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Sorta Random Sunday: All About Emu Oil

Get ready, because this Sorta Random Sunday is really out of left field! As a plastic surgeon, a lot of people ask me about skin care products and routines. And recently a few people asked me for my thoughts on emu oil.

So I did a bunch of research and I’m here now to tell you everything you need to know about it!

What is emu oil?

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Emu oil is a natural supplement. It’s made through the processing, filtering, and refinement of adipose tissue (fat underneath the skin) of an emu, the large flightless bird native to Australia. And one of my kids’ favorites I have to add..

How long has emu oil been in use? 

Emu oil has been in use for almost 40,000 years, beginning with the Australian Aboriginals. It’s use continues throughout the years to the point that it has become quite popular in the beauty world today with products available at most stores.

What are some benefits of emu oil for skin?

Hydrates skin 

Emu oil is thick and occlusive. This means that it prevents water evaporation from the skin and keeps the skin hydrated. This is an obvious benefit as it prevents cracking of the skin and promotes skin health and youthfulness. The best way to harness this benefit is to apply the oil topically. It can be mixed with other moisturizers as well, however daily use is the key.

Reduces inflammation

It accomplishes this in two main ways. First, it contains a variety of antioxidants including carotenoids, flavones, and polyphenols that scavenge skin-damaging free radicals. Secondly, emu oil decreases inflammatory markers in the skin, reducing factors such as cytokines that will prematurely damage and age skin. Again, the key is topical consistent application for the best outcomes. This is also a huge benefit for those with inflammatory skin conditions like eczema.

As a customer, what are 2-4 features you need to look for?


Look for a product that is 100% pure. You certainly can mix the oil with other moisturizing products. However, the oil itself is going to be most beneficial at its maximum potency. No adverse effects of topical emu oil have yet been demonstrated, reinforcing the safety of this supplement for skin, hair, and nails. The main issue is it can clog pores and lead to acne in those prone to it.


You will want to find an oil that is highly refined. Highly refined products are clear and odorless. A yellow or red tint or odor signifies a poorly refined product. In fact, some companies may mix with herbs to cover a poorly refined product, again highlighting the importance of 100% purity. Most U.S. based products and some Australian products meet these high standards. 

And there you have it! A full fact sheet all about emu oil!

What do you think? Would you use it? What do you like better – emus or ostrich? Ever been to Australia? What’s your skin care routine? Let us know in the comments below!

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    2 thoughts on “Sorta Random Sunday: All About Emu Oil”

    1. Jordan, thanks for this fascinating article! As a corollary, what do you know about glutathione injections? Apparently it is also used as a beauty supplement t to lighten skin. My wife has been asking me about it….


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