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Natural Eczema Therapy with African Shea Nut Butter, #2

In pursuit of low cost manufacturing, inexpensive ingredients are often utilized in the skin care industry, and these can be hazardous. More than 84% of chemically based moisturizers incorporate immune system toxins, and close to 36% incorporate recognized carcinogens. More than 60% of substances utilized on the skin are quickly assimilated into the body — such as these contaminants!

And beyond the worst offenders, a lot of synthetic emollients incorporate chemical fragrances, which can be both toxins and irritants. At the same time, other synthetic ingredients, even if not overtly hazardous, can cause inflammation. And any irritant can instigate dermatitis episodes.

Shea butter assimilates quickly through all skin tissues and assures intense moisturization long after a lot of other emollients become ineffective. Good hydration promotes skin health, whereas dehydrated skin engenders problems and promotes inflammation.

Interruption of the epidermal barrier plays a central part in the progression of eczema. Defective skin barrier function contributes not just to moisture loss, but to skin porousness and susceptibility to irritants. This leads to redness, itching, and other symptoms of inflammation. Skin affected by eczema is also skin with poor barrier function.

Skin with barrier dysfunction has a decreased level of total lipids. The stearic acid, linoleic acid and catechins (antioxidants) in shea butter induce skin barrier regeneration and health. In addition, while locking water into the skin, shea butter itself forms a defensive, natural blockade against pollutants and destructive oils.

Of equal significance to its superior and persistant hydrating characteristics are shea butter's anti-inflammatory characteristics. A study released in the Journal of Oleo Sciences in 2010 identifies eight anti-inflammatory compounds (all triterpenes) found in shea butter. In addition to being natural anti-inflammatories, one of these compounds displayed anti-tumor action, and all eight displayed anti-viral action. The paper concluded: "… shea fat (shea butter) constitutes a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting compounds."

Since chronic eczema is an inflammatory condition, it isn't surprising that so many people have experienced excellent success treating it with raw shea butter.

If you haven't seen Part One of this short article, please search for the first installment (look for an article of the same title, followed by "#1"). However, before you do, please watch the video below to enhance your understanding of why shea butter is so beneficial in dealing with eczema.

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This post was written by TKB_Editor on July 9, 2013

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