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Mask for Oily Skin

Madhumita Shivade
Oily skin makes the face look dull and tired. Though it might sometimes be frustrating to have this skin type, following certain natural remedies can surely prove beneficial. In fact, applying certain types of face masks can do wonders to improve one's skin. Those who have this skin type can use the recipes for face masks given in this article.
Oily skin is caused when the sebaceous glands produce more oil than is required. The excess sebum makes the skin appear oily. It is a known fact that oily skin slows the process of skin aging.
In some people, this condition might be hereditary, however, making certain poor lifestyle choices (eating oily food frequently, smoking, not following a proper skin care routine, etc.) could be contributing factors. Excessive secretion of sebum could also cause acne, especially among adolescents.
The accumulation of dirt, grime, and sebum could make a person susceptible to acne. Using a face mask can help reduce the oiliness from the pores, thereby improving the condition of the skin.

Banana Mask

A banana pulp applied to the face produces a better complexion. It makes the skin smooth and is a good wrinkle reliever. It also nourishes it with vitamins that are present in the fruit.

Things You Will Need
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ tablespoon of honey
  • 2 to 3 drops of lemon
Mash a half ripe banana. Add ½ tablespoon of honey in it and mix it thoroughly using your fingers. Then, add 2 or 3 drops of lemon in the mixture. Stir this mixture, so that it turns into a smooth paste. Before using it, wash your face with a face cleanser that suits your skin type and dab it dry.
Now, apply this mask on to your face and massage it with two fingers for 2 minutes. Wash your face again, and wipe your face dry. This mask can be applied twice a week, for best results.

Sandalwood Mask

Sandalwood is known for its antiseptic properties. It could also be used as a skin conditioner.

Things You Will Need
  • Cleansing milk
  • Cotton balls
  • 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder
  • Rose wate
Pour some cleansing milk onto a cotton ball, and wipe your face till all the dirt on your face has been cleaned. This is necessary before applying the mask, so that the dirt is wiped off from the pores. Rinse off your face with warm water and dab it dry. Mix 1 tablespoon of sandalwood powder with rose water, such that the mixture is not a thick paste.
Apply this mixture on the face. In case you have an acne-prone skin, apply a thicker layer on it. Keep this mask on your face, till it is completely dry; let the mask dry naturally. Wash your face and pat it dry.
If your face feels very dry after this, use a moisturizer that is suitable for your skin. This can be repeated thrice a week, if the oiliness and acne on the face persists.

Oatmeal Mask

Oatmeal can be used as a scrub, as it helps shed off the dead skin layers, thereby giving it a smooth, glowing look.

Things You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice
  • Rose water
Add 2 tablespoons of oatmeal in a bowl. Add rose water and mix it into a paste. Add 2 drops of lemon in this mixture. Apply this paste to your face and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash your face thoroughly and wipe it dry.

Simple Yeast Mask

Among the many types of yeast available, brewer's yeast is known to be beneficial for the skin. A face mask that is made using Brewer's yeast could help remove the blackheads and whiteheads, and might also prove beneficial for acne-affected skin.

Things You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of brewer's yeast
  • 1 tablespoon of homemade yogurt
Mix brewer's yeast and 1 tablespoon yogurt together. Apply this paste on your face and massage it gently. Keep this mask for about 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water. Gently rub your face dry.
All the ingredients mentioned in these recipes are easily accessible. When using any mask for oily face, make sure you follow the instructions properly. Moreover, following a daily facial skin routine for oily skin will also prove beneficial.