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Colloidal Oatmeal - What is it?

Posted on January 20 2018

What is colloidal oatmeal?

What is Colloidal Oatmeal?

Colloidal Oatmeal is a pretty amazing ingredient when it comes to treating eczema. When oatmeal is has been ground and then suspended in liquid, it’s known as colloidal oatmeal. This method allows the oatmeal to be more easily absorbed into the skin, which helps it to become even more effective at protecting and soothing.

The ingredients in colloidal contain avenacins compounds, which have antifungal properties; saponins, which can help in cleansing; and flavonoids, which might help with absorbing ultraviolet-A (UVA) rays. It also includes vitamin E, which is an anti-inflammatory, along with phenols and starches to help in moisturizing.

What makes it effective at soothing the skin is the cellulose and fiber from the oats. These make a skin-softening emollient that is effective against irritation and redness that comes from conditions such as eczema and rosacea. When skin is soothed, the itching usually is relieved as well.

Colloidal Oatmeal Skin Benefits

Colloidal oatmeal is an all-natural skin soothing solution for eczema, bug bites, sunburns, poison ivy and other itchy and other inflamed skin conditions. When applied topically, colloidal oatmeal works by attracting moisture to the skin and locking it in by forming a protective barrier. “Colloidal oatmeal is a natural anti-inflammatory and rarely causes allergy,” says Dr. Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist in New York City. “Those with incredibly sensitive skin such as eczema and atopic dermatitis can usually find relief and calm their skin by applying colloidal oatmeal lotion or taking baths that contain oatmeal.”

Take an Oatmeal Bath

oatmeal bath for baby

An oatmeal bath helps to comfort compromised skin. But what makes oatmeal so healing for irritated skin? Oats can naturally hold a lot of water, thanks to the abundance of starches and beta glucans found in oatmeal. Oatmeal has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and can naturally soften the skin as well due to the phenols that are found in the oats.

Oatmeal Bath for Baby

Babies have special considerations taking an oatmeal bath. Colloidal oatmeal usually is added to warm bathwater. The oats do not sink to the bottom, because of the colloid action of the particles, which disperse throughout the water. This helps it to coat the user's skin and makes it more effective as a treatment for skin conditions than other forms of oats.

For an oatmeal bath, the tub should be filled with lukewarm water, not cool or hot. Several large scoops or cupfuls of the oats should be added to the water. Bathers should soak in the mixture for at least 10 minutes, and then get out and pat the skin dry without rubbing it. An oatmeal bath can be taken three times a day to achieve optimum results. If the skin is too sticky, the bather might choose rinse off afterward with clean, lukewarm water.

You can make this remedy by buying oatmeal from a store. The oats should be finely ground so that they can absorb water. If it is made at home, they will need to be processed in a blender or coffee grinder, then tested to determine how fine the particles need to be before they stop sinking in water. The oatmeal should absorb water quickly and give it a milky look.

Oatmeal Soap, Lotion and Ointment

  • Oatmeal soap can be effective at treating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox and acne.
  • The tradition has continued, and many modern beauty enthusiasts use oatmeal soap as part of their skincare routines. Colloidal oatmeal, or finely milled oatmeal, typically is used to create oatmeal soaps.
  • A skin care routine that involves liberal applications of an optimal oatmeal lotion to affected areas is necessary for eczema sufferers. An eczema lotion offers benefits that usually are not associated with regular body lotion formulations that are intended for non-specific use or are deemed desirable by people who have normal skin.

Try our Sensitive Baby All Natural Healing Ointment


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