Oatmeal has long been recognized as a natural moisturizer that temporarily relieves itching, and re-moisturizes dry skin and soothes minor skin irritations. This is true for people and pets alike. Keep reading to learn what makes oatmeal an amazing ingredient, and why it’s a star in earthbath’s dog shampoo and conditioner!
What is so special about this super-ingredient oatmeal?
It’s not just one thing that makes oatmeal a super-ingredient, it’s three. Colloidal oatmeal binds to skin forming a protective barrier that holds in moisture, it can ease inflammation, and it gently cleanses skin. Colloidal oatmeal is made by grinding oat grain, or Avena sativa, into a fine powder. It’s considered an emollient — a substance that softens or soothes the skin — because it packs fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients shown to benefit the skin.
Oatmeal is a skin protectant with anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve dry skin along with a number of bothersome skin conditions, such as canine atopic dermatitis. Colloidal oatmeal contains key components such as lipids, saponins, which act as a natural cleanser, and several avenanthramides, which contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe itchy and irritated skin.
If your dog gets dry, flaky skin, will oatmeal really help?
All natural oatmeal and aloe is recommended by veterinarians to effectively soothe skin irritation, promote healing, and re-moisturize sensitive, dry skin. In earthbath’s specially formulated Oatmeal & Aloe itch relief shampoo we wanted to address the needs of our four legged friends with dry, flaky skin. We combined oatmeal and aloe, two natural ingredients that pet lovers have been using for years to fight itchy, dry skin. Oatmeal and aloe are two natural ingredients that pet lovers have been using for years to fight itchy, dry skin, and they’re safe ingredients – even for dogs with sensitive skin!
When looking for oatmeal bath products for your dog choose gentle, extra-emollient formulas made with natural ingredients, avoiding chemical ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate and parabens. All of our oatmeal bath products meet those standards, containing colloidal oatmeal (3% in the shampoo and 2% in the conditioner) along with aloe vera to moisturize, heal and prevent itching, and leave your pup’s coat soft and shiny.If your dog has extra sensitive skin we also offer a Fragrance Free Oatmeal & Aloe Conditioner. You may also want to consider limiting baths to every week or two in the colder months, as excessive bathing can deplete the skin’s natural moisturizers. To avoid odors and dry skin use our 3-in-1 Deodorizing Oatmeal & Aloe spray in the fan favorite Almond and Vanilla scent. Shop all of our itch relief grooming products in our new shop here!