beeswax and skin conditions
Beeswax is a natural product produced made by busy bees that turn it into honeycombs, but humans make good use of it too. In medicine you can find beeswax used for relieving pain, lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammations and for treating diarrhoea.  We also use it for polishing our furniture and preening ourselves.  However, there are an increasing number of reports regarding another way beeswax can be put to good use, which is providing relief for eczema and dermatitis related skin problems.

Beeswax has antiseptic properties, it also works to heal damage to skin and keeps it soft, helping the skin to retain moisture without blocking the pores. It’s made up of long chain aliphatic alcohols and a variety of compounds, the main ones being:

·         Palmitate
·         Hydroxpalmitate
·         Palmiotate

These are very important fats that make it an ideal natural product to use in skincare and treatments. It’s able to penetrate through even the roughest skin, soothe pain and add some protection to skin that is dry, chapped and cracked and generally irritated. That’s not all, beeswax is also able to resist bacteria, adding a layer of protection, a barrier, over your skin allowing it to heal and reducing the risk of infection.

Beeswax Over Mineral Oils

Many eczema and psoriasis sufferers often choose barrier creams to help protect their skin. A large proportion of these barrier creams use mineral oils, such as petroleum. Mineral oils are not ideal to use on the skin. While it does make the skin feel soft it actually blocks off all the pores, so your skin is unable to breathe. As the skin is the largest organ it is essential that it’s free to breathe in order to function properly. Using mineral oil is like covering your skin with plastic, it slows down skin renewal, breaks down collagen, destroying tissues and as a result cell development is decreased, leading to premature aging.

Mineral oil is often written down on labels as petrolatum or paraffinum, so it is worth taking a look on the labels on your tubes, tubs and jars of creams and medications to see if it is an ingredient.  One of the main reasons it is used is simply because it does seal the skin off from other particles that could lead to infections, but isn’t it better to use a natural solution instead that allows the skin to breathe while allowing your skin to heal at the same time? Beeswax is the ideal alternative. It’s rich in Vitamin A that works to protect skin and prevent the signs of aging and on top of all that it is a natural emollient, drawing moisture into the skin while protecting it from bacteria and infections.

There are many 100% natural products now available on the market containing beeswax as the main or only ingredient. If you are concerned about the health of your skin why not trial a beeswax based barrier cream to see if you notice any improvements? Share your stories with us on our Facebook page

Please note – try a small skin test before applying generous amounts of beeswax on your skin if you have never used beeswax based products before. If you’re allergic to honey it’s best to avoid using beeswax products. If you have any concerns speak to your doctor first.

Further Reading Suggestions:

A German clinical study on the use of beeswax as a barrier cream:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1439-0353.2003.03701.x/abstract;jsessionid=A71B57E090AD7C92EF3D65A3D41C90A0.f04t04
A look at why mineral oil is bad for you skin:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/185370-why-is-mineral-oil-bad-for-your-skin