Oily skin, also known as the acne-prone skin is like a curse sometimes. The problem of having an oily face can only be understood by the one who is going through it. The tension of looking like an oily fry pan, urge to go to washroom, insecurities and so on.
Many of you have already tried in and every product out there displaying on the shelves but the results are not what you want. Instead, you have more oil production with excessively dried out skin at places. And the irritation and itching is killing you, right?
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This problem cannot be cured but you can keep it control with homemade remedies. The best things about homemade face masks are you know what you are using and their quality. So, less chance of getting harmed. It can be done regularly and in cheap. And they are easy.
Signs of Oily Skin: How to Figure Out If You Have Oily Skin?
It’s not hard to tell if you have a horribly oily face. Like within 5 minutes of washing your face, you are already feeling the oil on your face and within next five minutes, you just need to go for another wash. But sometimes your condition is not that bad.
So, confirming your skin type is important. It helps you to know what type of the product is needed, what will happen to you throughout the changing seasons and how your genetical structure of the skin is. You get a brief knowledge about yourself.
When you got oily skin it will always be shiny. The area around your forehead and cheeks reflects way too much light. Your nose seems like it has been brushed with oil, the stickiness and all the dirt attached to it. Your pores will be quite big and visible. And you will be infected with bacteria making you always have pimples, acne, zits, or blackheads on your skin.
Sometimes one may have dry patches with oily areas as well. This is called combination skin. The dry patches are itchy, rough, scaly, and skin is coming off.
All the Reasons behind Getting Oily Skin
There is no particular reason behind it. Most of the time one is born with an oily skin. But there are some factors that can increase the chance of and amount of oil accumulation.
It can be GENETICS. Researchers have shown that sebaceous gland is overactive in some families. So, they produce excess oil.
It can also be for HORMONAL CHANGES. Throughout your life, the level of your hormones in your body changes a lot of times, especially of a woman. Puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, pre-menopause and in many other stages of life hormonal levels keep on changing. This hormonal levels can cause disturb in your system, as a result, you can have excess sebum production.
STRESS is a very bad thing that can make your life a living hell. When you are stressed a chemical named cortisol is released which is known to make sebaceous gland very active.
The ENVIRONMENT is behind each and everything of our life. We live in an ecosystem which circulates our life; our living style, diet, occupation, and everything else. It affects our skin too. Like in summer and hot times, oil production increases and we get sweaty and it is oily too. In winters and colder times, our skin dries out. So, to remain hydrated and maintain the level it increases oil production.
Few MEDICATIONS are out in the market that causes excess oil production, like hormone replacement and birth control pills.
SKIN PRODUCTS and its overuse can end up losing too much oil while exfoliating and cleaning. On the other hand, makeup type product tends to trap oil in them.
WRONG USE OF CLEANSING TOOLS like scrubbing and exfoliating too hard and cleaning too often takes away the necessary amount of oil, moisturizer, and hydration needed. It rips your skin off the “good amount” making it wanting more. So, it produces more oil.
Some say DIET is an important factor. That consuming too much oily or fried food rather than veggies and fruit can be the reason behind getting an oily face. The credibility of this topic is not assured yet but the point is not having enough veggies and fruits and consuming oily fried food which is tough for our indigestion system to digest and remain healthy causes your body to irregulate making your skin over produce sebum.
Why Is Oily Skin Not Good?
There is nothing good about it! That will be the first reaction to this stupid question. Exactly there is nothing good about it. That is what oily skin owners say. If you have oily skin then you are bound to face a mountain of problems like:
- It will never look glowing but an oily surface.
- You will look darker than your original shade.
- You will look tired and worn out.
- You will get irritated easily. Sweating will occur more and your flyaway hair will get stuck to your face.
- Not only hair but everything will get stuck. Dirt, grime, dust, bacteria and so on.
- As a result, you will get pimples, acne and so on.
- You will have to wash your face again and again to feel and look fresh.
- You will have to keep constantly powder your face.
- Your makeup will melt.
- Forget about putting blush or eye makeup.
- You will never get the perfect picture of yours thanks to that odd glare on your forehead and cheeks especially.
Life with oily skin is never easy. So, is life with dry and combination skin? Damn!!!
Despite all the odd and bad, there are a few good things, like oily skin slows down the aging process. Now, that’s a really good deal.
