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Is excess oil, acne and blemishes stealing away your skin's natural glow? Following a herbal morning and evening skincare routine might be the solution to your oily skin problems.

Ayurveda suggests certain herbs and natural ingredients that can holistically improve your oily skin conditions. Scroll down to know how you can include them in your skincare routine.

What Is The Best Skin Care Routine For Oily Skin?

Sebum secreted by your sebaceous glands acts as a natural moisturizer for your skin. It locks in moisture, protects your skin from external damages and prevents infections. But too much oil can cause skin problems.

According to Ayurveda, an aggravation of the Kapha Dosha can stimulate the oil glands on your face into secreting excess sebum giving you an oily skin. Thus people who naturally have a Kapha Prakriti are more susceptible to hyperactivity of sebaceous glands.

“Customization is inherent to ayurveda. The first step to good skin is to find a good Dinacharya - daily regimen,” says Dr. Zeel Gandhi, Chief Ayurvedic Doctor at Vedix.

Oily skin requires a good skincare routine that moisturizes without disturbing its oil balance [1]. Astringent, antibacterial, hydrating products that don't clog up your pores are the best choices for oily skin. Ayurveda recommends a list of natural ingredients that help pacify the Kapha Dosha. Including these herbal remedies in your regular skincare regimen can bring about a holistic improvement in your skin’s nature.

Daytime Skincare Routine For Oily Skin

1. Cleanse Away The Oil

Start your daily skincare routine with a mild cleanser. For oily skin, choose cleansers that have fruit acids, tea or coffee extracts, citrus extracts. These clean your pores, remove product residues and are gentle on the skin.

If your oily skin is acne-prone, face washes which have niacinamide are also beneficial. However, herbal foaming face washes that have natural oil controlling ingredients can restore your skin's balance without exposing it to harmful chemicals.

Natural ingredients to look for in your cleanser:

  • Japa
  • Sandalwood
  • Turmeric
  • Neem
  • Arishtaka
  • Clove

2. Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliating [2] oily skin 2 to 3 times a week keeps acne at bay. Mild exfoliation removes dirt, oil build-ups and is helpful for oily skin that is prone to blackheads and whiteheads. In Ayurveda, herbal exfoliation is recommended to improve sub-cutaneous blood circulation, remove harmful Ama toxins from your skin and pacify aggravated Doshas.

Natural ingredients to look for in your exfoliator are:

  • Triphala
  • Walnut
  • Oatmeal
  • Orange Peel
  • Tea
  • Sugar

3. Apply A Toner

Toners are great oil controllers. Oily skin tends to develop enlarged pores especially in the T-zone. Apply a mild toner to tighten your pores, maintain your skin pH balance and remove any excess. Keep away from skin toners that contain alcohol as they may irritate or make your skin dry.

Natural ingredients to look for in your toner are:

  • Rose Water
  • Tea Tree Extracts
  • Green Tea
  • Marigold
  • Aloe Vera

4. Apply An Ice Rub

smiling woman applying ice cube treatment

Oily skin greatly benefits from ice rubs. The simplest way of doing this is by wrapping a few cubes of ice in a flannel or cotton cloth and gently applying it on your face.

For more skin benefits, you can prepare your ice cubes with natural ingredients and fruit pulps like tomato, pomegranate, green tea, aloe vera, cucumber, grape juice, rose water. Apply this once a day before moisturizing, as part of your daytime skincare routine for oily skin and notice the difference.

Benefits Of An Ice Rub

  • Soothes oily skin, reduces inflammation, puffy eyes and skin irritations. Gives your skin a smooth, oil- free, fresh feel.
  • Reduces subcutaneous blood flow thereby preventing excess sebum secretion.
  • Prepares your skin for better absorption of products.
  • Reduces skin damage from sun exposure, prevents lines and wrinkles.

5. Detox Your Skin With A Face Mask/ Face Pack

With your busy morning schedule it might be difficult to fit in half an hour of skin time. So we recommend a quick 10 minute face pack while you prepare your breakfast.

Face packs not only detox your skin, but also replenish it with moisture and nutrients that protect it from external damages such as heat, sun, pollution and weather changes. Face packs made from natural herbs strengthen your epidermal barrier, keep your Doshas in balance, thus making your skin look fresh all day.

