say any fast remedies fa pimples

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    1. Usually applying turmeric paste or tea tree oil (only)on the pimples is the fastest way to get rid of it..

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  55. Hi Mam,i am suffering from pimples with pus.Can i use besan,turmeric,curd face pack or you can give me any other face pack,also i am having oil skin..

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    1. Since pimples are filled with pus, I would suggest just applying fresh turmeric paste on the pimples. At home, we usually use fresh turmeric and holy basil paste and it works beautifully but it burns initially when applied. Apply turmeric paste and once the pimples start healing, then you can apply turmeric and holy basil paste...

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  56. Hai
    i am men
    . when i use kadalai mavu thats effects in facial hair... then am 23 still not have to bread and mustach.. any suggestoin those 2 qus madam

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    1. Since men have thick and coarse hair, applying besan will not any effect on beard and mustache hair growth. I would suggest using besan without worrying about any side effects....

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