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Eczema Treatment with Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil vs. Hempseed Oil

Eczema Treatment with Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil vs. Hempseed Oil

atopic dermatitis more commonly known as eczema is ranked as the skin disease with perhaps the greatest global health burden because it’s just so common maybe one in ten kids have it and about three percent of adults where you get patches of bread a cheese skin topical steroids like cortisone cream is the mainstay of treatment since its Nobel prize-winning discovery in 1950 people are scared of steroids though it’s not uncommon for patients to express irrational fear and anxiety about using steroid creams and ointments a phobia that may arise from confusing topical steroids with oral or injected steroids which have different effects really potent topical steroids can thin your skin but skin thickness should return to normal a month after stopping so yes it can cause side effects but the concern people have seems out of proportion to the small risk they pose still okay if there’s a way you can resolve a problem without drugs that’s generally preferable what did they do for eczema before the 1950s well in the 30s some researchers tried using vitamin D it dissolved in corn oil and to their surprise it worked but so did the corn oil alone without the vitamin D that they were using as a control others reported cases improving after feeding flaxseed oil or even lard the National livestock and meat board did not wanna be left out of the action the problem is that none of these studies had a control group so yeah if eating some one corn oil for 12 to 18 months and they get better but you know maybe they would have gotten better anyway you don’t know until you put it to the test all these researchers that claimed benefit from the use of various fats apparently lacked any great interest in doing controlled studies but not this researcher who tried out some oils and found no evidence of benefit over routine treatment most got better either away which suggests that the previous benefits claimed may have been just due to the usual treatments which with perhaps a dash of enthusiasm by then hydrocortisone was out and so the medical community gave up on Dietary Approaches until this letter was published in 1981 about the treatment of eczema with supplements of evening primrose oil which contains gamma linolenic acid anti-inflammatory omega-6 and indeed when it was put to the test it seemed to help but then a subsequent larger study found no effect whenever there are conflicting findings it helps to do a meta-analysis where you put all the studies together there was the study that showed benefit the one that didn’t and then seven other studies and seven out of the seven showed benefit and so the results show that the effects of some brand of primrose oil supplement was almost always significantly better than placebo case closed right well the analysis was funded by the supplement company itself which can be a red flag where exactly were these other seven studies published they weren’t the company just said they did these studies but never release them and when they were asked to hand them over they said they would but never did even threatening a lawsuit against researchers who dared question their supplements efficacy an independent review failed to find evidence that evening primrose oil or borage oil worked better than placebo and so as we bid goodnight into the evening primrose oil story perhaps will awaken to a world where all clinical trial data reach the light of day Vora oil actually has twice the gamma linolenic acid is evening primrose oil and still didn’t work but that didn’t stop researchers from trying hemp seed oil which has evidently been used as a food and medicine for thousands of years they tried giving about a quarter cup of hemp seeds worth of oil to people everyday for a few months and found significant improvements in skin dryness itchiness and the need for medications but not compared to placebo in fact dietary supplements across the board whether fish oil zinc selenium vitamin D or b6 sea buckthorn oil hemp seed or sunflower oil overall no convincing evidence that taking supplements improved eczema well that’s disappointing but wait a second that’s just for oral supplements what about natural remedies applied topically we’ll find out next you

68 comments on “Eczema Treatment with Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil vs. Hempseed Oil

  1. Man sagt ja, "die Haut ist der Spiegel der Seele"… Rein stoffliche Heilmittel werden wohl nichts bringen… außer man ernährt sich WFPB… aber auch das verändert ja den Zugang zum Feinstofflichen =D Bin gespannt auf den nächsten Beitrag…. DANKE Dr. Greger!

  2. Dr Gerger, we definitely need your relentlessness against the none the less relentlessness of the money motivated suckers of all kinds !

  3. Really glad you are speaking about this I have had this on my ears for years now, with nothing helping. Please if its the steroid just let me know HAHA, when will the video come out!!!!