Homemade Face Packs For Oily Skin

Homemade Face Packs For Oily Skin

A. Multani Mitti, Tulsi And Rose Water

The astringent multani mitti draws out dirt and oil from clogged pores. Tulsi and rose water hydrate your skin, prevent acne and help maintain your skin’s pH balance.

How To Use

  • Mash 10-12 tulsi leaves and add it to the multani mitti.
  • Add rose water to make a paste.
  • Apply on your face and wash off after 10 to 15 minutes.

B. Turmeric, Kesar And Milk

Curcumin in turmeric has miraculous skin benefitting properties. Adding turmeric to your oily skincare routine prevents excess oil secretion, infection, inflammation, blemishes and acne. Kesar and milk keep your skin healthy and glowing.

How To Use

  • Soak kesar in milk for an hour.
  • Add turmeric to make a paste.
  • Apply on your oily skin and wash off after 10 to 15 minutes with lukewarm water.

C. Sariva, Japa And Neem

Sariva is an amazing Kapha Dosha pacifying herb. Useful against oily skin acne and blemishes. Japa or hibiscus’s astringent nature keeps your skin oil free and boosts its collagen production. Neem hydrates and prevents microbial growth common in oily skin.

How To Use

  • Blend 5 to 6 japa flowers (only petals), add sariva and neem powder to it.
  • Add some honey or lukewarm water to make a paste and apply on your skin.
  • Wash off after 10 to 15 minutes.

D. Orange Peel, Almonds And Aloe Vera

Orange peel has oil reduction and skin clarifying abilities. Both almond and aloe vera help combat acne and skin pigmentation. Aloe vera also moisturizes your oily skin.

How To Use

  • Add aloe vera gel to orange peel and almond powder to make a paste.
  • Apply on your skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before you wash off.

E. Papaya And Honey

Frequent use of papaya on oily skin can bring about a healthy change in your skin’s physical appearance. Papain in papaya helps clarify your skin and control excess oil. Honey moisturizes and prevents acne and infections.

How To Use

  • Mash a ripe papaya and add honey to it.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.

F. Sandalwood, Moringa And Lavender Essential Oil /Tea Tree Oil

The amazing cooling properties of sandalwood soothes acne prone oily skin. Both moringa and sandalwood regulate sebum secretions and improve your skin tone. Both these essential oils are highly effective in unclogging pores, soothing inflammation and fighting acne.

How To Use

  • Add lavender or tea tree essential oil to a mix of sandalwood and moringa powder.
  • Apply on your skin and wash off after 15 minutes.

6. Use A Serum

Face serums are the new rage in Korean skincare routine for oily skin. Active ingredients in serums penetrate deep into your skin and repair, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin from within.

Ingredients to look for in serums for oily skin are:

  • Green Tea
  • Vitamin C
  • Citrus Extracts
  • Hyaluronic Acid

7. Hydrate The Area Around Your Eyes

You need not limit your eye cream just to your nighttime routine. If the skin around your eyes feels dry or is prone to wrinkles, lines or puffiness, a good eye cream is all you need. Choose a non-comedogenic one that doesn't clog up the fine skin around your eyes and keeps them hydrated, soft and supple throughout the day.

8. Apply A Moisturizer

Of course you're worried about your face becoming too oily but skipping the moisturizer doesn't do any good. Moisturizers form a protective layer over your skin and prevent moisture loss from its surface. It also helps strengthen the skin barrier that protects your skin from various external damages. Opt for a herbal, non-acnegenic, water based moisturizer that doesn't make your skin look too greasy.

Best natural ingredients in Moisturizers for oily skin are:

  • Aloe Vera
  • Honey
  • Manjistha
  • Patchouli
  • Rosemary
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Cucumber
  • Lotus

9. Wear Sunscreen

Oily skin is more resilient to sun damage than other skin types due to the added layers of natural oil. However, that doesn’t give you the excuse to skip the sunscreen. Prolonged sun exposure can trigger your oil glands into producing more sebum resulting in skin conditions like acne and seborrheic dermatitis [3].

