Moisture: Studies have shown that oatmeal can be an effective moisturizer for the skin. The great thing about oatmeal is that it doesn’t interfere with soap's cleansing. Better yet it contains something called plant saponin which is a natural and mild cleanser.
Skin Barrier: Protein and polysaccharides in oatmeal can help improve your skin’s natural barriers which can help patients experiencing rosacea.
Inflammation: Oatmeal possesses phenols which provide its anti-inflammatory properties.
Exfoliation: Oatmeal also acts as a mild exfoliating agent. Because the particle size of oatmeal is small and relatively soft it can usually be used on your face and other sensitive areas that traditional exfoliating agents might irritate.
pH: Sometimes products that are too alkaline can throw off the pH of your skin, causing or aggravating certain skin problems. Oatmeal acts as a pH buffer which helps correct and maintain the pH level of your skin.
Itch: Oatmeal has been used for centuries to soothe the skin and help relieve itch. This could be a side effect of the anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties, but it’s still a great benefit!
oatmeal facts from Musings From the Farm