I love emu oil. I recently got a bottle of a product called Emuscar (came with a mole removing kit) for healing and I love it - it smells wonderful, very creamy and feels great after applying it. I have been using it to heal skin imperfections and love how it works. Emu oil penetrates the skin unlike other skin products and it's all natural which is the best part.
I have a bottle of Emu Oil in the fridge, it turns solid when it's cold but I kept a small amount in the bathroom and when the weather got warmer it started to smell of meat. I really thought this was yuk but I am continuing to use what I have, it has helped a lot with my dry skin especially around the eyes but I'm not sure if I will buy more.
A 2003 study published in Lipids journal compared the impact of emu oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil, and olive oil on inflammation and found emu oil to have the greatest anti-inflammatory properties. The results echoed the findings of a small Vancouver study, which showed that men with burned skin treated with emu oil healed better than the control groups.
Since many skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne involve inflammation, it makes sense that emu oil's anti-inflammatory qualities could provide benefits for people who suffer with these conditions. Emu oil is noncomedogenic, meaning that it doesn't clog pores, so people with acne need not fear the oil will make the situation worse.
If, instead, dry skin is the bane of your existence, emu oil is an effective emollient that is able to penetrate the surface of the skin without leaving a greasy residue. Emu oil also traps water, which might be useful if you are trying to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Emu oil is excellent for healing and soothing inflammation. I would use it in moderation, however, for acne. Any type of oil can encourage breakouts, but it may help accelerate the healing of the skin. Try applying it after washing the face every other day or third day.
Jennifer - Emu Oil does not 'trap' water. quite the opposite. Biological healing oils like Emu and squalane oil have similiar lipids in them as the lipids in human skin. This is the reason they are so readily absorbed by our skin. They do not leave a greasy feeling at all. I have hyper oily skin and as an experiment, I applied emu to my cheeks (which will get oily) and none on my very oily t-zone. After an hour, I could feel my t-zone getting oily, so I wiped the area with one of those oil absorbing tissues - lots of oil. I also wiped my cheeks with a tissue and NO OIL! Usually that area also gets oily. My point here is that the emu absorbed right in and left no oily residue. I also thought I was experiencing breakouts from using it in the beginning, but I don't anymore. I think the original breakouts was my skin purging.
I tried the Emu Oil & I wasn't impressed. I started using Olive Oil instead. I got pretty much the same results without the cost. I was mixing it with Castille Liquid Soap, but I am now using Cindy Crawford's line & I am loving it.
I have extremely sensitive acne prone skin and emu oil is the ONLY moisturizer I use, as even the lotions marked "for sensitive skin" always break me out. After 6 months of use I can attest to the fact that it is well worth the money. I would recommend getting it from a health food store (ask if they will let you open the bottle and smell it) or from a company recommended by someone you know. Some companies do cut their emu oil with other additives to try to stabilize the products and give them a longer shelf life. These additives could actually be the cause of any adverse reactions. Some companies also sell emu oil that is less than desirable. It should never have a strong smell. It should smell like oil though. I never buy a larger size than what I will use in a couple months time (for my face and neck I find that size is 4 oz). It took 3-4 weeks to really start noticing a difference, but I really see a tremendous improvement in my skin now. It's also fabulous for burns and sore muscles. I use it during the day under my foundation because research has also shown that it helps protect skin from sunburn.
I use Emu oil in combination with my Green Cream and copper peptides.
It does promote healing and is helpful at pushing more of a product (copper peptides) into the skin.
You do have to use it sparingly. A little goes a long way.
And mine most definitely has no smell.
If it smells something is wrong.