How to Get Rid of Oily Skin: 7 Natural Home Remedies

To get rid of oily skin, you should use products that are capable of reducing or controlling sebum production, in addition to helping to remove dead cells. These two factors help to promote skin renewal.

Some natural ways to get rid of oily skin include applying natural substances, like cornmeal, oats and clay, to the skin and using them for exfoliation, hydration masks and cleansing tonics You should also maintain ideal eating habits and consume at least 2 liters of water per day. 

In cases your oily skin does not improve with adequate cleansing, exfoliation and hydration, it is important to consult a dermatologist for a skin assessment. Depending on the assessment, the doctor can recommend products that are best for your skin.

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Some natural ways to get rid of oily skin include:

1. Homemade cornmeal scrub

Exfoliating with cornmeal is an excellent way to eliminate dead skin cells and promote new skin cell growth. Cornmeal has the ideal consistency for  exfoliation, as it does not fall apart during use and can remove dead cells and excess oil from the skin.


  • 3 tablespoons of cornmeal
  • ½ cup of filtered water

How to use: Mix the ingredients until you obtain a homogeneous mixture. Then, apply to the face and rub it into the skin with your fingertips using gentle circular movements for about 5 minutes. Pay special attention to the forehead, nose and chin, which are the areas with the most oil. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with a soft towel. This exfoliation can be done once a week.

2. Clay facial mask

A clay facial mask should be applied after exfoliation, as it helps reduce skin oiliness. It also has a soothing and regenerative effect on the skin.


  • 1 tablespoon of green clay
  • 1 cup of water

How to use: Mix the ingredients until you obtain a homogeneous mixture. Then, apply to the skin and leave to act for 30 minutes. Then, rinse your face with cold or lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.

This home treatment can be done once a week.

Attention: For this treatment, your are advised to purchase green clay in a store that sells natural products or beauty products. Clay found in the environment is not recommended, as it may contain microorganisms that are harmful to the body.

3. Natural cleansing toner

An excellent homemade solution for oily skin is a natural cleansing toner, as it helps eliminate deeper impurities from the skin, as well as reducing oiliness and controlling the skin's pH.

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  • 1 cup of iced chamomile tea
  • 5 drops of rosehip oil
  • 1 mint leaf

How to use: Mix all ingredients in a clean container. Then, apply the toner with a cotton pad all over the face until all oil is removed from the skin. It is recommended that this procedure be repeated every night before going to sleep. It is essential that the face is clean and dry, so that the effect of the toner is even greater.

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This toner can also be used to remove makeup and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

4. Avocado hydration mask

A great homemade option for oily skin is the avocado mask. In addition to regulating oily skin, this mask also has a moisturizing effect that also firms the skin and gives it more color. 


  • ½ avocado.

How to use: Cut the avocado in half, remove the seed and mash the pulp of one side with a fork. Then, wash your face with water and soap that is suitable for oily skin. Apply the avocado pulp to your face and leave it on for around 20 to 30 minutes. Then, wash your face with cold or lukewarm water.

This mask can be applied once a week. Read more about avocado benefits and how it can be used or consumed.

5. Homemade oatmeal scrub

Another excellent homemade exfoliant for oily skin can be made with oatmeal, coconut oil and propolis. This exfoliant stimulates cell renewal and eliminates dead skin cells present in the most superficial layer of the skin. It also has an antioxidant effect that helps protect the integrity of the skin.


  • 2 tablespoons of oats
  • 6 drops of propolis
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil

How to use: Add all the ingredients to a container and mix well until you obtain a homogeneous mixture. Apply the homemade lotion to the skin, massaging gently with circular movements for 5 minutes. Then rinse off and pat the skin dry.

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6. Cucumber and clay mask

A cucumber facial mask is a great home remedy for oily skin, as the cucumber cleanses and hydrates the skin while the clay absorbs excess oil.


  • 1 tablespoon of cucumber pulp
  • 2 teaspoons of green clay
  • 1 cup of filtered water

How to use: Mix the ingredients until you obtain a homogeneous paste. Then, apply the mask to your face, leaving it to act for 20 minutes. This cucumber facial mask for oily skin should be done twice a month or whenever your skin feels very oily.

7. Aloe and rosehip oil mask

A homemade facial mask made with aloe vera and rosehip oil has a regenerating and moisturizing effect, that promotes the production of collagen and elastin. It also helps to manage oily skin and leaves the skin soft and with a uniform appearance.

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  • 2 teaspoons of aloe leaf gel
  • 4 drops of rosehip oil

How to use: Separate the aloe vera gel from the leaf and place in a clean container. Then add 4 drops of rosehip oil and mix until a paste is obtained. Then apply all over the face with your fingertips, until completely absorbed and leave it to act for 20 minutes. Then wash your face with cold water.