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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Has anyone tried olive oil for eczema?

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    A friend of mine suggested using olive oil as it soothes here skin and makes everything a bit more bearable… anyone else try this?
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    The role of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA) is to be a supportive body for eczema sufferers and carers, to increase public awareness … View Profile

    Latest evidence suggests that the molecular structure of olive oil makes it unsuitable for use on eczema as a moisturiser. However, sensitive skin products with olive oil added are suitable.

    Also, oils can often heat up the skin and make it itchier. It is best to use a sensitive skin (or hypoallergenic) lotion or cream available from pharmacies - these products are specifically designed for sensitive skin and use the gentlest ingredients and the safest preservatives.

    At this very dry time of the year, most dry skin/eczema sufferers need to increase the amount of times they moisturise per day.

     

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Rodney Sinclair is Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Epworth Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Medical grade olive oil has been around for many years and used as a moisturizer in eczema.  If used neat, it will stain clothing.  Dermatologists usually compount it in a 10% concentration mixed with aqueos cream. 
    Once daily application of a good quality moisturizer is recommend for patient with eczema.  the best time to apply it is immediately after a shower.  More frequent application may occasionally be required.

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