In dermatologist practice, we recommend oatmeal for sensitive, allergy or eczema prone skin because it is an excellent moisturiser with skin healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and itch relieving benefits.
Oats available in the market also called as Oatmeal is made by either rolling, grinding, steel cutting the oat grains.
1. Natural Cleanser
Oats acts as a mild cleanser because of the saponin content. I use oats in homemade cleanser for dry skin and homemade cleanser for combination skin owing to moisturising and cleansing benefits. However, in homemade cleanser for oily skin, I use chickpea flour and fullers earth instead of oats.
2. Calms the Eczema
Oats help in the recovery of the eczematous skin by moisturising, restoring the skin barrier, reducing itching, and regulating inflammation. Colloidal oatmeal or grounded oats can be added to lukewarm water in the bathtub, to soothe irritated and itchy skin due to any cause. You can also use homemade cleanser for dry skin as a body wash for eczema prone skin; it is an excellent alternative to harsh surfactants, and I have seen good results in eczema patients with this recipe.
3. Mild Scrub
The gritty nature of oats makes it an excellent scrub for sensitive skins that cannot tolerate the usual exfoliators.
4. Good Moisturizer
No wonders oats are part of many moisturizers available in the market. Thanks to its lipids and protein content that have humectant, occlusive and emollient properties.
5. Anti-age your skin
Due to anti-oxidant benefits, oats can help in reversing damage caused by UV rays, pollution, harsh chemicals, etc. on your skin. How about trying one of these researched and tested face packs for your skin this weekend?
6. Soothes Sunburn:
Oats can be used to soothe the sunburnt skin owing to soothing, anti-oxidant, healing and moisturising properties, check out the recipe in article, 10 step guide to heal sunburn.
7. Reduces the need of steroid in Atopic Dermatitis
Several studies support the role of colloidal oatmeal both for cleansing and moisturising the eczematous skin of Atopic dermatitis. The use of oats might reduce the need for steroids as well! You can addo oatmeal or grounded oats to lukewarm water in the bathtub, to soothe irritated and itchy skin of your kid. You can also use homemade cleanser for dry skin as a body wash for atopic eczema prone skin.
Colloidal oatmeal reduces itching in various skin diseases ranging from dermatitis to fungal infections when used for cleansing and bathing. How about dipping in oat bath to calm your itch?
9. Heals Psoriasis:
Oats help in the healing of psoriasis lesion owing to its anti-inflammatory nature.
10. Dry shampoo:
A mixture of grounded oats and soda bicarbonate can be used as a dry shampoo. Sprinkle the mixture of your hair, let it absorb oils and comb the mixture out.