Oatmeal & Honey for Acne

A honey-oatmeal mask is an inexpensive way to fight breakouts.

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If the bad news is that your face is breaking out, then the good news is that there's a cheap treatment you can do every day to help clear up your skin. Honey and oatmeal are proven pimple-fighters, and are better for your skin than many of the harsh treatments sold in drug stores. Even the most sensitive faces can get help from oatmeal and honey.

Face Mask

This mask is so simple, you may already have the two ingredients you'll need: oatmeal and honey. Mix together about ¼ cup honey and ½ cup oatmeal. Exact measurements are not important, just make sure the mixture has 2 parts oatmeal for every 1 part honey. Spread the oatmeal and honey mixture on your face, being careful not to get it too close to your eyes, then let it sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse the mixture off with lukewarm water. For a more potent mask, add ¼ cup grated apple to the mixture before applying it. The glycolic acid in the apple will help fight pimples, but beware: it can be irritating to sensitive skin.

Exfoliant

Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliant, so you can use it to get rid of dead skin cells on your face without causing damage or redness. Clearing out the old cells will not only improve the appearance of your skin, but it will keep them from clogging up pores and causing pimples. Mix together 1 part oatmeal, 1 part honey and 1 part plain yogurt. About ¼ cup of each ingredient makes enough for one treatment. Spread the mixture on your face, and then gently rub in circles. Don't scrub hard or tug on your skin. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water.

Eating It

It's an indirect way of treating acne, and you can't wake up and see the results the next morning, but adding honey and oatmeal to your diet can help clear up your skin. You don't have to eat them together to get the results, but if you're looking to make a difference in your skin, eat them on a regular basis. The type of oatmeal doesn't matter, but watch out for added sugar in instant packets, which isn't good for your body or your skin. Darker honey has more benefits than lighter-colored honey, but both are healthy. Just be careful not to overheat the honey when you use it, or the vitamins it contains could be lost.

Why It Works

Applied to your face, oatmeal soaks up oil without drying out your skin. Its slightly rough texture also sloughs away dead skin cells, but without doing any damage. Since oatmeal is so gentle and is not acidic like most products that remove oil, it can be used on sensitive skin. Honey is antibacterial and attracts moisture. This means that when you put it on your skin it gets rid of bacteria that can lead to breakouts, while softening your face by adding moisture. As part of your diet, oatmeal supplies vitamin E, which is vital for healthy skin. It also has zinc, iron, manganese and selenium. Honey supplies vitamin C, prevents sun damage, slows wrinkles and improves skin texture. More importantly in the fight against acne, both oatmeal and honey contain vitamin B complex, which is necessary for your skin to heal and retain moisture.

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