RESEARCH: Effect of olive and sunflower seed oil on the adult skin barrier

SOURCE: Effect of olive and sunflower seed oil on the adult skin barrier: implications for neonatal skincare

Interestingly enough...

The study looked at how olive oil and sunflower seed oil affect the skin. They had 19 adults in the study, some with a history of skin issues. The results showed that using olive oil for 4 weeks made the skin less healthy and a little red. On the other hand, sunflower seed oil makes the skin healthier and more moisturized. This means that olive oil can harm the skin, especially for people with skin issues.

The key findings can be summarized as follows:

  • Olive Oil Effects:

    • Topical application for 4 weeks resulted in a significant reduction in skin integrity.
    • Induced mild erythema, indicating potential harm to the skin barrier.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil Effects:

    • Preserved skin integrity and did not cause erythema.
    • Improved hydration, highlighting its beneficial properties for the skin.

This study is shaking up the idea that all-natural oils are always good for your skin. It's telling us to be careful about using olive oil for dry skin and baby massages. The research stresses the importance of using skincare products based on evidence and research, not on myths or social media posts. 

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