Colloidal oatmeal. It's in everything. From lotions to bath soaks, if you've got eczema, psoriasis, a sunburn or just dry, itchy skin, you've probably used it in your bath.
When my son had allergy issues that caused his skin to break out in red spots, a certain brand-named oatmeal soak was recommended by his doctor to help relieve 'the itchies'. Looking at the box, I saw '100% COLLOIDAL OATMEAL' plastered across it. The entire packet is just oatmeal!
I knew oatmeal was supposed to be good for the skin, but I didn't know what made colloidal oatmeal any different than the stuff I ate each morning. I just knew others swore by it. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even officially categorized colloidal oatmeal as a skin protectant back in 2003.
Once I read up on its benefits, it soon became a staple in our household. Honestly, if you've got kids with allergies, it's probably sitting right next to your bottle of Benadryl.
What makes oatmeal (yes, the kind you eat) "colloidal" is simply the particle size. Colloidal oatmeal is oatmeal ground to a fine powder. It helps the oats to disperse in whatever it goes into, whether lotion bath bombs etc.
At Bark Soap Co., we include oatmeal in many of our products:
If you have known oat allergies, you probably shouldn't use colloidal oatmeal, and try some of our other products instead. But if you can indulge, do it to treat yourself and show your skin some love.
*Statements do not constitute medical advice and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider for benefits of all products.