Eczema treatment: An oil found in the kitchen which could help relieve symptoms

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In a study published in the Wiley Online Library, the effect of sunflower seed oil on adult skin to help with eczema symptoms was investigated.

The study noted: “The goal of the current study was to ascertain the effect of olive oil and sunflower seed oil on the biophysical properties of the skin.

“Nineteen adult volunteers with and without a history of atopic dermatitis were recruited into two randomized forearm‐controlled mechanistic studies.

“Sunflower seed oil preserved stratum corneum integrity did not cause erythema, and improved hydration in the same volunteers.

“In contrast to sunflower seed oil, topical treatment with olive oil significantly damages the skin barrier, and therefore has the potential to promote the development of, and exacerbate existing, atopic dermatitis.” 



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