Oily skin is characterised by a high level of shine and larger pores due to overactive sebaceous glands. There may also be a lot of visible blemishes and blemish marks. Compared to oily skin types, people with dry skin have smaller pores.
Several factors like genetics and puberty are responsible in giving rise to oily skin. Some people are genetically predisposed to have oilier skin.
For some, puberty acts like a trigger for the rise of oily skin. Yes, even fairly dry skin can become oily due to hormones going haywire during puberty. However, it is not impossible to deal with oily skin. You just have to know all the signs to look out for.
Another mistake that people with oily skin usually make is use a lot of products to deal with the excessive oil.
There are many products in the markets that boast of reducing the oil formation on skin; however, these often contain a lot of chemicals that could actually strip the face of its natural oils. And honestly, excessive face washing is not the answer to curing oily skin.
So, here are a few home remedies that you can try out, which would balance out the oil on your face, without being harsh at all.
Turmeric has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great ingredient to use for oily skin. Mix turmeric powder with a little milk and apply the paste evenly all over the face and neck. Do this every week for best results.
2. Baking soda
Make a face pack mixing a little baking soda, water and some lemon juice. This is a lot gentler than other treatments that you get in the market, but this should be used sparingly. This pack even helps reduce any pimples or acne that would be forming.
3. Lemon juice
Lemon rejuvenates the skin while also keeping it moisturised. It helps in restoring the skin's natural pH level, so it can even be used, after washing your face, as a toner. Dip a cotton ball in a little water and lemon juice and apply it all over the face.
Cold vinegar can work really well if applied with a cotton ball. Make sure you mix the vinegar with water. You can even freeze vinegar and use the ice cubes to rub your face with it. Both white vinegar and apple cider vinegar work well.
Salt is a natural disinfectant. Fill a spray bottle with water and mix around 1 teaspoon of salt into it. Spray it on to your face, multiple times in a day, to get rid of the oiliness. Close your eyes when you do this, as it could sting the eyes. Do not rinse off.
Cornstarch can soak up excessive oil on the face. Many people even use it as a natural setting powder. For this, you can mix a little cornstarch powder with water and use it as a pack, by applying the paste on your face and then washing it off after 10-15 minutes with cold water.
Tomato juice has vitamin C and citric acid, which would help in tightening the open pores. Rub cold slices of tomatoes all over your face, leave the juice on for ten to fifteen minutes and then wash with cold water.
8. Aloe vera
Last but definitely not the least, aloe vera is that best natural ingredient to reduce oily skin. Aloe vera provides the required amount of moisture to oily skin, without over-moisturising it, making the skin turn soft and supple.