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When you have a shine on your face, it is caused by excess oil on the surface of the skin. Individuals with a shiny face usually either have oily skin or combination skin, where the T-zone has excess oil. Instead of using expensive products to combat a shiny face, you can use home remedies to control the amount of oil on the skin.

Blotting Papers

According to the website Beyond Jane, you can use blotting papers to soak up excess oil on the face that may appear during the day. You can find them at most drugstores. Keep the blotting papers on hand to use when you notice a shine. The papers are especially helpful at controlling shine on hot and humid weather days.


Apply a light coating of a mineral-based powder to the face when needed. The powder can soak up the oil causing the shine without clogging the pores and leading to breakouts. Apply only a thin layer of powder to avoid a caked-on look. "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies" advises that you can also you baby powder.

Lemon Juice

The Mama Herb website recommends a remedy with lemon juice to combat oily skin on the face. According to Mama Herb, the vitamin C in the lemon juice will clear up the excess oil. To make the solution, combine eight drops of lemon juice with 2 tsp. of tumeric powder. It will create a paste that you apply directly to the shiny areas of the face. Leave the solution in place for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing completely off and applying makeup as you normally would. Do this once a day for a week, which should take care of your oily skin.

Hot Water

The “Doctors Book of Home Remedies” states that hot water is a good solvent for oily skin. When you wash the face, use plenty of very warm water. You may wash your face frequently, since this increased exposure to water dries out the skin. When cleansing the face, do not use emollients. Instead use soaps since they have a tendency to dry out the skin.

Use an Astringent

After washing your face, follow up with applying an astringent. You can buy astringents at the store, or you can simply use rubbing alcohol, according to "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies." Witch hazel is also an option, and it is milder than regular rubbing alcohol.