While not all acne patients suffer from oily skin, a majority of us do. Of all skin types, oily skin proves to be the most problematic as it usually leads to acne. People with oily skin also tend to have a greasy, dull and dark complexion. On the flip side though, oily skin doesn’t age or wrinkle that easily.

Many people often mistaken oily skin with combination skin. For me personally, I used to have oily skin. This meant that all parts of my face were oily – the forehead, nose, chin, cheeks, temples, practically everywhere! I required about 3-4 sheets of blotting paper each time to completely remove the oils on my face so you can imagine how disgustingly oily it used to be. Combination skin is slightly different however, only certain parts of the face are oily (usually the T-zone) and other parts of the face may be dry or normal.

To make matters worse, some acne patients also have sensitive skin (I do, too). This makes caring for acne even more challenging because the wrong kind of acne treatment or simply overdoing it may cause the skin to become red and irritated.

For years I’ve battled with oily skin, never failing to try every option I know of that’s available on the market. Here are some oily skin remedies which are affordable and may just work for you:

1. Astringent Toners

While astringent toners can reduce oiliness, the effects may not last long. For people with sensitive skin, applying an astringent toner may cause the skin to tingle and turn red. Dr. Cambio, WebMD, says, “I’m not a big fan of astringent toners because they tend to irritate the skin and can lead to more oil production.” She would only recommend applying it on oily areas of the skin such as the forehead, nose and chin.

I’ve tried Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent and while it did help to clear the oil, I didn’t quite like the sensation from it. Astringents are normally made from alcohol which sometimes tend to over-dry the skin.

2. Blotting Paper

Blotting paper is a great option for removing oil as they will not dry out the skin. It’s convenient to carry around and use but unfortunately, the effects don’t really last long. A touch up with blotting paper normally keeps me going for another 1-2 hours before the oil starts to build again. Nevertheless, it’s still a cheap option that does work.Some types of blotting paper even comes with powder to give you an additional matte finish. For example, the Palladio Oil Absorbing Rice Paper Tissues with Rice Powder.

3. Masks and Clays

I find that masks and clays containing sulfur and kaolin work best for oily skin. It really helps to draw out the excess oils and clean pores. I usually mask on alternate days of the week, with a moisturizing mask in between applications to prevent my skin from over-drying.

Some people also find success in using egg masks in which I can second. My beautician used to add an egg into her mask mixture each time to create some sort of a peel-off mask which did help the oiliness to some extent.

4. Milk of Magnesia

While Milk of Magnesia may have gotten mixed reviews, those who have experienced success with it seem to be very happy with the results. Also known as magnesium hydroxide, this is actually a form of medicine used as a hydrating laxative and an antacid to relieve uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms and constipation. It is not a dairy product, but rather a milky white liquid, which is what contributes to its nickname.

It works great as a makeup primer or base and helps to keep your makeup matte. However, I would recommend applying this on oily areas of the skin only to prevent irritation.

5. Black Soap

Black soap, or African Black Soap, has been used for generations by Ghanaians as a natural remedy for acne, eczema, body odor, and to alleviate oily skin. Black soap can also be used as a makeup remover and as a cleanser for oily skin and has been known to leave your skin soft and clear.

Pure or raw black soap (comes in a dark brown color as shown in the photo) is recommended as it does not contain dyes or preservatives. It may sting the eyes, so it is advisable to lather the black soap on a washcloth instead of applying it directly to your face.I hope you enjoyed the different oily skin products I’ve recommended above and hopefully, they can help get rid of your oily skin. Good luck!