Use Phitkari (alum) for face skin tightening, lifting and removing wrinkles

By Ajay Singh published on Sep 7, 2013

Phitkari (Potassium Alum or alum) is a wonderful crystal when it comes to skin tightening. You will feel it by yourself when you use it.

In India women have been using Phitkari for face skin tightening and lifting since ages before western world flooded Indian market with chemical packed plastic tubes aka cosmetics.

Men who use phitkari as aftershave gets their face tightened automatically.

Phitkari (Alum) for face skin tightening, lifting and removing wrinkles

Use alum for face skin tightening, lifting and removing wrinkles

How to use Phitkari (alum) for face skin tightening and lifting

Wash your face but don’t’ dry it. Wet phitkari in cold water thoroughly and rub gently across skin. Leave it to dry as long as you can. Rub off the dry white powder when you are done. You can also gently rinse your face with water.

After few months of usage all your wrinkles will disappear and you will have a rejuvenated, shining, young and wrinkle free face. Your face will start becoming young again and you will look younger.

Alum is also used in anti aging products where it is the main ingredient. However I prefer to use it it’s raw and natural form and also recommend others to do the same.

If you are in the UK then you can buy natural alum crystal from Amazon.co.uk. I always buy this one which you can also see in the image above. It’s naturally produced and comes in raw and unprocessed format.

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52 Responses to “Use Phitkari (alum) for face skin tightening, lifting and removing wrinkles”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Wow at last I found something for removing wrinkles from my face. I was aware of alum and it’s healing properties but it never occurred to me that it can get rid of wrinkles as well. I’m going to give it a try.

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  2. Sulekha says:

    Thanks for sharing such valuable home remedy. I’ve seen my mum using alum for treating her skin to give it a glow. The way she uses is little different that what you have described.

    I’m sharing my mums’ secret home remedy for making face look younger.

    Mix 1 tsp of alum powder with mashed banana and 1tsp of sugar. apply this paste on your face and over neck area. Leave it for 30 minutes or so and then and rinse with cold water. Use it daily and within weeks you will start to see the effect.

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  3. Gillian says:

    I use Phitkari on my face for wrinkles. It works well but can I moisturize afterwards or not or leave it on as is ?

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      You can leave it for few hours or at least an hour if you are not in hurry. You can moisturize it after rinsing the face. For best result apply Phitkari in the night before sleep and leave it for the rest of night. There is no harm in leaving it longer once or twice a week.

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  4. Ayesha says:

    Can I use Phitkari powder instead of alum crystal for treating wrinkles? Would it have same effect?

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  5. cathy says:

    Will it also work to tighten skin on abs?

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      In theory Phitkari works in tightening all kind of skin including the most sensitive one ;)
      Abs skin is not so soft and there is a large area to apply alum so it might not be too effective in tightening. However if you are interested then give it a try. Apply it regularly and see how it comes.

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      • ajeet kumar says:

        Sir its true it effect?
        No side effect can u tell me…. and if may try this for week ?

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        • Ajay Singh says:

          Phitkari doesn’t have any side effects. This doesn’t mean that you should start taking bath in it. Use when required and when you need to use. It’s miraculous crystal which cures most common skin problems. Keep it always one at your home.

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  6. Daanish Saeed says:

    I am about to start using alum for my wrinkles, what I would like to know is it better to apply in morning or at night and is it safe to apply and leave all night, then wash off in the morning?

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Best time to apply is after shave and leave it as long as you can. Shave once a week when you are at home (e.g. Sunday), apply Phitkari as aftershave on face and gently rub it all over face, neck, around eyes (to remove wrinkles around eyes), around nose and forehead 2-3 times. Leave it as such without drying or touching with towel.
      If this doesn’t suit you then you can apply after shower or washing face gently in the night.

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  7. abhay says:

    How many times alum n banana mixture can be applie in a week

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Dude, Phitkari and Banana is for girls and not for boys. Don’t try this or you will start to looks like a girl.

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  8. nita says:

    does this help with puffy eye too? or bags under the eyes

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Yes it certainly helps. apply Phitkari gently under the eyes and around eyes, on the top of eyelid and surrounding areas. If will tighten the puffy and baggy eyes. I do it on weekly basis and I’ve no puffs under eyes at all.

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  9. Christy says:

    Can i use alum for breast upliftment?

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Applying alum on breasts can’t uplift a lot. All alum does is that it tightens the skin wherever you apply it regularly. I expect that regular application of alum on breasts can keep them tight and avoid loose skins. It can stop breasts becoming shaggy & loose but it can’t reverse if damage is already done.

