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How can an oatmeal bath help relieve itchy skin?

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The kind you put in your bath water isn’t the same type that you eat for breakfast. It’s called colloidal oatmeal. You can make your own or buy over-the-counter products.

Colloidal oatmeal binds to your skin and forms a protective barrier. It also helps hold in moisture and ease inflammation. If that isn’t enough, it cleans your skin, too. People have used it for centuries to ease irritated skin.

SOURCES:

DermNet New Zealand: "Oatmeal."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Home remedies: What can relieve itchy eczema?" "How to relieve itchy skin?"

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: "Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin," "Colloidal oatmeal: history, chemistry and clinical properties."

Cleveland Clinic: "Contact Dermatitis."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on September 5, 2019

SOURCES:

DermNet New Zealand: "Oatmeal."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Home remedies: What can relieve itchy eczema?" "How to relieve itchy skin?"

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: "Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin," "Colloidal oatmeal: history, chemistry and clinical properties."

Cleveland Clinic: "Contact Dermatitis."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on September 5, 2019

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