Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub

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This Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub has been a go-to for me for many years. It’s both gentle and smoothing on my skin, and it’s perfect for traveling.

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I’ve been using this simple Oatmeal Cleansing Scrub for years, and I love the results! In it’s simplest form, it’s just 1 ingredient. But you can also add different extras for more benefits which you’ll find below.

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. This 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.

Ground oatmeal and honey together make a great facial!

This recipe was first published this scrub in 2013, and I’ve been using it ever since. I figured that because it’s more than stood the test of time I needed to give this one an update with all new photos! Everything else is completely the same.

Oatmeal Scrub Variations

  1. Add a drizzle of honey to the oat/water paste described below.
  2. Or you can add 1 Tablespoon of plain yogurt to the ground oats.

I love either one of these variations and use both often. I find the honey very soothing to my sensitive skin, and the yogurts works wonders on smoothing and softening my skin!

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How to make this Oatmeal Cleansing Facial

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

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.

Ground oatmeal and honey together make a great facial!

This oatmeal cleanser is a great everyday option instead of soap. My face has been soap free for 5 years now, (make that over 12 years now without soap!) 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.

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Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub

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A shelf stable, travel friendly, homemade facial treatment!



1 cup oatmeal, or 1 cup oat flour


A drizzle of honey added to the oat/water paste

Or a tablespoon of plain yogurt to be mixed with the ground oats


If you’re using the oatmeal, process in a blender or food processor until it’s finely powdered with a few small pieces.

To use, mix together 1 Tablespoon of the ground oats with just enough water to make a paste.

Gently massage the oatmeal mixture into your face and neck area. Let the facial treatment rest on your face if you added either the honey or the yogurt to let the benefits sink in.

Rinse and moisturize for the day/night.

52 thoughts on “Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub”

    • I’m not 100% sure what you mean, it does get softer with time after you add the liquid to it because it continues to take on hydration. But it shouldn’t get softer with time in the storage jar, if that happens, you would need to throw it out and find a different container that is better sealed. I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any more questions!

    • No you don’t need to cook the oats, you just mixed the powdered oats with water, I like to do this in the palm of my hand before using it as a cleansing scrub!

    • Baking soda is on the harsh side and can disturb the ph of your skin, so most skin experts don’t recommend frequent use. I personally use it every few weeks at the moment because I really enjoy using my Oil Cleansing Method and this Oatmeal Cleansing Scrub. I hope this helps, and you can also consult a professional for more information about baking soda.

  1. hello kari, i really love your post! i just want to try this oat as my daily facial wash.

    just need a clarify, this oat + water is used to replace facial wash and just use it like usually? (like apply this on our face for 1-2 minutes and then rinse it?)
    what is the final texture, is it form a paste or more light? and can we use this twice a day everyday?

    thank you Kari, i’m new and gonna explore your blog afterwards 😉

    • The texture here is more like a paste, but you can thin it out if desired. I use it a cleanser by lightly scrubbing it around my face, then rinsing it off. Because it is a bit of a scrub, I personally wouldn’t use it 2x a day because my face is easily irritated. I love using my facial oil cleansing method as my daily cleansing with treatments like this oatmeal one to mix things up. I hope this helps, and be sure and let me know if you have any more questions. Also I hope you enjoy the blog!



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