  4. Rob Stuart and several others on youtube have cured their eczema with a high carb low fat plant based diet, movement and cleansing. Just food for thought.

  5. I had severe eczema for years on my hands… very itchy and patchy… I got rid of this when I went cut out dairy and went vegan (was a vegetarian). But I still have contact dermatitis (looks similar to the thumbnail used for this video)… extreme skin dryness and soooooo many cuts. Just last week I was holding my laptop then noticed that there was blood smeared all over it because my cuts had developed within minutes… ended up having to wear three bandaids per finger. It affects my everyday life – struggle to wash dishes, wash my makeup off, wring a face cloth etc. Using the strongest steroid ointment on the market but need a solution! It bloody heart my fingers to write this comment.

  6. I'll give you the answer. My daughter has it. Itching started last year, at age 2. We took away gluten and dairy, and used 100 percent cotton clothing. her inner side of elbow stopped itching. Then when we were out and about, she would eat bread and her itching came back. So every time she eats gluten she itches to the point where her skin bleeds. It's crazy how we stopped gluten and within days goes away. Since she's young, it's really hard to keep away 100 percent away from gluten for now but it definitely is the answer to her problem. Try it. Just know that it took a month or more for her skin to heal and not itch. It's maybe due to her body still trying to get rid of that crap.

  7. I've had eczema for about five years now. At its peak, it was all the way up and down my arms. I eat a whole foods plant based diet with very limited oil intake. Can't shake this shit! It SUCKS!

  8. The fact is most non irritating oil/fat smeared on eczema will help as it covers the rash from further infection and irritation. Those oils/fats with germ killing properties will be the best.

  9. Hey dr Greger great video, what do you know about the "adpergillus flavus and aflatoxine" found in peanut butter and rice? How can i avoid it? Greetings

  10. For those suffering. Try fasting.
    Also, eliminate the most common foods you eat.Dairy and sugars are really bad , specially if your older or very young.
    I found out after 4 years of messing around that my triggers were dairy, coffee, and an acid found in many vegetables.
    I also found that certain mold spores drove me crazy. Specially the one's produced by oak and apple tree leaves when they fall in the autumn.
    Experiment with eliminating things from your diet and activities and you will find out your own triggers.

  11. With vegan diet, you should also be aware of possible zinc deficiency due to excessive copper in plant-based diet.  This in turn throws off copper- zinc ratio so that even if technically you're getting the RDA of zinc, you can still be zinc deficient.  Also, even though grains and legumes are good sources of zinc, only about 20–40% of zinc is absorbed. This is due to its absorption being lessened by the presence of phytates and fiber in these same foods, and to lesser degree the presence of calcium, and phosphates.  

    After a couple of years as vegan, I found out I was zinc-deficient (had classic symptoms) that was confirmed by serum test, despite eating well over RDA of zinc.  Likely it was due to overconsumption of nuts, legumes, and grains which are high copper- zinc ratio.  I've been taking daily zinc supplements since with good results, meaning symptoms subsided then disappeared.

    Topically for atopic dermatitis, I have recommended to my patients to try Medihoney, it's a natural therapy that is used often in inpatient setting for wound care/ burns.  Also you might want to try zinc oxide topical cream, it also has antimicrobial properties especially good if you have oozing wound from eczema flare-ups.  Most importantly the key is to establish good skin barrier to prevent flare-ups.  But I would reiterate try taking zinc supplement to see if it help with atopic dermatitis/ eczema, as research has shown sufferers to be deficient in zinc as compared to cohorts without AD.

  12. I can't stand these we'll see what happened next videos because then there's most likely a video already out there that is sort of related and you wonder if that's the next video but maybe not where's this other next video at? is it there now? do we come back later? did I miss something?

  13. "We'll find out…next."

    Such a tease. Also, my wife is suffering from atopic dermatitis right now and has a fear of the cortizone cream, so I am very interested. Looking forward to seeing this…tomorrow.

