Perhaps what is less known is the research and evidence for the benefits of Olive Oil on our skin health. There is so much information about the benefits of Olive Oil on a Google search, some of it is helpful and some of it is rubbish! Some sites make claims about Olive Oil's benefits as an anti-aging wonder, and others state that it is absolutely dangerous for your skin! Well...what are the facts?
I have been doing quite a bit of research into the topical application of Olive Oil and specifically the use of Pure Olive Oil Castile soap. What I found is very surprising indeed!
Pure Olive Oil Castile Soap: The Research
In another study to determine which cleaning solution promotes wound healing in patients with open fractures, it was found that there was "no benefit of irrigation with bacitracin over irrigation with a [non-sterile castile] soap solution, and in fact, the latter was superior with regard to subsequent wound healing."2 In a similar scientific study it was found that "Irrigation of open fracture wounds with antibiotic solution offers no advantages over the use of a non sterile [Castile] soap solution, and it may increase the risk of wound-healing problems.3 and yet again it was found that "Irrigation with castile soap improves organic removal and may be associated with fewer problems with wound-healing when compared with irrigation with antibiotic solution."4
To even improve the reputation of Olive Oil's benefits on our skin it was also found that Hydroxytyrosol, a natural antioxidant from olive oil, prevents protein damage induced by long-wave ultraviolet radiation in melanoma cells.5
This research is impressive to say the least and re-affirms the superior place of Olive Oil soaps in our daily life and the use of topical olive oil on our skin.
Perhaps when thinking about using an Olive Oil based soap, Olive Oil or Olive Oil cream on your skin, this research on newborns may help you to decide. Between October 2004 and November 2006, one hundred and Seventy six (176) infants between 25 and 36 weeks of gestation admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit were randomly assigned to a daily topical treatment with water-in-oil emollient cream (Bepanathen), Olive Oil cream...or to a control group. The study found that topical skin therapy lowers the risk of dermatitis and Olive oil cream was superior to water-in-oil emollient cream (Bepanthen).6
After considering the actual research from reputable Medical Doctors and Professors, I believe that Olive Oil Soaps have a definite place in the role of healthy skin. They may not be the next beauty wonder or anti-aging miracle!!! But Castile soap is healthy and beneficial.
Castile soap made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil is:
- wound healing
- superior cleanser
- gentle enough to use on neonates in an intensive care unit
- anti-oxidant protection
- Helps with dermatitis on newborns
Now is an excellent time to purchase this healthy skin promoting soap.
2. Anglen JO. Comparison of soap and antibiotic solutions for irrigation of lower-limb open fracture wounds: a prospective, randomized study. J Bone Joint Surg 2005; 87A:1415–22.
3. Jeffrey O. Anglen, MD, Comparison of Soap and Antibiotic Solutions for Irrigation of Lower-Limb Open Fracture Wounds, A Prospective, Randomized Study, J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2005 Jul; 87 (7): 1415 -1422 .
4. Nicholas Fletcher, MD; D'Mitri Sofianos, BS; Marschall Brantling Berkes, BS; William T. Obremskey, MD, MPH.
Prevention of Perioperative Infection, J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2007 Jul; 89 (7): 1605 -1618 .
5. D'Angelo S, Ingrosso D, Migliardi V, Sorrentino A, Donnarumma G, Baroni A, Masella L, Tufano MA, Zappia M, Galletti P., Hydroxytyrosol, a natural antioxidant from olive oil, prevents protein damage induced by long-wave ultraviolet radiation in melanoma cells.
6. Ursula Kiechi-Kohlendorfer M.Sc., M.D., Cindy Berger R.N. The Effect of Daily Treatment with an Olive Oil/Lanolin Emollient on Skin Integrity in Preterm Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Pediatric Dermatology Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 174–178, March/April 2008
- Noori S. Al-Waili, Mixture of Honey, Beeswax and Olive Oil Inhibits Growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. Noori. S., M.D., D.O.G., Ph.D., Director of Clinical Research, NewTechnologies Inc. and Life Support Technologies Inc., Chronic Wound Treatment and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, The Mount Vernon Hospital, 7th Avenue, 12 North, Mount Vernon, New York 10550
- Waterman E, Lockwood B.,Active components and clinical applications of olive oil. Leeds General Hospital, Leeds, UK. Alternative Medicine Review : a Journal of Clinical Therapeutic [2007, 12(4):331-342]