Can You Use Castor Oil for Psoriasis

Castor oil is one of the most popular natural products used for its antimicrobial properties. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties are well known. Castor oil is widely used in cosmetics because it provides long lasting moisturizing effects on skin. Castor oil has been shown to have some benefits when applied topically as well. Castor oil has been found to reduce inflammation and pain associated with rashes and dermatitis.

There are many different types of castor oil available. There are two main types: the unsaponifiable (unrefined) and the refined (prepared). Unrefined castor oil is obtained from the seeds or glands of the plant, while refined castor oil comes from a refining process that removes impurities such as waxes, silicates and other undesirable substances.

Unrefined castor oil is generally considered to be less irritating than refined castor oil. However, there may still be some irritation if you have sensitive skin. The main reason why unrefined castor oil is not recommended for people with sensitive skin is due to the fact that it contains small amounts of essential oils which can cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals.

Some common essential oils include clove, lemon grass, lavender and thyme. Most people who have an allergic reaction to castor oil experience itching, hives and a rash at the site of application.

Castor oil can also cause complications with medical conditions such as diabetes and Buerger’s disease. Some patients may also experience a burning sensation and redness of the skin. If you’re diabetic, it’s important to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly when you first begin using castor oil on your skin.

If you experience any burning or redness of the skin, you should discontinue use immediately and speak to your doctor.

In general, it’s a good idea to do a skin patch test before using castor oil to treat a specific area of concern. A skin patch test involves applying a small amount of the oil to an inconspicuous area of the body (such as behind your ear) to see if you have a negative reaction.

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