Having oily skin can be big trouble for anyone, with unruly sebaceous glands piling sebum (oil) onto your skin. Furthermore, over-active oil glands make it more likely that your skin will develop the dreaded acne. But over-active glands aren’t the only reason why acne pops up on your face/body since changes in hormone activity and added stress also create imbalanced sebaceous glands. Both pregnancy and some birth control products can cause your oil glands to get a little out of whack too.
Luckily there are safe, organic, and easy-to-do home remedies that people can use for oily skin. But before we get into these home remedies, it’s worth discussing a few general tips first.
You Should Know
A valuable tip for those with oily skin is to cleanse the dermis only as often as it’s needed. For some this will be twice daily, while others can get away with only cleansing once a day.
It should be mentioned that women who wear makeup need to cleanse before they apply makeup and before going to bed to remove any dirt, excess oil, dead skin cells, and debris left on the skin. Use a homemade cleanser to ensure that you’re not adding any harmful chemicals to your skin.
Here are a few homemade cleansers for you to try:
Scented Face and Body Cleanser
Try using castile soap to make a face wash that also doubles as shampoo or body wash so you can combat an oily scalp and acne-prone body. Here is what you’ll need:
- an empty pump bottle,
- liquid castile soap,
- a small funnel,
- and essential oils like tea tree, rosemary or lavender. All three oils are antibacterial and smell great, which provides another benefit for using a homemade cleanser suitable for both your face and body!
- Pour the liquid castile soap into the clean pump bottle using the funnel; this keeps you from creating a mess.
- Next, add in your choice of essential oils; you can combine them or just use one. We suggest adding 10-15 drops of tea tree oil and 10-15 drops of rosemary essential oil, but those are only suggestions.
- Shake the bottle before pumping the soap onto your hand. Use this on your oily scalp or body, but don’t use this cleanser to remove eye makeup.