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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

Sidmool Speedy Valley Spread Ampoule Lush Jackie Oats Lush Oatifix Face Mask LANEIGE Time Freeze Firming Sleeping Mask Skin + Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel Skinfix Eczema+ Extra Strength Body Cream South Beach Skincare Lifecell Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Essence Toner Glysomed Eczema Control Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment™ Real Chemistry Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser Facetheory Colloidal-C Anti-Redness Toner First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum TRUE BOTANICALS Calm Nutrient Mist Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner Deep Rich innisfree Soybean Energy Essence Brandless Green Tea & Aloe Body Wash jane iredale Liquid Minerals® A Foundation Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser Korres Black Pine 3D Sculpting, Firming & Lifting Face Serum Paula's Choice Resist Bha 9 Sisley Moisturizer With Cucumber VENeffect Firming Phyto-Lift Serum Belif Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched Belif Problem Solution Toner Belif The True Tincture Essence - Chamomile Estelle & Thild Biocalm Optimal Rescue Serum Korres Golden Krocus Ageless Saffron Eye Elixir Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel Sidmool Anemarrhena Elasticity Essence 2Sol Elixir Propolis Serum Althea Real Fresh Skin Detoxer: Rose Cosmel Fresh Hydro Tonic Satsuma Beauty Collagen Synthesis Face Oil • 10% Vitamin C Satsuma Beauty Strengthening Botanicals Nail Treatment Oil Skintegra Lumion Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm Aveeno Intense Relief Moisture Repair Cream Aveeno Skin Relief Moisture Repair Cream Belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask January Labs Daily Brightening Tonic Odacite Aloe + Immortelle Hydra-Repair Treatment Mist SKIN&CO Roma Citrus Amaro Hand Cream Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask Bioclarity Acne Treatment Gel Fourth Ray Mellow Milk Mist John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Antioxidant Day Creme JorgObé White Tea Balancing Cream