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How to Get Rid of Oily Skin Permanently: Effective Natural Remedies

by Christine GlasgowJune 3, 2017

Top Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Oily Skin

Shine is great on your lips, it’s not so great on your skin in general, not if that shine is caused by an overproduction of oil anyway. And not only is oily skin unattractive it’s also a big reason why acne is a problem for many. Excess oil leads to clogged pores, clogged pores lead to nasty, unsightly acne pimples and to a cycle of breakouts that can seem impossible to stop.

If only then there was a way to ‘get rid’ of oily skin, but that’s probably not possible right, especially if, like many, it’s a genetic disposition that makes it that way in the first place. The good news is though that while you may not be able to change your skin type permanently there are many ways that you can keep that oil at bay, reducing shine and acne as well. And it’s those solutions we’re going to look at here.

What Causes Oily Skin in the First Place?

Before getting into just how to better control oily skin, it’s helpful to understand why it is so greasy in the first place. In fact, there are many common reasons, including all the following:

  • Genetics– Some people simply have oily skin that ‘runs in the family’.
  • Hormonal changes – As the hormones fluctuate throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle the sebaceous (oil producing) glands are often thrown into disarray.
  • Stress – The body often produces more androgen hormones as a response to stress, something that can lead to increased oil production in the skin.
  • Seasonal Weather Changes – The weather can affect your skin’s oil production. The humidity of the summer or the drying effect of winter winds can both throw oil glands into overdrive.
  • Using the Wrong Skincare Products – For example, if you have ‘normal’ skin, but use a cleanser for oily skin, the dehydration that may occur can literally change your skin type, giving you the oily skin you were trying to avoid as your skin attempts to re-hydrate by increasing oil production.
  • Overusing Skincare Products – Too much scrubbing, exfoliating and/or overusing ‘oil control’ products and acne medications or treatments can lead to skin dehydration that, once again, the body attempts to fix by triggering your skin to produce more oil.
  • Medications – Some medications – especially birth control pills and some antibiotics, can trigger increased oil production in the sebaceous glands.
  • Tanning – Many people think that a sunbathing session at the beach, or in a tanning bed, actually helps to ‘fix’ oily skin. But the ‘drying’ effect is only temporary. Tanning in this way triggers an ‘injury response’ in the skin, once again leading oil glands to overproduce.

Simple Lifestyle Changes to Fix Oily Skin

In some cases, simply making a few, relatively easy, lifestyle and habit changes can help fix an oily skin problem. These might include any – or all – of the following:

  • Get a Professional Skin Evaluation – Not sure if your oily skin might be genetic? Get a professional skin evaluation to find out. A dermatologist can perform one and some beauty counters employ staff who can provide you with one as well, often at no cost. For example, a 15 minute in store Sephora Skincare IQ consultation is offered free, and you won’t even need an appointment.


  • Taking More Care when Buying Skincare Products – When you are shopping for skincare products pay less attention to brand names and flashy ads and more attention to whether or not they are right for your skin type. Need help? Again, a free beauty counter evaluation might help, and there are some good online tools that can be of assistance too.


  • Use Everyday Skincare Products as Directed – Once you have chosen your skincare products use them only according to the directions that accompany them. Using more than directed is rarely better when it comes to things like cleansers, toners and masks.


  • Protect Your Skin from the Elements – As we mentioned, oily skin can be worsened by changes in the seasons. Even if you have rather oily skin, moisture is important in the winter, just look for a lightweight, oil free moisturizer to make use of. And in the summer, keep make up light – or go bare faced if you dare – and always use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF to protect you skin from sun damage.


  • Practice Active Stress Relief – Stress can play havoc with the condition of your skin in general, not just its oil glands. It’s bad for your general well-being too, so actively trying to keep your stress levels down is a must.


The best way to do that is a very personal thing. For some it might involve getting a little more active, for others meditation or yoga helps, while some of us can find stress relief simply by listening to a favorite song or laughing at a great movie. Whatever works for you though try to do it regularly, as both your mind and body will thank you!


Home Remedies to Battle Oily Skin and Breakouts

So, you’ve tried making lifestyle changes, you’ve set what you think is a pretty good daily skincare routine and you are still dealing with oily skin and the breakouts and acne pimples it causes? Then maybe it’s time to get into the kitchen and try one of these home remedies.


Egg White Mask

Thanks in part to the high levels of Vitamin A, egg whites can be great at both absorbing excess oil and tightening pores.

How It’s Done

  • Separate the egg white from the yolk of an egg in a mixing bowl.
  • Stir the egg white until it thickens, but not to the point where it become meringue!
  • Apply to your face with clean fingertips
  • Leave in place for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Pat skin dry and apply an oil free moisturizer.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a fabulous natural astringent. It also has a mild bleaching effect on the skin, so can help lighten the dark spots and hyper-pigmentation that acne often leaves behind.

How It’s Done

  • In a mixing bowl, combine one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with a half tablespoon of water.
  • Apply to the face using a clean cotton ball
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Pat skin dry and apply an oil free moisturizer


Tomatoes contain a number of ingredients that help fight oil and acne in general. Lycopene and other acids contained in the pulp help absorb excess oil and the Vitamin C is an acne fighter in general.

How It’s Done

  • In a bowl, mash a fresh tomato -or two – into a pulp.
  • Apply the pulp to the face using clean finger tips.
  • Leave in place for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Pat skin dry and apply an oil free moisturizer

Cucumber Cooler

There’s a good reason you’ll find so many store-bought skincare products that contain extract of cucumber; it’s a fantastic, gentle astringent and cools and soothes redness and acne pimples very effectively. It also contains high levels of silica, which can help rejuvenate damaged and/or aging skin.

How It’s Done

  • In a bowl, chop a fresh UNPEELED cucumber into thick slices. We emphasize unpeeled because it’s cucumber skin that contains most of the skin healing silica.
  • Mash, or even hand blend the cucumber slices until you have a thick paste.
  • Apply to face with clean fingertips
  • Leave in place for at least an hour, or, better still, overnight.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Pat skin dry and apply an oil free moisturizer

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

Apple cider vinegar is not only another great natural astringent but it also contains high levels of alpha hydroxy acids that tone oily skin without over-drying it in the way that alcohol based toners often do.

How It’s Done

  • In a bowl, combine one-quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with three-quarters of a cup of distilled water.
  • Decant mixture into a clear plastic bottle with a tight lid.
  • After cleansing your face as normal, sweep mixture over the skin in place of your usual toner.
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Pat skin dry and apply an oil free moisturizer.

Honey Mask

Honey makes a great weekly mask treatment for oily skin. Its natural oil absorbing properties help mop up excess sebum and its antiseptic properties help keep acne causing bacteria at bay too.

How It’s Done

  • In a bowl, combine a tablespoon of honey (the runny stuff, not the solid honey, and preferably organic) with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice.
  • Apply the mixture to your face
  • Leave in place for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Pat skin dry and apply an oil free moisturizer.
  • Repeat no more than once a week.

And there you have it, lots of tips, tricks and ideas for you to try out in order to combat the oily skin that not only causes acne but creates that unwanted shine and ruins your flawless makeup look. These are just some of the things you can try though, and we’d like to know, have you ever tried something not covered here that worked on your oily skin? If so, feel free to share, we’d love to hear from you.

Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.
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