12 Best DIY Face Masks for Oily Skin (Control Oil Secretion)


Shiny hair, lips, and nails work great to amplify your look for a night out. But an oily T-zone? Not so much!

Oily skin is one of the most frustrating and problematic skin types. You wash your face in the morning, and after 2 hours, you look no less than a grease ball. Also, holding on to that impeccable matte-finish makeup becomes next to impossible.

If you can relate to the scenario then you also know that oily skin  gives rise to a host of other skin problems. As if having an oily skin was any less of a torture!

Anyway, the main reason you adorn a glossy face despite of frantic blotting is because of overactive sebaceous glands. These are the tiny pods on your skin that produce an oily matter (sebum) to lubricate your skin and hair. However, in certain individuals, including you perhaps, these glands produce more oil than normal. This can be due to genetics, your hormones, or the environment you live in.

How to make a face mask for oily skin
DIY face masks for oily skin

Excessive oil production by your skin leads to perpetually clogged pores, which then give rise to breakouts, acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.

However, there are practices you can adopt and DIY face masks that you can apply weekly to banish the grease for good. Also, you need not break the bank for this. Just rake up your pantry and you should find most of the stuff there. Everyday ingredients such as lemons, fruits, oats, and clay work miraculously to get rid of oily skin.

To get you started, here are the 12 best DIY face masks for oily skin you can try to get rid of that greasy layer from your face and keep pesky zits at bay.

Contents

Lemon Face Mask

Method 1: Lemon and Yogurt

Citric acid present in lemon can help neutralize and control the natural oil secretion of your skin. Yogurt, on the other hand, contains lactic acid that acts as a natural cleanser, sloughing off dead skin cells and excess oil that may give rise to acne breakouts.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need for face mask for oily skin

  • Fresh lemon juice (control oil secretion) – 2 tablespoons
  • Yogurt (skin cleanser) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Combine lemon juice and yogurt

Mix lemon juice and yogurt to make DIY face mask for oily skin
Mix lemon juice and yogurt
  • Take 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt in a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to it.
  • Use a hand blender to form a consistent paste.

Step 2. Apply the face mask once weekly

Apply this mask once a week to get rid of oily skin
  • Using a face pack brush, apply the paste all over the face, leaving the area around the eyes.
  • Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
  • Apply an oil-free moisturizer.

Use this DIY face mask for oily skin once a week.

Method 2: Baking Soda and Lemon

Baking soda is an excellent ingredient for oily and clogged skin. It helps maintain the pH balance of your skin and thus prevent breakouts. Lemon works as an antibacterial agent, preventing skin troubles and also controls oil secretion. Lemon also works as a bleaching agent to lighten skin tone.

Note: Do not use baking soda more than once a week as it can turn your skin dry. Also, if you have a sensitive skin, do a patch test before applying it on your face.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need for face mask for oily skin

  • Baking soda (maintain pH balance) – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice (control oil secretion) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix baking soda and lemon juice in a bowl

Combine baking soda with lemon juice in a bowl to make diy face mask for oily skin
Combine baking soda with lemon juice in a bowl
  • Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to it.
  • Mix the two well. The baking soda will start to bubble up, which is normal.

Step 2. Apply the baking soda–lemon face pack

Apply the baking soda–lemon face pack once weekly diy face mask for oily skin
Apply the baking soda–lemon face pack once weekly
  • Apply the face mask, avoiding the eye area.
  • Rub the mask in slow, circular motions around the oily T-zone.
  • Let it sit not more than 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cool water.
  • Then apply a light moisturizer.

Use the baking soda–lemon face mask not more than once a week to keep oily skin in check.

