Our sebaceous glands produce sebum (oily substance) to lubricate the skin. This sebum plays an important role in skin health. It helps to moisturize the skin and protects the skin from fungal and bacterial infections. It also lowers the water loss from the surface of the skin.

However, sebum has important functions, but when it is produced in excess, it can also cause problems. The overproduction of sebum leads to oily skin. Oily skin is more prone to acne. Sebum along with dead skin cells can clog the skin pores. Clogged pores cause the growth of bacteria and results in acne, whiteheads, blackheads and pustules. These problems increase during puberty due to hormonal changes that increase sebum production.

In this article, we will describe the homemade face mask that prevents all these problems in people with oily skin. These face mask also helps to reduce the oil on the skin surface, unclog the skin pores and lowers the risk of acne.

Effective Homemade Face Mask for Oily Skin

Here are some the most effective and natural homemade face masks for oily skin:

1. Oatmeal Face Mask

Oatmeal and oatmeal powder

Oatmeal and oatmeal powder

The application of oatmeal is beneficial for all types of skin. Making its face mask with milk cream and oil is an excellent homemade face mask for dry skin. However, when it is used along with honey, lukewarm water or mashed fruits, it also works in oily skin. Oatmeal face mask exfoliates the skin, removes dead skin cells, unclog the skin pores, reduces inflammation and absorbs the excess oil from the skin surface.

In this mask, lemon juice also reduces oil secretions and inhibits acne-causing bacteria. Apple improves collagen content in the skin that helps to improve the elasticity of the skin and prevents wrinkles. It also acts as a natural sunscreen. It is also beneficial for rejuvenating skin cells.

How to Make Oatmeal Face Mask

IngredientsQuantity
Oatmeal Powder1 tablespoon
Apple½ fruit
Lemon Juice1 tablespoon
  1. Take a half apple and mash it. Take it in a bowl and add oatmeal powder and lemon juice. Mix them to make a uniform paste.
  2. Apply this paste on the face. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the mask from the face rinsing with warm water and then pat dry.
  4. Repeat this every day for maximum benefits.

2. Witch Hazel Face Mask

Witch hazel leaves are used to make a face mask. It acts as anti-inflammatory, astringent and soothing agent. Its astringent action is helpful for reducing the oil from the skin. Witch hazel is commonly used in anti-acne ointments.

Witch hazel face mask exerts anti-sebum action. It reduces the excess oil from the skin surface, unclogs pores and prevents acne.

In this mask, apple cider vinegar boosts witch hazel action. Furthermore, it improves the antibacterial action of the face mask and inhibits acne-causing bacteria.

How to Make Witch Hazel Face Mask

IngredientsQuantity
Witch Hazel Fresh Leaves or Leaf Powder30 grams
Apple Cider VinegarA half teaspoon (2.5 ml)
Warm waterAs required to make a paste
  1. Take fresh leaves of Witch Hazel and crush them to make a paste. If you don’t have fresh leaves, then you can dry leaf powder.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar and warm water to make a thin paste.
  3. Apply this paste on the face for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Then remove it from the face using warm water.
  5. Repeat this once or twice a month.

Warning:

Witch hazel face mask has a very astringent action that removes oil from the skin. Its excessive use can also irritate the skin. It may also cause itching or tingles on the face. Therefore, applying it for 3 to 5 minutes is sufficient to get good results. If you have sensitive skin, don’t use it. You can also test out it by applying it on a small patch of the skin. If you feel irritation, then you should not use it.

3. Egg White Face Mask

Egg White

Egg White

The yellow portion of the egg called yolk. It is best for making a face mask for people with dry skin. (Find Here: Facemask for Dry Skin).

Egg white is beneficial for people having oily skin. It is commonly used in folk medicine for reducing the sebum from the skin surface. It is generally beneficial with lemon juice.

How to Make Egg White Face Mask

IngredientsQuantity
Egg WhiteFrom 1 egg
Fresh lemon juice1 teaspoon
  1. Mix egg white and lemon juice. Apply it to the face. Leave it on until application dries.
  2. Wash off the face for removing this mask and pat dry.

4. Honey Face Mask

Honey

Honey

Honey is a common ingredient in the most of natural remedies including face masks and packs. Because it has antibacterial, antiseptic, wound healing and natural humectant properties. It is beneficial for oily skin and regulating the moisture on the skin surface. It also balances the pH of the skin. So, it makes the skin wrinkle free and provides a youthful look to the face. Due to its moisture regulatory action and low pH, it inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria.

How to Make Honey Face Mask

IngredientsQuantity
Honey1 tablespoon
Fresh lemon juice½ teaspoon
Cinnamon Powder½ teaspoon
  1. Mix all ingredients. Apply it to the face for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove it washing off the face and pat dry.
  3. You can repeat it once a week.

5. Barley Flour Face Mask

Barley

Barley

Barley has antioxidant, wound healing, brightening, anti-acne and anti-inflammatory actions. These actions are attributed to the presence of azelaic acid in barley. It exfoliates the skin and controls sebum secretion. It also absorbs the excess oil from the skin and prevents acne formation. Its local application improves the complexion of the skin and enhances the elasticity of the skin. It fights off skin infection and unclogs the pores.

How to Make Honey Face Mask

IngredientsQuantity
Barley Flour2 tablespoons
Warm WaterAs required to make a thin paste
  1. Take barley flour in a bowl and add water in it. Make a thin paste.
  2. Apply this paste to your face. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off your face and remove barley mask.
  4. You can repeat this for 2 to 3 times a week. If you have excessive oil on the face and you have to wash your face several times a day, then you can use it every day. It is the safest face mask for everyday use.

Alternatively, barley paste can also be prepared with lemon juice for more effects. But if you add lemon juice, remove face mask from the face after 10 to 15 minutes.

6. Tomato Face Mask

Tomato

Tomato

The presence of salicylic acid in tomato makes it effective for absorbing the excess oil from the skin pores. It further helps to unclog the skin pores, which aids in treating acne.

How to Make Honey Face Mask

IngredientsQuantity
Tomato1 tomato
Brown sugar1 teaspoon
  1. Mash tomato and form a paste. Add brown sugar to Mix it well.
  2. Apply this paste to your face. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes on the face.
  3. Rinse your face off with warm water and pat dry.
  4. You can repeat this face mask once a week.

7. Fuller’s Earth Face Mask

Fuller's Earth (Multani Mitti)

Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti)

Fuller’s earth (also called Multani Mitti) is an excellent ingredient used in face masks. It absorbs the excess oil from the skin surface and modulates oil secretion. It also removes dirt from the skin and prevents acne. It has cleansing and detoxifying effects on the skin, which improves the overall health of the skin. It makes the skin soft, smooth and supple. It is also beneficial for reducing wrinkles, blemishes and dark spots.

How to Make Fuller’s Earth Face Mask

IngredientsQuantity
Fuller’s earth3 tablespoons
Lemon Juice1 teaspoon
Honey1 teaspoon
WaterAs required to make a thin paste
  1. Take all ingredients in a bowl. Add sufficient water to make a thin paste.
  2. Apply this paste to the face for 15 minutes.
  3. You can repeat this face mask 2 to 3 times a week.

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