It’s the latest craze in skin care. But can emu oil help treat eczema, psoriasis, and other skin problems, as marketers claim? Possibly, though any benefit, if there is one, may simply be due to the oil’s moisturizing effect, similar to that of other oils. Emu oil is obtained from the fat of a large flightless bird, native to Australia, that is farm-raised for its meat, leather, and eggs. Often the oil is combined in creams with other ingredients, such as grapefruit seed, comfrey root, evening primrose oil, aloe vera, glucosamine, and vitamin C. Used topically, the oil is touted as a treatment for inflammatory skin conditions, as well as dandruff, acne, scarring, burns, aging skin, athlete’s foot, and more. Marketers also advise rubbing it on joints to ease arthritis pain and on the scalp to stop hair loss. The aboriginal people of Australia have long used emu oil to protect against sun damage and to treat iinflammation, wounds, and musculoskeletal pain. Lab research, mostly in rats, has found that it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and wwound-healing properties. In one study from Iran in 2013, emu oil ssignificantly improved redness, itching, and sscaling in people with seborrheic dermatitis after one month of use – though not as well as standard topical medications (clotrimazole aand hydrocortisone) for some symptoms. More research is needed before emu oil gets the ccertificate of effectiveness.