Primrose Oil Is Not Helping Your Skin

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A lot of women swear by evening primrose oil—a therapy made from the seeds of yellow wildlflowers. They say the essential fatty acid inside the oil calms sensitive skin, stops acne and even helps with pre-menopausal issues. In fact, it is one of the earliest known treatments for eczema. However, although many women believe evening primrose oil clears and calms their skin, new science evidence shows that it does next to nothing.

A review of studies that tested the effectiveness of taking evening primrose oil orally found that the supplement offered no improvement in skin conditions like eczema. When compared with placebo supplements like olive oil, it had the same effect—none.

Therefore after evaluating 19 separate studies that tested evening primrose oil in adults all over the world, researchers have concluded that evening primrose oil can’t help red, itchy or inflamed skin. In fact, the scientists even stated that further testing into the oil would be useless as their evidence is conclusive. 

The full report, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, also noted that not only does this natural remedy offer no benefit, it can actually be bad for you. Research says it can keep blood from clotting and can be dangerous in people taking blood thinners.

So, looks like it is time to look into new plants that offer actual benefits. Do you agree?

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