Do you have oily skin and are you experiencing acne on your skin? Do you want to reduce your symptoms without the use of any expensive skin-care product or prescription drug? You are not alone, as oily skin is the most common concern for most of men and women because it is the most challenging to manage oily skin especially when you have acne. Our skin becomes oily when there is overproduction of sebum, an oily or waxy matter, secreted from sebaceous glands, located under the surface of the skin. Sebum protects and moisturizes the skin and keeps hair shiny and healthy. But, too much sebum leads to oily skin, which can result in clogged pores and acne. The sebum production increases because of stress, hormonal changes and genetics.

Here, we give you some useful remedies that you can try at your home to reduce the symptoms of oily skin:

Wash your face twice a day:

Most of the people with oily skin don’t wash their face daily. If you have oily skin then you must wash your face twice a day but don’t overdo it. Use a gentle soap such as glycerine soap instead of harsh soaps or detergents.

Use blotting papers:

The thin and small blotting papers allow you to blot the excess oil from your face that helps you to minimize the greasy, shiny skin. Blotting papers are inexpensive and easily available and you can use them as needed according to your specific conditions.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera is known for its ability to soothe burns and other various skin conditions. Research and scientific evidence has shown that Aloe Vera helps to treat flaky skin that is caused by oily patches. Many people use it to treat their oily skin. You can apply thin layer of Aloe Vera onto your face before the bedtime and leave it until morning. Aloe Vera can cause allergic reaction on a sensitive skin, so if you have a sensitive skin and have not used it before then test small amount of it on your forearm. If there is no reaction appears within 24-48 hours then Aloe Vera is safe to use.


Honey is considered as the most effective natural skin remedy. The antiseptic and anti bacterial abilities of honey make it beneficial for oily and acne prone skin. Honey is also a natural humectant (a substance that maintains moisture in the skin and hair), which means that it helps to keep the skin moisturized, not oily. If you want to treat acne and oily skin with honey, spread a thin layer of raw honey onto the face then let it dry for about ten minutes and after that rinse it thoroughly with slightly warm water.

Oatmeal & honey mask:

Oatmeal helps to calm the inflamed skin, absorbs excess oil and exfoliates dead skin cells. Usually, when oatmeal is used for facial masks, it is finely chopped. It can also be combined with honey, yogurt or mashed fruits such as apples, bananas or papaya.

For applying oatmeal on your face, combine half cup of finely chopped oats with hot water so that it forms a paste. Add one tablespoon honey in this mixture. After that, massage this mixture onto your face for about three minutes, then rinse it with warm water and pat dry. You can also apply oatmeal and honey mixture to your face and then leave it for 10-15 minutes and use warm water to rinse and pat dry.

Cosmetic clay & French green clay mask:

Cosmetic clays are also called as healing clays because they absorb skin oil and used to treat various skin conditions. French green clay, which comes in a powder form, is most popularly used to treat oily skin and acne due to its absorbent properties.

To make a French green clay mask, add rose water or filtered water to a one teaspoon of clay and mix it so that it takes a pudding-like consistency. Then, apply this clay mixture onto your face and wait until it dries. After that, remove this clay mixture with warm water and pat it dry.

Almond face scrub & almond face mask:

Finely chopped almonds help to absorb excess oil and impurities and they also exfoliate the skin. You can make an almond face scrub, by finely grinding raw almonds so that they make up three teaspoons. Add two tablespoons of raw honey into grinded almonds. The, apply this mixture to your face in circular motions, rinse with warm water and pat dry.

For almond face mask, grind the almonds in paste form of three tablespoons and add one teaspoon of honey in it.  Leave this mask on your face for 10-15 minutes, rinse it with warm water and pat dry. If you have nut allergy then don’t use this mask.

Egg whites & lemon face mask:

Egg whites and lemons are considered as folk remedies for treating oily skin, because both these ingredients have the ability to tighten the pores, while the acid in lemon and other citrus fruits help to absorb excess oil. According to a study conducted in 2008, lemon has antibacterial abilities. The egg whites and lemon face mask is not good for you if you have egg allergies.

You can make egg whites and lemon face mask by combining one egg white into one teaspoon of squeezed fresh lemon juice. Then, apply this mask onto your face and leave it until it dries. After that, remove it with warm water and pat dry.


Most of the people claim that home remedies work for oily skin, while some of remedies are not well researched. The success of the home remedy depends on the factors of your specific situation and the quality of products which you use. If home remedy worsens your symptoms of oily skin then immediately stop using it and contact a dermatologist for professional advice. Moreover, if the oily skin symptoms such as acne become worse, consult the dermatologist because they may lead to severe infection or scarring.

You can consult Marie Hayag, MD who is a board certified dermatologist and has been serving patients with various cosmetic and medical dermatology problems. She is highly experienced and skilled in tailoring a customized treatment plan for acne and other skin conditions according to individual conditions and needs. You can visit our website and fill the contact form or call us for an immediate help.