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Ingredient Spotlight
Oat Beta Glucans and Avenanthramides
By Markey Martin
Who doesn’t love Oats? Topical, of course, although the texture of them as edible oatmeal has strange textural complexities that I have yet to master. OK, enough about me.

Did you know that consuming oats in your diet may also be beneficial for people with Rosacea? Oats are a good source of fiber, which can help promote gut health and reduce inflammation in the body. Oats contain compounds called Avenanthramides (pronounced avenan-thramides), which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. They also contain beta-glucans, which can help soothe and hydrate the skin.

Oat Beta-glucans and Avenanthramides are two key anti-inflammatory components of oats that make them beneficial for sensitive skin. Avenanthramides are unique antioxidants found in oats that have been shown to have positive soothing effects on the skin helping to reduce redness and irritation. Oat Beta-glucans, on the other hand, are sugars found in oats that can attract and retain moisture in the skin, helping to hydrate and plump it up.

We love incorporating Oat Beta-glucan in our formulas for Rosacea and Sensitive skin profiles. These two compounds work synergistically to provide a calming and moisturizing effect on sensitive skin, making oats a popular ingredient in many skincare products designed for those with sensitive or irritated skin.

Avenanthramides also demonstrate potent anti-irritant properties. The anti-irritant effect may result in decreased contact hypersensitivity. It may also reduce the scratching-induced secondary irritation that can occur in extra dry, itchy skin, preventing disruption of the skin barrier function.
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