Acne is a skin condition that affects men and women and it happens when the pores become clogged. Excess oil and dirt can cause redness and inflammation that result in unsightly and annoying acne. Since treatments for this condition tend to get quite pricey and cause numerous side effects, using natural ingredients may be the key to this problem.
Oatmeal is a perfect natural remedy for acne as it is inexpensive and readily available, and most of us already have it in our kitchens. It can be used raw or cooked to make soothing masks that help combat the acne and exfoliate the skin, removing the dead skin cells, to soak up the excess oil and alleviate the discomfort acne bring on. If you’re interested in learning how to make an oatmeal mask, scroll down and check out a few options.
On its Own
Oatmeal is perfectly good on its own in the treatment of acne. Simply boil half a cup of oatmeal in 1/3 cup of water and let cool. You should get a thick paste that you can apply to your face or any other area affected by acne. Let the mask sit for about 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Use your regular moisturizer after this mask which you can use once or twice a week.
Oatmeal and Baking Soda
You can mix oatmeal and baking soda to double its beneficial properties! As we know, baking soda works miracles against acne, and combined with oatmeal makes a perfect anti-acne mask! Mix two teaspoons of oatmeal and one teaspoon of baking soda and add warm water to make a thick paste. Rub in the mask to exfoliate the face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply a moisturizer.
Oatmeal and Egg White
Oatmeal combined with egg whites help the skin remain firm and pores to shrink. It’s quite simple to make. Simply mix one egg white with half a cup of cooked oatmeal and one teaspoon of olive oil to form a smooth paste. Apply to the skin and leave on for half an hour. Rinse off with lukewarm water. You can apply a moisturizer after it if necessary, but perhaps you won’t need to as olive oil acts as a natural moisturizer.
Oatmeal and Onion
There are numerous benefits of onion, such as its anti-inflammatory properties that help with the prevention of acne scars. To make this mask, puree one medium onion and add it to half a cup of cooked oatmeal. If you wish you can add a bit of honey to make this mask even more nourishing and moisturizing. Apply to the face and other acne affected areas and leave on for about 20 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water. The onion-oatmeal mask can be stored in your fridge for up to a week.
Oatmeal and Tomato
Tomato is a perfect natural astringent and it helps the pores stay tight and cleanses the skin gently. Blend one tomato, one tablespoon of oatmeal, and one teaspoon of lemon juice to form a thick mixture. Apply to the affected areas and leave the mask on for around 15 minutes. Remove it with a warm damp cloth and apply your moisturizer afterward.
Oatmeal, Honey, and Lemon
Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and a perfect natural cleanser – this mask is everything you need to keep your pesky acne in check! Finely grind your oats and add two tablespoons of the ground oats to a mixing bowl. Add two tablespoons of honey, half a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, and, optionally, add in four drops of tea tree oil. Mix the ingredients together to form a thick paste. Apply the mask to a cleansed face and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and apply a moisturizer.
Oatmeal, Lentils, and Turmeric
Apart from fighting acne, this mask is perfect for the reduction of redness and irritation that acne tends to cause. Simply mix one tablespoon of oatmeal flour with one tablespoon of lentil powder and half a teaspoon of turmeric. Add some water to form a paste and apply to the skin. Let the mask sit for 30 minutes and rinse off with water. This mask can be used two to three times a week.
Oatmeal and Avocado
To make this mask, mix ¼ cup of uncooked oatmeal, half of a mashed avocado, two teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, and the juice of one lemon. Apply the mask and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water and use twice a week for the best results.
Oatmeal and Cucumber
Blend half a cucumber, two tablespoons of ground oatmeal, one teaspoon of honey, and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse the skin with warm water and apply a moisturizer. Repeat twice a week to get rid of acne.
Oatmeal and Yogurt
To make this soothing and cleansing mask, combine one tablespoon of powdered oatmeal with one tablespoon of yogurt and one teaspoon of honey. Apply the mask to a cleansed face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse the skin with warm water and apply a moisturizer. Repeat three times a week, and for even more wonderfulness, add mashed strawberries to this mask.
Oatmeal and Milk
Cook oatmeal in milk and let it cool to a room temperature. Apply the mask to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and moisturize. This mask is safe for use every day, and for more benefits, add a couple of drops of rosewater or a teaspoon of raw honey.
Oatmeal, Milk, and Banana
This moisturizing and the nourishing mask is quite easy to make. In a blender, combine one tablespoon of powdered oatmeal, half a banana, and one teaspoon of milk to form a smooth paste. Apply the mask to the clean face and massage in circular motions. Let the mask sit for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Repeat twice a week for best results.