Home remedies for oily skin
Whenever the sebaceous or oil glands in your skin produce excessive oil, you develop oily skin. This is largely influenced by your hormones and genetic makeup. Several natural ingredients can help facilitate the removal of excess oil from the skin and unclog the pores. Make o a patch test to make sure that you are not allergic to any ingredient before applying a mask or scrub to your face.
Make a fuller’s earth face mask
Fuller’s earth is derived from clay and is widely used for brightening, lightening, and treating marks and spots. The absorbent properties of fuller’s earth help in oil reduction. Make a paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of fuller’s earth with water. Apply the paste to your face and allow it to dry for 15 minutes. Wash your face with water.
Use turmeric and sandalwood
A turmeric-based face mask with orange juice is beneficial for oily skin. The high vitamin C content of citrus fruits, such as oranges, helps in brightening and rejuvenating the skin as well as treating acne. Mix ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder with 2 tablespoons of sandalwood powder. Add 2–3 tablespoons of orange juice, and combine to form a smooth paste. Apply the mask to your face, and rinse it off after drying.
Apply an oatmeal and egg white mask
Oatmeal is a natural moisturizer that aids in reducing skin oiliness. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent acne formation. The vitamin A in egg white can help in unclogging pores and removing oil as the mask penetrates the skin. Break open an egg and separate the egg white from the yolk. Beat the egg white using a whisk. Add ¼ cup of ground oatmeal, and mix them well. Spread the mixture on your face, and let it dry for 15 minutes. Wash your face with warm water.
Scrub with coffee grounds and honey
Coffee is rich in antioxidants and stimulates elastin and collagen synthesis, thus providing firmness to the skin. Honey moisturizes the skin and gets rid of excess oil. It can also help in preventing wrinkles and clearing pores. Honey also has antibacterial properties and aids in the prevention of acne. Form a thick paste using equal portions of honey and used coffee grounds. Gently massage the paste on your face in circular motions, like a scrub. Rinse your face with warm water.
Use aloe vera gel
Aloe vera possesses antimicrobial and oil absorbent properties. Moreover, it can help even out your skin tone. Apply fresh aloe vera gel to your face and neck. Allow the gel to dry for 15–20 minutes, and wash with water. You can also boil the aloe vera leaf in water, grind it, and mix in one tbsp of honey. Apply this mixture as you would use fresh aloe vera gel. You can also use aloe vera-based cleansers and moisturizers.