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8 Best Homemade Face Masks for Oily Skin

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This article will teach you how to control face oil.

This article will teach you how to control face oil.

DIY Face Mask for Oily Skin

Oily skin is the most irritating skin type. It catches dirt and impurities very easily from its surroundings and tends to break out. Additional oil secretion demands extra attention for the skin to be healthy and glowing. Homemade face masks can treat many of the problems caused by oily skin, including acne, spots, blackheads, and greasy lines. Though they will give results gradually, unlike other cosmetic beauty treatments, these natural remedies are chemical-free and gentle on the skin.

Keep reading to find a cure for your problems.

Gram flour face mask

Gram flour face mask


  • Two tablespoons gram flour (besan in hindi)
  • Five drops of lemon juice
  • Half teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Two to three tablespoons of milk
  • Water as needed


Mix ingredients and apply to face for 20 minutes and wash off. It does deep cleansing and removes dead skin cells, giving a clear appearance.

This mask will act as a natural exfoliating scrub for oily skin.

Multani Mitti/Fuller’s Earth Face Mask

Homemade multani mitti face masks are very good for soaking up dirt and oil.

Multani mitti, also known as fuller’s earth, is an age-old remedy used to treat acne and pimples. It’s an effective cleanser that can prevent breakouts. You can get rid of extra shine, greasiness and oil with clay masks as they have oil-reducing properties.

A face mask can be made at home with multani mitti as a basic ingredient.


  • Take two tablespoons of fuller’s earth powder, soaked in water for half an hour.
  • Add a tablespoon of rose water and a few drops of lemon juice. If the mixture is still too thick, then you should add some water to it.
  • A tablespoon of milk can be added to avoid over-dryness.
  • This face mask will clear up your face, improve blood circulation, and remove excess oil and dead cells from the skin.
  • Apply this clay mask twice or three times a week.
Lemon and Milk to make face pack

Lemon and Milk to make face pack

Oil-Free Milk and Lemon Mask

Oily skin does need some moisture, but it needs to be oil-free. Milk combined with a few drops of lemon makes a mask that is ideal for people with oily skin.

It acts as a natural cleanser. Lemon reduces the oiliness while milk gives the skin a soft and glowing touch of moisture.

Mixture of Rose Water, Glycerin, and Lemon

Mix equal portions of rose water, glycerin and lemon juice and apply to the face. Leave for 20 minutes and wash off.

You can store this lotion in the freezer for your daily skincare routine. Keep it in a glass bottle.

Lemon has anti-bacterial properties and will help make your skin dry and tight. Rosewater is an antiseptic and an excellent cleanser and toner which will give you clean and fresh skin. Glycerin will hydrate the skin.

This is a perfect face mask to treat acne, acne scars and pimples. You must do a patch test to know if this lotion will suit your skin or not.

Fruit Face Masks

Lemon, orange, tomato, grapefruit and papaya all benefit oily skin in many ways. They are rich in vitamin C and have astringent oils that are very beneficial for greasy skin.

Natural astringents in these fruits help to tighten facial pores, reduce oil secretion and make skin clean.

People with combination skin should smear these face masks on the T – zone area only (the forehead, nose, and chin). If you apply them on dry areas of your face, then you might suffer from dry patches.


Tomato face masks are very effective at dissolving extra oil while shrinking the size of large-looking pores. A tomato has natural astringent properties which make it perfect for this.

Mash a red tomato and apply to the face for 15 minutes. You can apply this homemade face mask three times a week.

It will make your skin healthy, toned, and flawless by reducing the appearance of blemishes and acne scars.


Lemon does irritate the skin, but at the same time, it is very suitable to prevent oily skin problems. Like tomato and papaya, lemon is also rich in vitamin C. The best part of using lemon on your face is its astringent and bleaching effect.

Lemon can be added to face masks prepared at home to deal with all the troubles of greasy and shiny skin, including acne, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Your skin will feel clearer, fresh and clean of all the dirt and impurities after using it.

You can apply fresh lemon juice to your skin to clean and reduce oiliness. If your body is oily like your face, then you should add half a lemon to the bathtub to get rid of excessive oil.

Orange Peel

Orange peel is a well-known remedy to manage overly shiny skin.

Orange peels are first dried in the shade and then powdered to make a face mask. It can be used with water, curd, or milk.

Homemade orange peel masks clean and open clogged pores. Its astringent properties also reduce extra oil from the skin.

