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How to Reduce Oil on Face Naturally

by
author image Lori A. Selke
Lori A. Selke has been a professional writer and editor for more than 15 years, touching on topics ranging from LGBT issues to sexuality and sexual health, parenting, alternative health, travel, and food and cooking. Her work has appeared in Curve Magazine, Girlfriends, Libido, The Children's Advocate, Decider.com, The SF Weekly, EthicalFoods.com and GoMag.com.
How to Reduce Oil on Face Naturally
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Oily skin can lead to acne and result in unwelcome shininess. But don't look for solutions in expensive beauty products. Some of the best remedies for oily skin can be found in your pantry and medicine cabinet. As a bonus, these all-natural remedies are gentle to your skin and the environment.

A Bowl of Oatmeal

Use oatmeal as an ingredient in facials to both exfoliate the skin and absorb excess oil. Combine half a cup of oatmeal, ground to a powder in a blender, with an egg white and perhaps a touch of honey or lemon juice. Spread this mixture in a thin layer on your skin, let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse it off. Do this once a day, either in the morning or just before bed. The egg firms up your skin, the honey is soothing and the lemon juice tightens your pores.

Magical Witch Hazel

Toss out your store-bought toner and use witch hazel in its place. Witch hazel is an astringent, meaning that it shrinks pores and dries up the oil on your skin. It's derived from the leaves and bark of a shrub native to North America. Dab it on with a cotton pad twice a day, in the morning and just before bed.

A Dairy Solution

Add buttermilk to your skin-care routine. Buttermilk contains acidic compounds that help tighten pores and remove dirt and oil from your skin. Mix it with oatmeal for a one-two facial punch, or combine it with astringent ingredients such as mashed strawberries, orange juice or green tea. If you don't have buttermilk, substitute yogurt.

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