The natural oils in citrus are not only effective against bacteria and viruses, but also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
The oil is a natural product made from a combination of citrus and grapefruit that was originally developed in the 1800s.
“There are some citrus oils that are considered to be safe, but they’re not really effective against a wide variety of skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis,” said Dr. Jennifer DeSimone, an assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine at Johns Jacobs School of Medicine and an author of the study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
“It’s possible that we have some residual irritation, but we haven’t identified it yet.”
The researchers tested the oils against bacteria in the lab, and found that they actually increased the amount of bacteria that were able to thrive in the skin.
“It appears that the oils act on some of the most important pathways that lead to inflammation and damage, which may contribute to some of these conditions,” said DeSimon.
“This may be a promising area for future research, because it can be very effective for treating skin problems and inflammation.”
Researchers hope to further investigate how the oils work and whether or not they can be used to treat certain conditions.
“For some conditions, like psorias, inflammatory skin conditions like eczemas, dermatitis, and psoriatic arthritis, it may be very important to know the exact chemical composition of the oils and what they are doing to your skin,” DeSimones said.
“Also, it’s possible for the oils to help in certain types of acne, like comedones, which are a group of skin disorders that can cause breakouts and can even lead to scarring.”
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