Generally speaking, oily skin is not a bad sign, and at least in theory, it is preferable to have the integument a bit oily instead of extremely dry.
Aesthetically though, things change radically and those who suffer from this condition would do anything to mitigate the effects. Among the symptoms that suggest an oily skin are whiteheads as well as blackheads, while may skin spots and pimples are also the results of having an oily skin.
With the glands producing more oil than needed, the pores get clogged, and bacteria thrive in such an environment, not to mention that the skin becomes greasy.
Understanding the Causes
As always, one of the leading causes for most conditions is genetics, and there are plenty of reasons to expect to have an oily skin if your parents had one as well.
On the other hand, we tend to do much of the damage by using too many skin care products or some that contain an abundance of chemicals. Drugs and medication, in general, can also lead to hormone imbalances, so don’t be surprised if your skin gets oily after an illness.
Season changes are not to be underestimated, because they are also responsible for the glands producing more oil than they normally do, in an attempt of coping with the dehydrated skin.
Symptoms to Look For:
- Skin spots
1Apple Face Mask
Apple is exfoliating, mildly antiseptic, astringent, and soothing making it a great home remedy for oily skin.The malic acid in apple juice exfoliates, absorbs excess oil, and exfoliates dead skin cells. Try this simple apple face mask recipe. If you don’t have an apple, bottled apple juice works too!
- Grate or mash 1/2 of the apple
- Take 1 tbsp of grated/mashed apple and add 1 teaspoon of yogurt or 1 tsp of lemon juice. Mix well.
- Apply the apple pack on your skin.
- Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rinse with cool water and moisturize as usual
2 Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Apple cider vinegar is one of my personal favorite home remedies for oily skin. Apple cider vinegar makes a great oily skin toner and conditioner. It helps keep oily skin balanced, healthy, and shine-free by restoring its pH level.
Make your natural toner for oily skin with this easy recipe.
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup distilled water
- Dilute vinegar with water.
- Shake well and apply to skin with a cotton ball.
3Cucumber Face Mask
Cucumbers are one of the best beauty ingredients in your kitchen!Cooling, astringent, and soothing, cucumbers are great home remedies for oily skin.
Cucumbers can also be used to lighten freckles, calm sunburn, and reduce puffiness and inflammation.
Take advantage of cucumbers astringent properties with a cucumber face mask perfect for oily skin.
- 1/2 small cucumber
- Grate cucumber.
- Apply cucumber to face and neck.
- Leave on for 10 minutes.
- Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
Egg white masks are a wonderful, fast fix for excess oiliness. The egg white dries out the skin. Use a cotton ball to apply this to oily spots. Leave on for 15 minutes.
Finally, rinse off with cool water. While one of the lesser known home remedies for oily skin, egg whites work perfectly as an oil-absorbing face mask for oily skin.
Essential oils can be very beneficial and convenient home remedies for oily skin.
These natural skin care oils help balance, improve, and detoxify the overactive skin.
Basil, cedarwood, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, lavender and ylang-ylang help normalize overactive sebaceous glands.
Sage and lemongrass slow down oil production and overactive sweat glands.
Using these essential oils in steams and face masks will help unclog pores and encourage the release of excess oil.
Herbs help soothe, stimulate, moisturize, tighten, heal, and cleanse the skin making them perfect home remedies for oily skin.
Good oily skin herbs contain astringent properties and include chamomile, peppermint, yarrow, and sage.
To take advantage of these astringent herbs, try a herbal facial steam.
7Lemon Toner for Oily Skin
Lemon is probably one of the most popular home remedies for oily skin. Antiseptic and astringent, lemon tightens enlarge pores, lightens skin discolorations, and restores skin’s pH balance. Fresh lemon juice makes a great toner for oily skin, but it’s too acidic to apply directly for most skin types.
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp distilled water
- Dilute lemon juice with water.
- Apply toner with a cotton ball.
Because lemon juice can be so drying, it’s also a good idea to moisturize after applying this toner.
Oatmeal is a moisturizer, exfoliator, and itch reliever that also happens to be a great oily skin remedy. Try a cleansing and exfoliating oatmeal face mask for oily skin and blackheads.
9Papaya Face Mask
Papaya contains natural enzymes that exfoliate and help get rid of dead skin cells. There are several ways to take advantage of papaya’s natural exfoliating enzymes. You can rub the inside of a papaya peel on your face, leaving the juice on your face for no more than 5 minutes. You can also try out this papaya face mask recipes perfect for oily skin.
- 2 Tbsp papaya, mashed and add few drops of honey (this is optional)
- Apply papaya to face and neck.
- Leave on for no more than 5 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
Strawberries are on of my favorite home remedies for oily skin, and one I use at least once a week. Strawberries work wonders on my oily skin and black heads, which isn’t surprising considering, they contain natural salicylic acid, the active ingredient used in most popular acne treatments. Strawberries cleanse and tighten the pores while also lightening skin discolorations.
Cut strawberry in half and rub it to your face or you can mash it and add some honey or yogurt on it.
11Tomato Face Mask
Tomatoes contain natural exfoliants and oil-absorbing acids that balance the skin’s pH levels, tighten pores, eliminate black heads, and lighten skin discolorations.
Tomatoes are also rich in natural antioxidants vitamin C and lycopene, which help neutralize free radicals and promote healthy skin. Tomato also has natural astringent and clarifying properties making it a good age defying ingredient for people with oily and acne-prone skin.
- 1/2 tomato
- Mash or blend tomato in a blender.
- Apply tomato into your face.
- Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and splash with cold water to close the pores.
Witch hazel is another simple home remedy for oily skin. Witch hazel is a safe and effective astringent for skin that effectively removes surface oils, tightens pores, and tones skin. Apply witch hazel to clean skin with a cotton ball.
Yogurt contains natural lactic acid that helps moisturize and gently exfoliate the skin. Yogurt is also effective at lightening skin discolorations and removing extra oil from the skin.
Take advantage of yogurt’s exfoliating and bleaching properties with a simple yogurt face mask. Just apply yogurt on a clean face and let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse as usual.