Colloidal Oatmeal

Thursday, October 28, 2010 Posted by Matt

Avena Sativa L, more commonly known as Colloidal Oatmeal is a topically applied ingredient that gives relief to itching, scratching and skin discomfort.

Not to be mistaken for common porridge oats,  this super soothing saviour is a godsend for those suffering from rosacea eczema and psoriasis; It is however not just exclusively used by people with those ailments;  it is extremely effective in giving relief to skin irritations like insect bites, chicken pox, sunburn and poison plant rashes.

Collidal oatmeal has a very clever anti-itch property which greatly reduces the need to itch, scratch and irritate the area further.  Often irritated skin has a raised pH level - the colloidal oatmeal helps to normalise the pH level and thus reducing the itching feeling.

The oatmeal contains a group of molecules called beta-glucans hep to activate protective Langerhan cells deep within the skin.  Langerhan cells are a key part of the skins defence barrier system and sensitised or irritated skin compromises this barrier.   The activation of the Langerhan cells promotes the growth of new cells and stimulates fibroblast activity, thus generating a new extra-cellular matrix and giving the skin a newly strengthened barrier.

For people with all over skin irritation, the colloidal oatmeal may be added to bath water either directly or in a small sack tied under the running water.  The mixture of water and the oatmeal creates a soothing milk which feels silky on the skin as it creates a protective barrier.  The colloidal oatmeal is very finely ground, and will not create a porridge-like consistency in your bath!

For anyone suffering with localised skin irritation on the face area,  the use of an Ultra Soothing Cleanser containing ingredients like Colloidal Oatmeal and Camelia would be extremely beneficial.
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