Dermatologist Uses Emu Oil for Acute Skin Care
Excerpted with permission from Emu Today & Tomorrow, October 1998
AIMING BEYOND CONVENTIONAL CARE
A dermatologist uses emu oil in acute skin care.
By Beth Silva
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Esta Kronberg, a dermatologist specializing in Dermatologic Surgery
and Cosmetic Dermatology, is just one of a growing number of medical
experts that are taking a closer look at emu oil -------------
Well known in the Houston medical field where her practice has been
located for the past 13 years, Kronberg's goal is to provide her
patients with the best skin care possible. Also on the medical
advisory board for the publication Derma, she has been quoted in
magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Allure and Glamour. Her
treatments embrace acute skin care problems including burns, skin
disease, psoriasis, roacea, eczema, as well as anti-aging and
general skin improvement treatments.
While some dermatologists may continually treat skin care patients
with routine medicine, Kronberg, in an effort to keep pace with
advances in both conventional and alternative medicine, utilizes the
best of both for the patient's benefit.
"A lot of times an emu oil product is my first choice, even though I
can choose any prescription that I wish, and the irony is the emu
oil works so well," concedes Kronberg.
Kronberg's husband, Bill Davis, was the first of the pair to be
introduced to emu oil. ---------- " I read a small article in a
chemical magazine that discussed the benefits of emu oil and
mentioned that it was an excellent moisturizer. It caught my
attention because we're always looking for pharmaceutical grade,
highly purified, high quality products for our (skin care products)
program. And our belief is that although there are many products on
the market, better can always be located. And so it was we found emu
After Davis obtained several emu oil samples, he began sharing some
with acquaintances. One such individual was a woman about to undergo
a plastic surgery treatment on her neck. Davis explained that the
procedure is painful, irritating to the skin and results in redness
as well as blistering and scabbing.
"Familiar with our (skin care) product program, she inquired if we
had something that could help," says Davis. "I told her we were
experimenting with a wonderful moisturizer, and suggested she give
it a try. I sent her a sample, and a request that she let me know
how it worked. After using the oil pre-and postsurgery she reported
that she experienced minimal pain with no blistering or scabbing
whatsoever. On her first checkup with her surgeon, she noted that he
was visibly impressed with her wound's rapid progression and
questioned her as to what she was using because she had not
disclosed that she wasn't using the product he normally recommends.
And this was our first real clue that this product indeed has not
only anti-inflammatory capabilities, but much more."
A short time after that incident, Davis supplied an acquaintance,
who is a nurse, with an oil sample. He explains that this woman was
on leave from a dermatology office (located in a psoriasis treatment
center) because her own 10 year experience with sever psoriasis was
Recalls Davis, "Her first report a week later was that she was
already experiencing relief. Her itching was subsiding, the
discoloration was fading and she requested more oil! We ran into her
at a drug conference in California just three weeks later, and we
didn't recognize her at first. She was wearing short sleeves for the
first time in ten years, because it was a large portion of her arms
and legs that had been affected."
"I couldn't' believe what I saw and asked her to let me have a
closer examination," says Kronberg. "What I found was that her
psoriasis was almost completely resolved!"
------------ So the couple stepped up their research into the oil's
properties and Kronberg began using it on patients - but not just
anyone. She remarks, "I give it to the worst patients with extremely
severe problems, such as burns, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and I've
been extremely pleased with the results. It brings immediate relief
to a lot of individuals, and as a result, I have a lot of happy
She continued, "We have patients that come in that have had laser
resurfacing or bad chemical peels somewhere else and are severely
burned. We give them the emu oil as an application and it calms
things down tremendously and keeps the skin from scarring. We also
use the oil on sores that haven't initially healed. And on patients
with severe rosacea, emu oil calms down the redness of skin and
inflammation of blood vessels, and they don't break out even though
it's an oil. This is because the oil is non-comedogenic (won't clog
I've observed that the oil has an extreme anti-inflammatory response
and is a healing aid. Even when my topically applied steroids and
antibiotics don't work well on rosacea patients, once applied, the
emu oil will calm things down and the report immediate relief."
Another area in her practice that Kronberg uses emu oil as a
treatment is before-and-after application to sites of laser tatoo
removal. She relates that the oil stops the initial onset of
discomfort from stinging and pain associated with this procedure and
that it encourages a superior and faster healing process.
Kronberg also uses the oil on young patients. She relates, "It's
great for using on kids getting their shots. If you medicate the
area prior to injection with emu oil (emu oil only, no anesthetic),
and then directly afterwards, it diminishes discomfort and they
don't get achy and irritable later on." Konberg says that she uses
the oil for the same objective herself when administering shots
before traveling abroad.
She's not the only doctor with an interest in using the oil to block
pain before and after an injection procedure. Dr. William Code of
Duncan, British Columbia, has researched the advantages of using emu
oil with the local anesthetic Lidocaine and has delivered several
discourses on his research findings. And there's even been a patent
involving this same function for the oil. The patent "Compositions
Comprising Lidocaine and Emu Oil and Methods of Use Thereof" was
granted to inventor David Rivlin in 1997.
Davis is very excited and optimistic about the utilization of emu
oil in medical procedures and relates he thinks that emu oil lives
up what it's been reported to do - as a "bioactive transport," in
that it has the capability to carry other ingredients into the skin.
"It actually takes the ingredients into the skin with it as long as
the ingredient molecule is small enough to penetrate the skin. And
since it takes it quickly, we tend to see things improve faster."
Adds Davis, "And our feeling is that if at all possible, start the
healing process prior to a procedure in order to accelerate the
body's ability to heal itself. Emu oil is doing that. We believe
that if you can prep the skin with the oil in advance of a
procedure, similar to prepping your body prior to a marathon,
chances are that the healing process will be dramatically improved,
and that's what we've found. We're actually able to see a 50 percent
improvement time with patients recovering from laser resurfacing,
where they're going back to work in just two weeks, vs. four weeks
or more, and with no blisters or scabs!"
Copyright Emu Today and Tomorrow 1998