      Alum can’t reverse the flow of nature all it can do is to prevent conditions getting worse.

      So to answer your question alum can’t uplift the breasts but it can keep breast skin tight and stops breasts becoming loose and shaggy.

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  10. Ria ali says:

    Hi,
    Why ppl heat the alum n then it becomes fluffy n easy to grind…. If we want to
    Use the powder then which is the good form to make powder…. Heated one
    Or crystalline …. Is there any difference in their properties..

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  11. Ria ali says:

    I want to use it around the eyes as I have crow’s feet kinda prob and for
    Open pores…pls tell me how much alum(crystalline or powdered…. After
    Heating or without heating) in how many mls of water should b enough
    For this purpose….
    Regards,

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Our normal skin is elastic and it loses this property with age. It’s natural process. Crow’s feet problem is due to skin losing it’s elasticity.
      I’ve never used Alumn in powder form or heated it. I always use Alum in crystal form – the one you see in image above.
      I would advice to using crystal. Gently rub crystal around eyes after washing face. Apply few layers gently around eyes and leave it as long as you can. As I’ve said before I always do so after my weekly shave and it keeps my skin wrinkle free and gives young look.

      There are other few habits you can resort to. First start drinking water if you are not already doing so. Next is massaging face with oil. I use coconut oil on daily basis it keeps skin moisturized in cold London weather. It’s almost odorless you don’t feel it. Try massaging face with pure coconut oil once or twice a week. Oil massage is magical. We Indians have nice skin thanks to the oil massage we received from mums when we were babies. You are in UAE so oil massage might be little inconvenient due to hot and humid weather but you can still give it a try.

      The best oil for massage is “sarson ka tel” (mustard oil) but it’s too thick, sticky and smelly. While growing up in India I always used mustard oil and may be that’s the reason why I still have wonderful skin which keeps me looking younger. I’m touching 40 and people still think I’m a student.

      I think coconut might be better for skin than mustard oil and the reason for my logic is obvious. We use mustard oil in North India for cooking, body massage and as hair oil and many other purposes. In South India they use coconut oil for the same purposes. We all know South Indians have better skin than North Indians and I attribute it to coconut oil among other things. South Indians also have much better hair which can again attributed to heavy usage of coconut oil.

      Try gently massaging face with coconut oil, specially around eyes. Keep it as long as you can. I normally do in evening time and leave it for the rest of night. If you see good result then make it a habit. There is no harm in oil massage except that it might be smelly little bit but remember that the best things in life don’t come without a string attached.

      So to sum up, water, oil and alum, in that order, could be your cure.

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      • Ria ali says:

        Thank you soo much Ajay for such a detailed reply Infact help….
        Pls one more thing I wanna clear that if alum tightens the skin … It means
        It can dry the skin too…… If it is sooooo then dryness can cause
        More wrinkles n lines…. What you say…..
        I always keep in mind to drink lots n lots of water n upto some extent
        I
        Um doing it too…. N as far as oil is concerned what u think about Argan oil
        Is it gud to massage with……pls tell me about some good Argan oil too
        Regards,

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        • Ajay Singh says:

          No it doesn’t dry skin. You might feel dryness after applying alum and leaving it for sometime. It’s normal but it doesn’t make skin dry. I stopped using winter cream since I’ve been using alum. My facial skin doesn’t feel dry at all. So as per my personal experience it doesn’t dry skin at all. If you feel dryness after applying alum then try not to pay any attention to it.

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        • Erin says:

          Hi there! This reply
          Might have come in late but if you are still interested, Argan Oil in its true undiluted and authentic form is amazing! Believe me coz I have tried it myself. My whole family uses it and a lot of people whom I have recommended it to! Helps with dryness, oily skin, pimple-prone skin, acne-infested skin and a really wide range of hair, skin, lip and nail problems! In Morocco, they have long used Argan oil to massage babies as a natural insect repellant. They massuage pregnant women with it to prevent stretch marks. They massage it on old people to treat rheumatoid arthritis and is also used for normal massaging purposes as well! It will really perform magic on your skin. The only thing is, Argan Oil seeps into your skin right away so it will end up like “dry massage” or massage without oil. Real Argan oil disappears into your skin and acts on the cellular level to work its magic!!! I used to have a really bad case of crow’s feet and rigt now? They are gone! Thanks to real Argan Oil. Beware, there is a looooot of fake and diluted ones!

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  12. Sushma says:

    Hi
    I am from Mumbai. I would like to know if alum can be used in the night daily or should be used once a week only. I heard that it can be used to heal a wound, by rubbing on the wound and can also be used as a Colour fix for new colour clothing. Thx

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      It depends on for what purpose you are using. I would advise to using Alum only when it’s required. Yes it can be used to heal most of minor wounds, bleeding, skin irritations etc. I’m not sure about colour fix for new clothes. All I know is that Alum is used in dry cleaning in one way or another.