Papaya can be a useful ingredient for oily skin recipes.

Papaya can be a useful ingredient for oily skin recipes.


Though papaya suits all skin types, oily skin is most benefited. A papaya face mask will remove excess sebum from the surface of the skin. It also has enzymes that aid in exfoliation treatment.

Using a regular papaya mask on the face means youthful skin, fewer wrinkles, no dead skin cells and reduced discoloration.

Mash a piece of papaya in a bowl and apply to the face and neck. You can also add a few drops of lemon to it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Is honey best for oily skin?

Answer: Honey with an equal amount of lemon juice works very well on oily skin!

Question: Isn't lemon harmful to skin? Can't its acids harm sensitive skin? If the author has been writing beauty articles for years shouldn't they have heard of this?

Answer: Lemon juice has many beauty benefits for all skin types. Lemon may cause a little irritation and sometimes redness on sensitive skin. If you feel burning on your skin, dilute the lemon juice with water.

Question: For the milk and lemon mask, how do you get the thickness to make it stay on your face like a mask?

Answer: Use a cotton ball to apply milk and lemon face mask. It can be runny, so you may lay down after applying the mask to avoid dripping.

Question: Will tomato paste reduce the oil on my face?

Answer: Yes, a tomato has astringent properties and reduces oil on the skin.

Question: How do I get rid of pus pimples on my oily face?

Answer: Apply clay masks regularly to get rid of pus pimples and eat more fiber foods to improve your digestion.

Question: How long should we keep the milk and lemon mask on?

Answer: For around 15 minutes.

Question: In a week how many times do we have to use the lemon and milk face mask?

Answer: You can apply it daily!!

Question: Do we need to have raw or boiled milk?

Answer: Raw milk is best to use on the face!

Question: Lemon stings the skin and acne doesn't it?

Answer: Yes it does because it has citric acid. Lemon juice is very powerful remedy to bleach your acne marks! I can say this by my personal experience.

© 2013 Neha Sadana


Cynthia on July 10, 2020:

Am Cynthia I have a dark and oily face but my skin is light ,I need a face mask recipe that will help me.

MehwishYati on February 27, 2020:

They cleanse your internal state and reduce the chances of multiple skin problems like wrinkles and acne. They are known throughout the world for their incredible ability to solve any problems and luckily it can also help you look the best you can.

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Shruthi on November 30, 2019:

I have large open pores in face. Is it possible to reduce

Iram Raza on October 15, 2019:

I also have oily skin and I found the best face mask for oily skin which is gentle enough and removes the excess oil and it makes my skin smooth and clean. As you have mention these products and all these seem very nice. but I want to share mine one which is Aria Starr Beauty Natural Dead Sea Mask

Noura on September 05, 2019:

Hi. I am 13 years old and my oily skin is bothering me. Every time I wanna take a picture I look awful. Please can you give me an advice to the oiliness of my face?

Marium on August 07, 2019:

All ppl who are suffering from acne issue discoloration and scars do check my channel beauty smasher as i have been gone through all of these phases n i ll give you tips acc to my experience now you can see my face is all clear n Allhmdulilah i get rid of all the acne issues

Crusitah on April 27, 2019:

Hie I have an oily skin and pimples what do I do and my neck is lighter than my face

Mia J on March 15, 2019:

I’m new to this but I found out that 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon juice and come sugar to make a sugar scrub applied daily, will make for a good way to lighten the skin!

Rahi mallick on February 05, 2019:

My skin is getting dark day by day wht to do?

Neha Sadana (author) from India on July 26, 2017:

Hello Fariha,

Apply lemon juice on your face daily. You may feel little bit of itchiness because of lemon mask. It has strong bleaching properties that will fade away your pimple scars.

Also do massage with mashed papaya on alternate days.

All the best!!

Fariha on July 25, 2017:

Hii I'm 2o yr old I have pimple marks on face plz suggest me effective home remedy for marks nd my marriage is in November so plz reply me nd thnx for these remedy....

priyanka on July 13, 2016:

Very helpful tips

max pattinson on June 30, 2016:

I like the this thanks

Neha Sadana (author) from India on October 05, 2015:

Hi Kendra! Thanks for your feedback. I am glad these oily skin remedies help you out in skin care!

kendra on October 01, 2015:

Hi i'm kendra i have an oily skin and the solution that u have made it for oily skin is more effective for me...thnk u do much

pari on April 30, 2015:

Hii mam

I m pari... i m 17 yrs old n i have vry oily skin n mny thin pimples on my face.. plzz give me solution for it... n evn to mke skin healthy n glowing.. ty

sama on April 24, 2015:


I m Sana. I m 21 yrs old I have oily skin nd more pimples..... I want to fair face... so u give me solution........

