Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub

Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub | Get Inspired Everyday!

Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub | Get Inspired Everyday!

I’ve been using this simple Oatmeal Cleansing Scrub for years, and I love the results! This very simple recipe comes from Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles. It’s a very gentle scrub that leaves your skin smooth and soft. It’s also very easy to make and you can store it for months, which makes a great natural treatment to take traveling because it’s dry and doesn’t need to be refrigerated like other fresh treatments. I always take this oatmeal scrub for everyday use and a container of baking soda for my weekly Baking Soda Exfoliation.

Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub | Get Inspired Everyday!

You can use a blender or food processor to make this scrub, or you can buy oat flour for the most gentle cleansing scrub.

What to do:

Place 1 cup oatmeal in a mini food processor and pulse until fine with some small pieces of oats. This recipe makes enough for about 16 treatments.

How to use:

Take 1-2 Teaspoons for your face or 1 Tablespoon for your face and neck area. Mix the ground oatmeal with just enough water to form a paste. At this point, you can add an optional small drizzle (less than 1 Teaspoon) of honey for it’s extra moisturizing and antibacterial properties.

Using your fingers, gently massage the oatmeal mixture into your face and neck area using your ring finger lightly on the skin around the eye area. Rinse and moisturize for the day/night.

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This oatmeal cleanser is a great everyday option instead of soap. My face has been soap free for 5 years now and my skin just keeps getting healthier. If you’re going to be using this oatmeal cleanser more than twice a week, make sure the oats are ground really fine, or buy oat flour.

Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub | Get Inspired Everyday!

Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub

  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 16 treatments 1x


  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • or
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • optional honey


  1. If you’re using the oatmeal, process in a blender or food processor until it’s finely powdered with a few small pieces.
  2. To use, mix together 1 Tablespoon with just enough water to make a paste.
  3. I sometimes add a very small amount of honey, (less than a teaspoon) to the oatmeal paste for added benefits.
  4. Gently massage the oatmeal mixture into your face and neck area.
  5. Rinse and moisturize for the day/night.


42 Comments on “Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub”

  1. How many times do you exfoliate your face with this oatmeal scrub? I have extremely sensitive skin so would exfoliating once every week with this scrub would be too much for my face?

    1. Over time I’ve found myself moving more toward my Pineapple Facial which exfoliates without being abrasive. I do still use this oatmeal scrub when I’m traveling, but usually not more than 2x per month, not because it aggravates my skin, I’m just like the pineapple the best right now. I hope this helps, pineapple is a great exfoliator for sensitive skin, and be sure and let me know if you have anymore questions!

  2. My skintype is combination skin and I’m feeling very oily after a week use of oatmeal instead of facewash. is it normal ?

    1. It is very normal for your skin to go through changes anytime you change up your routine, but even more so if you stop using soap. My personal experience was that my skin evened out over time, but the best thing I found to help with the transition is Oil Cleansing. It seems counter intuitive to use oil to cleanse oily skin, but I’ve found it to be the best thing ever. I’ll leave you a link below to read more about it. I sure hope this helps you out!


  3. Thanks so much. I plan to use it right away. I have already shared this with several friends. I have dark patches under my chin from removing hairs with a tweezer. Will any of your cleanser help even the skin tone there?

    1. My DIY Homemade Pineapple Facial is the best facial I know of for evening out skin tones. Pineapple is known for evening out skin tones but also because it’s a very effective exfoliator without being abrasive. I sure hope this helps!

    1. You can usually use plain ground oatmeal as a skin cleanser daily, but it would depend on your individual skin type. I personally find my skin prefers if I mix it up a bit with different treatments.

  4. My exczema is around my eyes,and ut flares up when I’m stressed out.Is it okay to use oatmeal around my eyes?
    Thank you.

    1. I wouldn’t use any kind of abrasive scrub on your face if you suffer from eczema. I don’t know a lot about the condition, so I would consult a professional before you try anything new, but my Pineapple Facial might be worth looking into because it’s cleanses and removes dead skin without abrasion.

    1. I use old fashioned oats, but I think you could use instant, although you want to be sure there’s no other added ingredients to whichever oats you use.

    1. If you’re using oatmeal, then yes it has to be ground up otherwise it will be way too rough for the soft facial skin. If you don’t have a food processor or blender, you can buy oat flour which is already ground up.

  5. Hi

    My daughter skin is very dry .she is seven years old .so nowadays I’m using oatmeal as face wash . is it safe to use daily on kids skin ? And will it lighten the skin texture.

