Colloidal oatmeal is a natural remedy used to treat various skin problems. It can be made at home, but most people prefer to purchase it in drugstores or specialized health shops. Colloidal oatmeal is basically finely powdered oatmeal that is processed in a way to obtain colloidal materials.
Treatment with colloidal oatmeal bath
There are many skin issues that can affect a person. Some of them are serious, but most of them can be treated with simple natural remedies, such as colloidal oatmeal bath. This particular treatment is very effective for skin eczema, dry skin, itching, insect bites, irritated skin, rashes and similar.
The ingredients and particular properties of ingredients in colloidal oatmeal bath are responsible for the beneficial effect of this treatment on skin problems. Colloidal oatmeal contains saponins, which are very effective as cleansing agents. The starch in oatmeal, on the other hand, makes the skin more hydrated and supple, because it causes retention of moisture in the upper levels of the skin. This is very helpful with dry and itchy skin, allergies and irritation. Oatmeal also provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect the skin and repair the damage, and they also speed up the healing processes. Anti-inflammatory property of oatmeal is particularly useful for conditions such as eczema and insect bites.
Colloidal oatmeal is also very helpful for jock itch and diaper rash, because it soothes the irritation, redness and pain. In addition, this treatment is one of the best options for relieving the effects of poison ivy.
Roughly ground, oatmeal makes an excellent skin exfoliant.
How to make colloidal oatmeal bath
When making colloidal oatmeal bath, it is best to purchase ready-made colloidal oatmeal powder, available over the counter in most drug stores. It usually comes in packets, and one packet should be enough for a bathtub filled with warm water. The powder does not sink to the bottom or float on the surface of the water, and instead it dissolves well and makes the water milky. It is recommended to soak in this water for at least 15 minutes. When getting out of the tub, it is important to be careful because colloidal oatmeal makes the bathtub very slippery. It is also recommended not to rub the skin with the towel and to tap-dry with a very soft towel instead.
This treatment has a very soothing and refreshing effect on the body, particularly the skin.
Another option is to use a small amount of water and to make a thick paste that can be applied on problematic areas.