How to make an oatmeal bath to soothe and moisturize skin, according to dermatologists

Soaking in an oatmeal bath — a warm bath that contains finely ground oatmeal — can soothe skin conditions and irritations such as eczema, poison ivy, and bug bites. 

Oatmeal baths aren’t just for adults, they’re great for babies too — especially for treating diaper rash.

Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of oatmeal baths and how to make one for you or your baby. 

Oatmeal bath benefits 

If you’re dealing with a skin condition or irritation, there’s a good chance an oatmeal bath can help. “The oatmeal acts as an emollient and protective moisturizer for dry skin,” says Azza Halim, MD, a physician with her own practice. 

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