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Fish Oil Helps Prevent Eczema
Fish oils contain two active omega-3 fatty acids, dha and epa. Most fish oil products contain both dha and epa, but supplements enriched in dha or epa are available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. Some studies also indicate the potential for benefits in dementia and risk of heart attack. The omega-3 content of cold water ...Read more
Absolutely not: In fact, it is not at all certain that there is any benefit from fish oil for anything. In USA it has been abandoned as useless by the best-informed experts. It has also been noted to cause prostate cancer. It is true that it lowers triglycerides and raises HDL but it has not lowered the risk for strokes or heart attacks. No benefit has been demonstrated except to those who sell it. ...Read more
Doubtful.: The studies done on evening primrose oil treatment for eczema have been inconclusive. In other words, no consistent benefit has been shown, and given that it can cause headache, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, and pregnancy complications, i wouldn't recommend it. Talk to your doctor about management options that are effective. ...Read more
Not certain: Since it is so difficult to demonstrate any clear benefit, the answer is that intelligent meal planning is important, but these supplements are probably a waste of money for most people. Glucosamine is clearly a waste of money, yielding the same result as the placebo in the largest and best trials. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is topically using coconut oil, castor oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil & aloe vera gel (as homemade lash/brow serum) safe to use during pregnancy?
Pregnancy-safe oils: Castor oil and sweet almond oil may bring on early labor, if used earlier than term. Coconut oil and olive oil are safe in pregnancy. Topical vitamin E oil is felt to be safe, but may cause contact dermatitis in some people, as can topical aloe vera. "When in doubt, leave it out" applies in pregnancy. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20306538 ...Read more
Can refined sweet almond oil be used over glyc acid or retinol to prevent redness and help hydratation? I read that this oil helps exfoliate the skin
Not alone: Almond oil alone isn't an exfoliant which "removes dead skin cells" that requires the addition of either an acid(like glycolic or alpha hydroxy which chemically remove cells) or mechanical means(like sugar, salt, walnut shell). It is an emollient which "hydrates" and softens skin and may reduce redness. Retinols work at a molecular level to alter skin thickness, pigmentation and collagen. ...Read more
What is this rash? I've used salicylic, hydrocortisone, vitamin E oil, coconut oil, corn starch, baking soda - not sweating.
NO: Insect repellents are designed to repell insects, olive does not work. When your doctor recommend insect repellents it is to prevent the diseases insects carry. Many of these diseases can kill you. Only 20% picardin and 30% deet have been proven effective. Resist the tempation to use ineffective repellents which can put you at risk for serious illnesses. ...Read more
Hi. Can (hypoallergenic) baby lotion used as lube(for penis) or not ? He contain (almond oil -olive oil -Perfume-cetyl alcohol)
Not a good idea: Any of these oils can damage a condom and render is ineffective. Use a water based lubricant like K-Y jelly. ...Read more
Some help: Tar soaps have been used for eczema for a hundred years or more and can be mildly helpful for itching and the outbreak, but can be noisome cosmetically. Shea butter can be helpful by providing a lipid based moisturizing routine, but there are more elegant options that moisturize and heel skin barrier function to help eczema like the Cerave line and others. ...Read more
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