  6. I have really sensitive skin and eczema. I use an oatmeal and green tea face mask about once a week. Is it safe to wash my face with just the oatmeal and water (I break out if I apply honey topically) everyday? I’m trying to stray away from commercial facial washes but I still want clean skin.

    1. You can definitely use just the oatmeal, it makes for a great way to clean your skin even without the honey. I have very sensitive skin too, and my favorite treatments are this oatmeal scrub, my Pineapple Facial, and the Oil Cleansing method which might work for you too. I’m not sure if the pineapple facial would be problematic since you’re having trouble with honey, but if the fruit sugar doesn’t both your skin you might like that one as well because it exfoliates without abrasion and pineapple is anti-inflammatory. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!


    1. I’ve found the best thing for glowing skin is to drink enough water every day and eat a healthy diet, glowing skin comes from the inside out. On that note, I’ve been adding Hawaiian spirulina to my green smoothies for a while lately and it’s really helped my skin be smoother and glow more because it’s packed with beauty vitamins. For DIY skin treatments, my favorites for my skin are my Oil Cleansing Method and my Pineapple Facial several times a week. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  7. Hi…u mentioned that you have been washing Ur face with just plain oatmeal and water…n u don’t use makeup..so do u mix ur own moisturiser as well..n do u use sunblock..

    1. I don’t currently use a sunblock, my skin doesn’t burn easily, but I do put a hat on when I know I’ve been out long enough. For moisturizers, my 3 favorites are my Lemon Cream Body Butter (not meant for the face) Easy Buttercream Lotion (all time favorite) and my Cooling Aloe Mint Lotion (favorite in the summer months. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  8. Hello , can I make face pack with water and store it? Or should I add water to the powder of oats as i use? Please let me know

    1. Any oats mixed with water will grow bacteria over time even if refrigerated, so you always want to take a little out of your storage container and mix it with water, fresh for every facial treatment.

    1. You don’t need any preservatives for this facial scrub because it’s just dry oatmeal in a jar which lasts for months. When you use the scrub that’s when you mix it with water and the optional honey which is used right away. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  9. The first time I used this oatmeal scrub, it gave me wonderful hydrating results.
    But when I used it for the second time .i.e today,Tiny rashes have come out on my entire face. I just don’t understand what went wrong.

    1. This scrub is usually quite mild and great for most skin types, but there are a few things to consider for sure. I’d suggest seeking out advice from a skin care professional, you may have had some kind of mildly allergic reaction, or it could have been coincidence that you had both a rash and used the scrub on the same day. There are so many variables and each person is so different that I couldn’t tell you exactly what happened, but definitely seek out what’s best for your skin. Other very mild facial treatments that I love are my DIY Pineapple Facial which can be perfect for anyone who has problems with scrubs, (which can be irritating to very sensitive skin). Also the Oil Cleansing Method is both moisturizing and lightly exfoliating along with being very gentle on your skin. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂 (And just one more side note, I like to switch up facial treatments so as not to use the same thing too many days in a row which I’ve found to be irritating for my skin.)


  10. Can we use this cleaner after spending a day outside in pollution? Does it effectively remove all the traces of light make up, oil and other impurities from the skin?

    1. I do know that this scrub is very effective at removing excess oil without drying out your skin, but I don’t know if it’s effective against pollution/impurities or makeup. Some people use the oil cleansing method to get rid of makeup and clean their skin, I don’t know how well that works because I don’t wear makeup, but I do love how clean and balanced my skin is with the oil cleansing method. I’ll include the link so that you can read about the Oil Cleansing Method, and I hope this helps.

  11. I’m a 28 years old guy and i use oat meal face pack everyday with cucumber and tomatoe. Is that okay to use it everyday? Does it have any adverse effects…?

    1. I have no idea if it’s ok to use everyday, but I’ve never heard of any adverse side effects from oatmeal because it’s so mild. I’m sorry I don’t have an exact answer for you, but with everyone’s skin being so different, there’s no way for me to say how it will affect you. Just from my personal experience I like to mix up the different treatments I use on my face because they all seem to have different benefits. My personal favorites are the Pineapple Facial and the Oil Cleansing Method, (both are on the blog). The Oil Cleansing Method is the only treatment I’ve use day after day on my skin, but my skin is sensitive and oil cleansing seems to be the best treatment for it.

    1. It will easily last for 1 month or longer if your oatmeal was fresh to begin with. After a few months on the shelf at room temperature, grains can start to turn rancid, so I always try to use mine up within a month or so.

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