Can a homemade oatmeal scrub help you fight acne?

Oatmeal, it’s a popular breakfast food. Look in the bathroom closets of acne-sufferers with a penchant for home remedies, though, and you might find a can of oatmeal stashed behind a pile of towels.

Oatmeal has been touted as a great ingredient for homemade acne scrubs. But does it really offer any benefits?

There are a couple ways that oatmeal might help… at least a little bit.

First, oatmeal is fairly coarse. That could make it useful facial scrub that exfoliates your skin. Add a little bit of oatmeal to some warm water and scrub your face before it gets too soggy, and you could find that you have removed a layer of dead skin cells that would have otherwise ended up clogging your pores.

Second, an oatmeal mask could potentially draw oil out of your pores as it dries. This is similar to the way many other masks work, including those sold by expensive salons and spas.

OK, but do either of these things actually happen?

The coarseness of oatmeal could work as an exfoliant. That’s not to say, however, that it will work better than some rather inexpensive scrubs that you can pick up at the corner drug store. If you’re itching to try oatmeal as a scrub, then it’s almost certainly not going to harm your skin in any way. You might get some positive results, but probably not enough to fight a bad breakout.

As far as the oil-absorbing oatmeal mask, I don’t think it even matters whether this will work because it would require sitting around for a couple of hours while covered in oatmeal. If you’re into that sort of thing, then go ahead and give it a whirl. I doubt it will cause any harm.

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