You know you have oily skin if you have had pimples, acne, blackheads, or if at 5:00 p.m., your skin has oil oozing out of it. Fortunately, oily skin looks better as you age because it maintains its natural oils later in life.


Eliminating animal fats and fried foods can help many with oily skin. After every cleansing, use a toner with lavender, sage, or vinegar, or make your own. Oily skin can benefit greatly by applying a grated raw potato as a mask or just rubbing the potato on the skin and leaving the juices on for one-half hour, rinsing off with water and vinegar. Apply an oil-free herbal moisturizer. Buy almond butter at the health food store and use it as a cleanser to give the face a light scrubbing.

You might find taking the B vitamins (especially B6), whole grains, beets, oranges, and lemons helpful. I take one tablespoon a day of brewer’s yeast, preferably in my spirulina, wheat grass, alfalfa, and apple juice blend.

Rose geranium, lavender, and lemon make a nice blend for oily skin. Grape-seed oil is one of the lightest oils. Kukui oil is light and highly absorbent and can be used on oily skin. These are good to blend with the essential oils for oily skin. Mix several drops of rose geranium, lavender, and lemon to grape-seed oil or kukui oil as a nighttime application. You could also mix these essential oils in with your present unscented lotions, oils, or creams.

Do-it-yourself treatments

For blemishes, you can apply tea tree oil, lemongrass, peppermint, or myrrh directly on the eruption. Be careful, because peppermint and lemongrass should not usually be applied directly on the skin at full strength. You can also use these essential oils to make yourself a refreshing mist. Just add several drops to a cup of purified water and mist your face several times throughout the day. Mist will not disturb your makeup. (See section on Acne.)