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8 Natural Remedies for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you know the struggles that come with trying to manage your skin. Your life is taken over by blotting sheets, cleansers, and anything that will help tame the shine and clear clogged pores and acne.

We have noticed an uptick on acne due to increased mask use. You can find more about the dreaded Maskne and how to manage your skin here.

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; its citric acid also works as an astringent, helping to tone and control oily skin.

How to:
Apply a mixture of 1 teaspoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon distilled water to your skin with a cotton ball
Leave on for 10 minutes
Rinse with warm water

2. Yogurt

Dairy products such as yogurt and milk contain lactic acid that helps gently exfoliate the skin and absorb excess oil.

How to:
Apply 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt to your face
Let sit 15 minutes
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. If you do not have egg allergies you can use egg whites as follows.

How to:
Whip one egg white until stiff
Spread on your skin
Allow to dry
Wash off with warm water

You can also make an egg white – lemon face mask, combining the two natural remedies.

Egg-white lemon face mask
Mix 1 egg white with 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Spread on your face
Allow to dry
Wash off with warm water

4. Cucumbers

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.

How to:
Before bed, cut a fresh cucumber into think slices
Gently rub over your face
Leave overnight
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.

How to:
For an easy toner, dilute ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¾ cups distilled water. Apply to your skin with a cotton ball
Leave for 10 minutes
Rinse with cool water

6. Bananas

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 1 tablespoon of milk and 2 tablespoons oats.
Apply to your clean skin
Massage for 5 minutes
Let sit for 20 minutes
Rinse with warm water

7. Honey

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 and antibacterial properties that may benefit acne-prone skin.

How to:
Apply a thin layer of honey over your face. (raw honey is preferred)
Let it sit and dry for 10-15 minutes.
Rinse with warm water.

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!

How to:
Apply thin layer of aloe vera gel to your face 2-3 times a day, or you can apply before bed and leave it overnight.

Aloe Vera can cause an allergic reaction. Test on forearm before use.

You can purchase Aloe Vera gel from several stores or online.

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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!

Updated March 10th, 2021