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Home Remedies for Oily Skin
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.
General Tips for Dealing with Oily Skin
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 tonight:
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.
From-the-Cupboard Face Cleaner
This is an easy face cleanser recipe for oily skin. You probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already, and if you don't, it'll only cost a few dollars to get the ingredients. Check your cupboards for baking soda, a small mixing bowl, and fresh lemon juice; tomato juice will also work well for this cleanser too.
- Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda and enough lemon or tomato juice to make a paste.
- Massage the paste gently onto your face, neck, arms, chest, or any other areas of your body that tend to be oily.
- Rinse the paste off by using warm water and avoid using overly-hot or too cool of water since these temperature extremes tend to irritate the skin.
Betsy Jabs, share one great, homemade natural facial cleanser recipe, you should try, please be aware it's for combination skin, please check the variations for oily skin just under.
Homemade Toner for Oily Skin
Adding a toner to your face routine can help maintain oil production on your face. The toner can soothe skin and aide in the cleanup of bacteria that may be left over after cleansing your skin. Toner also shrinks pores and helps to keep skin firm. Here is how you can make your own toner at home with natural herb essential oils:
- Combine 1 cup of witch hazel, 3 drops of palmarosa essential oil, 3 drops of Petitgrain essential oil, 3 drops of lemongrass essential oil, 3 drops of tea tree essential oil, and a single drop of rose geranium essential oil in a dark glass bottle.
- Shake the bottle up well to combine all of the ingredients. Let the bottle sit for a day so that the mixture melds together.
- Shake the bottle before saturating a cotton round with the toner and gently dab it over your face and neck areas.
Use Oats to absorb Oil on Skin
Make a quick paste using dry oats and witch hazel to clear bogged pores and remove dead skin cells.
- Grind 2 teaspoons of dry oats and then sift them. Use a very small amount of witch hazel to create a paste.
- For this to work, you'll need to gently use your fingertips to massage the paste onto your skin.
- Rinse with warm water, and then cool water to close and tighten your pores.
Tip: Instead of rinsing with warm water after cleansing, try using buttermilk to rinse your skin. Buttermilk helps clear away dirt, as well as tighten pores when left on the skin for a minute or two before rinsing it off with cool water.
Draw out Impurities in your Skin
Facial masks are wonderful for oily skin. Mud and clay masks both lower the oil that builds up on skin while firming and drawing out impurities. Find facial clay at your local health foods store or purchase them online to make your own face mask to remedy oily skin.
- Use 1 teaspoon of facial clay and 1 tablespoon of witch hazel and mix them together.
- Leave the clay mask on your face until the mask is dry, then rinse it off.
Raw Foods for reducing Oil on Skin
Make an egg mask to tone, tighten, and moisturize while also controlling stubborn oily skin.
- Separate the egg white from the yolk and set the yolk aside.
- Stir together 1 raw egg white, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of raw honey; this mixture can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Apply the mixture to your skin while avoiding your lips and eyes.
- Let the mask dry on your face until your skin feels tight.
- Rinse the mixture off of your face using water. Pat your skin dry, then apply the yolk – letting it stay on until your skin feels tight.
- Rinse away with warm water to reveal healthy-looking skin.
Apples keep the doctors away and the oily skin at bay.
- Peal and chop an apple and place both the apple and peelings with a few tablespoons of water in a pot; allow it to simmer until the apple is soft.
- Remove the peelings and throw them out. Mash the apple and add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of dried sage; if you don't have sage, use lavender or peppermint.
- Apply the mask to your face, letting it lay for 5 minutes before rinsing the mask off with warm water.
Assuming you regularly follow this regimen along with some of the aforementioned techniques, you'll have a much better chance at reducing oily, acne-filled skin.