Oatmeal is a natural exfoliating ingredient and skin moisturizer, or humectant. This simple staple of breakfast found in many kitchen cupboards can provide a plethora of healing and skin soothing benefits. It is enriched with beneficial minerals, vitamins and lipids that deliver nutrients while protecting the outer layer of skin from moisture-loss. Oatmeal is also said to help restore the natural pH balance of skin. This can alleviate symptoms of dry or itchy skin. Oatmeal also contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties believed to combat acne triggers.