10-Day Test: Does Rice Flour Help Fade Acne Marks?

After a bout of angry skin, I've been dealing with some lingering red spots from past blemishes. Let's see if this simple DIY makes a difference.
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After a bout of angry skin, I've been dealing with some lingering red spots from past blemishes. Let's see if this simple DIY makes a difference.

My skin basically revolted over the holidays. Maybe it was the stress of preparing for a two-week trip back to Indiana for Christmas (there were so. many. deadlines). Maybe it was my skin's response to the abrupt weather change. Maybe it was the fact that I got sick or that I was PMSing for a good chunk of the time.

All I know is that my skin was angry after a long and joyous stretch of gorgeous, glowing derma. My skin is (VERY) slowly getting better now that my stress levels are lowered and I'm back in my own environment, but I'm dealing with some lingering red spots from past blemishes. We all know how stubborn those guys can be.

I figured, what better time than now to do a little experiment. I'd read somewhere a while back that rice flour expedites the acne-mark fading process, so I decided to give it a whirl on my own face.

I used Bob's Red Mill Stone Ground White Rice Flour, though I'm sure any brand would work just as well. I also opted for bottle water.

I used Bob's Red Mill Stone Ground White Rice Flour, though I'm sure any brand would work just as well. I also opted for bottle water.

Fun fact: Rice flour is a somewhat common ingredients in skincare, especially in Asia. It's supposedly a lightening and brightening agent and many companies and women swear by it. You'll find it in both store-bought products and DIY beauty recipes.

I decided to minimize my variables in this experiment by only using rice flour and water. Little measuring was done. I just mixed the two until I got a nice, easy-to-apply consistency.

Dump a little rice flour into a small container.

Dump a little rice flour into a small container.

Add a tiny bit of water.

Add a tiny bit of water.

Mix with your finger. If necessary, add more rice flour or water to achieve your desired texture. I like something a little thicker since it's easier to apply and it's almost more concentrated with the flour. If you wanted more of a toner, you could have a higher ration of water.

Mix with your finger. If necessary, add more rice flour or water to achieve your desired texture. I like something a little thicker since it's easier to apply and it's almost more concentrated with the flour. If you wanted more of a toner, you could have a higher ration of water.

I created this little concoction every single day for 10 days. I then applied it to my face and let it set for about 10 minutes. I did get sidetracked a few days and ended up leaving it on for longer. It dries rather quickly and tightens the skin. It also feels ever-so-slightly itchy as it dries.

I just applied with my fingers and sort of exfoliated and rubbed it into my skin as I did. After it set/dried, I rinsed it off with warm water and gently exfoliated as I did so.

I just applied with my fingers and sort of exfoliated and rubbed it into my skin as I did. After it set/dried, I rinsed it off with warm water and gently exfoliated as I did so.

The rice flour actually makes for a brilliant exfoliator, as it's very finely milled and extremely gentle. I always worry about micro skin tears when using physical exfoliants, but wasn't too concerned with this.

The Results

Just a fair warning before you continue… these pictures are rough. I took them first thing in the morning without any makeup (obviously) and without doing my hair. I'm also in my slouchy sweaters. The glamour's been sucked completely out of this whole article. Enjoy!

Here is day 1 of the experiment before I used the rice flour. Ugh. :( And oh goodness, you can even see that under my nose is red/dry due to having a cold!

Here is day 1 of the experiment before I used the rice flour. Ugh. And oh goodness, you can even see that under my nose is red/dry due to having a cold!

This is day 5 of the experiment. I can definitely see some fading here, but my skin is still looking pretty rough.

This is day 5 of the experiment. I can definitely see some fading here, but my skin is still looking pretty rough.

And here is day 10, the final day of the experiment. As you can see, quite a bit cleared up. I also gained a few spots.

And here is day 10, the final day of the experiment. As you can see, quite a bit cleared up. I also gained a few spots.

In the end… I am not really sure how effective the rice flour was in terms of minimizing my lingering red spots. We all know that they do heal eventually, so it's hard to say if time or rice flour is the hero here. I DO think that it helped some, though, particularly because of the exfoliating factors at play, here.

I think it's definitely worth trying if you're dealing with stubborn spots, as it's gentle, natural, smells good and is relatively inexpensive.

Tell me: What have you found to be the best product that expedites acne healing?