How to Use Oatmeal and Yogurt to Remove Blackheads
Blackheads are something very few of us avoid, unfortunately. Using a natural chemical-free oatmeal and yogurt-based product is quick and easy to make in our own kitchens. Using store-bought cosmetics does not have to be the answer to blackhead problems which will often contain preservatives and toxins.
The health benefits of these ingredients are well known and when combined together with a few additional natural store cupboard favorites, make a powerful blackhead removing face mask which also gently exfoliates the skin revealing fresh new glowing skin. Let's take a look at the skin benefits of oatmeal and yogurt followed by two recipes.
The first is an excellent blackhead remover and gentle skin exfoliator. The second is an antibacterial busting face mask perfect for oily or acne-prone skin.
What Are Blackheads?
- Known as open comedones, blackheads are the result of blocked pores in a nutshell.
- A build-up of sebum or oil in the sebaceous glands duct causes a blockage that oxidizes when it is mixed with the air.
- Clogged hair follicles, where blackheads will often appear, reflect light naturally which gives the blackhead the “black” appearance.
- When blackheads are extracted they will often appear more yellow to brown in color due to their high melanin content.
- The most common areas for blackheads to form are on the face and back, particularly on acne-prone skin.
- The main areas on the face are around the nose, chin, and jawline, beside ears and on cheeks.
- These little black specks that we have the urge to squeeze away as they are unsightly nuisances, should never be squeezed no matter how tempting it is. If you do, you risk spreading bacteria to other parts of the face and permanent scarring of the skin.
1. Oatmeal and Yogurt Blackhead Buster
- 2 tbsp oatmeal
- 3 tbsp natural yogurt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Mix the oatmeal and yogurt together in your bowl.
- Add the olive oil and lemon juice to the mixture and combine all the ingredients well.
- Keep the hair off the face with a hairband or shower cap.
- Cleanse the skin in your normal way making sure all traces of makeup are removed.
- Slightly dampen the skin.
- Apply the blackhead buster mask with clean hands to the face, forehead and neck avoiding the eye area. Massage in with small circular movements for a few minutes. You can use a facial brush for this if you prefer.
- Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and remove it with cold water. This helps to close the pores.
- Pat the skin dry.
- Apply your normal face moisturizer.
- This is ideally applied after a shower when the skin is warm and the pores are open.
- A natural scrub that helps removes the dead skin cells and keeps the pores clear of blackheads is tomato and sugar scrub. Run out of moisturizer?
- No need to do a midnight run to the 24-hr. drugstore; try olive oil, the multi-purpose wonder product for the skin.
2. Oatmeal, Parsley, Essential Oil and Egg-White Blackhead Mask
This mask is particularly recommended for acne-prone skin or oily skin with blackheads.
- 2 tbsp Rolled Oats
- 2 tbsp Dried Parsley (or use 4 tbsp fresh parsley leaves)
- 1 Egg White
- 5 Drops Essential Oil of choice (optional)
- ½ Cup of Water
- Small Saucepan
- Blender or Coffee Grinder
- Add the water to the saucepan and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Add the dried or fresh parsley; remove from the heat and cover. Leave standing for at least 10 minutes.
- While the parsley tea is steeping, place the rolled oats in the blender or coffee grinder and turn to a medium setting. Turn off when you have a coarse powder-like texture.
- Add the coarse powder to the mixing bowl and put to one side.
- Strain the dried parsley from the liquid and discard the used parsley leaves.
- Add 2 tbsp of the “parsley tea” to the oatmeal and mix well until you have a thick paste-like consistency.
- Stir in the egg white and essential oil if using. The best essential oils to use are those that are particularly beneficial to acne-prone skin such as Tea Tree, Lavender, Bergamot, Cypress, Clary-Sage or Lemongrass.
- Omit the Essential Oil if you have sensitive skin.
- Keep hair off the face with a hairband or shower cap.
- Applying to a cleansed skin spread the mask all over the face, forehead and neck avoiding the eye area.
- Leave for 15-20 minutes and remove with tepid water. Finish with a rinse of cold water and pat the skin dry.
- Apply your regular moisturizer.
- You may use 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in place of parsley if you don’t have any.
Word of caution: If you have any suspected or known allergies or food intolerance to any of the ingredients, you should avoid using and seek medical advice first.
- Treats blackheads
- Treats whiteheads
- Soothes chickenpox itching and pain
- Treats Eczema
- Acne treatment
- Soothes sunburn
- Reduces skin irritations
- Relieves itchy skin
Yogurt Skin Benefits
- Lightens Age Spots
- Cleansing properties
- Restores Skin Natural Balance
- Skin Softener
- Treats acne
- Treats eczema
Have you tried Oatmeal or Yogurt in homemade skin care products?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.