All-Natural Oatmeal Face Scrub for Glowing Skin: Easy DIY Recipes + Benefits

Grab some oatmeal and follow our easy recipes for homemade face scrubs that will leave your skin smooth and glowing.

July 31, 2023 6 minutes read
Ingredients for making an oatmeal face scrub, rolled oats, colloidal oatmeal, and honey

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One of our favorite homemade scrubs is the one made with oatmeal – a soothing ingredient suitable for any skin type that gently exfoliates the skin while hydrating and protecting it at the same time. Plus, making these face scrubs at home is really simple; you just need some oatmeal and water (and some other natural ingredients you likely have in your kitchen if you feel like pampering your skin even more).

So, in today's article, we'll share a few simple recipes for DIY oatmeal scrub you can use for both your face and your body.

How to Make Oatmeal Scrub for Face

To make an oatmeal facial scrub, you'll need colloidal oatmeal – finely ground oats or oatmeal powder, in essence. This is because chunkier exfoliants can lead to microtears on your skin, damaging your skin's natural barrier and leading to infections, acne, and increased sensitivity (and we don't want that).

colloidal oatmeal, finely ground oats

So, before we get into the recipes for oatmeal face scrubs, here's your step-by-step guide on how to make the base ingredient – colloidal oatmeal:

Besides using it in your homemade scrubs recipes, you can use colloidal oatmeal in bath soaks (perfect for people with sensitive skin with eczema or psoriasis as well as baby rash) or DIY face masks.

On the other hand, if you plan to use your homemade oatmeal scrub for your body, rolled oats will do the trick, and you don't need to grind them into a powder.

And now, let's get into the recipes:

The Basic Oatmeal Face Scrub Recipe

ingredients for the basic oatmeal scrub

Generally, the basic recipe would be simply mixing your oatmeal powder with some water to create a smooth paste. However, if you feel a bit more creative and have other ingredients at hand, why not add them as well and enjoy their nourishing benefits? So, add some honey and your favorite facial oil (like coconut oil for dry skin and jojoba oil for oily skin).

You'll need:

  • ¼ cup colloidal oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or any other oil of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Transfer the ground oats to a bowl and add honey, coconut oil, and water.
  2. Mix all the ingredients until they form a thick paste; you may need to add a bit more water if the mixture is too thick.
  3. Or, if it turns out too thin, mix in more honey and colloidal oats.

Note: Store the leftovers in the fridge for no longer than a week. But it would be best to make a fresh batch each time you want to use the scrub.

Oatmeal and Yogurt Face Scrub Recipe

oatmeal, honey, and yogurt for making a face scrub

Another gentle and soothing formula with the added exfoliating benefits of yogurt (thanks to the lactic acid it contains). Plus, yogurt is filled with probiotics that maintain a healthy skin microbiome, reduce inflammation and acne, and maintain the skin's barrier strong.

You'll need:

  • ½ cup colloidal oatmeal
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Mix the ground oats with yogurt until nicely combined.
  2. Add the honey and give it another good stir to form a smooth paste
  3. You can even use a hand mixer to make sure there are no clumps of oat powder in your scrub.

Tips: Use plain, unsweetened yogurt, and if you have sensitive skin, you can reduce the amount of oats in the recipe to make a milder scrub. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the scrub to enhance the aroma and provide additional benefits to your skin.

Oatmeal and Banana Face Scrub

oatmeal, banana, and honey for making a face scrub

Oatmeal and banana are a perfect combo for mature and dry skin types. Besides the heaping amount of vitamins and minerals, bananas also contain silica that stimulates collagen production in the skin.

You'll need:

  • ¼ cup of colloidal oats
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Mash the ripe banana in a bowl.
  2. Add the ground oats and honey to the mashed banana and mix well.
  3. You can also add a tablespoon or two of almond milk if the paste turns out to be too thick.

Note: Use a ripe banana as it's softer and easier to mash. If you have oily skin, you can add a few drops of freshly-pressed lemon juice to the scrub to help control oil production.

Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Face Scrub

ingredients for making an oatmeal and sugar scrub

If you have sensitive skin, we wouldn't recommend using this scrub, as added sugar boosts the exfoliating effect of the scrub, making it to harsh for your face. However, if you do need something stronger for dry, rough skin patches, go ahead and try this one.

You'll need:

  • ½ cup colloidal oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg white


  1. Simply, pour all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend together.
  2. If the consistency is too thick and hard to spread, add one more tablespoon of sweet almond oil (or any other oil of your choice).
  3. Give the mixture a good final stir.

Note: Use finely-ground, organic brown sugar as it's the most gentle on the skin. If you don't have brown sugar, you can use white sugar, but then add less; one instead of two tablespoons.

Tips for Using Oatmeal Scrub for Face

woman using an oatmeal face scrub

Using an oatmeal scrub for your face can be a great way to improve the health and appearance of your skin. However, mechanical exfoliation, in the form of scrubs, for example, can be tricky, and if you're not careful, you might be hurting your skin more than helping it.

So, here's a thorough step-by-step guide on how to use your DIY oatmeal scrub to achieve the best results and avoid damaging your skin:

Benefits of Oatmeal Scrub for Face

Oatmeal is a natural ingredient that has been used for centuries to improve the health and appearance of the skin. When used in a face scrub, it removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and promotes healthy blood circulation to your skin, leaving it fresh, rejuvenated, and glowing. But besides exfoliating, oatmeal offers a wide range of other skin care benefits:


As you can see, using an oatmeal facial scrub will gently exfoliate, moisturize, soothe, protect, and brighten your skin. Just make sure to use finely ground oats, or colloidal oatmeal, as the base exfoliating agent, and be gentle to your skin.

With these simple recipes, you can easily make your own oatmeal scrubs at home using only those ingredients your skin loves. So, whether you go for a basic recipe or one with added ingredients and benefits, your skin will, unquestionably, thank you for the effort with a glowing and smooth complexion.


Is oatmeal good for face scrub?

Yes, oatmeal is excellent for a face scrub as it gently exfoliates while soothing the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin.

Can I wash my face with oatmeal everyday?

Yes, you can wash your face with oatmeal every day as it's gentle and doesn't strip the skin of its natural oils. However, if you're using it as a face scrub, you may want to limit its use to a few times a week to avoid over-exfoliation.

How do you apply oats to your face?

To apply oats to your face, first grind them into a fine powder. Mix the oat powder with water or your preferred ingredient like honey or yogurt to form a paste, then gently massage onto your skin in circular motions.

How long to leave oatmeal on face?

Leave the oatmeal on your face for about 10 minutes. This allows enough time for the oatmeal to soothe and gently exfoliate the skin without causing irritation.

How do you make oatmeal scrub?

To make an oatmeal scrub, grind whole oats into a powder, or colloidal oatmeal. Mix with a hydrating ingredient like honey or oil, and add a small amount of water to form a paste, then gently scrub onto your face in circular motions.

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