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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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