Looking after an oily skin can be very tricky as it never really feels clean with the excess oil that starts showing up immediately after you washed it.
The oil you see is nothing else than an increased amount of sebum secreted by the sebaceous glands in your skin. Not caring for this type of skin in the right way or using aggressive products may cause your sebaceous glands to produce even more sebum.
Therefore, we have put together eight of the best homemade face masks which will help your oily skin restore its natural balance.
These are easy to prepare and require inexpensive ingredients.
Combine ¼ cup of fine oats with some hot water to form a paste. Let it cool down and apply this to your face, letting it sit for 10-15 minutes before you rinse it with warm water. Oatmeal is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, not to mention moisturising which will help your skin produce less sebum.
2. Lemon and honey
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All you need is a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey. The vitamin C in lemon is a great antioxidant, and honey is a natural moisturiser. Don’t frown at the word �moisturiser’, you need this for your skin! Yes, even for oily skin. This 2008 study vouches for the lemon juice’s effect on your skin.
This is probably the easiest and more convenient homemade mask to use, since it does not require any preparation. Medical News Today recommends this simple mask.
Simply grab a slice of tomato from the fridge and massage your skin with it, then leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also mash the tomato, it’s up to you. Not only will this mask improve the aspect of your T-zone, but it will help reduce your pores too.
4. Clay mask
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You can buy cosmetic clay powder on Amazon for $6 and mix this with water, milk or lemon juice. In addition to getting a matte feeling that stays for a long time, your oily skin may improve over time if you use a regimen of a clay mask weekly or even more frequently depending on how your skin feels. You also get the added benefit of getting rid of acne as this is a frequent problem with oily skin.
Dr. Michele Green, New York Dermatologist and contributor to RealSelf says “Clay masks are great for acne prone oily skin as the clay draws out the impurities from deep in the pores”.
5. Egg white and lemon
Mix one egg white with one teaspoon of lemon juice and apply to your face, leaving the mask on until it dries. Rinse with warm water for a matte feel and reduced pores.
6. Jojoba oil
A few drops of jojoba oil massaged into a clean skin will moisturise and reduce the oiliness. Thanks to its properties of mimicking sebum, jojoba oil will help your sebaceous glands produce less oil, based on a 2012 study. Also, jojoba oil is a dry oil in that it absorbs into your skin without leaving it looking oily.
Similar to the tomato mask, mash some papaya fruit and massage it into your skin for a few minutes. Then leave it for an extra 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Papaya is a great exfoliator and helps remove dead cells according to beauty blog RewardMe.
8. Almond meal and honey
Mix 3 teaspoons of ground almonds with 2 tablespoons of honey and massage it into your skin in circular motions. Leave it for… you guessed 10-15 minutes and rinse gently with warm water. This is a natural gentle scrub that will leave your skin feeling clean and smooth without the uncomfortable oiliness.