Here’s a quick and simple Oatmeal DIY which is great for sensitive and acne-prone skin as well as other skin types.
In my experience, an oatmeal mask helps fade out blemishes, soften hard and painful pimples and brighten skin. Sometimes, it also helps pop open pimples naturally, without leaving blemishes. This is a DIY I’ve incorporated in my routine for going on 4 years (yeah wow! I know). I wasn’t so consistent at some point (actually I kind of forgot about how effective this mask is) until I suffered from a skin allergy I shared with you in 4 Effective DIYs to get Rid of Allergies on Sensitive Acne-Prone Skin, that led to an increase in my break outs so I had to resurrect this DIY asap.
Quickly here are;
Some Benefits of Oatmeal for your Skin
1. It is rich in protein and lipids which makes it a good moisturizer
2. It has healing properties and is effective in treating sunburn
3. It can be used to calm eczema (it generally helps to control itching)
4. Oatmeal helps treat acne by soaking out all the excess oil on your skin
5. Oatmeal reduces inflammation and kills the bacteria causing acne
6. It is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties (which makes it great when having a skin allergy)
7. It’s great for sensitive skin especially ones that are sensitive to exfoliants.
8. It has humectant properties that allows your skin retain moisture after treatment.
All you need is oatmeal (preferably the colloidal type if available to you).
How to use?
Boil the oatmeal for a few minutes (make sure it doesn’t get too soft) and leave it to cool. Then, apply a thick mask of the cooked oatmeal on clean and dry face, making sure the oats are concentrated on acnes/blackhead if you have any. Wait for the mask to dry (15-30mins) before washing off.
How to wash off?
It’s best to wash off with lukewarm but water at room temperature will work fine. Since it’s applied on clean face, you don’t need to use a face wash. Pat dry or air dry (If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know the latter is my way to go * winks*).
I had never run into anyone who knows about this mask or its effectiveness until sometime ago when I saw Ummetta put up this mask on her Instastory and she also mentioned how it works wonders. Apparently, she doesn’t seem to have an acne-prone skin, which reinforces my claim on it being great for all skin types.
I usually don’t add anything to my oatmeal Diy mask but you can add honey (after boiling) if you want. I prefer to use honey at a separate time.
How often should I use this?
This is something you’d have to work out on your own. Since oatmeal has moisturizing properties, there are no limits to its frequency of usage, especially for those with dry skin.
I try to use mine 3 times weekly but, yes there’s a but (ha ha), for periods when I have excessive breakouts, I use it everyday. Other times, when I have to go for an event or a photo shoot and a super evil pimple decides to sit on some conspicuous part of my face a day before, I apply this mask as many as 4 times in one day. At intervals of course. So, see what I mean by you’ve gotta work out the frequency yourself.
How do I use oatmeal as an exfoliant?
Soak the oatmeal in hot (not boiling) water till it gets soft. All you need do after, is add some sugar, honey and coconut/olive/jojoba oil and make into a paste. And viola… bon appétit. *giggles* I’m just kidding… It’s not for consumption. I repeat. It is not for consumption. *laughing*.
Gently rub against your skin in circular motions and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Shall I share a secret with you?
In the spirit of the season, I’d share this as my little gift to you. So, I recently discovered that including oatmeal in your daily diet (in addition to yoghurt) is great for your skin especially if you’ve got an acne prone skin. Since this discovery, I try to take a bowl of oatmeal everyday and yoghurt a few times weekly. I’m still in the experimental stage so I have no review for you on that. But, If you’ve got acne-prone skin or you’re looking to have a flawless skin, then you might wanna try this along with me. Let me know if you’re interested in the comment section. Let’s do this together *kisses*
I hope you found this helpful. I’d like to know if you’ve tried the oatmeal mask as well as your thoughts on it. If you haven’t, I’d like to know if you’d consider trying it. If you have any questions, I’d be glad to answer them. If you’ve got acne-prone skin and will like a consultation, you could send me an email which can be found in “Contact me“.
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