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  • Writer's pictureImogen Tingay

Colloidal Oats - Food for your skin

‘Avena Sativa’ or Colloidal Oatmeal is finely ground oats. The term colloidal refers to the fine, non-crystalline particles that don’t separate from the substance its mixed with, even after filtering. Once mixed into products such as lotions, creams and balms, it acts as an emollient, helping to soften and sooth the skin.


In a study conducted by K. Capone et al (2020), 30 participants were given 1% colloidal oat cream for 14 days compared with a control group of 30 participants who were given a cream containing no colloidal oats. By day 14, the colloidal oat group reported a 51% reduction in Eczema Area Severity and a 53% reduction in Atopic Dermatitis Severity. This group, when compared to the control group, reported lower incidences of Staphylococcus species and higher microbiome diversity.


Why our skin loves colloidal oats

Oatmeal is high in fats, proteins, and antioxidants. It has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties by reducing the number of pro-inflammatory cytokines – a protein that regulates inflammation.

Other benefits of Colloidal oats:

· Improving the bacterial ecosystem of the skin

· Easing dryness, scaling, roughness, and itchiness.

· Helps the skin to retain moisture leading to fewer flare ups.

· Is safe to use at all ages including babies.

· Effective as a barrier cream for treating atopic dermatitis.

Be aware that if you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or an oat allergy, you may have a reaction to products containing colloidal oats especially through cross-contamination!


Products with Colloidal oats in

· The Aveeno Calm and Restore+ range – One of my favourites now. So calming and soothing.

· Aproderm Colloidal Oat moisturiser – Another one that I use consistently. Its fragrance-free, paraben-free and has never ever caused pain or a reaction on my skin.

· The Aveeno bath soak

· Cuderm hand cream

· Beauty Bay Colloidal Oat + Oat lipid cream

· Eclat Skin defence Cream

I’m not affiliated with these brands, just ones I’ve found online that aren’t going to break the bank! Let me know if you use any of them!

Happy Tuesday everyone x



1. ARTICLE: Colloidal Oatmeal Part II: Atopic Dermatitis in Special Populations and Clinical Efficacy and Tolerance Beyond Eczema. Blair Allais, Adam Friedman. 10, s.l. : Drugs Dematology , 2020, Vol. 19.

2. Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin. Kurt A Reynertson, Michelle Garay, Judith Nebus, Suhyoun Chon, Simarna Kaur, Khalid Mahmood, Menas Kizoulis, Michael D Southall. 1, s.l. : Drugs Dermatology, 2015, Vol. 14.

3. Effects of Colloidal Oatmeal Topical Atopic Dermatitis Cream on Skin Microbiome and Skin Barrier Properties. Kimberly Capone, Frank Kirchner, Shifra Liba Klein, Neena K Tierney. 5, s.l. : Drugs Drmatologty, 2020, Vol. 19.

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