Emu Oil And Hair Growth
Dr. Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Dermatology
Boston University School of Medicine
According to an article by Dr. Holick and James F. Kinney appearing in Drug & Cosmetic Industry magazine in January 1996, the emu oil tested caused "about a 20% increase in the proliferative activity, or the growth activity of the skin, when we looked at the hair follicles, and the thickness of the skin, it showed that the hair follicles were much more robust, and that the skin thickness was remarkably increased, suggesting that (the emu oil tested) stimulated skin growth and hair growth in these animals. Also, we discovered in the same test that over 80% of hair follicles that had been asleep were waken up, and began growing hair." (Unfortunately this result has never been reproduced in further studies) Additionally, the emu oil appeared to "enhance the skin's ability to withstand the rigors of colder climates" and to transform "rough, dry skin to a smooth and healthy appearance." Other observations noted that "In liniment base formulas," the oil showed evidence of being a "strong counterirritant in glyceryl monosterate/ethoxylated cetyl alcohol prototypes" that the performance of sun screen protectants was enhanced and that the emu oil "virtually eliminated" the frequency of ingrown beard problems in Afro-American panelists.
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