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Oat Cosmetics has launched a fine, soluble oat flour designed to provide gelling and colloidal properties to hair and skin care formulations. Colloidal Oat Flour (INCI: Avena Sativa (Oat Kernel) Flour) is said to provide the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and protective properties associated with colloidal oatmeal to formulations. According to the company, colloidal oatmeal is known for its soothing effects on skin and in 2003, was also recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration as a skin protectant for the relief of a variety of dermatoses.
Colloidal oatmeal typically is manufactured by the ultra-fine grinding of insoluble flour and bran, which allows it to become colloidal. However, this oat kernel flour is developed by solubilizing the oat kernel to produce a natural oatmeal without the need to process the oats extensively.
The ingredient is said to be a cost-effective and versatile base for skin creams and lotions where high activity is required. It also imparts anti-itch properties and serves as a versatile cleanser and moisturizer to protect damaged skin. The material is soluble in water and can be formulated at a pH of 4–8; it is recommended at 1–15% in gels, lotions, shampoos, powders and creams.