Method 3: Lemon and Turmeric

This mask can be used as a natural exfoliating scrub for oily skin. The mask uses gram flour that helps slough off dead skin cells, accumulated oil, and grime from the pores. The turmeric adds antibacterial and anti-acne properties to the mask and also helps take away tanning. The milk, containing lactic acid, acts as a cleanser, and the lemon helps control oil secretion.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need for face mask for oily skin

  • Gram flour (exfoliator) – 2 tablespoons
  • Milk (cleanser) – ¼ cup
  • Turmeric powder (antibacterial) – ½ teaspoon
  • Lemon juice (control oil secretion) – ½ teaspoon

Step 1. Mix gram flour, turmeric, milk, and lemon juice

Combine gram flour, turmeric, milk, and lemon juice in a bowl to make a diy face mask for oily skin
Combine gram flour, turmeric, milk, and lemon juice in a bowl
  • Put 2 tablespoons of gram flour in a bowl.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder to the flour.
  • Pour ¼ cup of milk and mix all the ingredients well.
  • Finish by adding ½ teaspoon of lemon juice to the mix.
  • Use a hand blender to get a lump-free paste.

Step 2. Apply the lemon–turmeric face pack once a week

Mix and apply the face pack evenly all over your face to make diy face mask for oily skin
Mix and apply the face pack evenly all over your face
  • Apply the face pack evenly all over your face.
  • Let the pack work on your face for good 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with water and apply a light moisturizer.

Use the mask for weekly exfoliation and to prevent oily skin.

Fruit Face Mask

Method 1: Banana

Bananas are not just essential for the morning energy kick but also give you healthy skin. The fruit contains vitamins A, B, E, and potassium that fight blemishes, even out skin tone, moisturize skin, and combat free radicals causing early aging. Mixed with some lemon and honey, bananas can also prevent acne by controlling natural oil secretion of your skin.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need for face mask for oily skin

  • Ripe banana (reduce blemishes) – 1
  • Honey (antibacterial) – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice (control oil secretion) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix honey and lemon juice in a mashed banana

Mix honey and lemon juice in a mashed banana to make a diy face mask for oily skin
Mix honey and lemon juice in a mashed banana
  • Take a ripe banana and mash it thoroughly using a fork.
  • Add 1 each of lemon juice and honey.
  • Using a hand blender, mix the three to form a consistent paste.

Step 2. Apply the banana mask

Apply the banana mask twice a week make a diy face mask for oily skin
Apply the banana mask twice a week
  • Apply the banana face pack all over your face and neck.
  • Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes, before rinsing it off with cool water.
  • Follow it with a moisturizer.

Use the DIY face mask for oily skin 2 times a week to get blemish-free skin.

Method 2: Cucumber

Cucumbers are the most inexpensive way of treating oily skin and its related troubles. Its astringent properties help tighten skin pores and remove sebum, dirt, and dead skin cells from the skin surface.

Cucumbers also contain Vitamin C that helps maintain the oil balance of your skin. Adding some lemon juice increases the oil-controlling properties of the mask.

This face pack contains Fuller’s earth clay, which works as an oil-absorbing agent. Additionally, it helps tighten the skin pores and improve the overall appearance of your face.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need for face mask for oily skin

  • Fuller’s earth (oil absorbing) – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice (control oil secretion) – 1 tablespoon
  • Cucumber juice (works as astringent) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1. Mix fuller’s earth, lemon juice, and cucumber juice

Combine fuller’s earth, lemon juice, and cucumber juice in a bowl to make a diy face mask for oily skin
Combine fuller’s earth, lemon juice, and cucumber juice in a bowl
  • Take 2 tablespoons of Fuller’s earth in a bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of fresh cucumber juice to it.
  • Also add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and mix everything together.

Step 2. Apply the cucumber face pack once weekly

Apply the cucumber face pack once weekly diy face mask for oily skin
Apply the cucumber face pack once weekly
  • Use a cosmetic brush to apply an even layer of the pack on your face.
  • Let the mask stay for 15 to 20 minutes or until it dries completely.
  • Wash it off with cold or warm water, as per your liking.
  • Do remember to apply a moisturizer afterwards as the clay can dry out your skin.

Apply the DIY face mask weekly to maintain oil-free skin.

Method 3: Tomato

Tomatoes have natural astringent properties. Hence, a tomato mask can prove effective at dissolving extra oil from your skin’s surface while also shrinking the size of large-looking pores. You can either apply tomato juice/pulp directly or add in some honey to keep the skin hydrated.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need for face mask for oily skin

  • Tomato pulp (dissolves excess oil) – 1 tablespoon
  • Honey (hydrates skin) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Combine tomato pulp and honey

Mix tomato pulp and honey in a bowl to make a diy face mask for oily skin
Mix tomato pulp and honey in a bowl
  • Combine equal quantities (1 tablespoon) of tomato pulp and honey.

