How to Heal Burnt Skin Faster with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Many of you might accidentally touch a hot pan because you thought it wasn’t hot enough. Or, for many women out there who are trying to style your hair in the morning and accidentally touch the hot part of the curling iron. We’ve all experienced burns. They’re terribly painful and they swell and leave blisters under your skin. On top of that, they also take a while to heal. But what if I told you extra virgin olive oil, a common pantry item, may help? Here, I’ll share a simple home-remedy that is scientifically proven to help speed up the process of healing caused by minor burns.
How does extra virgin olive oil enhance the process of wound healing?
We know extra virgin olive oil is by far one of the healthiest vegetable oils to consume, but it’s also great for our skin, too. Compounds found naturally in olive oil, such as omega-3 fatty acids and squalene, provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can help minimize injuries and speed up the wound healing stages (1).
Its amazing healing properties were also tested in a randomized animal-experimental study. Rats with burns that were treated with olive oil topically twice a day showed complete skin regenerated within 14-16 days. Normal, non-treated rats took around 21 days for a wound to heal (2).
Another method of treating burned skin lesions is by taking olive oil through diet. A study from the Burns journal has proven that a diet with olive oil may reduce the duration of hospitalization by speeding up the healing process of burned-related wounds. In this study, 100 patients at an average age of 33.3 years who experienced second-degree burns that covered 10 to 20 percent of the total body surface area were split randomly into 2 groups. One group was instructed to consume olive oil and the other group consumed sunflower oil. Daily check-ups were mandated for signs of infections of the wound and sepsis. Researchers confirmed that the effects of oral consumption of olive oil by burn victims accelerated the healing process (3).
Ways to treat burns with olive oil:
- Orally – finish dishes with it and use it as salad dressing
- Topical – massage 1-2 drops of Olivaio's Extra Virgin Olive Oil onto the scar daily
Reviewed by Kelly Powers, MA, RDN, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who takes a holistic approach to nutrition and health. Kelly is a recipe developer with a food blog highlighting whole foods, simple recipes, and her life in San Francisco. She’s the creator of 52 Weeks, a weekly meal plan program that helps users get back in the kitchen and feed themselves well. Kelly is also a co-founder of Olivaio.