You may know oatmeal as a healthy whole grain… but it’s also highly recommended by dermatologists and the FDA - officially designated as an effective skin protectant, tried and true for relieving itchy, dry skin irritation. Breaking down the details and benefits of this daily skincare staple, below!
What is Colloidal Oatmeal?
Simply put, Colloidal oatmeal is oatmeal ground up into tiny particles, then added to a liquid substance for maximum absorption and application to the skin. As a starch, it functions by creating a protective layer for the skin and maximizing the water absorbed by it. In addition, it is composed of polysaccharides and avenanthramides - protective and antioxidant compounds that soothe irritation and inflammation experienced by many in particular, with eczema.
Unlike all skincare ingredients, it plays well with others, which is why it can frequently be seen on the ingredient label of your favorite products.
Best Use For Colloidal Oatmeal
Because of it’s gentle plethora of beneficial properties - all skin types can incorporate this skincare ingredient into their regimen. Those with dry, itchy, eczema-prone skin will appreciate it’s ultra-moisturizing benefits the most. If someone has eczema, it means their skin is unable to properly retain moisture. The skin barrier’s function is to prevent water loss through our skin while at the same time blocking harmful substances or even organisms from gaining entry to our body through our skin. Those with eczema have a dysfunctional skin barrier – and the most obvious result is dryness.
A hydrating cream like SLMD Body Seal should be a go to for compromised skin as it’s made with none other than Colloidal Oatmeal, along with ceramides (lipids that help skin function to properly function and maintain moisture) and Hyaluronic Acid (a hydrator able to able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water). Created and validated by Dr. Sandra Lee, who experiences very dry skin herself, this non-greasy, velvety, cream can be applied daily to immediately relieve long-term conditions like eczema. It does not contain added fragrance - which should be noted as exasperating irritated, dry skin!
Whether you are experiencing more dry skin flare ups in the winter, or looking for something to have in your skincare arsenal for battling eczema, skincare products with colloidal oatmeal are the move.