An oatmeal mask is a pretty amazing remedy when it comes to treating a number of skin conditions, like eczema, rashes, acne, and inflammation. But that can’t come as a surprise - if you’ve been searching for an oatmeal mask as an easy and effective solution for acne, then you have already heard a bunch of people swearing on the wonders of this ingredient.
When we say oatmeal, what most likely comes to your mind are breakfast oats. Well, you are not completely wrong since colloidal or not, we are talking about oats. The difference is that colloidal oatmeal is a term that refers to ground, powdered oats - processed as to allow the molecules in the oats to be better absorbed by the skin. So, when we say colloidal oats, we mean powdered oats used in skincare. But, yes, you can make colloidal oats by simply grinding regular oats and mixing them with water or other substance.
There is evidence that shows that oats have been used for skincare for thousands of years. And if you think that doesn’t mean anything - oats are also one of the few natural ingredients that are recognized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as skin remedies. Their beneficial effects have been confirmed by numerous studies - oatmeal contains both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties thanks to which it’s an amazing ingredient for sensitive skin. It can handle a variety of skin disorders like sunburns, eczema, and poison ivy. It’s also rich in zinc that is said to reduce redness and kill the acne-causing bacterial action. It also absorbs the excess oil from the skin that may trigger or worsen acne. And, don’t worry - it won’t make your skin dry since it also acts as a natural moisturizer.
All these combined factors prove exactly how good oats can be for our skin. If by any chance you’re still skeptical - just take a look at how many cosmetic products and homemade masks include oatmeals in their formula.
When applied on the skin, the oatmeal’s micronutrients interact with the skin’s cells on the surface of the epidermis, as well as penetrating deeper into the skin’s tissue. These nutrients have the power to produce diverse reactions from the physiological processes happening in our skin.
For example, oatmeal is rich in the chemicals known as saponins that are characterized by their intense cleansing properties. These chemicals may kill disease-causing bacteria, scavenge oxidative stress and inhibit the growth of damaged cells. Because of its foaming properties, they are regularly added into shampoos, soap, household cleaners, and makeup products.
One of the most researched and cited benefit of oatmeal is their potential to reduce inflammation. Most often inflammation happens because of the release of cytokines proteins from the cells. Oatmeal has the power to shut off cytokine production, a common trigger for acne inflammation Here is one study that provides further evidence of the anti-inflammation properties of colloidal oatmeal.
Oatmeal is powerful on its own. But, in order to make the perfect mask that will effectively get you the results you are searching for - it’s best to combine it with other natural remedies. Depending on your skin type and your skin condition, you can use different substances. Here are the most frequently used ingredients in oatmeals facial masks.
Below, we'll share the recipes for some of the best oatmeal masks for various acne-related skin issues.
I’m sure almost everybody has had at least one unsuccessful effort to get rid of blackheads. It’s so annoying, isn’t it? They’re one of the most common skin problems: present even on skin types that don’t suffer from acne, they can make a severe acne condition even worse. But, oatmeal masks can help the skin get rid of the dirt, pollutants, and other chemicals present on our skin’s surface, which can effectively improve the whole blackhead situation. Combine it with baking soda, and you will get a powerful combo that quickly unclogs the pores, shrinks them, and removes dead skins cells.
You will need two tbsp of oatmeal powder, one tbsp of baking soda, and water. The first step is to grind your oats and get the oatmeal powder. After that, mix it with baking soda, and start adding water into the mixture until you make a smooth paste. Be careful not to add to much water and make it runny, because it won’t stay on your face. Apply the mask with an applicator brush and leave it to act for 10-15 minutes. After that wash your face with cold water. To get rid of blackheads for good, use this mask 2-3 times a week.
The oatmeal itself acts as an excellent absorbent of excess oil on the skin’s surface. Its soaking up abilities can quickly reduce sebum production, and give your face smooth, clear, and matte-looking appearance. We already mentioned that oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which means it will additionally help oily, blemished skin by soothing the redness and calming the angry looking pimples. Combining it with other potent ingredients like green tea, honey, and tea tree oil, can give you a further, super-powerful boost in the battle against oily skin.
You will need one cup of ground, powdered oatmeal, 2-3 tbsp of green tea, one tbsp of honey, and a few drops of tea tree oil. First, you need to grind your oatmeal until you get them to a powdered consistency. This way they will be most absorbent. Put the oatmeal in a bowl and add the other ingredients. Mix well to get a pasty texture. Next, apply the paste evenly on your face. Leave it to dry on your face - for around 20 minutes. The final step - wash your face with warm water. Use this mask for at least twice a week for best results.
If active breakouts are not frustrating enough, the possibility of scarring afterward can make one feel completely depressed, and seriously shake their self-esteem. Aside from new skin-smoothing treatments and other dermatology techniques, here is one powerful and all natural, homemade mask you can use to further help your skin to heal faster. This magical combination consists of oats, lemons, and honey. The oatmeal will go deep into the pores and cleanse your skin. It will also soothe the surface and calm down irritation. The lemon juice has antiseptic properties, against which bacteria don’t stand a chance. The citric acid in the lemon has bleaching powers that act on the scar tissue, making it less visible. Honey contains powerful antioxidants and active enzymes which will fight free radicals that damage skin cells.
To make this mask you will need one tbsp of oatmeal powder, one tbsp of honey, and one tbsp of lemon juice. First, you ground the oats to make the oatmeal powder, then you extract fresh juice form a lemon. Don’t use bought lemon juice! Next, you take a small bowl and mix all the ingredients together. Blend until you turn the mixture into a thick paste. You are going for a little liquidy, but not drippy. Apply the mask on a clean face and massage for a couple of minutes - especially around affected areas. Leave it for five to ten minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
If you want to give your skin that extra shine you can try out this wonderful oatmeal mask for glowing skin. You will need an egg white, almond oil, and of course - oatmeal. The egg white has the ability to draw out excess oil without leaving the skin dry. It’s rich in nutrients, which help overall skin health as well as provide moisture. Thanks to its Vitamin E content, the almond oil will protect your skin from the harmful sun rays, and repair any damage. It will make your skin look smooth, soft, and free of fine lines.
Grind one cup of oats, then put them in a bowl and add one egg white and one tbsp of almond oil. If the mixture is too thick, add a few drops of water, just until you get a fine, smooth paste-like consistency. Apply the blend on your face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. After that rinse off with warm water. You can repeat the procedure every second day.
Using oatmeal on the face and body can help with a number of skin conditions and issues.
Oatmeal is amazing for all skin types. In combination with ingredients that are more suitable for a specific skin type, the oatmeal can soothe irritation, provide moisture, or act as a deep exfoliator.
Its many healing and soothing properties help with the treatment of acne and acne scars.
The saponins found in oats help to remove dirt from your skin pores. Oatmeal's moisturizing property, when combined with its cleansing property, gives your skin a soft glow.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds will soothe your itchy, dry and irritated skin.