10 natural tips against oily skin

A woman with a face mask
A woman with a face mask

When the glands of the skin produce too much sebum, the face not only shines, but it also causes increased pimples and inflammation. But not with the right care.

Steam bath

In clinical studies, experts have found that lemon balm with its essential oils is a natural antiseptic. In addition, it has a soothing, balancing and abirritative effect. For a steam bath, pour two handfuls of fresh or dried lemon balm leaves in a bowl with one liter (2 pint) of boiling water. Use a towel over your head to let the steam work on the skin. They have a calming and relaxing effect.

Camomile tea

Oily skin is often associated with closed pores and so accompanied with pimples and blackheads. In the acute case, a strong chamomile tea with its calming and anti-inflammatory ingredients helps to get rid of the red pustules. For this, brew a very strong tea with a small handful of dried chamomile flowers and boiling water. Dip a cotton ball and place on the affected skin area. Leave for at least half an hour.


The skin is a detoxifying organ that can channel toxins out of the body through sweat. Therefore, an unhealthy lifestyle is also evident in the face. American researchers have found that it is mainly dairy and high glycemic index foods such as sweets and white bread that can promote blemishes and acne. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, wholegrain cereals, legumes and healthy fats prevents.


Simply rub away all the fat with a scrub? Better not: Due to the mechanical stimulus, the skin only produces more sebum. But a gentle cleansing makes sense. In a small bowl, mix 3 g (0.1 oz) of dried blackberry leaves with 5 ml (0.17 fl oz) of vegetable oil. Then add 30 g (1 oz) of salt and mix well. Apply the peeling to a cotton cloth moistened with warm water and spread gently. Wash off with lukewarm water.

Ground ivy leaves

Mix vodka and ground ivy leaves in a ratio of 3: 1 and fill in a screw-top jar. Leave in a warm place for ten days and shake daily. Then strain and fill in a dark bottle. For acutely inflamed and purulent pimples, mix with threefold amount of water and dab with a cotton swab. The tincture dries out the skin and makes the impurities disappear.

Aloe vera

Even greasy skin should be creamed, as dry air, sun and other external influences remove moisture, which stimulates sebum production. A self-made moisturizer with aloe vera is ideal for this. Mix a cup of aloe vera gel with a splash of rose water and a few drops of tea tree oil and gently massage a small amount into the facial skin every evening. The mixture should be kept in the refrigerator.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic quality apple cider vinegar acts as an exfoliant on the skin, pulling the pores together and bringing the pH back into balance. For oily skin it is the perfect toner. Mix the apple cider vinegar with three times the amount of water and pour it into a bottle. Soak a cotton ball with the solution every two days and gently dab off the face. Let it work for five to ten minutes, then wash off with water. In order not to clog the pores and allow the skin to breathe, it is important to apply as little make-up as possible. Especially with powder rather sparingly.


Above all, you should not wash the face with very warm or even hot water, as this will destroy the acid mantle of the skin. The result: It produces more sebum. Better is lukewarm or still pleasantly cold water. In addition, it is important to change the towel with which you then dries the face, after two to three days. Otherwise, it will multiply bacteria that can affect the appearance of the skin.

Healing earth

One of the most proven home remedies to free the skin of toxins and excess sebum is a mask with healing clay. Mix 3 tbsp healing clay with 20 ml (0.7 fl oz) water to a paste and apply to the face and, if necessary, to the décolleté. The fine loess binds bacteria while the mask dries on the skin. Then wash off the now solidified soil with plenty of lukewarm water. It is even more effective if you mix the healing earth with chamomile tea. As the mask dries out the skin, it should not be applied more than twice a week.

Cucumber yogurt

Mix 3 tablespoons of natural yoghurt with 100 g (3.5 oz) puréed organic cucumber and spread the mask generously over the face. Leave for 30 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water. Cucumbers contain a lot of water, as well as vitamins A and E as well as potassium and magnesium, all nutrients that help with oily skin. The lactic acid in yoghurt balances sebum production.

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