My skin has always tended towards the dry side, but my husband has always had very oily skin. My kids all seem to have inherited his skin type, so any conversation about skin care around here generally revolves around products that are good for oily skin.
One of the most important parts of a skin care regimen for oily skin is keeping it clean. Keeping oily skin clean helps to prevent the oil from building up and causing breakouts. I recently decided to try my hand at making my own cleansing pads for all of the oily faces in the family and I’m happy to report they were all very pleased with the results!
In addition to a mild cleanser, this recipe contains rubbing alcohol as a skin-soothing disinfectant. It is also considered to be helpful in healing acne because it helps eliminate excess oil and kills acne-causing bacteria. Rubbing alcohol is not particularly gentle, so those with sensitive skin might want to replace the alcohol with witch hazel.
This solution also contains vinegar, another home remedy often used to soothe skin issues. The acidic properties of vinegar are good for bee stings and sunburns because they gently neutralize the pain. You can also use vinegar to shrink your pores, and it’s an ingredient in popular home remedies for acne and astringents.
So let’s get down to business, shall we?
Face Cleansing Pads for Oily Skin
- 2 cups distilled water
- 1 Tbsp mild shampoo or wash
- 1 Tbsp rubbing alcohol (or witch hazel)
- 1 Tbsp white distilled vinegar
- Cotton rounds
- Container with a tight-fitting lid
Pour all ingredients into a covered container, then shake to combine.
Fill your container of choice with enough cotton rounds to fill it.
Pour the cleansing solution over the pads until they’re saturated. Save any remaining cleanser for later use.