Home Remedies for Oily Skin

Overview of oily skin

You may welcome the shine from the sun, but, if you have oily skin, you probably hate the shine on your cheeks and forehead.

Just as some people are born with dry skin, others are born with overly oily skin.

“Oily skin is basically a genetic problem,” Says Margaret Robertson, M.D., a dermatologist in private practice in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

If your mother or father had oily skin, chances are good that you will, too.

woman with oily skin

Hormones also play a big part. “We often see people with oily skin who are in their teens or early 20s, are people who are undergoing hormonal changes,” says Nelson Lee Novick, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

But oily skin doesn’t just affect teenagers and young adults.

Many women notice their oily skin problems during pregnancy, around the time of their menstrual periods, or at menopause.

Even some types of birth control pills can increase skin oiliness.

One of the biggest myth about oily skin is that it causes acne. “Acne is caused when oil becomes trapped below the skin’s pores and becomes contaminated with bacteria,” explains Novick.

“When you have oily skin, the oil isn’t blocked because it’s coming to the skin surface.”

The good news about greasy epidermis is that it keeps the skin younger-looking.

Over time, people with oily skin tends to wrinkle less than people with dry or normal epidermis.

While you can’t alter your genetics or completely control your hormones, there are plenty of things you can do to cope with your oily skin.

1. Keep your skin Squeaky clean

As anyone with greasy epidermis knows, the oilier the skin, the dirtier the skin looks and feels.

To help combat this feeling, it’s important to keep the skin clean.

Vera Brown, a skin expert to many of Hollywood’s stars and author of Vera Brown’s Natural Beauty Book, say greasy skinned people should wash the skin at least twice a day.

Dermatologist Paul Contorer, M.D. Chief of dermatologist At Kaiser Permanente and clinical professor of dermatology at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Recommends a detergent-type of soap.

He says, “I tell my patients with oily skin to mix a couple of drops of dishwashing detergent like Ivory Liquid in with their regular soap.” “It’s a great solvent for the oily skin.”

Brown thinks detergent is too harsh for even oily skin and recommends, twice-daily cleansing with a glycerine soap instead.

If you find detergent soap too irritating for your skin, try the glycerine soap.

2. Try aloe vera gel on your oily skin

Aloe vera gel for oily skin

Follow a thorough facial cleansing with pure aloe vera gel (available on Amazon).

“The aloe vera helps absorb the oil off your skin.” And it helps cleanse the pores.

Daddling the face two to three times a day with cool aloe vera gel. (Keep it in the refrigerator) and let in dry on your face.

3. Ban moisturizers

While people with dry skin are forever smearing on moisturizer, most oily skin person shouldn’t use them.

Oily-skinned people should never go to bed with cream on their face. most oily-skinned people should avoid the application of oils, too.

Avoid putting mineral oil or petroleum jelly on oily skin. “Applying external oily to oily skin can clog the pores and aces.”

4. Blotting papers

Botting pepper

These thin, small papers won’t prevent your sebaceous glands from going into overdrive, but they’ll allow you to blot excess oil from your face to help minimize shiny, greasy skin.

 Blotting papers are inexpensive and available over the counter. Use as needed throughout the day.

5. Chill out with cold water

Cod water for oily skin

Robertson advises splashing the face a couple of times a day with cold water.

“The water is good for getting rid of excess oil, and I prefer it rather than adding more chemicals to the skin,” she says.

6. Honey

Honey is one of nature’s most revered skin remedies. Thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic abilities, it may benefit oily and acne-prone skin.


Honey is also a natural humectant, so it helps keep the skin moist but not oily.

This is because humectants draw moisture from the skin without replacing it.

To use honey to treat acne and oily skin, spread a thin layer, preferably raw, onto your face; let it dry for about 10 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

7. Carry tissues for your oily skin

oil absorbing tissues

Novick says if you don’t have towelettes, even paper facial tissues can help wipe away excess oil.

You can also purchase special oil-absorbing tissues from cosmetics companies that are very effective in removing excess oil from the skin.

8. Cosmetic clay

Cosmetic clays, also called healing clays, are used to help absorb skin oil and treat many skin conditions.

French green clay is a popular treatment for oily skin and acne since it’s highly absorbent. French green clay comes in powder form.

Cosmetic clay for oily skin

To make a spa-worthy French green clay mask:

  1. Add filtered water or rose water to about a teaspoon of clay until it forms a pudding-like consistency.
  2. Apply the clay mixture to your face and leave it on until it dries.
  3. Remove the clay with warm water and pat dry.

Clay masks removed with water are much gentler on your skin than peel-off masks.

9. Masque it

Masques applied to the face can reduce oiliness. You can purchase clay masques or mix Fuller’s Earth (available at pharmacies) with a little water to paste.

Apply to the face and leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing in off.

10. Oatmeal

Oatmeal helps calm inflamed skin and absorb excess oil. It also helps exfoliate dead skin. When used in facial masks, oatmeal is usually ground.

It can be combined with yogurt, honey, or mashed fruit such as bananas, apples, or papaya. To use oatmeal on your face:

  1. Combine 1/2 cup ground oats with hot water to form a paste.
  2. Stir in 1 tablespoon honey.
  3. Massage the oatmeal mixture into your face for about three minutes; rinse with warm water, and pat dry.
  4. Alternatively, apply the oatmeal mixture to your face and leave it on for 10–15 minutes; rinse with warm water, and pat dry.

11. Egg whites and lemons

Egg whites and lemons are a folk remedy for oily skin. Both ingredients are thought to tighten pores. The acid in lemons and other citrus fruits may help absorb oil. According to a 2008 study, lemons also have antibacterial abilities. However, this remedy is not a good choice for people with egg allergies.

