An adult woman smiles as she applies an oatmeal face mask. A bag of organic oatmeal and a mixing bowl sits in the foreground.

Oatmeal Face Mask (For Facial Psoriasis)

Let's take a minute to talk about the skin on our face. It's exposed, it's sensitive and it's not made equally. Treating facial psoriasis requires a more thoughtful process - intense topicals and corticosteroids pose the risk of damage in a highly visible place.

You shouldn't use anything to treat your facial psoriasis without the approval or support of your dermatologist. As a result of this, I have had to find ways to manage psoriasis on my face with a more alternative and complementary method.

Oatmeal for psoriasis? Really?

Apart from being one of my absolute favorite breakfast meals, oatmeal has become one of my absolute favorite go-to treatments for psoriasis management too. You can find me in an oat bath when it gets too much. It is gentle and soothing. Therefore it only made sense that I should use oatmeal for psoriasis on my face.

That said, store products for facial psoriasis are no good for me, even if they contain oatmeal. There are simply too many additives and the products only aggravates my skin. I've had to find my own DIY way to incorporate oatmeal in my face skincare routine.

Being inventive to find things that help without any side effects, this is when the oatmeal facemask entered my life.

Here's how to make an oatmeal face mask...

I use organic oatmeal only. I source this from ethical and reliable sources and make sure to always have it at home. Take one cup of dry oatmeal and put it through the food processor, or stick blender. Blend it down to a fine powder and mix with warm water to develop a paste.

Spread and cover the whole face generously. That's it!

How to put it on your face!

I cover all the skin but steer clear of the eyes and nasal passageways. If my eyelids are inflamed I put a thin layer on, being very careful not to get it into my eye. 

Allow it to sit for anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes. Take a load off and put your feet up, listen to an audiobook or watching a movie while it works its magic.

When it's time to wash off

Once your mask has been on for at least 20 minutes, make sure to rinse it off gently with warm water, this will feels a little sticky and a bit like wiping breakfast off your face. Which makes me giggle every single time. Once I have rinsed it off, I allow my face to cool off and rest before applying any moisturize.

When I do,  I only use very plain, unscented cream for my face and apply just a thin layer.

Oatmeal is your friend AND food!

Because this is an organic facemask and homemade - you can make it and apply it as much as you like! Depending on how bad your flare is, it can be repeated daily if needed. I have used it like this before, very successfully. 

As with all new things, a patch test is always a good idea, and if you find any irritation, stop the use immediately. If you have any allergy to oats then of course this should be avoided completely.

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