Oatmeal is widely considered one of the healthier breakfast food options, for a few key reasons. First and foremost, it’s a complex carbohydrate that contains protein, meaning it takes longer to digest and keeps one feeling full for much longer than a breakfast containing simple carbohydrates — like white bread toast or sugary cereal.
But oatmeal is also useful in the fight against melasma, a skin condition that often arises during pregnancy. That’s because oatmeal contains properties capable of helping it act like a natural exfoliate, carefully brushing away discolored, dead skin to make way for new and healthy skin generation. When preparing the oatmeal, keep things simple: avoid using sugar or sugar-like substances and apply the oatmeal to the skin for roughly 20 minutes before wiping it off with a little soap and water.