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Pediatr Dermatol. 2019 Jan;36(1):9-15. doi: 10.1111/pde.13621. Epub 2018 Aug 28.

Use of "natural" oils for moisturization: Review of olive, coconut, and sunflower seed oil.

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Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York City, New York.
Department of Dermatology, Columbia University, New York City, New York.
Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University, New York City, New York.


Despite the availability of effective medications for the management of atopic dermatitis and xerosis, patients may use nonconventional therapies such as topical oils. Patients choose these treatments because of the perceived lower risk of natural products and the fear of potential adverse effects of topical steroids. We review the use of topical olive, coconut, and sunflower seed oil in the treatment of atopic dermatitis and xerosis with a focus on children Currently available evidence suggests that olive oil may exacerbate xerosis and atopic dermatitis. Further studies are needed to make definitive recommendations regarding the use of coconut and sunflower seed oil.


alternative therapies; atopic dermatitis; coconut oil; complementary therapies; eczema; olive oil; sunflower seed oil; therapy; topical

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