Step 2. Mix and apply the tomato face mask 2 to 3 times per week

apply the tomato face mask 2 to 3 times per week make diy face mask for oily skin
Apply the tomato face mask 2 to 3 times per week
  • Mix the two well to form an even paste. You can also use fresh tomato juice instead of the pulp.
  • Apply the mix on your face, especially the T-zone. Do avoid the eye area.
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with water.

Use the mask 2 to 3 times a week to get rid of oily skin.

Egg Face Mask

Method 1: Egg White and Yogurt

Egg white serves as an excellent pore cleanser. It also helps shrink the size of pores and, thus, reduce sebum production. Mix it with some plain yogurt, another facial cleanser and use the mask to get flawless skin.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need to make a face mask for oily skin

  • Egg white of 1 egg (shrinks pores)
  • Yogurt (cleanser) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix egg white and plain yogurt

Combine egg white and plain yogurt in a bowl to make diy face mask for oily skin
Combine egg white and plain yogurt in a bowl

Step 2. Apply the egg face mask once a week

Mix and apply the egg face mask once a week diy face mask for oily skin
Mix and apply the egg face mask once a week
  • Apply a layer (should be thick) of the egg white face mask.
  • Keep it on for 15 minutes or until has turned hard and dry.
  • Rinse it off with warm water and apply a light moisturizer.

Apply this DIY face mask for oily skin once a week for firm-looking skin.

Oats Face Mask

Method 1: Oats and Avocado

Oats are another everyday ingredient that can work wonders on your skin. As they are highly absorbent, they help draw out excess sebum from the pores and thus reduce oiliness of the skin. The pack uses avocado, which is rich in essential fats and antioxidants that help maintain skin healthy without making it oily. You can also use avocado to make a nourishing hair mask at home.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need to make a face mask for oily skin

  • Oatmeal (exfoliates skin) – ½ cup
  • Ripe avocado (nourishes skin) – ½

Step 1.  Soak oats in water and mash the avocado

 Soak oats in water and mash the avocado to make a diy face mask for oily skin
Soak oats in water and mash the avocado
  • Pour ½ cup of oats in a bowl.
  • Add enough water to wet the oats sufficiently. This will help soften the oats.
  • Let them soak in the water for 5 minutes.
  • Scoop out half of a ripe avocado in a separate bowel.
  • Mash it thoroughly with a fork.

Step 2. Mix the oats and mashed avocado

Mix the oats and mashed avocado and apply on your face diy face mask for oily skin
Mix the oats and mashed avocado and apply on your face
  • Add the mashed avocado to the soaked oats.
  • Mix the two well.
  • Apply the paste on your face for 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off with cool water.
  • Apply an oil-free moisturizer.

Use the mask once a week to exfoliate your skin and prevent excess oil build-up.

Method 2: Oats–Lemon–Honey

If you find the avocado oats mask too thick to apply, simply mix oats with honey and lemon juice to form an effective anti-oil exfoliating face mask.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need to make a face mask for oily skin

  • Oats (exfoliates skin) – ½ cup
  • Honey (hydrates and heals skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice (controls oil secretion) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Mix oats, honey, and lemon juice

Combine oats, honey, and lemon juice to make a diy face mask for oily skin
Combine oats, honey, and lemon juice
  • Put ½ cup of oats in a bowl.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.

Step 2. Apply the face mask

Apply the face mask once weekly diy face mask for oily skin
Apply the face mask once weekly
  • Use a spoon to apply the mask on your face and neck.
  • Keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse with tepid water.
  • Follow it with a mild moisturizer.

Use it 1 or 2 times every week to exfoliate your oily skin.

Clay Face Mask

Method 1: Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay, commonly referred to as green clay, is another effective mask for oily skin. The clay is highly absorbent and can soak up excess sebum from the skin. It also works as an astringent to shrink and tighten irritated and enlarged pores. You can use it as is or add yogurt to improve the cleansing properties of the mask.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need to make a face mask for oily skin

  • Bentonite clay (absorbs oil) – 2 tablespoons
  • Yogurt (cleanser) – 2 tablespoons

Step 1.  Add plain yogurt to Bentonite clay

Add plain yogurt to Bentonite clay to make a diy face mask for oily skin
Add plain yogurt to Bentonite clay
  • Take 2 tablespoons of Bentonite clay in a bowl.
  • Add to it 2 tablespoons of unflavored yogurt.

