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Oatmeal for Skin Care

Oatmeal is a traditional remedy for skin problems of all kinds. It may be best known for its use in baths, to soothe the itching of chicken pox, and for its use in diaper rash ointments, to soothe the irritation and redness of diaper rash. However, oatmeal can also be used on the skin of the face. It is effective for mild cases of acne, reduces redness and irritation, and leaves the skin feeling soft.

Oatmeal is good for you

Oatmeal facial


  • There are many variations on the oatmeal mask, but the simplest is to take oatmeal powder and mix it with just enough water to make a paste. If you cannot find oatmeal powder, you can make it yourself by grinding oatmeal flakes in a food processor.
  • You can also make an oatmeal mask from cooked oatmeal.
  • Apply to skin.
  • Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.

Why It Works

Oatmeal is soothing and anti-inflammatory. It absorbs excess oil from skin pores, and exfoliates dead skin cells, leaving soft, smooth skin behind.


Oatmeal is considered a very safe home remedy; it has no side effects. Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to oats.

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