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Recently, Sarah pointed out some great at home masks to deal with various facial issues. Her aspirin mask was an efficient way of drying up problem breakouts on the spot but a treatment like that might be a little harsh for some and overly dry skin. I did some digging and came across an oatmeal acne mask and kept finding more and more people with variations of it. They were as simple as oats and water and others called for the addition of yogurt or cinnamon. As a beginner, I didn't want to experiment too much so I opted for a simple oatmeal acne mask recipe.
Oatmeal Acne Mask Ingredients:
3/4 cup Oatmeal
1 cup Water
1/4 cup honey
First, boil the water then add the oatmeal in. I used quick oats so it was done in a minute. After the oatmeal was done cooking, I poured in the honey. After stirring it up for a bit, I left it to cool; it's recommended not to put boiling hot oats on your face. When it cooled down enough to a slight warmth, I poured the oatmeal acne mask concoction into a bowl and moved towards my sink, ready to apply. I thought it would be like shaving cream- just put some in my hand and smear it evenly.
Not even close to shaving cream.
The first problem with the oatmeal acne mask is that it's chunky and sticky. Applying this mask will take a couple of minutes because you'll do one part, move to another, and that previous part will fall off. You have to be patient and gentle, constantly applying and filling in small sections. Putting the oatmeal acne mask on your nose is the hardest part since it isn't a flat surface like your cheeks. After getting it all on, I left it to harden for 15-20 minutes.
When the time arrived to remove the oatmeal acne mask, I decided to use my fingers to put the oatmeal back into the bowl as it would probably be ill advised to pour a bowl of oatmeal down my sink. As with peanut butter, these things can clog sinks. I realized that the oatmeal wasn't too hard and it was still kind of sticky. The good thing about scraping the oatmeal acne mask off your face and into a bowl is that when you're done, you can grab a spoon and eat it right up.
When my face was clear of large chunks of hardened oatmeal, I washed it with warm water. It was pretty sticky and the oatmeal ended up all over my hair for some reason. It took a lot of washing to see the end result of teh DIY oatmeal acne mask. I noticed that my face looked plump, in a good way. Even my tiny wrinkles on my forehead seemed a bit filled in. I also realized that my face wasn't as dried out, so much so that I didn't moisturize for the day. I didn't notice much of a change in my blemishes despite the idea that oatmeal was supposed to draw out the oil. I did, however, notice that my pores were significantly smaller. The honey, on the other hand, was supposed to have worked like a glue, but honey on its own is said to have acne fighting power. Along with being able to moisturize, a study in 2008 from the University of Amsterdam says that medical-grade-honey is able to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It's been used to help heal wounds for thousands of years.
Personally, I didn't see any mind blowing results from the oatmeal acne mask, but I do think that I had less oil on my skin throughout the day than normal (probably due to my smaller pores) and that in itself might be a way to prevent future breakouts. And yes, I think that is reason enough for me to try it again and because it's so cheap and simple to do, I'll probably do it once a week. If you plan on doing an oatmeal acne mask yourself, I have one suggestion. Grind up up the oats in a food processor rather than using whole rolled oats. They'll give you more of an exfoliant quality and will better soak up oil on your face. Also, they'll be a heck of a lot easier to apply.