Oatmeal: It’s not just for eating

Oatmeal is the breakfast of choice for many people (and for some reason, no one seems to love oatmeal more than a healthy living blogger).

Personally, I love an occasional bowl of steel cut oats mixed with pumpkin because they are so creamy and filling.

But when I’m not eating a large bowl of oats, I am washing my face with them.

Yes, you read that correctly… I wash my face with oatmeal.

Before you start to wonder if I am a total crazy person, allow me to explain…



Who can benefit from washing their face with oatmeal?

  • Anyone with dry skin in need of some good gentle exfoliation (I’ve been using this method a lot lately because I’ve been suffering from a severe case of dry skin)
  • Anyone with oily skin since the oatmeal soaks up the excess oil
  • Those suffering with eczema, rashes, or skin irritation
  • Anyone with sun damaged skin

What you’ll need:

  • Dry quick-cooking oatmeal (about a fistful)
  • Running water
  • A small hand towel

What you’ll need to do:

  • Pour some dry oats into the palm of your hand and squeeze your hand to make a fist.
  • Run your fist (thumb-side up) under warm water for about 30 seconds.
  • Once the oatmeal feels like a paste, massage it into your skin, just as you would a regular face wash.  You may need to add more water, and you’ll probably want to spread out your face towel, as this step can get a tad bit messy.
  • Gently massage the oatmeal all over your face and neck for about one minute before rinsing your face with water and patting to dry.

What you’ll see as a result:

  • Beautiful, glowing, smooth, clean skin!

If you’re concerned that the oatmeal will clog up your sink, you can wash your face over a bowl of water instead (or even your kitchen sink, if you have a garbage disposal).

This wash is gentle enough to use on a daily basis (even multiple times per day), but I typically use it about 3-5 times per week.

Have you ever used oatmeal to wash your face?  If so, what did you think of it?  As you have probably already concluded, I love it.  It can make you hungry first thing in the morning before breakfast though!

Have a great day!







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  1. YES! as soon as i read your title, i knew you were going to talk about using it onyour skin! love this.

    • thegrassskirt

      Woo hoo! It is so great to have another endorsement for this. 🙂

  2. I have used oatmeal in the bath for itching skin:) Great post – thanks for sharing!

    • thegrassskirt

      Oatmeal baths are great! I remember my sister taking one as a child when she had the chicken pox. We thought it was the silliest thing!

  3. I agree oatmeal is not just for healthy body but it is also used as a treatment for sensitive skin. I used oatmeat before in washing my face and my parent often tease me as an oatmeal queen. But, I stopped it now because there are oatmeal soap availability at the market now.

    • thegrassskirt

      Yes, there are a lot of products with oatmeal now! I know that Aveeno has a line.

  4. Iiiiinteresting my friend!! I’ve heard of masks with oats, but never to wash, I love it!!!!


  5. Jocellyn

    Yes! I wash my face with oatmeal. I started doing it about a year ago. I give it a few pulses in the coffee grinder so I can use it in the shower without clogging the drains. I admit I never really had acne, but I’d get a zit here and there. My skin went from a 7 to a 10! Some people are weirded out by it, but I remind them it isn’t so different than the oatmeal facials we used to do at slumber parties. Plus this is really noninvasive. I think the less we do to our skin the better it is (for most people1)

  6. @ Jocellyn- I’ve been using oatmeal as a body/face wash for months now and my skin has never been better in my life, problem is my parents got upset because it clogged the drain and said I can’t use it anymore. Does pulsing oatmeal really help without clogging the drain, I’d love to know.

    • One thing that I try to do is wash my face in the kitchen over the garbage disposal because the oatmeal can definitely clog the bathroom drain over time…which stinks. Glad that it works for you! 🙂

      • I also use it as a body wash since I suffer from mild eczema and I’d hate to give it up 🙁

    • Jocellyn

      Yup! I grind it into a fine powder and I’ve never had any issues with it. If you are doing it over your body, though, I would break it up over the days so you aren’t doing your whole body at once (like shoulders one day, back another, etc. etc.) But yes, I took a oatmeal bath without breaking it up and I got out of my relaxing bath to realize my tub was clogged. There went my relaxation!

      • I use the oatmeal as a body scrub in the shower and lately I was told that the pipes got clogged though my drain (in my bathtub hasn’t gotten clogged). I love to use it everyday all over my body since my skin has never looked better in my life, would be a shame to stop using it, even for a day. What do you mean you “break it up”, does it still clump even when its in powder?

        • Jocellyn

          No it doesn’t clump when it’s a powder. I mean break up your days so you’re not washing your whole body at once. Just do shoulders one day and your back another (or wherever you have eczema) so it puts less stress on your pipes!

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