Homemade Facial Mask Recipes That Help Oily Skin

Get Rid of Shine with These Easy Facial Mask Recipes

Finding facial products that work on oily skin without causing excess oil production or breakouts can be a real challenge.

We understand that and have taken some time to find the best homemade facial mask recipes for oily skin based on the proven effectiveness of their ingredients.

By the end of this article, you’re going to know how to make some really amazing homemade face scrubs and masks that really help keep the shine to a minimum. Because some people have sensitive skin, you may want to test a small patch of skin first if you’re not sure about an ingredient.

Ready to mix and smear your way to beautiful skin? Let’s get started!

Citrus and Honey Mask

The first homemade face mask recipe that I came across sounded really good to me because the ingredients are simple, readily available, and known to be effective. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Honey
  • Orange Peel
  • 1/2 Lemon or Lime

Coarsely grind the orange peel using a food processor or grater and juice the lemon or lime. Mix 1 tbsp or the peel with 1 tbsp of the lemon/lime juice and 1 tbsp honey. Stir them together well and smear onto your face, gently rubbing in circular motions. Rub it in for 1-3 minutes and then let it sit for 20 minutes or so. Rinse off well with luke-warm water

Rinse your skin well. The honey is a natural humectant (meaning it holds in moisture) as well as an antibacterial so it helps get rid of acne.

The lemon contains vitamin C, citric acid, and B vitamins and is a great source of antioxidants as well as being an exfoliant because of the acidity. Also, citrus fruits are commonly used to lighten age spots so that’s another bonus.

The orange peel offers many of the same banefits as the juice but has the added benefit of acting as a gentle abrasive exfoliant that helps slough off dead skin so that your complexion is bright instead of dull and listless.

Overall, this is an awesome homemade facial mask to use if your skin is tired-looking and oily. If you’re your skin is just moderately oily, use it once per week. If it’s extremely oily, use it twice.

Jojoba Yogurt Citrus Mask

This mask is great for exfoliating naturally, removing excess oil, and locking in moisture. According to herbalists, jojoba oil reduces sebum production by tricking your sebaceous glands into thinking that your skin has plenty of oil because jojoba is supposedly nearly identical to your natural oil. Thus your glands significantly reduce production.

This isn’t scientifically proven but it’s not been disproven either, and it’s a widely-used ingredient in some well-trusted products.

Here’s what you’ll need for this mask:

  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt – acidic exfoliant, soothing agent, good consistency for a base
  • 3 drops tea tree oil – anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, great for killing bacteria that causes acne
  • 1 tsp instant or quick oatmeal – exfoliant, contains the natural cleanser saponins, soothing agent, anti-inflammatory
  • 1 tsp lemon juice – acidic exfoliant, antioxidant, skin lightener
  • 3 drops jojoba oil – moisturizer
  • 1 tsp honey – humectant, antibacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory

Combine all ingredients and let it set for 5 minutes so that the oatmeal begins to soften. You don’t want to use it with the oatmeal hard because you can damage your skin. Once the oatmeal is softened a bit, give it a stir and apply with your fingers onto your face. Use circular motions that stimulate your circulation while gently exfoliating. Let sit for 20 minutes and rinse in luke-warm water.

Because of the exfoliating properties of this mask, you may not want to use it everyday. Also, the tea tree oil can be drying, so you should only use this once or twice per week. If you’d like to make a mask that you can use on the other days, simply omit the oatmeal and tea tree oil. If your skin becomes dry, leave out the lemon juice, too.

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Final Word

Controlling oily skin isn’t easy but if you follow a good diet, moisturize regularly (yes moisturizing – read our article on What Causes Excess Oil and Sebum Production to learn more – and keep your face clean and free of dead skin, you’re going to notice a significant improvement.

If you’ve used any of these homemade facial mask recipes for oily skin or have one that you’d like to share, feel free to tell us about it in the comments section below.

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