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  13. Geeta says:

    Hi,

    I would like to know if i can use alum for post pregnancy stretch marks, will it cure those stretch marks to bring normal skin look??

    Pls. advise.

    Regards,
    Geeta

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      I don’t think usage of alum will get rid of post pregnancy stretch marks. Alum can’t change skin colour. All it can do is to tighten the skin and prevent wrinkles.

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  14. shruti says:

    Hey,
    Just want to ask how often alum can be used for face tightening?

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Two times a week should be sufficient. I wouldn’t recommend using it daily though. I use it once a week after shaving and I’m done for the week. Start with once a week and continue for few months. If you don’t see any difference then apply twice a week. The important thing to remember is to keep it as long as possible after applying. If you wash your face immediately after applying alum then it’s not going to help. I apply alum every Sunday morning after shave and leave it till late evening without washing face. My face keep glowing for a week and I’ve no wrinkle worries at all. As I said earlier, thanks to Phitkari I stopped using winter cream even in this dry & chilly London winter.

      However alum alone wouldn’t be sufficient. You have to take care of your health in general. Drink a lot of water, get enough sleep. Do some yoga and pranayam. Eat fruits and vegetables, cut down on processed/packaged food and avoid meat as much as possible. Cook your own food.

      I, personally, eat a lot of healthy food. I make sure that I have variety of food to ensure I get all nutrients. I cook Indian (less masala) in weekends by including all those exotic Indian spices & herbs which ensures that I’m well protected from any common diseases. I do not smoke, don’t drink and have no other bad habits.

      I haven’t been sick, not even a common cold/flu, in past 10 years. I’ve never visited a doctor and even I don’t know who my GP is. It might sound impossible but it’s true and I’m living example.

      Go back to Ayurveda, our ancestors have already found the mystery of living healthy and living long. Don’t use any cosmetic products. I’m sure you can find natural replacements for all your makeup needs. If in doubt ask neighbor aunties and grandmas they know it all.

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  15. Raj says:

    I have pigmentation on my face. Can alum be used for face pigmentation? How and how long. Daily or in intervals? please help.

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Raj,
      I haven’t heard of alum curing pigmentation. AFAIK alum can not change skin color.

      You can try various other home remedies which uses haldi (turmeric), orange peel & potato, aloe vera, cucumber etc. Just Google “Pigmentation home remedy” and you will find a lot of suggestions. First you have to identify what type of pigmentation you have and then search for home remedies accordingly.

      Avoid medicines and chemical products.

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  16. Ronica says:

    Hi Ajay,

    I just wanted to thank you for this information. My neck and face are beginning to sag, and although I eat right and exercise it’s time for something stronger, and I think this is it. I’m ordering today and will try over the next month and provide an update. Thanks again:)

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  17. Margaret Mather says:

    Hi interesting reading, I was looking to see if alum stone was used for ulsers in the mouth. Years ago an old lady gave me one to suck for an ulcerated mouth she said keep it in as long as possible I thought ok no problem but wow only seconds was I able to hold it in my mouth . She wouldn’t give me it, and years later I’m getting lots of ullsers in my mouth would you recommend? And Whitchurch one please. Thank you. Margaret

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Yes totally. Alum (Phitkari) is excellent cure for mouth ulcers. However I’m not sure you should be sucking alum crystal for that. You need alum powder instead. Take pinch of pure alum crystal powder and put it around ulcer affected area and keep it as long as you can. spit it out when your nerve gives up and don’t gargle with water. Let alum powder remain inside mouth as long as you can. If required you can keep spiting out whenever you feel to. Remember the best cure in nature are sour.

      You can buy pure alum powder from Amazon UK or Amazon USA.

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  18. Charan says:

    Hi,

    I am using fitkari regularly basis . My skin is too much oily. Should I continued & best way to use this for acne & fair complexion. plz suggest.

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Phitkari (alum) can keep acne in control even in teenagers unless it is a severe skin condition. If you are shaving then use phitkari as aftershave. If not shaving then apply alumn after washing face in night and leave it overnight.

      Phitkari doesn’t help in getting fair complexion. No cosmetic can help you in getting fair complexion. What is wrong with your natural skin colour? Why you Indians are so obsessed with getting fair complexion?

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      • Charan says:

        thanks Ajay for valuable knowledge….

        As I asked you earlier should use it on regular basis (Daily) …. ..!

