Scientific Name – Persea gratissima
Processing – Unrefined oil
Origin – Queensland, Australia
Ah, the delicious avocado. Well, they aren’t just good for guacamole or being smashed on toast… avocados are soooo beneficial for skin health! They’ve become a popular ingredient in the natural skincare world, and our unique Beetanicals formulations are no exception.
Avocados have been used as a food and remedy for over 2,700 years! Their native territory is Latin America. Here, their traditional uses include women’s cosmetics and skin eruptions. When they spread to India, Ayurvedic practitioners started to incorporate them into preparations for dry skin.
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that affects one in three Australians at some point in their lives. It features red, dry, itchy, scaly skin, and puts sufferers at higher risk of wounds and infections. Besides removing irritating triggers, we need to put a stop to the inflammatory response that causes Eczema – enter the avocado!
Avocados contain several types of unsaturated fatty acids: oleic acid, linoleic acid and linolenic acids, with oleic acid making up most of its unsaturated fat content. These help to moderate inflammation and make up part of the cell membrane.
The fat composition of avocados are a significant part of why research has found a reduction in the number of inflammatory cells inside wounds after treatment with the oil. When inflammation is controlled, it’s easier for the skin to heal because it isn’t being damaged all over again. This leads to the faster regeneration of both the tough surface tissue (known as epithelial tissue) and the collagen underneath.
Several antioxidant carotenoids are found in avocados, such as the yellow-pigmented lutein, and research has shown that these can protect the skin against UV damage, and even reduce wrinkles! It’s not a replacement for sunscreen, but may help make summer easier for children and adults with skin conditions that are exacerbated by sun exposure. Avocados also contain vitamins C, D and E; these play important roles in preventing oxidative damage and inflammation.
What’s more, avocado oil is great for rehydrating the skin. The cycle of flare-ups and temporary remissions seen in eczema are partly caused by deep-seated skin dryness, because this impairs the skin’s ability to keep out harmful bacteria and irritating substances. As restoring moisture aids the restoration of the skin barrier, it isn’t a band-aid approach.
Avocado oil may also assist in relieving the symptoms of psoriasis, a skin condition where the outer layer grows too rapidly, resulting in scaly plaques. In a study of 13 people, a cream containing vitamin B12 and avocado oil was just as effective as a vitamin D-like medication in relieving psoriasis. The B12 and avocado oil treatment did not have the side effects of the vitamin D stand-in, either. However, more research needs to be done on psoriasis and avocado oil by itself.
There you have it – avocados are more than just a food! If any of the above issues sound like you or a loved one, perhaps one of our balms could help out. Click here to shop around, or here to read about some of our other ingredients.
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