Oatmeal & Pimples

by M.H. Dyer ; Updated July 18, 2017

Oatmeal with blueberries

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Applied as a facial treatment, regular oatmeal commonly found in kitchen cupboards works as a mild exfoliant and helps clean the skin and clear clogged pores that lead to pimples and blackheads. Additionally, this simple cereal contains anti-inflammatory substances that soothe red, inflamed, acne-prone skin. Although you can buy pricey high-end facial products containing oatmeal, you can treat yourself to a wholesome, homemade acne treatment at a fraction of the cost.

Cereal for Your Face

Cook up a batch of plain oatmeal or rolled oats, then let it cool to a comfortable temperature. Smooth the warm oatmeal on your face and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse the oatmeal from your face with warm water. If you want a smoother facial, grind the oatmeal to a powder in a blender, coffee grinder or food processor before cooking. You can also add yogurt or honey, which are especially beneficial if your skin is sensitive or irritated.

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About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.