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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.

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