The Best Homemade Face Mask for Oily Skin
The remedies written below are very easy to follow. No rocket science, even an elementary school kid can do it. So, no worries. As for the ingredients, you will found at least one of them all year around. So, you are never at end of options.
1. Banana Face Mask
- 1 ripe organic banana
- 1Tbsp organic honey (buy it from Amazon)
- 1 orange or lemon
Benefits: Banana is both moisturizing and nourishing. Banana whitens the skin. It is good for all types of skin including most irritating oily skin.
How to Make and Use: Mash up the banana. And mix the honey in it. You can either blend them in a food processor or use your hands. Then squeeze the juice of the orange or lemon and add in it. Keep it on the face for 15 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water and put a cool washcloth on the face.
2. Clay-Banana Face Mask
- 1Tbsp French green clay
- ¼ organic ripe banana
- 1Tbsp orange flower water
- 1Tsp pineapple juice
Benefits: The French green clay has an absolutely amazing absorbing quality that sucks out all the dirt and oil from the face making it grime free. It will exfoliate as well as tighten the pores.
How to Make and Use: Mash that banana. Sprinkle the clay in it. If you can’t get your hands on it then using bentonite clay will do. Now stir it well while you add all the juice in it. Keep it for about 15 minutes on the skin after applying. Then rinse off nice and good, first with lukewarm water and then a splash of cold water to shut the pores. One good thing about bananas is that you can store your ripe bananas in the refrigerator and use it all through the year after thawing it.
3. Bentonite Clay Face Mask
- 1Tbsp of bentonite clay
- 1Tsp of apricot kernel oil (buy it from Amazon)
- 3 drops of palmarosa essential oil
Benefits: Bentonite is a natural absorbent. It also clears the clogged pores. The balance of the skin is restored and scars get fades away. Apricot kernel oil provides the required moisture.
How to Make and Use: Just mix all the things in a glass or ceramic bowl so that turns into a fine paste. Put this mask on your face. If needed then can add few drops of warm water so that the oil could blends in well. Let it sit on your face for 10 minutes or until it dries out. Wash off nice with a warm washcloth.
4. Fuller’s Earth/Multani Mitti Face Mask
- 2Tbsp fuller’s earth
- Warm water
- 1Tbsp rosewater
- Few drops of lemon juice
- Milk (optional)
Benefits: Fuller earth contains magnesium, quartz, silica, iron, calcium, calcite and dolomite. It has been used for beauty purpose for centuries now. It is oil absorbing, cleanser and antiseptic.
How to Make and Use: Soak the clay in warm water for about half an hour. Afterwards, add the rosewater and lemon juice in it and mix them well. If the mixture feels too thick then add a few drops of warm water to match your taste. If you have combination skin then you may add milk in it so that your dry parts don’t get over dry. It can be applied twice or thrice in a week. After it dries out, wash it off properly.
5. Gram Flour and Turmeric Face Mask
- 2Tbsp gram flour
- 2-3Tbsp of milk
- 1Tsp turmeric powder
- ½Tsp Lemon juice
Benefits: The magic herb turmeric can treat oily skin and its symptoms; acne. Gram flour also helps absorb excess oil.
How to Make and Use: Mix them into a spreadable paste. Add water as per needed. Allow 20 minutes for it to rest on your face. Rinse off later.
6. Orange Peel Face Mask
- 1 whole organic orange
- 2Tbsp yogurt
Benefits: The astringent properties of oranges will remove the excess oil from your face and make it look fresh and glowing.
How to Make and Use: Now take the orange, peel it carefully and eat the inside flesh. Don’t throw away the peels because it is what that is needed for the mask. For this mask, you have to wait. Dry the peels under the sun and after make powder by grinding it. Now add this powder in yogurt or in water as you like. You may also but orange peel powder from stores, just make sure they are selling organic products. Keep it on for like 15-20 minutes on your face and then rinse nice and clean.
7. Tomato Face Mask
- 1 ripe organic tomato
- 1Tbsp honey
- 1Tsp lemon juice
Benefits: Tomato has natural astringent that wards off all the excess grease and oil from the skin and makes it clean.
How to Make and Use: Mash the tomato and add honey and the juice. Mix it. And apply on face, about keeping it for 10-25 minutes. It will irritate a bit making you itchy and tingly but that is because the tomato is doing its job by scratching off the oil and grease along with the dirt and grime stuck in it.
