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Family Medicine & Primary Care Review
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Natural cold pressed oils as cosmetic products

Małgorzata Ligęza
Dominika Wyglądacz
Aleksandra Tobiasz
Kamila Jaworecka
Adam Reich

  1. Student Research Group of Experimental Dermatology, Institute and Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Wroclaw Medical University
  2. Institute and Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Wroclaw Medical University
Family Medicine & Primary Care Review 2016; 18, 4: 443–447
Online publish date: 2016/12/02
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Background. It seems that patients may ask general practitioners about natural cosmetics applied on the skin regarding their safety and suitability.

Objectives. The aim of the study was to analyze natural cold pressed oils as potential cosmetic products.

Material and methods. Cold pressed oils obtained from selected seeds and fruit stones were analyzed, including: chokeberry seed oil, blackcurrant seed oil, elderberry seed oil, raspberry seed oil, apricot seed oil, tomato seed oil, strawberry seed oil, broccoli seed oil, Nigella sativa seed oil, hemp oil, safflower seed oil, Silybum marianum seed oil and coconut oil. 80 adult volunteers assessed the cosmetic properties of the analyzed oils. Each of the volunteers tested 2 to 4 different oils, by applying them on the skin. In addition, patch tests with all analyzed oils were performed on 23 individuals.

Results. The majority of tested oils were positively evaluated by the participants: in the opinion of the participants, oil extracted from safflower had the best appearance (100% positive opinions), coconut oil had the best smell (70% positive opinions), while black currant seed oil showed the best absorbency (85% positive opinions). No irritation was observed within the analyzed product group, albeit one allergic reaction to apricot seed oil was observed with patch testing.

Conclusions. Based on the achieved results, it could be suggested that natural cold pressed oils can be applied to the skin as cosmetics. Our observations may be helpful for general practitioners when choosing natural cosmetics.

plant oils, vegetable oils, patch tests, contact eczema, cosmetics

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