After a lifetime of eating just a few biscuits at breakfast, which left me starving by midmorning, oatmeal has finally found its way into my routine. It’s delicious, healthy, and gives me lots of energy. But oatmeal isn’t just a great choice for a healthy and tasty breakfast. It is also very good for your skin.
What is colloidal oatmeal?
When oatmeal is used in lotions or facial masks, it is usually called Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal. When it is used as a skin protectant, such as in bath products to treat skin conditions like eczema, it is called Colloidal oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal is a very fine powder derived from the grinding and processing of whole oat grains. It contains “polysaccharides (60%-64%), proteins (10%-18%), lipids (3%-9%), saponins, enzymes (such as the potent antioxidant superoxide dismutase), prostaglandin-synthesis inhibitors, flavonoids, and vitamins” (Source).
Colloidal oatmeal has soothing properties
Colloidal oatmeal has anti-inflammatory, soothing, moisturizing, and barrier-repair properties that can alleviate the symptoms of a several skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis. According to a 2012 study, “the daily use of moisturizers and/or cleansers containing colloidal oatmeal significantly improved many clinical outcomes of atopic dermatitis” and was “well tolerated in babies, children, and adults with AD.” In addition, colloidal oatmeal can also be used to soothe sunburn, rashes (including diaper rashes), hives, insect bites, and other pruritic conditions.
Products with Colloidal Oatmeal
Colloidal oatmeal can be found in several Aveeno products such as Soothing Bath Treatment ($6.90). A staple of the brand, it is 100% colloidal oatmeal and suitable for short baths to soothe irritated skin. If you suffer from eczema, you can try Kate Sommerville Eczema Therapy Cream ($48.00), or, if you prefer a cheaper option, Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Creme ($11.68). For those who suffer from rosacea or whose skin is easily irritated, a good option is Paula’s Choice Clinical Instant Calm Advanced Redness Relief Treatment, a toner-like product chockfull of soothing ingredients.
The Bottom Line
Colloidal oatmeal is a wonderful soothing agent that can relieve the symptoms of several skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and rashes. If you suffer from them, or if your skin is easily irritated, then you should consider incorporating it into your skincare routine. Your skin will thank you!
Do you use colloidal oatmeal?