7 Best Homemade Cleansers For Oily Skin

Learn in this article, how do you make homemade cleansers for oily skin simply using effective natural ingredients available at home.homemade diy oily skin face cleansers

Your skin is exposed to the pollution & sun’s harmful ultra violent rays every day. Your skin comes in contact with dust, grime, and various other harmful chemicals. They not only damage the skin, but make it look dull and oily as well.

Cleansing is the most important step in keeping our skin recharged, glowing and healthy. A good cleanser can help wipes away all this unwanted ‘baggage’ from your skin, without striping off its natural oils.

Oily skin needs extra skin routine! Most importantly, you will need a cleanser that can specifically cleanse the oiliness of your skin and manage oily skin issues.

How To Make Your Own Homemade Cleanser For Oily Skin?

A homemade cleanser, for that matter any other beauty product, is a good idea since you have control over the ingredients – which don’t have in case of commercial products.

The recipes, I am going to share with you contain natural ingredients that have almost no side effects on the skin. Here are some of the top homemade natural cleansers for oily skin.

Effective Homemade Oily Skin Cleansers

Honey And Lemon Juice

Lemon has high amount of citric acid that makes it a perfect natural cleansing candidate for oily skin. Thanks to its astringent properties, which help control excessive oil production by the skin. Moreover, it treats acne and brightens skin as well.

Honey makes an ideal partnership with lemon. It maintains the right balance by hydrating and nourishing the skin.

You will need

(i) Honey: 2 tablespoons

(ii) Lemon juice: 1 tablespoon, freshly squeezed


Mix well the honey and lemon juice in the above ratio. If you feel the mixture is too thick, add a little amount of water.

Apply the mixture onto your face, and gently massage for a minute.

Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to allow its goodness get absorbed by the skin.

Wash it off with plain water.

Pat your skin dry. Apply a moisturizer meant for oily skin or some jojoba oil.

How Frequently To Do This?

You can use this daily at night before you sleep.

[Read: Honey For Reducing Wrinkles]

[Read: Lemon Face & Body Scrub]

Apple Cider Vinegar

The presence of malic acid makes Apple cider vinegar (ACV) an effective exfoliant, so it helps get rid of dull and dead layer of skin cells. Its mild acidity content balances the skin’s natural pH and absorbs the extra oil produced by the skin.

You will need

(i) Apple cider vinegar: 1 tablespoon

(ii) Water: 3 tablespoons


Dilute the ACV by mixing it with water in the above ratio.

Splash plain water over your face and then apply the diluted ACV all over your face with the help of a cotton ball, avoiding the eyes.

Remember to use upward motions while cleansing your face.

Let it sit on your face for a few minutes. Rinse with water.

Pat your skin dry. Apply a moisturizer meant for oily skin or some jojoba oil.

How Frequently To Use?

Use this cleanser 2-3 times per week.

Important Note:

If your skin is sensitive, combine ACV and water in a 1:5 ratio.

[Read: Apple Cider Vinegar For Skin Care]

Cucumber And Tomato Cleanser

Both these natural ingredients work on your skin efficiently, even when used separately. Tomato removes dirt and other impurities, reverses sun damage and lightens skin complexion. Cucumber works as a great soothing agent, excellent skin toner and refreshes the skin. When combined together, they help control skin greasiness also.

You will need

(i) Cucumber: ½

(ii) Tomato: 1 small


Blend well the two above ingredients, until you get a smooth, spreadable paste.

Apply the paste onto your face, leaving it there for about 15 minutes.

Wash with water.

How Frequently To Use?

You can use this refreshing cleanser daily.

[Read: Cucumber Face Scrub For Oily Skin]

[Read: Tomato Face Mask Recipes]

Rose Water

While cleansing, rose water tones, soothes & moisturizes as well. It improves circulation as well as the process of cell regeneration.

It acts gentle on the skin and helps maintains the required pH balance and sebum production.

You will need only rose water.


Soak a cotton pad with rose water and wipe your entire face using upward motions.

If you like, you may either leave the rose water on your face or rinse if off with plain water.

How Frequently To Use?

You can use this daily at night, before you sleep.

[Read: Aloe Vera & Rose Water Face Mask]


Milk is a great natural cleanser that also rejuvenates the skin. It is recorded in the history that Cleopatra used it for its magical skin beauty effects. It is full of natural enzymes and acids that not only cleanse, but also tone and exfoliate the skin as well. The power of raw milk as a cleansing agent increases dramatically when it is used cold. Orange peel powder plays the important role of a pH-balancing agent in the cleanser. Moreover, it also reduces the greasiness, unclogs the skin pores, and tightens them.

You will need
(i) Raw cold milk: 3 tablespoons

(ii) Orange peel powder: 1 teaspoon


Mix the above two ingredients in the given ratio to make a smooth, spreadable paste.

Apply the mixture over your entire face, and gently massage in clockwise and then anticlockwise motions for about 3-5 minutes.

Let it stay on for another 3-5 minutes.

Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

How frequently to use?

Use this cleanser daily.

[Read: Top Milk Face Pack Recipes]

Gram Flour & Turmeric Powder

Gram flour works as a great cleanser for oily skin. It scavenges away oil, dirt and other impurities, exfoliating the skin. And when combined with turmeric powder, it provides awesome anti-inflammatory, antibacterial face cleanser that brightens the skin and makes it look radiant and refreshingly full of youth.

You Will Need

(i) Gram flour (besan): 1/2 cup

(ii) Turmeric powder: 1/4 teaspoon


Mix the ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Take a tablespoon of the mixture and gently your damp face, leaving it on for a few minutes.

Rinse it off with water.

How frequently to use?

You may use this facial cleanser daily.

[Read: Top Homemade Oily Skin Face Masks]

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is one of the best cosmetic clays for oily skin. Because of its high absorbing characteristic, it can absorb extra oil from the skin and pull out all those skin-damaging impurities. As it sucks out all the excessive oil it also helps in easing acne woes.

 You only need bentonite clay for this cleanser. Mix well 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay with little amount of water to make a thick, spreadable paste.

 Apply it all over face (avoiding eyes), and allow it to dry out. Wash it off with water.

Pat dry, and apply a suitable oily skin moisturizer.

 How frequently to use?

You can use 2-3 times a week.

[Read: Best Bentonite Clay Face Masks]

Bonus Tips:

  • Control Oily Skin When Outdoors: Always carry with you a face mist and spritz it on whenever you feel to refresh your face. Also, keep in your bag a spray-on sunscreen for protecting your skin from sun, which suits your skin type.
  • Use A Moisturizer: Moisturizing oily skin is as important as moisturizing dry skin. However, for oily skin use a moisturizer that is especially formulated for oily skin. Make sure to use lightweight face serums and avoid creams type because they are typically too heavy for oily skin.
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