How to Get Oil-Free Skin Naturally

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Try soaps or cleansers that are slightly medicated or labeled “antibacterial.”
Try soaps or cleansers that are slightly medicated or labeled “antibacterial.” (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Think of the fun you’ll have the next time someone sees you in the kitchen, mixing ingredients in a bowl, and assumes you’re making something good to eat. They’ll have it half right, as you will be mixing something good to treat your oily skin. Besides the fun you’ll have experimenting with natural treatments, you’ll also be spared the expense and confusion of shopping for store-bought oily skin treatments. You may be surprised to find that natural treatments work better, as long as you remember to cleanse your face first.

Basic Tips for Oily Skin Types

Wash your face at least once a day and ideally twice before trying one of the natural remedies below. Oil can trap dirt, grease and other particles, which in turn can clog pores and lead to breakouts.

Find a good exfoliating cleanser and rub it gently into your skin. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells – and oil.

Try to use warm or, better yet, hot water when you cleanse your face, as it will break down oil better than cool or cold water.

Purchase cosmetics and facial products that are specially formulated for oily skin. They can make a difference.

Apply liquid makeup sparingly and always use an “oily skin” variety. Liquid makeup can clog your pores and contribute to breakouts.

Get in the habit of applying a mud or clay mask at least twice a week. The mask absorbs oil from your skin, leaving it feeling smooth and refreshed.

Avoid any treatment that leaves your skin taut, even oil-free, but red and irritated. You can shrink the layers of your skin and create breakouts.

Try a facial steam over a boiling pot of water to unclog your pores, then rinse your face with cool water.
Try a facial steam over a boiling pot of water to unclog your pores, then rinse your face with cool water. (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Natural Oily Skin Remedies

Separate an egg and whip the egg white until it forms a soft, white foam. Apply to your face and let it dry. Rinse with warm or hot water.

For a variation of the egg white remedy, separate an egg and whip the egg white until it forms a soft, white foam. Then add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply to your face. Remove after 15 minutes with warm water.

Mix equal parts of lemon juice and water and blot on your face with a cotton ball. Allow it to dry and then rinse. Then follow with a cool-water rinse to “cool down” the acid from the lemon juice.

Soak cotton balls with buttermilk and wipe on your face. Leave it there for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with warm or hot water.

Slice a potato into wedges and rub them over your skin, allowing the potato juice to “puddle” around your nose, forehead and chin especially. Let the potato juice dry and then rinse with warm water. You may have greater success with this remedy if you are lying down.

Got milk? If so, mix a few tablespoons of milk with a few drops of lavender oil and apply to your face with a cotton ball before rinsing with water.
Got milk? If so, mix a few tablespoons of milk with a few drops of lavender oil and apply to your face with a cotton ball before rinsing with water. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Make a paste from grapefruit juice, or lemon or orange juice, and uncooked oatmeal. Apply to your face and allow it to dry before removing it with warm water.

Combine 2 tablespoons of water, 2 teaspoons of bran, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon dried yeast. Massage the mixture into your skin. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before removing it with warm water.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have excessively oily skin and cannot wash your face or apply a natural face treatment during the day, try an oil-blotting sheet – sold in packets of 50 at most cosmetic and drug stores for about $5. This type of sheet efficiently removes excess oil and does not disturb any makeup.
  • Experiment with using moisturizer on your skin, as there are two distinctly different schools of thought on this topic. Some experts say that people with oily skin should studiously avoid moisturizer, while others assert that every skin type should be moisturized.
  • Using an astringent on your face – by blotting it on your face with a cotton ball – works for some people with oily skin (and acne) but not others. It may be too strong for your particular skin. But even if it’s not, be careful not to overdo it, as astringents with alcohol can cause skin “burns.” Try astringents containing acetone instead.

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