Oatmeal has been used for hundreds of years to soothe itchy and irritated skin. The number one main ingredient in itchy baby bath soaks is colloidal oatmeal and is made by finely grinding down oatmeal.
How does colloidal oatmeal help itchy and irritated skin conditions such as eczema?
The reasons are many and all are to do with oatmeal’s chemical structure.
- Oatmeal can hold water and protect the skin because it is packed full of starches and beta-glucans.
- Oatmeal has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity through its many types of phenols.
- Oatmeal also cleanses due to its saponins.
- Oatmeal softens the skin because it has lots of cellulose and fibre.
With all these useful properties colloidal oatmeal has been used to treat many conditions including eczema, chicken pox, insect bites and skin irritations.