Washing the face several times a day with warm water and a gentle facial cleanser helps combat oily skin. Using toners or astringents after cleansing the skin and periodically throughout the day also helps to cleanse and reduce oily skin. There are a wide variety of cleansers and toners on the market that are specifically designed to reduce oil buildup on the skin while simultaneously promoting skin health.
Toners lower the pH of the skin to eliminate dirt and oily buildup that resist regular, gentle washing. There are a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic toners available. An alcoholic toner containing salicylic acid is recommended for people with excessively oily skin. In addition to toners, some people use clay mud masks as a weekly treatment to strip oil buildup and impurities from facial skin. Using mud masks as well as harsher treatments like facials and microdermabrasion are not recommended, however, as they remove many of the beneficial bacteria from the skin, which results in an increase of acne and breakouts. The skin of the human body naturally produces oils as a part of its self-maintenance, but some find that their skin is oilier than normal due to a number of environmental and genetic components.