Emu oil proves beneficial in post-operative skin care

By Louise Prance

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Related tags: Emu oil, Omega-3 fatty acid, Fatty acid, Essential fatty acid

A US manufacturer of post-operative skin care treatments has concluded a period of study on a product containing emu oil earlier than expected because of outstanding results in the healing of inflammation and redness of scars.

The test treatment Transdermis Scar Therapy, which contains emu oil, was applied to post-operative breast surgery patients and was pitted against a leading US over the counter treatment - with results that could prove beneficial global skin care manufacturers. The pilot study showed that 100 per cent of patients showed improvement to their scar healing following application of the treatment, which harnesses the curative and anti-inflammatory aspects of emu oil. Transdermis states that the treatment refines the oil's natural ability to penetrate the skin to heal many skin ailments such as scars, cuts, burns and animal bites. This is done by the oil's rare combination of omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 essential fatty acids, which are proven natural healing agents for the skin. As the oil's composition is closely linked to the skin's natural chemistry, it is easily absorbed into the skin, with its nutrients going directly into the circulatory system and benefiting the consumer more efficiently than other ingredients. Dr. Jerome Chao, who conducted the study, and assistant professor of surgery and the director of plastic surgery trauma at the US Albany Medical College, stated "The results were so overwhelming in favor of Transdermis Scar Therapy, we concluded the pilot study early,""We immediately initiated a longer-term Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved study. The IRB approved study, which is the gold standard of university-based clinical research, is now currently underway".​ Allegedly, the Transdermis Scar Therapy is the first proven treatment to use emu oil, and is targeting the 'green' consumer with claims that is all natural, made with no chemical additives and using only Vitamin E as a preservative. Emu oil can be used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care applications, where both its anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties make it a highly functional and useful ingredient. Previously being constrained to the US market, where it is mainly farmed, emu oil has been predicted to grow in Europe and Africa with smaller natural cosmetics companies, together with larger international cosmetics companies, now firmly placing the ingredient on their radar screens.

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