If you suffer from oily skin and it's accompanying problems – large pores, a shiny appearance and more than your share of blackheads and blemishes – you may simply need more oil and essential fatty acids in your diet. Many people don't realize that dealing with oily skin requires both an internal and external approach. The following oily skin remedies are often recommended by natural healers to diminish oiliness and return skin to its balanced, healthy state. Keep in mind, however, that many of these treatments work slowly over time and you won't often see instantaneous results.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is a powerful weapon against oily skin when taken internally. It contains healthy essential fatty acids that are lacking in most people with oily skin. These fatty acids, which are often found in vegetable oils and seed oils, are necessary for healthy skin cells. Taking flaxseed oil regularly will help regulate and balance oil production. For the best results, take 1 to 3 tsp. of flaxseed oil daily in liquid form or its equivalent in capsule form. You can also grind whole flaxseeds, found in your local natural foods store, and sprinkle them in salads, soups or smoothies for a similar effect

Essential Oils

Essential oils make some of the best oily skin remedies, as many of them have astringent properties that help reduce oil production and even tighten large pores. Try adding a few drops of an astringent essential oil such as neroli, lemon, orange or grapefruit to a few ounces of water and spraying the mixture directly onto your skin after cleansing with a mild or natural cleanser. Allow the mixture to dry and do not rinse for the best results. Repeat after each time you wash your face or up to twice daily as needed.

Herb Tea Toner

Like essential oils, many herbs also have astringent properties that can help reduce skin oiliness when applied externally. Some of the most common astringent herbs include yarrow, rosemary, sage and peppermint. Try boiling a cup of water and adding about 1 tbsp. of any of the dried herbs mentioned above. Allow the mixture to steep for 10 to 15 minutes, strain and let cool. Apply the tea directly to your face as a final rinse and toner after using a mild cleanser. Repeat daily for the best results. You can also drink astringent herbal tea to help bolster your internal approach, if desired.

Clay Mask

Clay is nature's answer to oily skin, as it draws out excess oil when applied to the affected area. You can find high quality cosmetic clay in some health food stores or online. If you can't get your hands on any, however, you can use kitty litter that contains pure clay and no chemicals. Simply mash about 2 tbsp. clay (or kitty litter) with enough water to make a thick paste. Spread the mixture over clean skin, preferably just after using a mild cleanser, and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water and pat dry. You can use this method daily to reduce oily skin.