February 9, 2019
We usually start our day with oatmeal in the morning. But, it works in more ways than one. Confused? Let me explain. This fiber-rich food that fills your breakfast bowls is also a natural exfoliant that is great for your skin. So, the next time your mother chases you with a bowl full of this goodness, trust her! Curious to know more about this unassuming ingredient? Read on to find out.
Oatmeal bath is a home remedy for many skin conditions (1). It has been around for over a century. It is known to have natural skin healing and soothing properties.
Oatmeal is rich in calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, and vitamin B6. The avenanthramides and phenols found in this food have anti-inflammatory properties that help treat extreme skin conditions (2).
So, soaking in the goodness of oatmeal is a great way to calm your nerves and soothe inflamed skin.
There is more than one way to make an oatmeal bath depending on what you are looking for. Scroll down to the next section to check them all out!
For sensitive skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis, itâ€™s better to use a sock filled with oats.
If you do not have a skin condition and want to use oatmeal to exfoliate your skin, hereâ€™s how you can do it:
Oatmeal bath offers a ton of benefits for your skin that you can check out in the next section.
Oats have natural exfoliating and soothing properties. Extreme dryness and flaky skin can lead to intense itching and discomfort. Oatmeal softens dry skin, reduces redness and inflammation by creating an invisible layer on the surface, and prevents the condition from flaring up.
An oatmeal bath can relieve the redness and soreness on your babyâ€™s bum caused by prolonged use of diapers. Use the sock method to gently pat the area with the oatmeal bath. It is a safe alternative to diaper rash cream and a great chemical-free remedy.
Soak in an oatmeal bath after you come back from a beach vacation. Oatmeal is gentle on the skin and a great way to treat sunburn.
You can scrub and massage oatmeal all over your body for a few minutes to improve blood circulation and gently scrape off the dead skin cells accumulated on the surface of your skin.
Dermatologists recommend taking a colloidal oatmeal bath daily if you have extremely sensitive skin. Since store-bought body washes contain harsh chemicals, using oatmeal baths (either DIY or store-bought) can do wonders for your skin.
Oatmeal bath can help solve a number of skin issues. Scroll down to find out which ones they are!
Oatmeal helps soothe any skin condition that causes irritation, dryness, flaking, and parched skin. Apart from these, there are some other skin problems that oatmeal helps you deal with:
Oatmeal is absolutely harmless. However, if you are using it for the first time (on yourself or on your child), make sure you do a patch test. Do you have any more questions about oatmeal bath? Let us know by dropping a message in the comments section below.
Can oatmeal stop itching?
Oatmeal cannot put an end to the itching caused by an internal skin condition. It can temporarily reduce the itching sensation, soothe your skin, and remove the flaky patches that are causing discomfort.
Do you need to rinse off after an oatmeal bath?
Yes, you need to rinse yourself with clean water and gently pat your skin dry with a towel (not rigorously). An oatmeal bath leaves behind a thin, almost invisible white film that can also benefit your skin.
How long do you need to soak in an oatmeal bath?
Soak in an oatmeal bath for about 15-30 minutes or until the water gets cold.