To get acne? Instead of eating oatmeal, you may want to try to carry it.
When I see a steaming bowl of oatmeal, I admit that it’s not the first thought that comes to mind when I smear it on my face. However, it turns out that oats have been used for thousands of years to treat various skin conditions.
Traditional treatments include reassuring the irritation that can result from chickenpox or poison ivy, and now some find that oatmeal can even be helpful in relieving acne.
What’s so great about oatmeal for acne?
Quite a lot, actually. Oatmeal benefits for skin care are many. It is naturally absorbent and acts to extract unwanted oils and contaminants from your pores, resulting in better results than many conventional detergents. When mixed with water, oatmeal helps to balance the pH of your skin and improve your overall complexion. It contains phenols and flavonoids that act as antioxidants to protect the skin from sun damage, and the rough texture of oatmeal also helps remove these dead skin cells.
Still not impressed? Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce both painful swelling and itching. It actually inhibits the sensory transmitters in your skin and prevents them from sending impulses to the brain. That’s why oatmeal is effective in fighting poison ivy, and why it can help you with the irritation that goes hand in hand with acne cysts. If your blemishes irritate you less, you will be less likely to hit them and make your skin worse.
Oatmeal facial masks for acne
One of the nice things about oatmeal is that it’s cheap and easy to find at the local grocery store. Making an oatmeal mask is easy. You will mix 3/4 cup of oatmeal with 1 cup of water and then heat as you normally would when you make a meal. Once cooked, give it some time to cool down (you want it warm, not hot), then add 1/4 cup of honey to the mix. The moisturizing properties of the honey provide an added benefit, and its stickiness also helps the mask to adhere to your skin. Leave for about 15 minutes before gently rinsing off.
Be sure to avoid contact with your eyes. Oatmeal’s rough texture could otherwise cause pain. The mask can also irritate the skin directly under the eyes, so make a big bow. Some users may want to cover their eyes with used teabags during this time, which both protect and soothe the skin, and reduce swelling and the appearance of dark circles.
Oatmeal masks are remarkably safe and have virtually no side effects (except for allergies). This is usually one of the healthiest acne home remedies around. Be sure to remove the mask before it becomes dry and brittle, unless you want your skin to end up the same way.
Normal or colloidal oats?
Colloidal oatmeal is simply oatmeal which has been ground to a very fine powder. Some users try to make it themselves by mixing dry oats, but this can be difficult because the particles have to be extremely small in order to have a true colloidal effect (smaller than many food processors). Real colloidal oatmeal do not sink in water, but immediately bind to a paste-like goo.
The main benefit of using colloidal oatmeal is that it is even more absorbent than the standard variety, making it a stronger acne cleaner. Your skin can also absorb the beneficial nutrients in oats more easily. And since the consistency is more pasty, you do not really need the honey, so it’s a bit easier to prepare. On the other hand, because the texture is less coarse, you will not get the same peeling benefit.
No matter which variety you choose, with an oatmeal mask 1-3 times a week, this is a safe, effective and natural way to promote clear and healthy skin.