Harsh UV rays are known to cause direct DNA cell damage, which is one of the major causes of skin cancer. Opt for a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen that is specially formulated for oily skin. These are usually non-comedogenic and don’t block your pores. Waterproof, water based sunscreens are the best choice for including in your skincare for oily skin.

10. Use A Blotting Paper

face skin care smiling woman

Get rid of the midday grease with a blotting paper. Also known as blotting sheets or blotting tissues, these can absorb the excess oil produced by your sebaceous glands during the day. Keep them handy especially when you are out in the sun for longer hours for a fresh, oil free look.

Skin essences are slowly gaining importance and making their way into regular skincare routine for all skin types. An essence is used after a toner and before a serum. Active ingredients in essences help tighten your pores, rejuvenate your skin and address specific skin concerns.

Evening Skincare Routine For Oily skin

While the morning skincare routine for oily skin focuses on protecting your skin from external damages, the evening routine rejuvenates your skin and relieves exhaustion. A good evening skincare routine helps in improving cell turnover rate, cell regeneration, deep moisturization and treatment of skin issues. Following the below mentioned regime can slow down skin ageing and keep your oily skin healthy and free from skin problems.

Visit your Ayurvedic doctor to get your Doshas checked. Determining your Prakriti or body constitution will help you understand your skin’s requirements. Once your oily skin issues are identified, a proper Ayurvedic skincare regimen can be advised for a holistic improvement of your skin.

1. Use The Right Cleanser

You are already aware of a cleanser’s basic function. Now let us look at the different ingredients in cleansers that are meant for treating oily skin issues.

A. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid [4] increases your cell turnover rate by exfoliating the upper damaged layer of skin. This helps bring to surface clogged pores, acne lesions and trapped oil. Speeding up your cell turnover rate expedites your skin’s healing process giving you a soft, smooth appearance. Choose a cleanser which has a low concentration as too much salicylic acid can dry up your skin.

B. Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid too exfoliates your skin, removes excess oil and prevents clogging of your skin pores. However, it is more gentle compared to salicylic acid making it suitable for inclusion in skincare routine for oily sensitive skin.

C. Niacinamide

Niacinamide or Vitamin B3 is advised for oily skin that has an acne problem. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, niacinamide is often used in anti-acne products. Use a cleanser that has a low percentage of niacinamide as some skin types may react to it.

D. Retinol

Retinol cleansers are great for reversing skin damage. They prevent wrinkles, age spots, clogged pores and acne. Regular use can quickly reveal healthy, young skin in no time. However, it is always safe to use one with a low percentage of retinol to give your skin time to adjust to the new product.

E. Natural Ingredients

Herbal cleansers are always a safe and effective choice if you want to steer clear from harmful chemicals. They are devoid of side effects and help your skin achieve a natural balance. Look for citrus extracts, tea extracts, sandalwood, neem, aloe vera like natural ingredients in your herbal cleansers that have a purifying effect on your oily skin.

2. Exfoliate Your Skin

As mentioned in the daytime skincare routine for oily skin, exfoliate once every 2 to 3 days depending on your exposure to sun, pollution and make up products. Avoid over exfoliation as it may dry out your skin and further stimulate your oil glands into producing more sebum. Opt for exfoliators and scrubs that contain natural ingredients which are gentle on your skin.

3. Pamper Yourself With Sheet Masks

woman apply paper face mask

Korean skincare for oily skin has already popularised the use of sheet masks for intense hydration and skin repair. Go for masks that contain natural ingredients like green tea extracts, cucumber, aloe vera, lotus, ginger, berries, pomegranate. Hyaluronic acid masks are also good for moisturizing and rejuvenating oily skin.

Vedix Tip: Make your own DIY herbal sheet mask by applying your choice of face pack and covering your face with a thin moist cotton or flannel cloth. The moisture in the cloth allows for better absorption of nutrients and prevents your pack from drying up quickly.

4. Eye Creams

Eye creams are an essential part of the evening skincare regime. The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate compared to the rest of your face. This makes it more susceptible to damage from sun exposure, excess eye makeup and other external factors. Eye creams are specially formulated to combat such stress factors and prevent the skin around your eyes from looking dry, dull or puffy. Choose a non-comedogenic eye cream with natural extracts that suits your skin needs.

