How to make an oatmeal mask for acne. Use this easy home remedy to nourish your skin.


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Improve your complexion with an oatmeal mask

Got acne? Instead of eating oatmeal, maybe you should try wearing it


When I see a steamy bowl of oatmeal, I'll admit that smearing it on my face isn't the first thought that comes to mind. However, it turns out that oats have been used to treat various skin conditions for thousands of years.


Traditional uses include soothing the irritation that can result from chickenpox or poison ivy, and now some are finding that oatmeal can even be helpful for acne relief.


What's so great about oatmeal?


Quite a lot, actually. Oatmeal's benefits for skin care are many. It is naturally absorbent and works to draw out unwanted oil and impurities from your pores, providing better results than many standard cleansers. When mixed with water, oatmeal aids in balancing your skin's pH level, improving your overall complexion. It contains phenols and flavonoids that act as antioxidants to protect the skin against sun damage, and oatmeal's rough texture also helps exfoliate those dead skin cells.


Still not impressed? Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce both painful swelling and itchiness. It actually works to inhibit the sensory transmitters in your skin, preventing them from sending impulses to the brain. That's why oatmeal is effective at taking the itch out of poison ivy, and why it can help you with the irritation that goes hand-in-hand with acne cysts. If your blemishes irritate you less, you'll be less likely to pick at them and make your skin worse.


Making an oatmeal mask


One of the nice things about oatmeal is that it's cheap and easy to find at the local grocery store. Making an oatmeal mask is simple. You'll want to mix 3/4 cup of oatmeal with 1 cup of water, then heat it just as you normally would if making a meal. Once cooked, give it a little time to cool down (you want it warm, not hot), and then add 1/4 cup of honey to the mix. The honey's moisturizing properties make for an added benefit, and its stickiness also helps the mask adhere to your skin. Leave it on for about 15 minutes before gently rinsing off.


Take care to avoid contact with your eyes. Oatmeal's rough texture could cause some pain otherwise. The mask may also irritate the skin just below your eyes, so give a wide berth. Some users like to cover their eyes with used teabags during this time, which both protects and soothes the skin, reducing puffiness and the appearance of dark circles.


Oatmeal masks are remarkably safe, with virtually no side effects (except in the case of allergies). This is generally one of the healthiest acne home remedies around. Just be sure to remove the mask before it becomes dry and brittle, unless you want your skin to end up the same way.


Regular or colloidal oatmeal?


Colloidal oatmeal is simply oatmeal that has been ground into a very fine powder. Some users try to make it themselves by mashing up dry oats, but this can be tricky, as the particles need to be extremely small to have a true colloid effect (smaller than many food processors can handle). True colloidal oatmeal does not sink in water, but instantly binds to form a pasty goo.


The main advantage of using colloidal oatmeal is that it's even more absorbent than the standard variety, making it a more powerful acne cleanser. Your skin may also be able to absorb the helpful nutrients in the oats more readily. And since the consistency is pastier, you won't really need the honey, so it's a bit easier to prepare. On the downside, because the texture is less coarse, you won't get the same exfoliation benefit.


Whichever variety you choose, using an oatmeal mask 1-3 times per week is a safe, effective and natural way to promote clear and healthy skin.


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