Product Review: Dermalogica Clinical Colloidal Oatmeal Masque

Reviews, Skin Care

Dermalogica Colloidal Oatmeal MasqueAfter reading beauty industry expert (and writer) Leah Argento’s May 7 article, Are Facials A Worthwhile Investment?, I decided to go ahead and get a professional facial done at a local spa.  The truth of the matter is, my skin looked better than ever before – more even-toned, with a marked reduction in clogged pores.  I immediately asked for the secret.  The licensed aesthetician informed me it was the combination of diligent gentle scrubbing, the alternated use of steam before the masque and cool water afterwards to close and open the pores, and the Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque ($65.95, itself.

Recommended for sensitive skin, the secret to Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque is – no surprise here! – oatmeal.  The truth of the matter is, Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque contains so much colloidal oatmeal, it actually feels like a goopy paste on your face!  And in truth, it is:  To apply, you stir the oatmeal masque and warm water into a paste; apply to your entire face and neck; cover with 2 warm, damp gauzes or thin washcloths; then, gently steam your face for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with cool water.  The results are pretty astounding.

About Colloidal Oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal is one of the few skin care ingredients that is regulated by the U.S. FDA.  From the Avena sativa L. plant, colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. It is known for soothing and calming the skin, as studies have shown it improves barrier function, cleanses, soothes, and even contains soothing antioxidant vitamin E (Cosmetic Dermatology supplement, 2008).

Colloidal oatmeal also relieves pain and itching by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis in a mechanism similar to that of the drug indomethacin (Cosmetic Dermatology supplement, 2008).

Due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing nature, studies published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology suggest using colloidal oatmeal as a first-line treatment to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, and atopic dermatitis.  It is suggested that use of colloidal oatmeal to treat these conditions may allow for reduced need of topical drugs like corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors, which have more known potential side effects than colloidal oatmeal.

Bottom Line

I’m now a huge fan of Dermalogica Clinical Oatmeal Masque (and facials in general), so I will definitely be using it in the future.  I highly recommend this masque to anyone with eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, or generally dry or sensitive skin – so long as you check with your dermatologist first!  😉

Product Rating:  9/10

  • High or optimized concentration of clinically/scientifically-proven ingredients:  3/3
  • Unique formulation or new technology:  3/3
  • Value:  2/3 (because it works)
  • Sunscreen:  N/A (bonus point, as facials don’t contain sunscreen)

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  • I know this is an old post but I’ve been looking for a gentle, soothing masque to use every once in awhile since my skin has been extra sensitive from all the chemical exfoliants I’ve been using.

    Could I get the same benefits from colloidal oatmeal from purchasing pure colloidal oatmeal and using that on my face or does this Dermalogica product contain ingredients that help activate / help the absorption of the oatmeal?

  • Reena

    Pimples has been a problem when I get less sleep and on stress. I use oatmeal mask on my face and it gives me relief. But, I get to tired on making a natural oatmeal mask, its not convenient to do when I’m out of town. Good thing I got to read about this. Better grab one.

  • Sandra


  • @Sandra – Thanks for the great question! I wish I knew! They are not available online. Next time I get to a spa or salon that carries Dermalogica, I’ll be sure to copy down the ingredients for you and post them here!

  • Sandra

    Could you list the full ingredients? I am really interested in this because I have super sensitive skin but I am allergic to several ingredients. Thank you.

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