8. Papaya Face Mask
- 1 slice ripe papaya
- 1Tsp lemon juice
Benefits: Papaya has exfoliating properties that are needed for an oily skin. It will remove excess oil. And if you are all visited by pimples and acne often, in that case, papaya can be the best thing to invite to your face. You will get a young clear skin.
How to Make and Use: In a glass or ceramic bowl, make a puree of the papaya and add lemon in it. Put it on the face and wait for about 10-15 minutes before washing it off.
9. Oatmeal Face Mask
- ½ cup oatmeal (buy it from Amazon)
- 1Tbsp organic honey
- 1Tsp lemon juice
Benefits: Oatmeal is a great option to soak all the oil from your face. It will make your face oil-free, soft and smooth.
How to Make and Use: Cook the oatmeal. Let it cool down. Now add other ingredients. Mix well. Apply on face and keep it for about 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water, later splash cold water. Pat the skin dry.
10. Cucumber Face Mask
- ½ cucumber
- 1 egg white
- 1Tsp lemon juice
- 1Tsp mint
Benefits: The flesh of cucumber mainly contains water but it also has ascorbic acid content and caffeic acid. Those can soothe the skin, reduce swelling and make you feel refresh. So is mint. Consume or apply topically, it is refreshing every way.
How to Make and Use: Put all the ingredients in the blender and make a puree of it. Keep it in the fridge for about 10 minutes or something, then apply on face. After 15 minutes, wash it off. Apply moisturizer if needed.
11. Honey-Apple Face Mask
- 1 apple
- 3Tsp organic honey
Benefits: Apple protects skin water barrier helping it to retain the moisture that is needed. And honey keeps the skin moisturized but not greasy.
How to Make and Use: Peel the apple and also remove the seeds (apple seeds contain which can be lethal so don’t consume it or use it). Chop it and then blend it into a puree in food processor. Add the honey in it. And it is ready to be applied. 10 minutes is enough for the mask to do its magic. Use lukewarm water to rinse off followed by a cool splash.
12. Rose Refreshing Face Mask
- 1Tsp glycerin
- ½Tsp lemon juice
- ½Tsp rosewater (buy it from Amazon)
Benefits: Lemon can be a great help for getting rid of oil and acne. Rosewater is very refreshing too and clears all the oil. Glycerin moisturizes the skin.
How to Make and Use: In a glass bowl mix all the ingredients. Then either with a cotton ball or the hands apply the mask all over the face especially focusing on the acne. Let it stay for about 20 minutes. Then wash it off. It can be very helpful and is mild so can be add in regular face care. Just store it in the fridge. It will stay good for about 7-10 days.
13. Aspirin and Lemon Juice Face Mask
- 3-6 aspirin
- 1 lemon
- Baking soda (buy it from Amazon)
- Organic honey/almond/olive/coconut oil
Benefits: The aspirin has aminosalicylic acid which is an on-spot acne treating agent. It will clear up blackheads, acne, pimples etc. 85% faster. Makeupalley.com and Dr. Oz Show both have shown a green light to this mask.
How to Make and Use: Crush as much aspirin as needed for full coverage. Place the crushed medicine in a shallow container and squeeze lemon over it. The ratio is 1Tbsp per aspirin. Allow it some time so that the powder completely gets dissolved. Depending on being coated or not the dissolving time might change. Now add the rest. If your skin is way too oily then skip it. Wash off after it has dried completely with a warm wet washcloth dipped in baking soda solution.
14. Berrrygurt Face Mask
- ¼ cup strawberries
- ¼ non-flavored yogurt or sour cream
Benefits: Strawberries are a very good natural source of salicylic acid which is effective against acne and blackheads. It knows how to exfoliate the pores. As for yogurt, it is very good for moisturizing and killing bacteria.
How to Make and Use: If they were in the fridge then let them calm down to room temperature or close. When they are cut the stems off strawberries and take both of them in a blender. Blend for half a minute or can take them in a bowl and then by using a fork mash them. But blender is surely better. Spread all over the lace and then wash off after 10-15 minutes.
15. Green Tea and Rice Flour Face Mask
- 1 green tea bag (buy it from Amazon)
- 3-4Tsp rice flour
- 1Tsp lemon juice
Benefits: Green tea controls sebum production. And both green tea and lemon are antibacterial. Rice flour soaks excess oil, exfoliates and makes your skin smooth.