Sumi nagpal on February 03, 2015:

i m 37, I hav oily skin and still facing problem of acne . Acne scars . I hav applied lots of thing but didn't get any result . Pls help me

chahat on January 10, 2015: age 19 my skin so...oily nd there pimlp on my face nd blck hd so plzz give me the best tips plzzz fast...

khush on November 20, 2014: age 18 plz tell me some good tips for my oily skin is very delicate...plz help me

jyoti on October 30, 2014:

Hi i m 22 my skin is very oily skin more blackheads nd pimples on my nose plz give me some good solutions

Aiza shaikh on October 20, 2014:

TThanks 4 giving us a beautiful and easy Home made tips...

Meena on September 25, 2014:

Hi I am 18 my face become oily after 1 hour during function times I need some idea plz grant me

my name is zoya khan. on September 20, 2014:

hai mam,.,. My skin is very oily skin.plz some ides give me remove this so oily fsce.

aditi pal on September 19, 2014:

Hi, I have so oily skin & more blackheads. Plz give me good solution. Thax

Amar on September 12, 2014:

How often should the "Gram flour, turmeric, lemon and milk mask" be applied ??

Prema on September 12, 2014:

Nice tips. Thank u so much

pranjali shukla on September 06, 2014:

Thank u so much for ur help.this is just what I needed

kinjal dutt on August 29, 2014: 22 years old...and my problem is pls give me for this mee...

radhika on August 27, 2014:

I want to remove my it remove it home therapy

kenny on August 27, 2014:

i love this the results r very good and thanks

Neha Sadana (author) from India on August 24, 2014:

To get rid of pimples, besides applying homemade face masks for oily skin you also have to take care of your diet and eating habits. Your skin is what you eat! Eat healthy and fiber rich food, improve your digestion. Try multani mitti face masks, they soak impurities and make skin clean and clear.

darshu chandaliya on August 24, 2014:

Hii plz give me the slution for pimpln oly skin plz tell me my age is 20 plz plz

Tina on August 19, 2014:

Hi iam tina .... iam in 23 yrs ....My skin problem is oily & lot of pimples ....plz give me solution......

Pinky on August 19, 2014:

Which peel off mask is suitable for oily skin

Mishra megha on August 04, 2014:

My skin is so oily and more pimples and black heads please give me solution.

suresh on July 29, 2014:

Hi I am suresh my skin problem oily skin next blackheads please Give me the solution

i m alka on July 29, 2014:

My skin is very oily & more pimples

sweety on July 22, 2014:

Hii..... i am 16 and my problem is blackheads...plss give me solution..... on July 20, 2014:

hiii,I am using multani mitti, rosewater,and lemon lst 1year but its nt good work for my oily ,greasy acne or blackheads skin.

plz sggst sm good tips to me for my skin type....

lots of love....

kanak on July 15, 2014:

Hi mam i m kanakkanak 27 year old.. I hav oily skin nd Whiteheads nd my face looking vry dull.. Plz give me best solution.. Plz fast

manisha on July 07, 2014:

hie .i am manisha 19 year old

my skin is so oily my problem is blackheads

plzzz give me the solution fast

christian on June 26, 2014:

Hey I'm Christian

I have oily skin and I get acne but these home remedies really did work for me thx so much

isha on June 24, 2014:

Hi i m isha i want to reduce scars in our face

I don't know the where is my scars comes in our face and day by day it increases in my face?

Plz give me the solution fast ?

hema on June 22, 2014:

Hi i am hema age 22 year my problem is blackhead

Plz give me best soulution give fast

Rahrah on May 12, 2014:

How to lighten scars on the leg area?

please help thank u so much

Rishaa on February 14, 2014:

Hi, im 18 my skin oily dull acne and blackheads.i want clear and beautiful

.plz give me best solution. Tnx in advance

Risha on February 14, 2014:

Thnx 4 helpful information

Neha Sadana (author) from India on August 02, 2013:

I am glad you like these homemade remedies. Thanx for stopping by..

Jennifer Suchey on July 25, 2013:

Nice hub. I recently read about using lemon juice with egg whites as a mask and have planning to try that. Thanks for all the info you shared here.