KenetMD Skin Care Journal | Best Baby Skincare

Best Baby Skin Care

When it comes to taking care of a newborn’s delicate skin, stick to the basics. A new study recently revealed that the use of olive or sunflower oil on infant’s skin damages the skin barrier and may lead to problems. The researchers divided babies into three groups: olive oil, sunflower oil and no oil.

According to Dr. Alison Cooke of the University of Manchester, UK, “When compared to no oil, both topical olive oil and sunflower oil…impeded the development of skin barrier function from birth.” The breakdown of the skin barrier may lead to eczema.

This study was done in part due to some evidence from South Asia that sunflower oil has an anti-microbal effect which could benefit premature babies in developing countries.

What is safe? KenetMD recommends what are called “bland emollients.” This includes petrolatum ointment (Vaseline or Aquaphor) and cleansers that are fragrance and dye free (Cera Ve).

Remember that “natural” doesn’t always equal safe, especially when it comes to the new and tender skin of infants.

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