Ask anyone with oily skin type, and he will tell you: oily skin is the most irritating and challenging type. Oily skin absorbs almost all dirt and impurities that come her way. And even worse, oily skin tends to break out on a daily basis.
It is all because of the extra oil secretion that demands more attention. There are many ways to combat oily skin. Today, we will talk about how to naturally prevent extra oiliness using a DIY face mask for oily skin.
Homemade face masks made with natural remedies can solve many of the problems caused by oily skin. This includes blackheads, acne, spots, and much more.
What we have to stress before we take a look at the many face mask options is that these remedies do not promise results overnight.
Leave that to cosmetic products. However, what these masks promise is a gradual result that will, and last for a long time.
What is the problem with oily skin?
Why is oily skin one of the most frustrating, irritating, problematic, and challenging skin type?
Think of this for a second, you wash your face in the morning, and just after a few hours, your face looks like a grease ball. Once you apply makeup, it is extra hard to stay.
Oily skin is the breeding ground for many skin problems. The main reason why oily skin is so problematic is extra production of sebum or oil.
It is all due to the overactive sebaceous glands. We know that our skin needs oil to function properly, but when you have oily skin type, your sebaceous glands produce even more sebum. Why, nobody knows.
Excessive oil production can lead to clogged pores, which cause breakouts, acne, blackheads, and more.
What can you do? We suggest you turn to Mother Nature and see how you can benefit from the many DIY face mask recipes below.
DIY Face Masks For Oily Skin
Lemon and yogurt face mask
Lemon is one of the best things you can put on your face if you have oily skin type. Thanks to the citric acid, lemon can control and balance oil production of your skin.
Add in some yogurt, and you have lactic acid that is a natural cleanser. In other words, these two ingredients prevent extra oil production, and unclog your pores.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of each yogurt and fresh lemon juice. Use a blender to form a consistent paste
- Apply the mask on your face, and leave it for 10 minutes at most. Rinse off with warm water
- Repeat the process once per week to neutralize oily skin
Lemon and baking soda
Baking soda is another ingredient that can help clear and clean clogged pores. Baking soda will also balance and maintain the pH value of your skin, preventing acne breakouts in the process.
Both lemon and baking soda have antibacterial properties, preventing any infections on your skin that can happen due to clogged pores.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda powder and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- The paste is ready when the baking soda starts to bubble up
- Apply on your face, and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water
- Repeat the process once per week. Do not use baking soda more than once per week, as it can dry your skin
Lemon and turmeric
Turmeric is a spice the Western world recently discovered. And we are thankful for that. The magical spice as they call it in India, has so many benefits for our skin.
For starters, it is an excellent natural exfoliating scrub. And it fights off acne and any bacteria causing it.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of gram flour, ¼ cup of milk, ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder, and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice
- Use a hand blender to prepare the paste
- Once you have lump-free paste, apply evenly to your face
- Leave for 20 minutes, and then rinse off. Apply a light moisturizer afterward
- You can use the mask as a gentle and weekly exfoliation once per week
Honey and brown sugar
Speaking of exfoliating, nothing beats honey and brown sugar. We all know sugar is one of the best natural exfoliating agents. Honey is also a great moisturizer, which helps prevent dryness of your oily skin.
- Mix one tablespoon of brown sugar and one tablespoon of honey
- Apply the mask evenly on your face
- Wait for no more than 10 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water
- Repeat once per week to keep the oil at bay
Orange, yogurt, and honey
We praised lemon for its citric acid and skin benefits. Orange carries almost the same benefits, including vitamin C nourishment. This mask can help with collagen production, fine lines, and wrinkles in addition to keeping oiliness at bay.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 tablespoon of orange juice in a bowl
- Once you have a smooth paste, apply to your face
- Wait 15 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water. Repeat once per week
Banana face mask
Banana is the fruit you absolutely have to put on your face. Banana contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals that provide your skin with a healthy glow.
All of the vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin E found in banana can fight off blemishes, even out skin tone, moisturize your skin, and prevent damage done by free radicals.
- Mash one ripe banana, and then add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- Apply the consistent paste all over your face, and leave it to work its magic for 15 minutes
- Rinse off with warm water and follow up with a moisturizer
- This is one of the rare DIY face mask for oily skin recipes you can use 2 times per week
SEE ALSO: Banana Face Mask Recipes
If you are looking for an inexpensive way of treating oily skin, look no further than cucumbers. They have astringent properties that will remove sebum, dirt, dead skin cells, and other impurities from your skin’s surface.
In addition, cucumbers are loaded with vitamin C that will balance oil production and provide your skin with a healthy glow.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice, and 2 tablespoons of Fuller’s earth
- Apply the cucumber face mask evenly on your face
- Wait for 20 minutes, or until the mask dries off naturally. Rinse off with warm water
- Repeat once per week
SEE ALSO: DIY Cucumber Face Masks
Aloe vera and honey
Aloe vera is widely praised as one of the most beneficial ingredients for skin care. You can find it in almost any skin care product. So, why not go straight to the source?
Use aloe vera naturally. The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera will soothe your irritated skin, and the astringent properties will absorb the excess oil like a charm.
- Extract two tablespoons of aloe vera gel from aloe vera leaves. Add in one tablespoon of honey, and mix together
- Apply the face mask on your skin, and leave for 15 minutes
- Rinse off with warm water. You can use the mask once per week
Tomatoes are another natural ingredient with astringent properties. It is only logical to use them to fight off oily skin, as they can dissolve extra oil from the surface and shrink the appearance of your pores.
- Apply tomato juice directly on your skin, or mix with honey in 1:1 ratio if you want extra hydration to your skin
- Leave the mask for 10 minutes, and then rinse off
- You can repeat the treatment 2 to 3 times per week
Egg face mask
Egg whites are great for cleansing your pores, but also shrinking their size. Once you shrink your pores, you reduce sebum production. Eggs work with a number of other ingredients, but for this mask, we will use yogurt.
- Whisk one egg white, and then add a tablespoon of yogurt
- Apply a thick layer of the mask on your face
- Leave it for 15 minutes. Once the mask has turned hard and dry, rinse off with warm water
- Follow up with a light moisturizer. Repeat once per week