10 Amazing DIY home remedies for oily skin
Oily skin can be a real nuisance to deal with and you seem to be forever checking your face in the mirror to see if there are any shiny patches. The excess oil can also lead to blackheads and to pimples, so you do need to do something about oily skin. Oily skin can be caused by your genetic makeup, your diet, stress, and some women are prone to oily skin when they are menstruating. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on store bought treatments for oily skin, because there are plenty of natural ingredients that you can use to effectively combat the problem. Here are ten great home remedies for oily skin.
Tomatoes are great for oily skin, because they have a natural clarifying and astringent properties, and they contain acids that help to break down the oil on the skin. You can use tomatoes on their own, by slicing them thickly and rubbing them on your skin or you could mix them into a paste with some honey and use it as a face mask.
2. Egg whites
Egg whites will dry up the excess oil, tighten and tone the skin, and they will also reduce the signs of any blemishes. Simply whip up the white of an egg and then apply it all over your face, leave it sit for about fifteen minutes and then wash it off with warm water. If you do this twice a week, it will help to keep your oily skin under control.
Another one of fabulous home remedies for oily skin is humble apple. Apples can do wonders for oily skin, because they exfoliate, they are an astringent and they have antiseptic properties too. Apples contain malic acid, which breaks down the oil and it removes dead skin cells from the skin. The most effective way to use apples is to grate them and then apply the shredded apple to your skin and leave it on for about fifteen minutes.
4. Lemon juice
Lemon juice is often used in natural home remedies for oily skin. The citric acid in lemon juice breaks down the oil in your skin and helps to bring your skin back to a neutral PH balance. It can be a bit too strong on its own, so it is best if you mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with a little bit of water and then apply to your face with a cotton wool ball. You can use lemon juice on its own in this way, or you can add it to some the other ingredients listed here to give the treatment some extra potency.
5. Corn starch
You can make an effective face mask for oily skin with corn starch and some of the other ingredients that we have mentioned here. Mix up three tablespoons of corn starch with a few drops of lemon juice and enough water to make a fine paste. Apply the paste to your face, leave it until it dries (for about 10-15 minutes) and then wash it off again with lukewarm water.
Plain yoghurt is another one of our favourite ingredients for home remedies for oily skin that has a number of benefits. Yoghurt contains lactic acid, which exfoliates and removes the oil from your skin. All you need to do is to apply fresh yogurt to your face and leave it to sit for fifteen minutes and then rinse it off with water. Yoghurt is quite gentle on the skin, so you could use this treatment every other day.
Cucumber also deserves its place in our list of home remedies for oily skin. Cucumbers are cooling on the skin and they have a natural astringent property to remove the oil from your face. They also contain vitamins and minerals, which will help to nourish your skin and keep it looking firm and fresh. Simply cut a cucumber into thin slices and rub the slices over your face. Alternatively, you could mix some cucumber juice with some lemon juice and apply it with a cotton wool ball.
8. Papaya pulp
Papaya is perfect for cleansing and exfoliating oily skin and it will also lighten any blemishes or dark areas on the skin. Take a couple of slices of papaya and blend it into a paste. Then, apply the paste to your skin and gently massage it in for a few minutes; leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse off.
9. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used in so many home remedies for oily skin. Dilute some apple cider vinegar in water using three parts of water to every one part apple cider vinegar. You can then use the mixture as a toner and apply it to your face with a cotton wool ball. The apple cider vinegar will tone the skin, break down the oil, and it will help to fight acne too.
Milk has the benefit of being able to reduce the oil in your skin and make it feel wonderfully soft at the same time. Milk contains natural acids that will help to reduce the oil on the skin and remove dead skin cells, and it is great when you mix it with a few drops of lavender oil, or sandalwood oil. Dab the milk onto your face and massage it in gently; leave it on for about 10 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.
What are your favourite home remedies for oily skin?