Olive oil has numerous health benefits. People who eat it tend to have fewer heart problems, weigh less, and may even be protected from degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. However, olive oil does not just keep you young on the inside. It may also keep skin healthier as you age and help with other skin problems.
The International Olive Council says the lipid profile of olive oil is similar to human skin. High levels of vitamins D, A, and K contribute to olive oil’s ability to fight skin problems like psoriasis and acne. It may even help prevent skin cancer.
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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most prevalent skin problem in the United States. The organization recommends olive oil ointments as a way to keep skin from getting too dry. Products with olive oil can also be beneficial for African American hair.
The Dermatology Review notes that olive oil rubbed on the skin can help with psoriasis and dandruff. Olive oil dabbed on the skin with a cotton ball is sufficient to help give your skin the benefit of helping “fight free radicals that damage cells and cause cancer.”
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Some studies have shown that olive oil can penetrate the skin, and should be used with caution on infants
Users should beware of claims that olive oil is a good choice for cleansing. The University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center experts advise that the “2:1 mixture of castor oil and some other type of vegetable-based oil such as olive oil” currently touted as a cure-all for skin care is probably no more effective than soap and water. According to dermatologists, the most important thing is to avoid harsh chemicals and antibacterial products on the face.
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