Oatmeal - An ancient remedy for soothing skin

Oatmeal - An ancient remedy for soothing skin

For centuries, oatmeal has been highly regarded as a natural remedy for soothing irritated skin and providing relief from various dermatological conditions. In 1945, a significant advancement occurred with the introduction of colloidal oatmeal- a finely ground oat extract boiled to extract its colloidal material. Since then, colloidal oatmeal has been widely used in skincare, available in diverse forms ranging from bath soaks to moisturising creams.  

Science Stuff

The therapeutic efficacy of colloidal oatmeal stems from its chemical polymorphism, boasting a rich composition of starches, beta-glucan, phenols, and saponins. Starches and beta-glucan contribute to its protective and moisture-retaining abilities, crucial for skin health. Phenols, known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, enhance the oat's soothing effects while also serving as potent ultraviolet absorbers. Additionally, saponins facilitate cleansing, making colloidal oatmeal a multifunctional agent in skincare.

Why does The LGC Co. use oatmeal?

Colloidal oatmeal's multifaceted properties make it an invaluable addition to our skincare formulations. As a cleanser, it gently removes impurities without stripping the skin's natural oils, maintaining its integrity. Its moisturising capabilities help alleviate dryness and restore hydration, essential for managing various dermatological skin conditions. Moreover, colloidal oatmeal acts as a buffer, soothing inflammation and providing relief from itching and irritation. Its protective nature shields the skin from environmental aggressors, promoting overall skin health. 

In conclusion on our love of this powerhouse ingredient, colloidal oatmeal offers comprehensive care for various dermatological concerns - which we here at The LGC Co are experts in. As we continue to appreciate the benefits of nature-based skincare, colloidal oatmeal remains a timeless ally in promoting healthy skin.


Pubmed NCBI

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology


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