Oatmeal in Skincare
Ever wonder why mom ran you to an oatmeal bath when you had childhood skin issues? Time and again oats have been proven as gentle and effective for soothing irritated skin.
Avena sativa L. or more commonly known as oat is a cereal grain species with a long history of clinical use in cosmetics. It has been grown for thousands of years as a food and used in traditional medicine as a skin protectant and soothing agent to relieve skin irritations, itchiness, and inflammation, and to improve the skin barrier function, due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. Oatmeal baths, compresses, and extracts have a long history of use as a skin soother and the safety and efficacy of oat topical application have been proven by many clinical studies.
In fact, the Food and Drug Administration officially categorized colloidal oatmeal as a skin protectant in 2003.
Xerosis (severely dry skin) is more common during the colder winter months and in older adults, as well as those who have experienced repeated exposure to harsh chemicals. Can anyone say extra hand washing and hand sanitizer use? Studies in both people with and without xerosis have observed significant improvements to the skin’s moisture in those using a moisturizer containing colloidal oatmeal, compared with both untreated areas and those in a placebo group.
We use colloidal oatmeal in many of our products. Including, all goat milk soaps, lotions, face cream, body butter, bath bombs, and more.
If you're looking for a fabulous soap chock-full of oatmeal, you may enjoy our Golden Oats Soap.