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June 3rd

The Ultimate Guide to Colloidal Oatmeal

Written by Courtney Grant

Oatmeal has been used for centuries as an effective skincare ingredient, soothing various skin ailments from nappy rash to dermatitis. You have probably heard of people giving oatmeal baths to babies to soothe and moisturise their skin. Then researchers in the 1940s developed colloidal oatmeal to isolate and enhance its beneficial properties.  

Today, you can find colloidal oatmeal in skincare products ranging from moisturisers to nappy rash and baby creams, eczema treatments, and more.  

What Is Colloidal Oatmeal?

Colloidal oatmeal is a finely ground oatmeal powder that mixes well with water and oils to create a paste or cream. In the USA, colloidal oatmeal is FDA-approved, with the same certification in Australia from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 

Colloidal oatmeal provides a protective cover over damaged or irritated skin to promote healing, while simultaneously moisturizing and reducing inflammation. Because of these characteristics, it effectively helps to treat many different skin conditions, including: 

  • Atopic and contact dermatitis 
  • Chicken pox 
  • Dry, cracked, or sunburnt skin 
  • Skin reactions to insect bites, plants, and more 
  • Skin conditions resulting from exposure to harsh chemicals 
  • Nappy rash 

Why Is Colloidal Oatmeal Used in Skincare Products?  

As a skincare ingredient, colloidal oatmeal is classified as a skin protectant. Once applied, it creates an effective barrier over inflamed or damaged skin to prevent further damage. Underneath that layer, the colloidal oatmeal binds to the skin and prevents moisture loss and moisture build-up while balancing the skin’s pH levels and acting as an anti-inflammatory that soothes the skin and promotes fast healing. 

For skincare products, colloidal oatmeal is also a safe ingredient to use that only a very small minority of people can react to, making it a hypoallergenic ingredient. For example, some people with coeliac disease (a form of gluten intolerance) may develop a rash in rare instances, but in most other cases colloidal oatmeal is entirely safe to use.

The Benefits of Colloidal Oatmeal 

  • pH balanced for sensitive skin  
  • Acts as a rapid and natural moisturiser  
  • Creates an effective barrier between your skin and the environment for improved healing  
  • Soothes irritated skin thanks to the emollient properties of cellulose and fibre  
  • Works as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant  
  • Absorbs UV radiation to protect sensitive or sunburned skin from the damaging sun  
  • Efficiently cleanses the skin’s pores  
  • Acts as an effective anti-fungal and anti-bacterial ingredient that prevents yeast diaper rash, thrush, and other fungal infections  
  • Hypoallergenic, meaning the chances of an adverse reaction to colloidal oatmeal are extremely low  
  • It can be used multiple times throughout the day   

Colloidal Oatmeal for Babies

Infants have sensitive skin. It is important to keep an eye on the ingredient labels when buying nappy rash and baby cream products so that harsh, obscure ingredients don’t cause any harm. 

With babies, colloidal oatmeal can help with: 

  • Diaper rash 
  • Flaky or dry skin 
  • Dandruff 
  • Cradle cap 
  • Eczema 
  • Heat rash 
  • Allergic skin reactions and irritation 

Colloidal oatmeal is one of the most appropriate options for skin conditions and irritation in babies because it is a safe and natural ingredient with proven health benefits. Many makers of baby skincare products that use colloidal oatmeal will focus on keeping the ingredients simple because of the effectiveness of the oatmeal. That means parents don’t have to do as much research about the different ingredients in products intended for children. 

For babies, we suggest using Dermavive’s Nappy Rash Cream, a colloidal oatmeal product designed with only four ingredients while delivering all of the benefits of colloidal oatmeal.  

When you apply Dermavive’s Nappy Rash Cream, your child can expect:  

  • Immediate relief from uncomfortable skin irritation and itchiness  
  • Improved skin moisture levels  
  • Faster healing that lets them be their bubbly selves again  

Colloidal oatmeal is one of the best skincare ingredients for a range of dermal problems, including but not limited to nappy rash and eczema. By remedying itchiness, irritation, and redness, and providing a barrier across the skin for protection from the environment, colloidal oatmeal treats the symptoms of many skin problems while supporting skin health and healing.  

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Dermavive Nappy Rash Cream can be applied at each nappy change for optimum protection of your child’s skin so that persistent rash problems become a thing of the past. Purchase yours here.  

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