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What Is Colloidal Oatmeal & How Can It Benefit Skin?

A photo of oats and ground oats for skin.

When you hear the word “oatmeal,” your brain likely goes straight to healthy breakfast foods—not face creams, cleansers, or cosmetics. Though an essential part of a hearty morning meal, the oat plant has also served as a topical skincare ingredient for centuries and is known for its ability to help relieve itchy skin and irritation. Oatmeal is an ingredient we love at IT Cosmetics, where our goal is to create skin-loving formulas that even the most sensitive skin types can use with confidence.

Before showcasing a handful of our favorite products that contain this nourishing ingredient, let’s first dive into what colloidal oatmeal is (and how it differs from regular oatmeal) and quickly outline its key benefits.

What Is Colloidal Oatmeal?

Long story short, colloidal oatmeal is created by finely grinding oats, then boiling the powder to extract the nutrient-dense colloidal material. The result is a substance that can easily be mixed into skincare products.

Colloidal Oatmeal Benefits for Skin

Colloidal oatmeal is often found in skincare products that are meant to soothe and moisturize. Think luxurious face creams, concealing products that help calm redness, gentle cleansers, and even some makeup items like foundation and CC creams.

Excellent for sensitive skin types, this ingredient is known for its ability to:

  • Relieve itchy skin
  • Moisturize dry skin
  • Protect skin
  • Help skin feel softer
  • Create smoother-looking skin

Try These Products Formulated with Colloidal Oatmeal

If you’re eager to try products that are formulated with colloidal oatmeal, like creams, gel moisturizers, cleansers, and makeup, you’re in the right place. Colloidal oatmeal is found in several IT Cosmetics products.

Confidence in a Cleanser

The exceptionally gentle Confidence in a Cleanser doesn’t just sweep the day away. This one-step skincare solution has been infused with IT Cosmetics’ proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate to help your skin appear refreshed while restoring moisture. Colloidal oatmeal softens and smooths, ceramides help reinforce the skin barrier, and collagen helps support elasticity for a youthfully smooth look.

Real World Results:

A reviewer from recently wrote, “This cleanser cleanses my skin so well. It washes all of my makeup off without leaving my skin dry!”

Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer

Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer has 7 anti-aging skincare benefits in one single formula. Ideal for all skin types—including those with dry skin and sensitive skin—this luxurious facial moisturizer helps strengthen your skin's moisture barrier while delivering up to 24 hours of hydration. The fact that it's infused with skin-loving colloidal oatmeal and ceramides, anti-aging collagen, and peptides sweetens the pot!

Real World Results:

“I have very dry skin, and [it’s] sensitive, too. I’ve tried lots of popular brands and this moisturizer is my new favorite,” says a recent reviewer from Another writes, “It leaves my skin moisturized and feels so good [s]lathering it all on. It is not oily and smells so good. It is a staple in my daily and evening beauty routine.”

Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Color-Correcting Cream

You can say goodbye to the look of facial redness with Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Color-Correcting Cream. It’s rich in ingredients that help soothe and calm your skin, including colloidal oatmeal, aloe vera, and avocado. This super-blendable tinted cream does an amazing job of camouflaging red-toned skin discoloration from rosacea, blemishes, skin irritations, and sun damage.

Real World Results:

“My skin gets red if the breeze blows the wrong way at it. This stuff is truly amazing. It doesn’t irritate my skin, and the redness coverage—WOW. Just a tiny bit goes a long way,” says one excited reviewer.

Bye Bye Redness Sensitive Skin Moisturizer

If you have very sensitive skin, Bye Bye Redness Sensitive Skin Moisturizer is an excellent option. This super gentle cream helps neutralize the look of facial redness while helping your skin feel soothed via ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal, aloe, and cucumber. You’ll see the powerful results right away and more transformative results with consistent use over time.

Real World Results:

“I love how this moisturizer really moisturizes and calms my skin,” says an reviewer. “I’ve used a lot of different moisturizers that always seemed either too heavy or seemed to sit on the surface of my skin, but this one does a fantastic job of actually moisturizing it.”

Want to learn more ways you can tend to sensitive or red skin? Check out our best makeup techniques for covering redness.

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