  14. I have successfully cured my eczema I've had for 5 painful years using a protocol from the Medical Medium book. It is a liver issue. Also when there is an abundance of bad copper in the liver and a pathogen, the pathogens feed off the copper and create a by- product called a derma toxin that comes out in the skin. Yes, some can go all plant based and be cured, but not me. I was already vegan when it all started.

  15. I've had eczema ( on my fingers only) since after my pregnancy 7 yrs ago, switched to a vegan diet 2 yrs ago and have noticed only a little change. It was until I started washing dishes and washing my hands with the dr bronners hemp peppermint and pure caster oil soap ( few mnts ago) that I haven't had an flair ups.

  16. Dr. Greger, thank you for this topic. I have suffered for years, I have done everything, ate a very "healthy" diet. I did leaky gut protocol, bone broths, meats,cod liver oil, kefir, stayed away from nightshades, no gluten, no grains, no legumes,paleo(worse). After almost dying last year from autoimmune condition, and eczema at its worst, I went to do biofeedback treatments, my body was allergic to everything, had hashimoto's, parasites, candida, liver, adrenal, kidney and lymph problems, chemical sensitivities. He told me to go vegan and I finally did after What the Health, 4 months ago. No oils has helped tremendously, no dairy, no meat(fat)?no processed food, no refined sugars, no GMO anything! I am able to eat more food, nuts still a problem, grains, but some legumes are ok. At least I can eat now, before I was eating 5 foods only! Many of my allergies have gone away by going plant based, liver I guess is finally able to cleanse. Shea butter is my best friend, I mix with geranium, lavender, and other oils. I try to keep stress away, walk everyday to move lymph, neem, holy basil, oregano oil, olive leaf, zinc, boron(borax miracle)! minerals(deficiencies), dandelion, magnesium! Essential oils on thyroid. Those are things I have taken, not all at once, but have helped! Sorry its so long! I can't wait to see your next segment!

  17. Good old Searle, Donald Rumsfeld's old company and dodgy af.

    Also responsible for getting Aspartame on the market in extremely dubious circumstances.

  18. I spent a lot of money on Evening Primrose Oil back in the 1980's, I feel like I have a case against GD Serale, lying about results and all.

  19. Shouldn't one eliminate some sugars in their diet to improve their skin condition? After all, a person with diabetes have thirst and dry skin problems; so if they eliminate some sugars, (including meats and dairy) their eczema will disappear. Isn't this the answer?

  20. NutritionFacts, at 4:28 you say that olive oil is placebo. That's nonsense. A real placebo would be water. You're actually saying that treatment with either oil had the same effect. Your video is misleading.

  21. Just finished moisturising with a homemade emulsion of water, veg glycerin, coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, and frankincense essential oil.
    Seems to keep my eczema in check if I cover my entire body after every shower/hands after washing. I use a slightly lighter one on my face made from aloe, almond oil, jojoba oil, frankincense and lavender essential oils. Would like to know the scientific opinion of the use of different oils such as these and if it's just as effective to use straight up coconut oil for example.

  22. I don't get it. My hand eczema stays away if I use a hand washing liquid without soap and/or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (typically the baby products). And dry them properly. And wear mittens in winter. I also know of people with skin issues who use waaaay too much detergent for their clothes so there is no way that today's water saving washing machines can get it out. Yet, none of my doctors (except a dermatologist) mentioned or discussed this. It's not always about medicine. But hydrocortizone is amazing when things get out of hand. I always use it to GET GOOD and the other methods to stay good. As it should be. Poor kids, whose mothers deny them that.

  23. My God, WHY WOULD any of these supplements work? What chronic buffoonery is plaguing the scientific community? Eczema and acne are REACTIONS! To prevent the negative reaction, you simply take away whatever is causing it! You don't ADD things to the equation for fuck's sake. I lose respect for the scientific community every day with profoundly retarded ideas like this passing as intelligent discourse.

