10 Fabulous home remedies for oily skin
Taking care of oily skin can be challenging and, if you use store bought products, it can be expensive too. There are, however, some very effective home remedies that you can use to treat oily skin. Oily skin is usually just something that some people have as a result of their genes, but it can be made worse by hormonal changes, stress, and some medications. Here are ten of the best home remedies for oily skin.
Tomatoes work well on oily skin because of their astringent and clarifying properties. They also contain natural acids that break down excess oil on the skin. The simplest way to use tomatoes to treat oily skin is to cut a tomato in half, and then rub it gently over your face. Leave the juice on your skin for fifteen minutes and then wash it off with warm water and apply an oil free moisturiser.
Apples have a mild astringent and antiseptic effect, so they will reduce oil and fight the bacteria that cause breakouts. They also contain malic acid, which works as a very effective exfoliator. You can use apples to treat oily skin by just grating half an apple and then placing the grated apple on your skin and leaving it on for fifteen minutes.
Cucumbers have a wonderful cooling effect on the skin and they have astringent properties too. They also nourish the skin with vitamins A and E, and the minerals potassium and magnesium. You can simply gently rub slices of cucumber over your face to reduce oil. Alternatively, you could mix half a teaspoon of cucumber juice with the same quantity of lime juice. Apply the mixture to your face, leave it on until has dried, and then wash off with warm water.
5. Egg whites
Egg whites are great for drying out oily skin and they will also help to fade any blemishes. Whip the white of one egg and then apply it to your face. Leave it on until it has dried completely, and then wash off with lukewarm water. The whites will soak up excess oil from your skin, close up the pores, and tighten up the skin.
6. Lemon juice
The citric acid in lemon juice will cut through oil on the face and it will act as an astringent. It also has a skin lightening effect it will act as an antiseptic. Dilute a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice with half a teaspoon of water. Apply that your skin with a cotton wool ball and leave it on for about ten minutes. You will probably need to moisturise your skin after this treatment because lemon juice can dry out the skin.
Yoghurt contains lactic acid, which will exfoliate the skin and yoghurt LOS absorbs oil from the skin as well. It’s also very good for nourishing the skin, so it will leave your face feeling lovely and soft. Simply apply natural, unflavoured yoghurt to your face and leave it to sit for ten minutes. Then, rinse the yoghurt off with cool water. Yoghurt is very gentle on the skin, so this is a treatment that you could use daily.
8. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar makes a great skin toner that will remove excess oil and exfoliate the skin. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water in equal quantities and then apply to the face. For the best results, apply apple cider vinegar at night, before you go to bed, and then leave it on overnight. If you have very sensitive skin, it would be advisable to test apple cider vinegar on a small patch of skin first, just to make sure it doesn’t aggravate your skin.
9. Clay mask
Clay masks are wonderful for oily skin; they clean the skin deep down, they remove dirt, dead skin cells, excess oil, and they close up the pores. To make a clay mask, mix three tablespoons of fullers earth with enough rosewater to make a paste. Apply it to the face, leave it on or about half an hour, and then rinse off with water. Repeat this treatment once a week. That should be sufficient to keep excess oil under control.
10. Banana and honey mask
This is one of the most popular home remedies for oily skin. Honey is great for reducing in oil on the skin and it’s a great natural moisturiser too. The banana will nourish the skin and keep it soft and supple. Place one banana and a tablespoon of honey in a blender and mix it into a paste. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it to sit for 15 minutes. After you wash it off, moisturise your skin with an oil free moisturiser.
What are your favorite home remedies for oily skin?