Step 2. Mix the ingredients and apply the paste on your face

Mix together and apply the paste on your face diy face mask for oily skin
Mix together and apply the paste on your face
  • Mix the clay and yogurt to form a smooth paste.
  • Use a face mask applicator brush to apply a thin and even layer of the paste on your face and neck.
  • Let the mask dry for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off with cool water.
  • Apply a moisturizer suitable for oily skin.

Use it once a week to control excessive oily skin.

Method 2: Fuller’s Earth

DIY face mask made using Fuller’s earth is quiet popular for soaking oil and dirt from oily skin surface. It is also very effective for treating acne and pimples, which more often than not are a result of excessive sebum production by your skin. The mask also uses rose water that helps cool down irritated skin and also maintain its pH level, preventing further breakouts. The lemon juice helps control oil production and also improves skin tone.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need to make a face mask for oily skin

  • Fuller’s earth (absorbs oil) – 2 tablespoons
  • Rose water (cools off skin) – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice (control oil secretion) – ½ tablespoon

Step 1. Combine fuller’s earth, lemon juice, and rose water

Mix fuller’s earth, lemon juice, and rose water to form a paste to make diy face mask for oily skin
Mix fuller’s earth, lemon juice, and rose water to form a paste
  • Pour 2 tablespoons of Fuller’s earth in a bowl.
  • Add ½ tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
  • Add around 1 tablespoon of rose water.
  • Mix all the ingredients to form a spreadable paste. You can add in more rose water, if needed.

Step 2. Apply the clay face pack once weekly for oil-free skin

Apply the clay face pack once a week to get rid of oily skin diy face mask for oily skin
Apply the clay face pack once a week to get rid of oily skin
  • Apply a thick layer of the face mask, leaving the area surrounding the eyes.
  • Keep the mask on for 10 minutes or until it dries completely.
  • Wash it off with warm water.
  • Follow it with a light moisturizer.

Use this mask once a week to get rid of oily skin.

Aloe Vera Face Mask

Method 1: Aloe Vera and Honey

Aloe vera too works as an astringent, drawing out excess oil from the skin pores. As it contains 90% water, it also hydrates the skin. You can also mix it with honey, which acts as a humectant, drawing moisture to the skin, without turning it oily.

Things you’ll need:

Things you'll need to make a face mask for oily skin

  • Aloe vera gel (astringent) – 2 tablespoons
  • Honey (humectant) – 1 tablespoon

Step 1. Blend together aloe vera gel and honey

Mix together aloe vera gel and honey to make diy face mask for oily skin
Mix together aloe vera gel and honey
  • Take 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel in a bowl. It is better to use fresh aloe vera gel for this purpose.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • Mix the two with a hand blender.

Step 2. Apply the aloe–honey mix on your face

Apply the aloe–honey mix on your face 3 to 4 times a week to get oil-free skin diy face mask for oily skin
Apply the aloe–honey mix on your face 3 to 4 times a week to get oil-free skin
  • Using a cosmetic brush, apply the mix all over your face, except the eye area.
  • Leave it for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Reapply this DIY face mask for oily skin 3 to 4 times a week to get supple skin.

Tips

  • Use a gel-based or foaming cleanser to clean your face 2 to 3 times in a day to remove accumulated oil and dirt.
  • Use an alcohol-free facial toner every day for regulating sebum production.
  • Always apply a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. Lack of moisture will encourage the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil.
  • Always wear a sunscreen when stepping out. Learn how to make your own homemade sunscreen here.
  • Avoid eating sugary foods and drink lots of water throughout the day to flush out toxins.
  • Eat lots of green vegetables and fruits as they naturally help regulate oil production.

Comments 1

  1. Which hand blender do you use? I am not able to find a small hand blender to make these packs. Could you guys please help me find a nice small hand blender.

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