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Emu Oil and Acne

More American, European and Australian doctors are beginning to believe that it does. Acne is one of the most common skin issues in the United States, and affects all ages, races and genders.

Emu Oil Research

Several American medical schools, including Indiana University of medicine have conducted research on Emu Oil over the last several years and found that this oil consists of numerous health properties that are beneficial to one's skin. The makeup of Emu Oil is almost 100% triglyceride lipid. Triglycerides (a type of fatty compound) are abundant in human skin lipids, meaning that the composition of human skin is very similar to that of Emu Oil. This makes the absorption of Emu Oil into human skin faster and more effective. The documentation on the anti-inflammatory properties of Emu Oil, as compared by medical researchers in Australia to a number of leading inflammatory products on the market, shows that Emu Oil excels above other commercial products. Dermatologists say that the majority of people suffering from acne do not seek medical treatment and that many young people just live with their acne hoping they will grow out of it. In the meantime, say psychologists, many a young person's face is being scarred which in turn can negatively affect their self-confidence. The following statistics and reasons for acne were provided by the Acne Resource Center. Causes for acne may include one or a combination of the following:

  • genetics
  • hormones
  • prescribed medications
  • petroleum-based cosmetics
  • stress
  • physical irritation
  • humidity and environmental pollutants
Of the 85% of teenagers (between the ages of 12 and 24) that suffer from acne:

  • 25% will have permanent scars ranging from severe to light
  • 20% of all adults have active acne
  • 60 million Americans have active acne
  • 20 million Americans have acne badly enough to cause scars
  • Only 11% of acne sufferers seek help
There is a growing number of doctors who, through research, are changing their mind regarding the use of antibiotics to treat acne. Several medical researchers, including David J. Margolis, MD, PhD of London, England are concerned with the downside to antibiotics through its consistent use for the treatment of acne. The research findings of David J. Margolis, MD, PhD; Whitney P. Bowe, BS; Ole Hoffstad, MA and Jesse A. Berlin, ScD are as follows: "Long term use of antibiotics in the treatment of acne is resulting in either of two common infectious diseases - that of upper respiratory tract infections or urinary tract infections (URTI). Of 118,490 individuals with acne (age range - 15 to 35 years), who were identified in the General Practice Research Database, 84,977 (71.7% received a topical or oral antibiotic (tetracyclines, erythromycin, or clindamycin) for treatment of their acne and 33,519 (28.3%) did not. This group of medical doctors observed within the first year that 18,281 (15.4%) of the patients with acne had at least 1 URTI, and within that year, the odds of a URTI developing among those receiving antibiotic treatment were 2.15% times greater than among those who were not receiving antibiotic treatment."

How Emu Oil Helps Heal Acne

There are many reasons why Emu Oil is developing an international reputation and a keen American following. Why would Emu Oil be considered beneficial in the case of acne? American and Australian researchers have discovered that this oil is anti-inflammatory, thus it reducing swelling in the tissue. It is also a bacteriostatic, which means that it does not promote the growth of bacteria. This is very important for those suffering from mild to advanced stages of acne. Many individuals have skin that is so sensitive that only hypoallergenic products can be tolerated. Emu Oil can be considered hypoallergenic since it does not irritate the skin or have any known side effects - one of its hallmarks! Dermatologists are beginning to recommend the use of Emu Oil for their patients because of its ability to help control or alleviate acne. These doctors say that Emu Oil has no negative side effects, whether it is used frequently or infrequently. Those who have seen their acne clear up say that it took from a week to one month. Medical researchers have found that Emu Oil is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores) whether it is used infrequently or on a regular basis.Emu Oil also contains Vitamin A, a known antioxidant, which helps repair damaged skin and helps prevent free radicals in the body. Emu Oil also consists of linoleic acid, which is a cell regenerator. Many people with acne are finding that Emu Oil is not only helping with the elimination of their acne, but it goes a step further in helping to fade red marks, and in the healing of inflamed or sore pimples. Some report that after only a week or two, they begin to see a smoothing out of discoloration and scarring, while their skin feels moisturized and nourished. According to Dr. Alex Zemtsov, "It has been proven and documented that the claims about the oil - penetrating, emulsifying, non-comedogenic, non-irritating and highly moisturizing are true".

Vitamin E Added to Emu Oil

Some people wonder why it is necessary to add Vitamin E to Emu Oil, if it is similar to our skin's makeup. Vitamin E prolongs shelf life. Additionally, because of the transdermal effects of Emu Oil, the Vitamin E is carried beneath the skin's surface to help with healing and repair at the cellular level.

Can An All Natural Diet help Acne?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is not caused by any food you eat. Dermatologists have differing opinions on the importance of diet in avoiding or controlling acne. However, one thing is certain; they agree that a strict diet by itself will not clear your skin once you have acne.

The Purity Of Emu Oil

One may ask upon what premise or benchmark are medical researchers basing their findings about the purity of Emu Oil. Dr. G.R. Hobday of Australia revealed that he had tests performed on the Emu Oil which included tests for bacteria content and found that in its pure state it grew no organisms". Similar research on the antibacterial quality of Emu Oil was conducted by Karen Davis in British Columbia, Canada. Davis, a medical technologist who specializes in biochemistry and microbiology, tested Emu Oil for anerobic bacteria, fungus, yeast, salmonella, shigella, staphyloccus, streptococcus, and E.coli. According to Davis, "No growth was reported for any of these bacteria or fungi". Doctors in America, Europe, South Africa, Australia, India and other countries are excited regarding the many positive findings of Emu Oil garnered so far. However, research is ongoing as they continue to discover all of the wondrous properties of Emu Oil.

This article was reprinted with permission from Emu Today & Tomorrow - Author - Jennifer Craigan