Acne can be such a troublesome concern which affects not only the person’s appearance but the self esteem as well. If you are suffering from acne and hate the feeling of seeing angry red pimples on your face, you need not look further than one of the most famous breakfast favorites: oatmeal.
Properties and Effects of Oatmeal on Acne Prone Skin
Both raw and cooked oatmeal can be beneficial for acne prone skin. This breakfast favorite can be used on a regular basis to help clear out pimples and counter naturally oily skin. When used uncooked, oatmeal combined with other basic kitchen ingredients can act as a gentle exfoliator which can remove dead skin cells. Cooked oatmeal on the other hand can help reduce redness and inflammation of pimples. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties which is what makes it effective against swollen pimples.
Warm oatmeal isn’t only good for eating, but for your face as a mask as well. It can soothe the skin by naturally reducing the production of some inflammatory chemicals. After using oatmeal masks, the skin is left a bit tighter, and a noticeable difference can be observed on the condition of the previously swollen pimple.
How to Use Oatmeal as an Acne Remedy
Since it is easily available, you can use oatmeal to deal with sore pimples in a much safer and natural way. To prepare an oatmeal mask, all you have to do is cook the oatmeal as instructed in its packaging, and allow it to cool down a bit. With your fingers, apply the warm oatmeal on your face, especially on problem areas. Allow the mask to sit for 20-30 minutes. After it has dried, wash it off with some water and pat your face dry.
To use raw oatmeal as an exfoliating agent, it can be combined with honey. Make sure that the oatmeal and honey mixture isn’t too “watery” or full of honey. To make the exfoliating action even better, you can add some brown sugar to the mixture. You can do this daily, or simply use oatmeal and honey as a face mask.
Adding honey to oatmeal makes it an even better natural acne remedy! This is because acne has antiseptic and moisturizing properties. Being a natural antiseptic, it helps kill the bacteria on your face and in pimples while simultaneously making your skin suppler and moisturized.
If you would like to use oatmeal as a part of your daily cleansing routine, you can even add it to soap for a gentle exfoliating effect. You can choose to grind them a bit to make them finer, or use them as they are. To do this, melt your unscented soap of choice over low fire. Once it has melted, add a few tablespoons of oatmeal to it, enough to make it look like a thick paste. You can then let it dry in a container or ice cube trays.
Oatmeal is safe for everyday use. However, asking for the advice of a dermatologist to know which would work best for your skin is still advised for more positive effects.