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Natural Home Remedies for Oily Skin


Oily skin is a common problem many men and women face in their everyday lives. Oil on the skin gives it a shiny or greasy appearance. The skin of the face is rich in sebaceous or oil glands that produce sebum, which is a mixture of lipids. This sebum causes the skin to become oily. This sebum has several merits as well demerits. It acts as a protective barrier to the skin and performs antioxidant and antimicrobial functions. But excess sebum can block skin pores, impart oiliness to the skin and nourish acne-causing bacteria that live on the surface. It also promotes the formation of acne.1  

You might want to remove the excess oil from the face for these reasons. Several home remedies can help you get rid of that extra oil and leave you with fresh and glowing skin.  

What Causes Oily Skin?

The sebaceous glands become oversized and start producing excessive sebum making the skin oily and greasy. The skin oiliness among people may vary depending on their age, climate, ethnicity, and gender.1  

The factors listed below play a key role in oil production from the glands. 

  • Hormones
  • Genes
  • Diet with high-fat content1,2

Symptoms of Oily Skin:

If you experience excessive oil on your face, your skin can: 

  • Appear shiny or greasy, commonly observed on the forehead, nose and chin (T zone)
  • Have acne1

Suggested Home Remedies for Oily Skin:

You can use these remedies to get rid of excess oil and take care of your skin at home.  

1. Soy

The application of soy on the skin can help control oil production and moisturise the skin.3 You can take some soybeans, grind them into powder, and add some water to make a paste. You can apply this paste onto the skin to get rid of oiliness.  

2. Fuller’s Earth

Fuller’s earth or Multani mitti is a perfect ingredient for oily skin. It acts as an absorbent and absorbs all the oil and dirt, giving fresh and glowing skin. You can make many facial packs using Multani mitti.4 To make a herbal face pack using Multani mitti, take turmeric, sandalwood powder, gram flour and saffron. Mix these ingredients and add water to get a paste-like consistency. Then, apply this face mask to get rid of oily skin.  

4. Gram Flour

Gram flour or besan is a beneficial ingredient that reduces the skin’s oiliness and prevents acne.4 Mix gram flour with some yoghurt and apply this paste evenly on the skin. Wash with cold water after some time when it is dried.  

You can make another face pack using gram flour, sandalwood powder, and turmeric to enhance the effectiveness. Add sufficient water to make a paste and apply it evenly across the skin. Wash it off with cold water when it is dried.  

5. Aloe Vera

If you have oily skin, you can use aloe vera gel to prevent pimples and acne from forming on your face. If you have an oily face, you can also use aloe vera gel as a moisturiser as it rejuvenates the skin.5  

Aloe vera gel face pack is a good remedy for oily skin. You can mix some aloe vera with Fuller’s earth to make a paste-like consistency and apply it to the face. Wash it off after some time.  

3. Face Wash

You need to wash your face as often as you can. You can wash your face in the morning, evening, and after exercising. Do not scrub, as it might irritate your skin and make it look worse. Washing the face will help control oily skin. You should avoid using a strong face wash to get rid of oil on the face. If you use a harsh face wash, it can irritate the skin and cause an increased production of oil, which will make the skin oilier. Choose a gentle and foaming face wash.6  

4. Blotting Paper

You can use some blotting paper to wipe off any oil present on the face. Take some blotting paper, gently press it onto the skin surface, and let it absorb the oil. Avoid rubbing the paper all over your face, or you will spread the oil all over. You can use blotting paper throughout the day to manage oily skin.6  

5. Moisturiser

Don’t stop using moisturiser if you have oily skin. You still need to moisturise daily to keep the skin hydrated. When choosing a moisturiser, choose one that also has sunscreen in it, especially a broad-spectrum sunscreen. The sunscreen in it will protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays and save you time.6    

6. Avoid Touching Face

Whenever you touch your face, you transfer oil, bacteria, and dirt from your hands to your face. Before touching the face, make sure that you wash your hands. Also, you should avoid touching the face unless you are applying moisturiser, sunscreen, and makeup or washing the face.6  

7. Choose Oil-Free Products

When buying products for your skin, choose the products which are labelled as oil-free or non-comedogenic (something that does not block pores and cause pimples). Choosing these oil-free products (makeup, cleansers, and moisturisers) will not clog the skin pores and help prevent acne.6 

8. Other Remedies

There are certain simple habits that you can follow to control the skin’s oiliness; these habits can help you manage oily skin.  