How to Make and Use: Brew the green tea. Now take 3Tsp of it in a bowl. Put other ingredients and turn it into a nice spread. Add more tea if it is too thick for you. When you reach your desired thickness (not runny), apply and wait for 20 minutes. With rest of the tea, add honey and a lemon slice and enjoy the drink while you wait for your mask to dry. Wash your face thoroughly. The flour can be a tricky thing to get off.
16. Cinnamon Face Mask
- 2-3 cinnamon
- 2Tsp honey
- Paper towels
How to Make and Use: Take the sticks, using a greater turn them into powder. The powder is also available in the market. So the bet is yours. Take 1Tsp of cinnamon powder and mix it with honey. Before applying it, wash your face first then pat dry. Concentrate on the pimples if there is any. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes. Wash it all carefully.
17. Avocado Face Mask
- ½ ripe avocados
- 1 egg white
- ½ cup oatmeal
- 1Tsp lemon juice
Benefits: Avocado not only treats dry skin but is also very helpful with oily ones. As it is rich in vitamin E, has unsaturated fat and can slow down the aging process. Oatmeal scrubs off dead cells and soaks extra oil on the skin. Egg white tightens the skin and shrinks pores.
How to Make and Use: Cook your oatmeal and let it cool down. Using a fork make a mash of avocado. Now put the oatmeal in the avocado mash and mix. Add the egg white and lemon juice. 10-15 minutes is enough to wash off after it with warm water.
18. Hazel Clay Face Mask
- 1Tbsp witch hazel (buy it from Amazon)
- 1Tsp bentonite clay
- 2 drops lemon essential oil
Benefits: Clay will clear all the dirt, grime and sebum from the pores and witch hazel will tighten the pores with time.
How to Make and Use: In a bowl take all the things and blend until they are mixed well. Skip any kind of metal in the process. After applying on skin wait for up to 20 minutes before washing off. Use warm water to clear.
19. Apple-Lemon Face Mask
- 1Tbsp applesauce
- 1Tbsp lemon juice
- 1Tsp dried sage
Benefits: Apple and lemon both are fruits with acid that can exfoliate skin, maintain pH, get rid of excess oil and kill bacteria. As for the wonderful herb sage, it is astringent that helps to close the pores. No problem if you cannot use sage. Replace it with lavender or peppermint.
How to Make and Use: Combine all of them and wait for 5-10 minutes before removing it with warm water.
These masks are not the only one out there. You can write a chronology of books recording all the things that one can do to deal with the oily face but let’s start with small. Don’t forget to try them out. Patience will bring the sweetest fruit of the garden.
Things That You Should Obviously Avoid
Doing the right is important but also is avoiding the wrong. There are some habits that should, at all cost, be avoided to get rid of oily skin phenomena.
- Over scrubbing or exfoliating should be your number 1 priority in these. As previously described losing of potential oil cause skin to secrete more oil. So do not overdo
- Taking junk foods. If your health is not good then know the way there is to your skin to behave.
- Not doing exercise. It may sound weird. But exercising helps to get rid of excess fat as well as toxins, keeping our body healthy.
Things To Be Done
With the don’t’s here comes the do’s.
- Maintain hygiene. Proper hygiene is important for everything.
- Splash cold water on face after every wash. And if pores are way too open then rubbing an ice cube all over the face every day for 5 minutes after the bath.
- Apply toner for oily skin every night before bed.
- Do a patch test and beware of your allergies too.
Some Products for Oily Skin That Can Be Found in Market
It is not possible to do homemade routine everyday especially when you are on tour. Market products can be helpful.
Some old trusty products that will help with your oily skin are:
- Beauty By Birth Clear Complexion Hydrating Face Mask
- Once Upon A Tea Green Tea Matcha Mud Mask
- Himalaya Purifying Neem Mask
- Aria Starr Beauty Natural Dead Sea Mud Mask
- Sky Organics Dead Sea Mud Mask
Now, all the cards are shown. From market to the cabinets in your kitchen. It is up to you to tackle that oily sticky problem of yours. You alone can give you what you want. So, if you want a beautiful skin then work for it. You know that song of Britney? Though words are bit abusive it is true, ~you gotta work bi***~.