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. 2017 Dec 27;19(1):70.
doi: 10.3390/ijms19010070.

Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils

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Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils

Tzu-Kai Lin et al. Int J Mol Sci. .
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Plant oils have been utilized for a variety of purposes throughout history, with their integration into foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products. They are now being increasingly recognized for their effects on both skin diseases and the restoration of cutaneous homeostasis. This article briefly reviews the available data on biological influences of topical skin applications of some plant oils (olive oil, olive pomace oil, sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, safflower seed oil, argan oil, soybean oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, borage oil, jojoba oil, oat oil, pomegranate seed oil, almond oil, bitter apricot oil, rose hip oil, German chamomile oil, and shea butter). Thus, it focuses on the therapeutic benefits of these plant oils according to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the skin, promotion of wound healing and repair of skin barrier.

Keywords: antioxidant activity; barrier function; barrier repair; inflammation; plant oil; skin aging; wound healing.

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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The potential benefits of plant oil topical application are diverse. Physiological responses are a result of the interaction between the bioactive compounds and the pathophysiological context of the skin.

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