  24. Please Mister NutritionFacts, take a look at the facts and studies!!!!!!!! People are scared for steroids for a reason! Please don't say that your skin turns to 'normal' after a month or that it is confused with the other type of steroids? The bloodvessels are contracted because of the cream but damage over time! The immunesystem is suppressed and will go crazy after a while and make the symptoms worse and worse. The gutflora will be damaged. My withdrawal symptoms were very severe when I stopped using it. Nerve pain, burning skin, sleepless nights for over 6 months, 50% hairloss! I developed lots of food intolerance's and urticaria, because of steroids. I was shivering, supercold, had irregular heartbeat, bruises. It will take an average of 2 years to heal from topical steroids, but if you used them your whole life it can take 4 years. Please look at where more than 10.000 people are connected to. Studies from India, Japan, America warn for this drugs that is given to people like it is a miracle cream. It's not O.K.! Look up dr. Rapaport Topical Steroid Withdrawal here on youtube if you want to know the truth. Atrophic striae of the groin, adrenal suppression, skin thinning (common!!), skin depigmentation or dark pigmentation, Cushing's Syndrome , broken blood vesselsextension of leg ulcers, perioral dermatitis, steroid acne, rosacea-like dermatitis,transformation to pustular psoriasis and tinea, failure to thrive (stunted growth) in children. Hell no that your skin turns to normal after a month.

  25. Please talk about Topical Steroid Addiction/Topical Steroid Withdrawal. Why does everyone think topical steroids only causes thinning of the skin??? It does way more damage than that! I started getting steroid induced eczema and that caused Red Skin Syndrome. It is the worst. It’s been 19 months since i stopped using Topical Steroids and I’m still going through awful withdrawals but I’m definitely way better than I was when I used steroids. has opened my eyes to this.

  26. My eczema went away on a basic plant based diet, didn't even do it that well at the start and still ate some animal products here and there and it still healed.

  27. I would be really interested if you could do a video on psoriasis treatments. I have it in my ears and back of my scalp… I have been vegan for 2 years. I try oils and holistic medicines lotions… but I’d love to know more about what I can do. Please and Thank you 🙂

  28. If you’re suffering from eczema, you know how frustrating it can be. Your skin goes all red, it feels sore and it becomes flaky…

    Not to mention being incredibly itchy. And the more you scratch… the worse it gets… Which makes it difficult to sleep and to do normal everyday activities.

    But worst of all… the creams you’ve bought only seem to work temporarily…
    before the problem comes back to haunt you again.

    It’s a nightmare… but what can you do about it?

    Well, give “Eczema Free Forever” a try.

    Read More – https://tinyurl . com/y9wzrsjz

  29. So I suffered from Eczema for years and the one oil that did help me was Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I could literally see a difference in redness every single time if I didn't take a tbsp for one day. I've tested this many many times just to make sure it wasn't in my head. For years I couldn't get off of it and although I know you're not a fan, the results it proved for me can't be denied so if any of you suffer from eczema, try 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. It works.

  30. I think that all these are different diseases and allergies..the reason for the poor health of the body is impure food, drink, air. it all aggravates the health of good body cells and immunity but has a good effect on parasites (hyrps, worms, and protozoa single cell)hidden in the body! these parasites are hard to find good masterpeice that even modern diagnostic medicinskie them to find! and from them it is necessary to get rid! they poison the body very much! This is primarily food (chemistry.GMO) and drink (chemistry.GMO) Ah and air (ecology)! etching the body and affects the good body flora of growth cells and immunity! of these three!!! problems of the modern world. at least two and better all three will be environmentally friendly, it is already possible to cure these health problems.

  31. How is olive oil a placebo? Fresh unfiltered Olive oil especially works great for dry skin. It’s not a placebo to compare. A placebo is something that has zero benefits like a sugar pill or water..

  32. Why then has Borage Oil cleared up my sisters exema and melasma? A friends son who suffered from cystic acne used it topically and it completely cleared! The narrator has a condescending annoying voice too. I call BS here.

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