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        • Ajay Singh says:

          Yes you can use it daily as long as acne keep appearing. If it starts getting cured then use less frequent. Apply after cleaning out puss. It might be painful to squeeze out puss but that’s the way. Make sure to clean towel after use. With regular use oily skin will be also cured. Don’t use any cosmetic or any cream at all. India is polluted like hell, keep washing face by splashing cold water during the day when you come back from outside. Not to mention and you might be already doing it but always take shower/bath with cold water. Cold water keeps skin young. Drink as much water as you can, drink little warm water and avoid drinking cold water. Our body is warm so you should drink little warm water. Eat less spicy food. Exercise regularly but not pumping iron in gym. If you feel too lazy then do Surya Namaskar at least, this is the best and simplest yoga you can do easily without much pain.

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  19. Charan says:

    Thanks really appreciating to you…!

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  20. Saba Raheem says:

    How to use Phitkari ??? For face or breast tightening ??

    Will This Help For Vaginal Hole Tightening ???

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      The best time to apply Phitkari is after taking shower/bath specially in night.

      For Face
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      Wash the face with cold water but don’t dry. Need not to mention you should clean all the cosmetic and chemicals you girls apply on your face. Wash Phitkari crystal and rub gently all over the face 4-5 times. Don’t wash or dry the face afterwards just leave it as such.

      For Breasts
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      Do the same, after night shower/bath wash breasts again with cold water and rub phitkari gently all over the breasts. Don’t dry breasts with towel or wash with water just leave it as such.

      How to use Phitkari for Vagina Tightening
      —————————————————-
      I just didn’t want to write this thing straight forward, blame it to my Indian upbringing. Since you have asked it straight forward I would reply in same manner.

      This is no secret that women in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka (entire Indian sub continent) have been using Phitkari for tightening vagina. It works in same way as it does for face or any other skin.

      Wash vagina and rub phitkari gently 4-5 times around it. I don’t need to do graphic but you know better how to apply ;) just use your instinct. Don’t take it too deep inside but keep it on the outer skin and little bit of inside. Don’t wash afterwards or dry it with towel. Leave it as long as you can.

      There is another benefit of applying alum on vagina, it kills all bacteria, fungus etc.

      Make sure to use the smoother side of phitkari as it can be rough on edges. After few usage you will end up with a smoother side.

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  21. Nakul goyal says:

    Hi,i am 16 year old boy . I use shaving machine once in a month.Hairs are appearing near my nose and also down my eyes on my cheeks as my complexion is looking dark and the hairs also look like pimples on my cheeks .so i just wanted to ask will alum is good for me .it has side effects or not ? And can i use it as my age is only 16.

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Yes you can use alum whenever you feel need for it.

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      • Nakul goyal says:

        Thnx for the reply but my question is that using alum at the age of 16 will affect my skin or not ??

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        • Ajay Singh says:

          The earlier you start using alum on regular basis the longer you will remain young. I wish someone had told me that when I was at your age. You can use without any worries it’s all good for your skin. Alum can be used at any age.

          “Alum does not have any side effect on skin at all” if used in moderation of course.

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  22. mpume says:

    I m currently having big pores. Can I use alum to tighten them? Can I use it every day? Can I use it when during the day

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      I don’t think you can cure pores with Alum. You need to moisturize your skin properly to cure pores. Use coconut oil regularly and keep skin dry and avoid too much using water. My fingers have pores as I was my hands a lot and also do all the dishes, washing etc. To cure pores I use coconut oil.

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    • Erin says:

      Hey there!!! Big pores on your face can be minimized by Argan Oil. ^_^ just make sure you get the real undiluted one and you are great to go! Seen the magic of Argan cure a lot of my friends (including my Mom’s) big pores!!! You just might love me forever for suggesting that! ^_^

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  23. Erin says:

    Hello Ajay Singh!!! Very informative and interesting read!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing the information! Because of you, I now know to use My Alum powder asides being my natural deodorant!!!! ^_^ Works like a charm as a deo! Cannot wait to try all these!!! ^_^ Will it help pimples in any way at all? You see, I am an Argan Oil advocate but I believe in all-natural treatments! I was hoping to gain more insight on whether it does anything for pimples or acne from you.

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    • Ajay Singh says:

      Pimples are the reason I ended up setting up this website and spreading the alum love. Alum are the best cure for common pimples and shaving irritations. It’s better to prevent pimples rather than curing them afterwards.

      Tx for sharing Argan oil, I haven’t tried them and to be honest I never heard of them before. A quick Google search demystified it. I think Argan oil is same for Moroccans as Sesame and Coconut oil is for us Indians.

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