Natural DIY Tricks for Oily Skin

April 2nd, 2015

Now that spring has arrived—well in some parts—there are undoubtedly some noticeable changes in the behavior of our skin.  The top NYC spa suggests some natural DIY tricks to balance oily skin at home.  If the dermis is oily it may no longer be overcompensating for the ultra dryness of winter (and the resultant indoor heating).  However, we still need to keep the oil slick in check regardless of the time of year.  Overproduction of sebum often gives an undesirable sheen and in the end results in pimples and blackheads due to blocked pores if not kept under control.

“The good news about oily skin is that it keeps the skin looking younger. Over time, people with oily skin tend to wrinkle less than people with dry or normal skin. The bad news is that too much of a good thing can cause breakouts,” says celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas. Joanna tells her clients that the most common mistake in treating oily skin tends to be over washing.  This ultimately causes the glands that produce  sebum to go into overdrive exacerbating the problem and resulting in dryness and irritation.


Luckily this skincare guru offers effective DIY tips to get the oil under control.  This mask is proven and all natural Massage the following mixture into your skin in circular motion. Let it saturate the pores for 15 minutes and then rinse with tepid water.  Pat dry and apply a daily serum or daily hydrating cream immediately after.

Take 1/4 cup masked strawberries

2 Tbsp yogurt (plain)

1 Tbsp rice powder

(*choose organic ingredients whenever possible)

How the mask works: “For people with oily skin, achieving a balance of exfoliation and oil control is difficult,” Vargas shares. “This recipe puts the skin back into balance immediately. The yogurt is soothing because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.”

In addition the mask will inhibit further breakouts while the lactic acid found in yogurt gently breaks the bond of dead dermal tissue along with the attached dirt. Strawberries have the ability to shrink the pores for a refined complexion.  The rice powder is an excellent exfoliant, used as a beauty remedy for centuries by Asian cultures, that gets at the most stubborn of blackheads.  As the final result oil production is visibly under control, so you have a glow minus the greasy shine.

Here are a few other tips to consider that make all the difference in balancing dermal oil production:

Exfoliation.  limit to twice weekly to keep from stripping the pores of sufficient natural oils that help to maintain a youthful visage.

Drying the face.  The best advice for avoiding replacing bacteria is by using a fresh paper towel to pat the face dry after each cleansing rather than a used towel.

Moisturizing.  it is crucial to find skin hydration suitable for your skin type and stick with it.  Avoiding excessive ingredients and harsh chemicals is key. Jojoba oil is a recommended anti-inflammatory that is the closest to our own sebum, therefore the best for regulating production as it is diminishes blemishes.

Non-greasy sunscreen. Mineral sunscreen naturally absorbs oil so the face is flawless and protected from UV damage.


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…