  • Avoid alcohol or oil-based face cleansers.
  • Choose oil-free, water-based makeup.
  • Remove makeup from your face before going to bed.
  • Wear good sunscreen before venturing out.6

Also Read: Simple Home Remedies For Acne Scars

When to Seek Medical Help?

Oily skin is a common problem that does not lead to anything serious.  

  • If having oily skin concerns you, you can reach out to a doctor or dermatologist (skin and hair doctor) and receive the necessary treatment.
  • If the oiliness is causing blackheads or acne on the skin, you can reach out to your healthcare provider.6


Excess oil on the face is a common problem encountered by men and women. Overproduction of sebum from the sebaceous glands makes the face oily. Though beneficial, the sebum can lead to acne and blackheads on the face. You follow simple home remedies to manage oily skin. Washing the face, moisturising and using a blotting paper to absorb excess oil are helpful remedies to manage oil on the skin. You can also use ingredients like aloe vera, Fuller’s earth and gram flour to make face packs for oily skin.   

If the oily skin is causing you concern or embarrassment, or if you also have acne, you can reach out to your healthcare provider.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the home remedies to get rid of oily skin?

You can make use of ingredients like aloe vera gel, gram flour, Fuller’s earth, and soy to get rid of oiliness. Gram flour and Fullers’ earth can be used to make face packs. Aloe vera gel can be massaged directly on the face to get rid of oily skin. Simple tricks like washing the face often and using blotting paper to absorb the excess oil from the face can help you take care of your skin.3–6 

What causes oily skin?

Sebaceous or oil glands present in the skin secrete a substance called sebum. These glands sometimes become enlarged and start overproducing sebum which makes the skin oily. Factors like age, gender, ethnicity and the climate affect the oiliness.1  

Does oily skin cause acne?

Yes, oily skin can lead to acne. The presence of oil can block the pores present on the skin. Also, oily skin can become a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria and promote acne.1  

Can I use aloe vera for oily skin?

Yes, you can use aloe vera gel if you have oily skin. People with oily skin can use aloe vera gel as a moisturiser to prevent complications like acne and pimples.5  

Should I use moisturiser if I have oily skin?

Yes, you still need to use moisturiser if you have oily skin. Having oily skin does not mean that you stop putting on moisturisers. Using a good moisturiser helps keep skin hydrated and healthy.6  

Can washing the face frequently cause overproduction of sebum?

Frequently washing the skin does not trigger sebum overproduction. It might cause preformed sebum to flow out through the skin pores, but it does not trigger sebum overproduction.1  

Should I contact a healthcare professional for my oily skin?

If the presence of excessive oil on your face makes you uncomfortable, you can reach out to a dermatologist. Also, if you experience acne because of your oily skin, reach out to your doctor for advice.6  

Also Read: Simple Home Remedies For Skin Whitening


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Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.

Dr Rajeev Singh

BAMS, Rajiv Gandhi education society, ayurvedic Medical College and hospital, Ron, Karnataka Work Experience - 6+Years •Between 2016-17, he worked as a resident medical offer at Sadanand Hospital. From 2018 - 20, as a resident medical officer for ICU/ICCU at Criticare Hospital, Andheri (W), Mumbai - he was responsible for managing admitted patients, managing emergencies, performing different types of procedures, covid management, etc. •As an ayurvedic physician, he is adept at diagnosing the disease as per the symptoms, Observing and performing the examination of samples for disease diagnose, using various diagnostic methods and equipment for making an accurate diagnosis. •He has sound knowledge about Ayurvedic medicine and disease and diagnosis on the basis of dosha and dushya.

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