How Can Shea Butter Benefit Your Skin?

“More and more patients are seeking natural and homeopathic remedies for their skin,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist and skin care expert in Austin, Texas. Many of these, like Shea butter, have been tried and tested over time, finding its niche amongst cosmetic and skin care preparations.

Shea butter is rich in vitamins A, D and E, as well as fatty acids essential for our skin cell’s membranes. It is deeply hydrating, and purported to possess antimicrobial properties as well. It’s commonly used for a wide range of skin problems, including:

Unrefined vs. Refine Shea Butter

There are two main types: unrefined Shea butter and refined Shea butter. They differ in the color, scent and benefits.

For example, unrefined, or raw Shea butter, keeps its natural beige-color and maintains its nutty smell, as well as retains its healing qualities. This is the purest form.

However, refined Shea butter lacks a natural fragrance and resembles white butter. It is thought to have considerably less healing properties than raw Shea butter. “Refined Shea butter is processed and/or chemically modified,” explains Emily Johnston, certified physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology. “Although it may look attractive, it doesn’t have the same nutritional, moisturizing or curative properties as unrefined Shea butter does.”

Additional Considerations and Warnings

  • Shea butter has some sun protective properties, with an SPF of about 6!
  • To enhance its appeal, combine this product with other butters and essential oils.
  • The butter contains a latex protein. Patients with latex allergies should use these products with caution.
  • Unrefined Shea butter can be directly applied to your skin. In other words, no additional processing is needed.

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Often, skin problems require the professional care of a qualified and experienced dermatologist. You don’t have to suffer from painful and unsightly skin symptoms. Please contact us at Senova Dermatology so that we can help you find relief.

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