5. Moisturizer/ Night Cream Is A Must

Moisturising twice a day is necessary even if you have oily skin. According to skin specialists, your oil glands are less active during the night but you lose more moisture from your skin’s surface during this time. This is why applying a moisturizer before bedtime is a must. Moisturizers form a protective layer over your skin and help trap essential moisture that makes your skin look fresh in the morning. Select a gel or water based, non-acnegenic, herbal moisturizer that is meant for oily skin to prevent clogging of your pores.

You can also opt for a night cream which has better moisturizing and repairing abilities. However, check out the specifics and ingredients before choosing one. Some night creams tend to be heavy and may block your pores.

6. Rejuvenate With Overnight Treatments For Oily Skin

Overnight masks for oily skin are more convenient skincare treatments due to their lightweight, non-greasy formulas. Made from active ingredients that quickly penetrate into your skin while forming a barrier that prevents essential moisture loss during the night. There are various overnight masks in the market which target specific skin issues. For oily skin go for one that helps control excess oil, acne and provides intense hydration and skin repair.

Tips To Get Rid Of Oily Skin

young woman dieting and rejecting junk food


1. Keep yourself hydrated. Drinking lots of fluids prevents your skin from drying up which in turn keeps your oil glands from producing excess sebum.

2. Keep your face clean to keep your oil levels in check and prevent chances of acne and infections. Wash it twice a day and follow a good herbal skincare routine for your oily skin.

3. Use herbal skincare products that are non-comedogenic, lightweight and specially designed for oily skin.

4. Use an alcohol free good toner.

5. Enjoy a wholesome diet that packs in lots of vitamins, minerals and foods that have a high water content.

6. Include anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, blood purifying herbs and spices in your meals like turmeric, cardamom, basil, cumin, nigella seeds, rosemary, thyme, manjistha, ashwagandha.

7. Follow a stress-free lifestyle. Exercise regularly or practice Yoga to improve your blood circulation. Stress can impact your hormonal balance and lead to hyperactivity of your sebaceous glands.


1. Avoid oily, fried, processed and sugary foods that aggravate the Kapha Dosha and trigger your oil glands. Such foods can also cause hormonal imbalances which is one of the primary causes of excess sebum production.

2. Avoid using heavy skincare products which contain ingredients like mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, acetylated lanolin alcohol and others. These are known comedogenic ingredients that can further clog your oily skin leading to various skin issues.

3. Don't over clean or over-exfoliate your oily skin. Over exfoliation can leave your skin dry and prompt your oil glands into producing more sebum to keep your skin moisturised.

4. Avoid using excess makeup products if you have oily skin. Opt for lightweight natural makeup if at all necessary.

5. Don't skip the sunscreen. Excess sun-exposure often leads to excess sebum secretion.

8. Don't forget to moisturize twice a day with a lightweight moisturizer.

Frequently Asked Questions About Skincare Routine For Oily Skin

1. How Often Should You Wash If You Have Oily Skin?

It is recommended that you wash your face twice a day as part of your morning and evening skincare routine for oily skin. However, this is dependent on your daily activity levels. After a sweaty exercise routine oily skin needs to be washed with a mild cleanser or just plain, cool water to prevent your skin from getting too greasy.

2. Should I Use A Moisturizer If I Have Oily Skin?

Moisturizers are a must for all skin types. Choose one that is water based, lightweight and has natural ingredients to suit your oily skin. Moisturizers hydrate, protect and rejuvenate your skin, making them an important part of an oily skincare routine.

3. How Do I Keep My Face From Getting Oily Throughout The Day?

To keep your skin oil-free throughout the day, include an alcohol free toner in your daily skincare routine. You can also do a gentle ice rub after or before applying your moisturizer. This calms your skin and prevents excess oil secretion. During the day use blotting paper or simply wash your face with plain water when it gets oily.

The Last Word

Maintaining oily skin can often seem like a challenge due its susceptibility to acne and infections. However, a good day and night skincare routine for oily skin that is mentioned in this article, can reduce more than half of your skin worries. Sticking to herbal skincare products, including an Ayurveda recommended diet and leading a stress-free, active lifestyle goes a long way in maintaining good skin health.

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