Natural Home Remedies for Oily Skin

I like many others have battled with oily skin for years. I know and understand the struggle. Let me share some tips to help others take on the oily skin fight. There are many products and remedies that are supposed to help control the oil, but what works for one person may not work for another. Keep that in mind because it may take some trial and error to find out what works best for you. Read on to discover home remedies for oily skin that may benefit you.

Hereditary, pregnancy, the climate, the food we consume, and several other factors can cause your skin to become oily. Oil is secreted by our bodies to keep them smooth and flexible. It also prevents wrinkles, which are a source of concern for many people.

Ways To Avoid Oily Skin

  • Drink plenty of water at least 8-10 glasses per day.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Have a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Use baby powder to dab your face as it works better than many other products.
  • You can rub oily areas with apple cider vinegar for a neutralizing effect.
  • Use of hot water more often as it is a great solvent.
  • To prevent oily skin, apply fresh smashed tomatoes on your face.

The first step of having an oil-free skin is to clean your face with gentle face wash to remove excess oil and dirt. Wipe your face with astringent lotion as it is a fat and grease solvent. The astringent should have acetone and should also be alcohol free. Later apply a watery moisturizer to keep your skin smooth. Remove excess moisturizer by dabbing a tissue over it.

Good skin care is the most important way to control the oil in your skin. I have tried many home remedies and they did just ok for me. I had to find products in the store that helped with my oily skin. You can also make a herbal facial cleanser or moisturizer to use on your skin. I personally use CeraVe foaming face wash for oily skin. It is a gentle face wash that helps remove the dirt and oil from your skin. In addition to oily skin, I also have acne prone skin. After using the face wash, I apply witch hazel or a toner with witch hazel. Witch hazel is very drying and therefore great for oily skin. I feel like I need to say that again…


I wear makeup so a toner with witch hazel helps to reduce my large pores. After the witch hazel is applied, I put on a moisturizer with salicylic acid. This helps prevent acne and add some hydration. Now do I prefer natural or herbal treatments…ABSOLUTELY. I am still doing a trial and error process to find a natural or herbal treatment for my acne.

For those who suffer with oily skin, you need to be careful about the cleansers and products you use on your skin. If it’s makeup, cleansers, exfoliators, etc. you need to use the right products for your skin type.

Want some more tips on acne prevention? Click here to see my blog post on that very subject.

Try some of the following home remedies for oily skin:

Blend 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/2 cup mashed apple into a smooth paste. Apply this paste on your face for 15 minutes, later rinse it.

You can apply mud packs or clay masks on your face which helps in soaking oil from the skin. This may provide a temporary relief as the long term effects is inconclusive.

Egg Mask: Blend 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon camphor spirit, 1 tablespoon skim milk powder and a drop of mint essential oil. Before applying the mask, apply odorless castor oil. Apply the mask, keep it for 15 minutes; wash it off with warm water to be rinsed by apple cider vinegar and water / witch hazel solution.

Grate a cucumber and keep it in the fridge. Apply this grated chilled cucumber on your face for 15 minutes. Use this at least twice a week for a clean and clear face.

Cucumber can also be used in juice form mixed with lemon juice. This mixture should be 1/2 a tsp each of cucumber and lemon juice. Apply this mixture half-an-hour before you take a bath.

Get a facial sauna by using herbs such as lemongrass, licorice root and rosebuds. Simmer 2 to 4 tablespoons of fresh or dried herbs in 2 quarts of water. Once the steam develops, cover your face over it. To entrap the steam, cover your head with a damp towel and be in that position for 15 minutes. Later wash your face with cold water and dab it dry.

Remember that finding the right home remedy for oily skin may become a trial and error process. But don’t give up, the benefits in the end is worth it. If something you try is not working, then move on to the next option.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.