If you have oily skin, you know the struggles that come with summer weather – your face turns into an oil slick, and the days of acne free skin are over. Your life is taken over by blotting sheets, cleansers, and anything that will help tame the shine and fight the pimples.
There are many natural home remedies for oily skin that are simple, affordable, and effective. Try these eight remedies to manage excess oil:
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice instantly brightens up your complexion; it’s citric acid also works as an astringent, helping to tone and control oily skin. Apply a mixture of one teaspoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon distilled water to your skin with a cotton ball, leave on for 10 minutes, and rinse with warm water.
Dairy products such as yogurt and milk contain lactic acid that helps gently exfoliate the skin and absorb excess oil. Apply one tablespoon of plain yogurt to your face, let sit 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
3. Egg Whites
With a high vitamin A content, egg whites can dry out blemishes, as well as tone and tighten oily skin. Whip one egg white until stiff and spread on your skin. Allow to dry, then wash off with warm water (twice weekly).
Cucumbers contain a high vitamin and mineral content (including vitamins A and C, magnesium, and potassium), which is ideal for keeping oily skin under control. Cut a fresh cucumber into think slices and rub over your face; leave overnight and rinse in the morning with warm water.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the many benefits of apple cider vinegar is its ability to tone and moisturize oily skin. It also has antibacterial properties that will help you avoid breakouts due to excess oil build-up. For an easy toner, dilute ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¾ cups distilled water. Apply to your skin with a cotton ball and leave for 10 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
Bananas are packed full of nutrients, like vitamins A, B, E, and potassium, which help moisturize skin cells without adding excess oil or grease. For a simple facial scrub, mash one ripe banana and mix in a tablespoon of milk and two tablespoons oats. Apply to your clean skin, massage for five minutes, let sit for 20 minutes, and rinse.
Honey is a powerhouse when it comes to all things skin; it helps reduce excess oil, clears pores, moisturizes (without making skin oily), and has natural antiseptic properties that can benefit acne-prone skin. Apply a thin layer of honey over your face and let sit for 15 minutes; rinse.
8. Aloe Vera
Aloe is well-known for treating sunburns, but it is also ideal for treating acne-prone skin due to its antimicrobial properties. It can also help absorb excess oil from your skin! Apply the gel to your face two or three times daily.
On the bright side, oily or combination skin tends to age much slower than normal and dry skin, keeping away fine lines and wrinkles for a longer period of time!