Top 10 Home Remedies for Oily Skin


Oily skin plagues many people. Some may only experience oily skin when they are in their teens during puberty, but for others, oily skin follows them into adulthood and makes it hard for them to put their best face forward.


Dealing with oily skin is an ongoing battle that will change with the seasons, so it’s important to stay on top of it. This article will help you do this with some amazing home remedies for taking care of overactive oil glands in the face. Let’s get started!

1. Witch Hazel

  • Many people who have oily skin use store-bought astringents for their face. Witch hazel is a natural astringent that comes from nature, contains no toxins and also costs less! It works even better than store-bought alternatives.
  • Simply douse a cotton ball or circle pad with witch hazel and run on your face after you’ve washed.
  • Do not rinse off witch hazel. Use twice per day.

2. Toothpaste

  • Your natural toothpaste has drying components in it that can help to dry out skin with excess oil and dehydrate pimples or blackheads so that they disappear in no time. The mint in toothpaste also helps to cleanse the skin.
  • To use toothpaste on oily skin, simply put a dab of it on blemishes and let it soak in. You may end up leaving the toothpaste on your skin for up to 20 minutes.
  • To remove the toothpaste once it has dried, simply use a damp washcloth and wipe it away.

3. Warm Compress

  • When your skin is oil, it often cannot breathe. The pores get completed clogged with oil, dirt and sebum. To get rid of this excess oil and dirt, you can use a warm compress to help open up the pores.
  • Simply find a clean and dry wash cloth. Dampen the wash cloth with water that is in between warm and hot. Make sure the cloth is soaked through but not dripping at all.
  • When your face is completely washed and dried, lay the damp wash cloth over top of your skin and press gently. Press all around the face. Making sure you can still breathe, lay on your back for about 20 to 30 minutes with the warm compress on.

4. Cucumbers

  • Cucumbers have amazing compounds to combat oily skin. Their high levels of vitamins E and A plus magnesium help to clear up the dirt and oil all at once.
  • simply cut thick slices of an English cucumber and rub them over your face, allowing the juice to get everywhere.
  • Leave the cucumber juice on over night and rinse with lukewarm water in the morning.

5. Tea Tree Oil

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  • Tea tree oil is great at soaking up excess oil and drying. To use this as an astringent, you will need to dilute the oil first because it can be very powerful.
  • Add 4 to 6 drops of tea tree oil to a small bowl, then pour in 1 to 2 tablespoons of warm water. Mix the two ingredients together in the bowl.
  • Insert a cotton ball into the tea tree oil mixture and let it soak up into the cotton. Wipe the cotton ball over your face. Do this once per day.

6. Lemon Juice

  • Lemon juice is a great antiseptic, which also makes it wonderful for taking care of oily skin and clogged pores.
  • Juice one lemon into a bowl and remove the seeds. Add in about 2 tablespoons of water and mix well.
  • Put the mixture all over your face and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing. Do this once per week.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Apple cider vinegar has tons of awesome AHAs in it. AHAs are alpha hydroxy acids, and these help to ward off excess oil as well as age spots and wrinkles!
  • Make a toner out of apple cider vinegar by combining 3/4s of a cup of water with 1/4 of a cup of apple cider vinegar.
  • Use this toner daily by soaking a cotton ball in it and rubbing it all over your face.

8. Egg Whites

  • Vitamin A is a key ingredient in egg whites, and this will help to dry out the skin without making it flaky.
  • Beat 2 egg whites with the juice from a lemon. Put the mixture onto your face and leave it on until it dries into a hard layer.
  • Gently peel off the hard layer as best you can, and rinse the rest off when you are done.

9. Honey

  • Take care of oil on the skin with a honey mask! This ingredient is also a great antiseptic.
  • Mix some ground almond powder with about 2 tablespoons of raw organic honey. Use just enough to make a nice paste for yourself.
  • Apply the paste to the skin. It will be sticky. Leave it on for 45 minutes, then rinse and wipe the mask away with a wash cloth.

10. Milk

  • Lastly, milk is great if you have oily combination skin. It will take out the excess sebum and leave your skin smooth and silky.
  • Mix a few drops of lavender oil with about 3 tablespoons of whole milk.
  • Massage the mixture onto your skin for about 5 to 10 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
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Finally, remember that acne and blemishes are often big problems for people who have oily skin. For this reason, it is important to know how to take care of blemishes when they do arise.


Never pop a pimple or blackhead. When you pop zits, two things happen. First, you can form a scar because of the damage you have done do your skin. Second, more sebum, oil and dirt can get into the affected area and cause an even larger pimple to form. Remember this when you take care of blemishes, and follow the other guidelines in this article to take care of oily skin.

Overall, I hope you enjoy this article, and as always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts below.