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Avena Sativa Kernel Extract

Also-called-like-this: Oat Kernel Extract, Colloidal Oatmeal
What-it-does: antioxidant, soothing, emollient


When you hear oatmeal, you probably think of breakfast, but the finely ground version of whole oat kernels, aka colloidal oatmeal, can do good things for your skin, especially if it's dry, itchy or prone to skin-rashes or eczema.

Oat is loaded with compounds good for the body, inside or outside, such as soothing agent beta-glucan (5%),  lipids (3-11%) including barrier repairing omega-3 and 6 fatty acids or phenolic antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents (avenanthramides). 

The soothing, antioxidant and skin-protecting abilities of oat are so well-established that it is an active natural ingredient covered by the FDA OTC Skin Protectant monograph in the US, meaning that colloidal oatmeal can be claimed as an active ingredient on the INCI list and Aveeno is a mass-market brand built around oat-containing products.  

If your skin is dry, irritated, inflamed or eczema-prone, colloidal oatmeal is something to try.

Show me some proof

  • Singh, Rajinder, Subrata De, and Asma Belkheir. "Avena sativa (Oat), a potential neutraceutical and therapeutic agent: an overview." Critical reviews in food science and nutrition 53.2 (2013): 126-144.
  • Pacifico, Alessia, et al. "Clinical trial on Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion in patients with itching accompanied by skin lesions and xerosis." Journal Of Applied Research In Clinical And Experimental Therapeutics 5.2 (2005): 325.
  • Michelle Garay, M. S., M. B. A. Judith Nebus, and B. A. Menas Kizoulis. "Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin." Journal of drugs in dermatology 14.1 (2015): 43-48.

Products with Avena Sativa Kernel Extract

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