Doctor, what are benefits of using oats for skin?
In dermatologist practice, we recommend oatmeal for sensitive, allergy or eczema prone skin. It is an excellent moisturiser with skin healing, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and itch relieving benefits.
Oats available in the market are called as Oatmeal. They are made by either rolling, grinding, steel cutting the oat grains. Now, let us find out what are the 10 benefits of using oats or oatmeal for skin?
Oats for washing face
Oats acts as a mild cleanser because of the saponin content. I use oats in following recipes:
Oats for 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.
Oats as Scrub
The gritty nature of oats makes it an excellent scrub for sensitive skins that cannot tolerate the usual exfoliators.
Oats as moisturizer
No wonders oats are part of many moisturisers available in the market. Thanks to its lipids and protein content that have humectant, occlusive and emollient properties.
Oats for Aging skin
Due to antioxidant 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?
Oats for Sunburn:
Oats can be used to soothe the sunburnt skin owing to soothing, anti-oxidant, healing and moisturising properties, check out the recipe in the article, 10 step guide to heal sunburn.
Oats for 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 add 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.
Oats for Itchy 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?
Oats for Psoriasis:
Oats help in the healing of psoriasis lesion owing to its anti-inflammatory nature.
Oats as dry shampoo:
A mixture of grounded oats and soda bicarbonate can be used as a dry shampoo. Sprinkle the mixture on your hair, let it absorb oils and comb the mixture out.
Side effects of using oats on the skin
Oats are mostly safe to use on skin. However, few reports of sensitivity to oats have been reported mainly in those with eczema. Thus, you should avoid oats in all forms if you experience redness, irritation or worsening of eczema after using it. Reports of cross-sensitivity with wheat also exists. Thus, gluten sensitive patients might exercise caution while using oats.
Steel cut oats are best
So, are you ready to use oats for skin and health? Wait a minute! Choosing the right types of oats is important both for skin and eating.
More natural and less processed the oats are, more are the benefits.
Unfortunately, most of the popular brands of oats available in market are rolled. Rolled oats are prepared by steaming, and then rolling. Instant oats are still more processed to facilitate easy cooking.
The most close to nature are steel cut oats.
They are made by cutting the oats grains. Steel cuts oats retains the wonderful health and skin benefits to the maximum.
For use on skin, you can grind oats into a fine powder also called colloidal oatmeal. Store it in an air tight container. However, you would need powerful grinder for steel cut oats.