Oatmeal | Avena sativa

Oat (Avena sativa) in colloidal form is a centuries-old topical treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including skin rashes, erythema, burns, itch, and eczema. Oats have received considerable attention for their high content of dietary fibres, phytochemicals and nutritional value.

It is believed that consumption of oats possesses various health benefits such as hypocholesterolaemic and anticancerous properties. Oats have also recently been considered suitable in the diet of celiac patients. Owing to their high nutritional value, oat-based food products like breads, biscuits, cookies, probiotic drinks, breakfast cereals, flakes and infant food are gaining increasing consideration.

Oats (Avena sativa)

Oats (Avena sativa)


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Colloidal oat extracts exhibit direct anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, which provide the mechanisms for observed dermatological benefits, such as improvements of skin dryness, scaling, roughness, and itch intensity.


In a study, extracts of colloidal oatmeal diminish pro-inflammatory cytokines in vitro and the colloidal oat skin protectant lotion showed significant clinical improvements in skin dryness, scaling, roughness, and itch intensity.

(1) Reynertson KA, Garay M, Nebus J, Chon S, Kaur S, Mahmood K, Kizoulis M, Southall MD. | Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25607907

(2) Prasad Rasane, Alok Jha, Latha Sabikhi, Arvind Kumar, and V. S. Unnikrishnan | Nutritional advantages of oats and opportunities for its processing as value added foods - a review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325078/

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