How to Use Yogurt for Skin Care

Yogurt is a delicious food that's great for topping cereals at breakfast, stirred with fruit or frozen for a creamy snack. But yogurt also has a number of medicinal properties, helping to restore healthy bacteria after a round of antibiotics, healing and preventing fungal and bacterial infections and more. As if that weren't enough, yogurt is also a great ingredient in skin care.

Use yogurt to prevent reoccurring canker sores. Four times a day, eat a quarter cup of yogurt, and then rub a bit on your lips. The antibacterial properties in yogurt help to kill bacteria that cause some forms of canker sores.

Dip clean gauze in yogurt, and then place it over fungal skin infections, replacing the gauze and adding fresh yogurt four or five times a day. Yogurt is effective on skin infections caused by candida, as well as jock itch, vaginal yeast infections and ringworm. For vaginal yeast infections, use a tampon--instead of gauze--soaked with yogurt, replacing it four or five times daily.

Rub a bit of yogurt onto pimples or acne-prone areas, massaging it into clean skin. The zinc-rich yogurt will help to clear and prevent pimples.

Massage yogurt into a dry, itchy scalp, and leave it in for about 15 minutes before rinsing it with warm water. Yogurt will help to moisturize the scalp, exfoliate dead skin cells and even cure many forms of dandruff.

Mix a half cup of yogurt with the juice of a whole, fresh lemon, and chill it in the refrigerator for a few hours. Massage the mixture into your hands and fingernails, and then rinse it with warm water. After one week of this daily treatment, your hands will be soft, cuticles supple and nails shining with a healthy glow.

Apply yogurt to your face as a regular skincare treatment. With loads of zinc and lactic acid, yogurt will help to close pores, prevent acne, exfoliate dead skin cells, moisturize the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Spread yogurt evenly onto your face and neck, and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it with warm water. You can blend yogurt with a variety of fruits, cucumber, lemon or honey for an additional healing ingredient in your homemade facials.