Natural Acne-Fighting Honey and Oat Facial Mask

A trip to my local drugstore for acne control products this morning caused a classic case of sticker shock. You want me to pay HOW MUCH for an oil prevention mask? Homey don't play that -- I'll figure out how to do this myself.

A few minutes and a few Google searches later, I learned the following:
  1. Oatmeal is absorbent and perfect for oil removal. When applied to the skin, excessive oil gets sucked straight from pores.
  2. Oatmeal is a natural, gentle exfoliant.
  3. Oatmeal can be used to reduce skin redness.
  4. Honey is a natural anti-biotic and moisturizer.
Combining these two ingredients into a mask will leave skin glowing and fresh. It should also help fight acne and reduce redness. Did you know that honey is an excellent treatment for acne? It removes bacteria that accumulates on your skin.

LediaMedia's Acne-Fighting Honey and Oat Facial Mask

What you'll need:
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 3/4 cup of hot water
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 coffee grinder, blender, or food processor

Creating Your Honey and Oat Facial Mask
  1. Grind 1/2 cup of oats in a blend, food processor, or coffee grinder. I highly recommend using a coffee grinder; blenders and food processors may not get the oatmeal fine enough. You want the oats to be as close to powder as possible. Why? It makes application easier.
  2. Pour ground oats into a mixing bowl and add 3/4 cup of hot water.
  3. Mix oats and water until texture is gooey. Add more water as needed. I made the mistake of not adding more water and the mask was hard to spread across my face.
  4. Once mask is gooey, add 2 teaspoons of honey. Mix thoroughly until honey is dissolved.

How to Use Your Honey and Oat Facial Mask

  1. Apply mask to your face using small, circular motions to increase exfoliation. Start at your chin and work your way up to your forehead.
  2. Let mask dry for 10-20 minutes. The thicker the mask, the longer the dry time. You will know your mask is dry when it becomes hard on your face.
  3. Rinse mask off using warm water. Towel pat dry.
The mask should not dry out your face; in fact, honey has been used for centuries for moisturizing, protecting, and rejuvenating.


What I learned
  • Applying the mask to my face was somewhat problematic because it wasn't gooey. Don't be like me! Add more water!
  • Immediately after application my face started to tingle. It was unexpected and surprising. 

I hope you have as much fun making and applying this mask as I did.

What masks have you made and tried at home? Share your at-home spa recipes in the comments below.