Emu Oil Benefits For Hair And Skin

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emu oil benefitsEmu oil has many purported benefits and uses for various skin and hair problems. Emu oil is touted to help with acne, hair loss, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, sunburns, wrinkles, reducing scar formation, moisturizing hair and dry skin, bruises, muscle aches, and all sorts of other body ailments. It’s another one of those “miracle” topical products, but does it live up to the hype?

And where does emu oil come from, and what are the ingredients? Warning: it comes from the fat of the emu, which is an Australian animal that is similar to the ostrich. Obviously emu oil is not right for anyone that is adverse to using animal products. The only ingredient in it is emu oil, which is comprised of a few types of fatty acids.

Emu oil for hair loss
The main reason I bought emu oil is because I’m desperate for a cure to my hair loss, and I’ll try just about anything to fix it. I picked up the Longview Farms brand at my local vitamin store (it was $10-15 for 2 oz). The theory behind it is that it inhibits the DHT on your scalp, which is what contributes to genetic hair loss. You’re supposed to rub it on a few times a day to increase hair growth. Here’s the main problem, though – it’s really greasy! It makes my hair look so oily, so I have only been putting it on at night, and then washing it off in the morning.

Since I’ve been using Rogaine, which dries out my scalp like crazy, it definitely helps with the itching and flakiness. Because of the greasiness, I’ve only been using emu oil a few times a week for the last month, and it’s too soon to say if it has any benefits for hair loss. Emu oil can also be used to treat dry hair and increase moisture and shine. I haven’t coated my hair with it, but if you have really dry hair, maybe it would be a good leave-in conditioner.

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Emu oil for acne
Emu oil is also promoted as being beneficial for acne, but I would highly caution against using it if you have acne-prone skin. I used it on my face every night for a week, and I started to develop a lot of clogged pores. It was then that I realized that emu oil is very high in oleic acid, which is extremely pore clogging! I have no idea why emu oil is said to get rid of acne! My opinion – it gives you more acne!

Emu oil for wrinkles and dry facial skin
I had read emu oil works wonders on plumping up aging skin, moisturizing dry skin, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles like nothing else. Emu oil, which has anti-inflammatory properties, is supposed to penetrate into your skin better than most ingredients, and help to lock in moisture. That’s why I used it on my face – to see how well it works for wrinkles. In the week I used it, I didn’t feel like it made my skin look any better than jojoba oil, and jojoba oil has the benefit of not being an animal product, and not causing acne. So if you are looking for a natural facial moisturizer, I would suggest jojoba oil over emu oil. Neither of these products can actually get rid of wrinkles, but they can reduce the appearance of them by moisturizing your skin.

Emu oil for eczema and psoriasis
I don’t have either of these ailments, so I can’t attest to how well it works for them, but a lot of people claim it’s the only thing that has really helped with these conditions. Speak to your doctor before using emu oil on eczema or psoriasis, but it could be a good addition to your treatment plan. It’s also supposed to work well on super dry areas on your body – knees, elbows, feet, etc.

Emu oil for arthritis pain
Many people rub emu oil onto their painful arthritic joints to alleviate inflammation and pain. Does it work? It seems improbable that it would actually work, but some people claim it does! I actually have arthritis in my fingers that acts up from time to time, so the next time I encounter stiff finger joints, maybe I’ll try emu oil and see what happens.

Bottom line: Personally I haven’t found emu oil to be a miracle for any of my personal issues – hair loss, acne, and wrinkles. I will continue using it on my hair to see what happens, but I’m not holding my breath that it will help. The rave reviews online about emu oil making your skin look ten years younger, and glow like crazy are also what got me to try it, but again I’m not overly impressed. Have you tried emu oil? Has it helped?

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12 Responses to “Emu Oil Benefits For Hair And Skin”

  1. Francine Says:

    I have been curious to try emu oil on my wrinkles but I haven’t tried it yet. I don’t get acne, so that shouldn’t be a problem for me.

  2. Andrea Says:

    Emu Oil is one of those things i like to keep a bottle of in the house. It’s great for dry skin and eczema, which i get on my elbows and calves. I do agree that it’s rather poreclogging though. I like to use it sometimes as a hot oil treatment for my hair before i jump into the shower. It’s quality stuff I have a 50ml bottle of it which i bought 4 years ago and it is still going strong.

  3. Anita Says:

    I am not really hyper about using emuoil in my face. But I really found it to be a treasure as after-shower body-lotion. It keeps the moisture in the skin very good :) My legs never been so far from being dry and flaky before. They are lovely and shmooth all day long. Even in winter.

  4. Mineral Skin Care Says:

    Interesting. I never heard Emu oil to be good on treating hair loss. I might give it a try. Right now I’m using a firming body oil by Omorovicza. But I tried applying it on my hair and it works well.

  5. Josh Says:

    I’m not a vegetarian but I cannot bring myself to use emu oil – the thought of it grosses me out!

    BTW, you state that jojoba doesn’t cause acne. For me it does! Clogged pores and great big cystic-type bumps within days of using it!

  6. Michel Says:

    Have you ever tried shea butter on your face or scalp? It works wonders for my wife and daughter and myself.

  7. Michel Says:

    Also you might want to try Nizoral Shampoo twice a week. I’ve started to use it recently and have had good results.

  8. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    I’ve tried Nizoral but it made my hair shed a lot every time I washed my hair, so I stopped using it after a few weeks. I know it helps some people with hair loss, but it also makes hair loss worse for others!

  9. Steph Says:

    Emu oil is great for hair loss. At my salon my hair stylist suggests that I use it since I have been getting my hair colored since I can remember. It works very well- I recommend it. I have not tried it on my skin but I might try it now!

  10. antiwrinklefreeskin Says:

    Emu oil is amazing especially that I am in my 30’s right now and I wanted to look 10 years younger than my age and still look radiantly beautiful I apply it on my face twice a day and eat lots of vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidant. Now I am seeing changes not just on my body but also on my skin. I love it.Works naturally.

  11. Clarissa M Says:

    I have been using Made from Earth Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum for years now and have been super impressed with it. It leaves my skin feeling like babies skin! I suffer from Psoriasis, an auto immune disease and many other health problems. Some of the medications I’ve been put on have wreaked havoc upon my hair, skin and nails…..EXCEPT for my face and neck, where I use this serum!!!

    No matter how tight our budget gets, I will ALWAYS find the money to continue buying this Made from Earth Firming Serum and it is worth EVERY single penny!

  12. melissa Says:

    I have extremely dry, flakey,scaley skin and acne cause by rosacea.I have tried different kinds of skin care product with no or worse results. I just found out about ostrish oil. I was very skeptical about putting any kind of oil on my face.(Oils causes me to break out even worse w/ cyst.)l have been using ostrish oil for 3 day now, before bed and under my make up.My skin now is so flawless and healthy looking.I went back and bought 5 more bottles.

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