We’ve all been there…we’re getting ready for a date…the excitement, the tension, your heart is pounding….

You’re doing your hair. You’ve got the dress/suit…The table is booked at a swanky restaurant….

And then you look in the mirror…. The shiny forehead or the shiny chin… stares back at you. Urgh.

Oily skin is a condition that many people suffer from.

But….don’t let it stop the romance! There are many ways to treat oily skin. The difficult bit is finding what works for you.

home remedies for oily skin

What causes oily skin?

  • The oil in your body is produced from a male hormone called androgen.
  • It can be hereditary so firstly you could blame your gene pool!
  • It could be caused by a bad diet, so stop eating that chocolate bar…
  • It could be brought on by stress, so make sure you have some time to relax…
  • Sometimes it happens because people reach ‘that age’…yes…puberty! (Not much we can do to mitigate this!)
  • Women can also suffer with oily skin break outs during their menstrual cycles, a pregnancy and the menopause.

So it sounds ace so far….the good news? And as much as you may not want to believe it, it actually has some positives! You may age like a fine wine…and you may develop fewer wrinkles and generally age better…. But on the off chance this doesn’t happen…let’s look at some ways of reducing the shine!

Top Home Remedies For Oily Skin

Wash your face!

As silly as this may sound…one of the easiest ways of mitigating oily skin is by simply washing your face on a regular basis.

We would recommend washing your face with cold water at least twice a day. Blot it dry.

Aloe Vera

aloe veraAloe Vera is a great way of helping reduce oily skin. It can absorb the excess oil using its antimicrobial properties.
The best way to utilise the goodness of the aloe vera is to cut the leaves in half and remove the gel.
Apply to your face and let it dry. Then clean your face with cold water. This works best when carried out 2 or 3 times a day.

Use a face mask

Who doesn’t enjoy the relaxation of a face mask? Using an almond honey scrub can help reduce the effects of oily skin.

To make it…grind down some almonds and mix it with honey. Massage (gently) into your skin with a flannel. Rinse thoroughly.

Cornstarch (cornflour)

Yes the flour…the one used for thickening sauces! Surprisingly it can also dry up oily patches.

Create a paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of the flour with some warm water. Rub on the face, let it dry and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do it daily.


Salt water is a great natural source of minerals, vitamins, and other substances which help balance the biological system. It is said that salt water can help with eczema, acne and psoriasis.

Need to improve your circulation or reduce inflammation? Salt water can also help here too. It really is a very powerful nature remedy.

Spray some on your face during the day and tap dry with a clean towel.


Smoothing, astringent and antiseptic qualities…apples are a great remedy for oily skin.
2 options for you to try:

  1. Firstly, put the shreds of a grated apple on your skin. Leave for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.
  2. Alternatively, mix some grated apple, lemon juice and yoghurt to form a paste. Spread over your face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

egg white mask for oily skinApply egg white

Egg whites are stacked with vitamin A which can help dry out the skin.

This will seem odd. At least it did for me…but…give it a go. You only need a small amount but if applied to any sensitive areas for 15 minutes, it can help. Whip up the egg white and spread on the skin, allow it to dry and rinse with cool water after….best not end up smelling eggy on that first date!

An egg white mask, as strange as it sounds is a popular remedy for many people suffering from skin conditions.


lemon for oily skinLemon for oily skin is refreshing and reduces oil content. It acts as an astringent and also has some antiseptic qualities which can help balance the skin.

If you combine the same ratio of lemon to water and apply to your face and pat dry. Then rinse with cool water for a refreshing start to every day.

Alternatively you could mix lemon juice, honey and milk (ratio 2:1:2) to act as a face mask. Leave on the face for 10-15 minutes and rinse with cold water. This should also be done daily.

Lemon juice for oily skin is a top herbal remedy for skin care, and can cleanse the face in addition to getting smoother skin. Some people swear by orange juice but that doesn’t quite have the same amount of positive reviews online.


Yogurt home remedyLactic acid aids with the exfoliation of the skin and helps absorb any excessive oil from the face. Lactic acid comes in abundance within plain and organic yoghurts!

It is recommended to apply the yoghurt over the face for approximately 15 minutes. As normal, always good to rinse it off after…otherwise that date might think you look like a ghost! Do this once a day.


Now this one I struggle with…because I don’t like tomatoes….but they have a number of beneficial properties that help combat oily skin. So stick with it.

On top of the beneficial impact it can have on oily skin, it can also help fight off acne. So it really is worth a try!

So without any further delay… Slice a tomato in half and wipe on your skin. Leave it on the skin for a minimum of 15 minutes. Then rinse with cold water and blot dry. You can also add some honey to the mix if you like to mix it up a bit. I prefer it with honey to take away the smell of the tomatoes…but that’s because I don’t like them!

This is surprisingly one of the best homemade remedies, and a tomato face pack for oily skin can work magic if done consistently.


As with tomatoes, cucumbers are also great for combating oily skin. They have numerous cooling and smoothing characteristics along with great mineral and vitamin content.

So what to do? Cut the cucumber into thick slices and then rub on the face. For best results wash off in the morning with lukewarm water. This should be part of your daily routine.

Preparing a cucumber mask for oily skin is a famous remedy used by many people, with amazing results. In addition to cucumber masks, avocado mask for oily skin can be highly effective as well.


Milk is a great cleanser and can help keep oily skin at bay. It’s a gentle exfoliator too.

Mix the milk with a few drops of lavender oil and apply on your face. Massage the milk mixture into the face and leave overnight. Wash in the morning with lukewarm water. This should also be part of your daily routine.


Hang on! This can help reduce wrinkles as well as reduce oily skin! Honey is therefore definitely worth a try. It has a number of nourishing qualities which helps give a healthy and fresh faced look. Great for that first date.
So apply a thin layer over the face for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Do this morning and night.

A few more tips

  • Avoid moisturisers. You don’t need them! Your body is creating enough moisture in the first place…so don’t encourage it!
  • Don’t touch! Probably one of the most difficult to do…but don’t touch! If you keep touching you’ll be more inclined to then have a break out of acne…and lets be honest…no one wants that!
  • Exfoliate by shedding a layer of that oily skin away! Keeping it natural, use apple cider vinegar to exfoliate the skin. Do this before bedtime and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Application should be done using a cotton ball.

The key is finding the right home remedy for your own skin type. The best way to get rid of oily skin on your face or other body parts depends on how your skin will react to the different methods, so keep trying until something works for you. Keep it up!

As with the case with all of these suggestions we would recommend you trial the remedy on a small patch of skin to ensure your skin doesn’t have an allergic reaction. Always use with caution and if you have any side effects, please stop using the remedy and contact your doctor for further advice.