To make an egg white and lemon face mask:

  1. Combine 1 egg white with 1 teaspoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice.
  2. Apply it to your face, and leave it on until the mask dries.
  3. Remove with warm water, and pat dry.

12. Almonds

Ground almonds not only work to exfoliate your skin, but they also help sop up excess oils and impurities. To use an almond face scrub:

  1. Finely grind raw almonds to make 3 teaspoons.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of raw honey.
  3. Apply to your face gently, in circular motions.
  4. Rinse with warm water, and pat dry.

You can also make an almond face mask by grinding the almonds into a paste before adding the honey. Leave the mask on for 10–15 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and pat dry. Do not use if you have a nut allergy.

13. Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain salicylic acid, a common acne home remedy. The acids in tomatoes may help absorb excess skin oils and unclog pores. To make an exfoliating tomato mask:

Tomato for oily skin
  1. Combine 1 teaspoon sugar with the pulp of 1 tomato.
  2. Apply to the skin in a circular motion.
  3. Leave the mask on for 5 minutes.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, and pat dry.

You can also apply just tomato pulp or tomato slices to your skin.

14. Used Water-based cosmetics

Oil skinned people should stay away from cosmetics as much as possible. “Try and go without makeup as much as you can.”

When you do use makeup, use water-based rather than oil-based types. “Go with the power or gel blushers.” And stay away from the cream foundation that adds oil.

15. Make a scrub

Scrubs are excellent for removing excess surface oil. Example, almond-honey scrub: Mix a small amount of almond meal (ground almond) with honey.

Then gently massage the paste onto your skin with a hot washcloth Rinse thoroughly.

You can also make a scrub from oatmeal mixed with aloe vera. Rub gently onto the skin, leave on for 15 minutes, then wash off thoroughly.

If you suffer from acne on your face, however, you should probably skip the scrub, since it can aggravate already-irritated skin.

16. Jojoba oil Is Good For Oily Skin

Although the idea of applying oil to oily skin seems counterproductive, jojoba oil is a folk remedy to treat oily skin, acne, and other skin problems.

Jojoba oil

It’s thought that jojoba mimics sebum on the skin to “trick” sebaceous glands into producing less sebum and help keep oil levels balanced. There’s no scientific research to support this theory, though.

Still, a 2012 study found that applying a mask made of healing clay and jojoba oil two to three times weekly helped heal skin lesions and mild acne.

A little jojoba oil goes a long way. Using too much may worsen oily skin. Try massaging a few drops into clean skin a few days a week to see how you react. If you like the results, apply daily.

Hello Doctor

In most cases, oily skin can be treated at home. However, you’ll want to call a doctor if:

  1. you develop acne.
  2. You notice any sudden change in your skin (if it suddenly goes from dry to oily, for example).

Preventing oily skin

When oily skin is caused by genetics or hormones, it’s tough to prevent. Practicing consistent skin care and avoiding unhealthy foods such as fried foods, foods high in sugar, and processed foods may help.

It’s tempting to use heavy cosmetics to cover the effects of oily skin, but this can make the condition worse.

When oily skin acts up, reduce the use of makeup, especially foundation. Choose water-based products instead of oil-based.

Look for products labeled non comedogenic that are less likely to clog pores.

Many people claim home remedies for oily skin work. Most remedies aren’t well-researched.

The success of a home remedy is dependent on many things such as your specific situation and the quality of the products you use.

It’s possible to develop allergies to remedies you have been using for a while. If your skin becomes sensitive to any product, discontinue use.

If a home remedy worsens symptoms, stop using it, and contact your doctor or a dermatologist.

You should also seek medical help if oily skin symptoms such as acne are severe, since they may lead to infection or scarring.

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8 Responses

  1. Richard says:

    As someone who used to suffer from this issue, I was so often tempted to wash more often to remove the excess oil, this in turn caused my skin to over compensate which resulted in a compounded problem.

    I learned over time that good quality face products, (sad to say they were not the run of the mill cheap shop variety) together with discipline not to touch my face excessively went a long way in solving this issue. I found that by changing my behavior, that my skin did a just over time.

    In my opinion there is no substitute for good quality, specifically formulated products.


  2. abioye olalekan says:

    thanks for sharing this insightful post; i have once read about the remedies of oily skin, likewise the prevention and i must tell you everything you highlighted on your article was exactly what i read

    I must give you kudos for taking your time to put this article together

    my question goes thus;

    What is the disadvantage of having an oily skin

    • admin says:

      Well there’s no significant disadvantage with oily skin, it’s just that some people don’t like the excess amount of oil that surface on the skill. Oily skin is not really such a bad things in fact there’s so advantages when you have oily, for example it keeps the skin younger for a longer time than a person with dry skin.

  3. Favour says:

    Wow i never knew that an oily skin is a genetic problem because My dad had an oily skin but I don’t, I have always thought it’s probably their kind of skin. In Keeping the skin Squeaky clean, I don’t by the idea of using detergent, it could have some side effect so I would advise my dad to use the glycerine soap, seems safer to me.

  4. Denis says:

    I used to have that same exact issue and I can confirm that Aloe Vera and a mild soap did the trick for me. My doctor advised me to try an Aloe Vera based cream and it cleared my beginning of Acne too. This article is, however, much more detailed and I will bookmark it since I always have to be on my guard for rashes to come back out as soon as I forget to put my cream for a few days. Do you think that one of these remedies for oily skin that you propose here could be a permanent solution or am I stuck with this condition?

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