Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub

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

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


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.

  • Category: DIY
  • Method: Food Processor

Keywords: DIY facial treatment, Oatmeal facia mask, Oatmeal facial treatment

52 thoughts on “Oatmeal Cleansing Facial Scrub”

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

    • 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!


  2. 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?

    • 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!

    • 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.


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