Having an oily skin is a great benefit but also a disadvantage. Men and women who have a naturally oily skin are less prone to developing wrinkles and fine lines. Oily skin looks younger and sags less, meaning less wrinkles.It is well known that oily skin is a major reason for outbreaks of acne. So, if you have acne, then these home remedies for oily skin would help in acne. Excessively oily skin makes the skin shine unnecessarily and is also a discomfort in some situations.
Oily skin makes the skin look well moisturized. However, natural skin oil sitting on the skin can lead to a shiny face. Normal levels of oil on the skin is really very good for optimum skin health. When it becomes more than is required, then dirt and pollutants may be trapped by this oil. This can lead to clogged pores, bacterial infections and skin condition like acne and blackheads.
There are some tremendous home remedies for oily skin. These remedies have different times for which their effect remains on the skin. Some remedies can lower oiliness on the skin all day long.
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Home remedies for oily skin.
1. Reduce humidity
In winters, our skin dries up. It is because of a combination of cold and dry air. Duplicate those conditions in the home using an air conditioner and a humidifier. Make the room cool and air dry. It saps up the oiliness on the skin. The face is left drier and excessive oil is removed naturally.
This is a simple and pretty effective home remedy without actually applying anything. However, do not reduce the humidity so much that it leads to irritation and dryness of the throat.
2. Wiping the oil
This is a simple remedy for oily skin. The highest concentration of oil is seen in the morning. The face is smooth and oil can be felt at the tips of the hands. Wipe up this oil using a clean face towel. During the day, it usually remains under control. Keep a pack of blotting paper. This kind of paper is good at soaking up oil from the skin.
3. Wash with milk
This reduces the oiliness of the skin because milk is a nice emulsifier. Fats on the skin get mixed with milk and are carried away, leaving behind an oil free but not dry skin. The skin is moisturized and clean. Raw milk performs much better than boiled milk.
Since the ancient times,humans have applied clay on the skin as a therapeutic agent. There are many varieties of clay which are good for application on the skin. One can use Bentonite clay as a face pack to remove excess oil, dirt and toxins. It evens out the skin and makes it look much less oily.
Take about 1/4 cup of clay and add water to make a nice, smooth paste. Then apply this on the face evenly. Keep it for about 30 minutes and then wash it off.
5. Witch Hazel
Pour a few drops of witch hazel on a cotton pad and wipe it across the skin. Witch hazel is a powerful astringent . It shrinks and tones the skin and also takes away some of the oil on the skin.Apply this in the morning and night to keep the skin free from excess oiliness.
6. Natural homemade scrubs to get rid of oily skin on face and body.
- Almond scrub : It is more of a face mask than a scrub. Grind some almonds along with the peel. Apply this on the face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then wash it off with warm or hot water, carefully avoiding the eyes.
- Walnut scrub : Take the walnuts, grind them, add some water and apply it on the skin. It extracts oiliness on the skin in a few minutes. Then wash it off with plain water.
- Pistachio shells : This is a wonderful remedy for exfoliating the skin. Eat some pistachios. Keep their shells. Clean them and then crush them. Turn into fine paste. Then soak in water. Crush again and this time add a little honey. Apply this to the face and anywhere on the skin which is oily. Gently massage the pistachio shells into the skin. It takes away dead skin cells ( a process known as exfoliating ) and also the oiliness on skin.
7. Nutmeg ( best remedy for oily skin )
Nutmeg is excellent at reducing oiliness in the skin. It is also a wonderful remedy for acne.
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- Directions / How to use
Wash the nutmegs and then rub them firmly on the pestle. Collect the powder in the mortar. When the powder is sufficient enough for the area of skin to be treated, like the face, add water to it. Make a thick paste and apply it on the skin. Keep it for about 2 hours. Then wash it off with warm water.
- Why it works ?
Nutmeg seems to regulate the oil production within the oil glands. After the first application, one can see much less oil on the skin. Regular application once every day can help to reduce excess oiliness in the skin.
8. Very Cold Water
This is quick and easy remedy for oiliness. Wash the face or skin with water that really feels icy cold. It should feel like icy waters of river bodies feel in the winter. This shrinks the oil pores so that body can send less oil on the skin.
9. Black Tea
Prepare black tea with 2 tea bags. This is concentrated black tea. Now, use this tea to wipe the skin off the excess skin. Put cotton balls in this tea and wipe the skin with it.
- Why it works ?
The tannins in tea act as astringents . They also reduce swelling and inflammation.
10. Sage Tea
Drinking sage tea leaves a strong drying effect in the mouth. This is because of the strong astringent effect of sage . It also has a drying effect on the skin. Prepare sage tea using 1 tablespoon of fresh sage leaves or dried sage in about 300 ml water. Let the tea cool and then apply it on the skin using cotton balls.
11. Lemons for Oily Skin
Lemon is a brilliant treatment for oily skin. Take the juice of 2 – 3 lemons. Add equal amount of water. Apply this liquid on the skin. It helps to reduce pimples and combat oiliness.
However, lemons make the skin photosensitive. One should not go out in the sun after lemon was applied to the skin. The photosensitive effect makes the skin more prone to sun damage and tanning.
So, if you need to out after using lemons, definitely use the sunblock instead of the sunscreen.
12. Banana Skin
Eat a banana. Use the inside of the peel to wipe the skin that is oily.Banana works very well in reducing oiliness on skin for few hours. It also reduces itching.
13. Hachiya Persimmons
This variety of persimmons is a powerful astringent because it has got high concentration of tannic acids . One can apply it on the skin to reduce excess oil.
- Directions / How to use
Steam the persimmons. Then mash them up and let it cool. Apply the mashed paste of persimmons on oily skin and wait for 10 minutes. Then wash it off. This is a nice homemade treatment for oily skin.
14. Egg yolk
Just like milk, egg yolk is also a nice emulsifier. It is great for the skin because it mixes with the natural body oil and takes it out.
Exercise and sweat. It releases sweat and which can contain excess body oil. Sweating leaves the skin completely clean and oil free. Although, it improves health and boosts the oil production of our body. However, most instances of excess oil production by the body are caused by changes in hormone levels. Exercise may help to manage these levels and bring them back to normal.
16. Jojoba Oil
It is interesting how an oil can combat oil. But, jojoba oil does exactly the same. This oil resembles our natural skin oil ( sebum ) . As a result, our body thinks that there is enough oil on the skin, when it is actually jojoba oil. It does not look and feel too oily or greasy, as it is very light and feels like wax.
Apply a small amount of jojoba oil on dry skin. It helps to prevent excess oil production by the skin, thus combating oiliness for a long time.
Although one may become a little troubled by excessive oiliness on the skin and may want to keep the skin as dry as possible, but this is a natural process. It is only in some periods that the oil production increases a lot. This oil is good for the health of our skin, and nothing is as good a moisturizer as sebum. Therefore, one should not try to keep the skin excessively dry all the time. This can lead to wrinkles, fine lines and dry, cracked skin.
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