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Can Goat Milk Soap or Beef Tallow Products Help My Eczema?

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I have seen goat milk soap and beef tallow skin products promoted to help with skin disorders like eczema. Can they actually help?

While goat’s milk soap can help moisturize the skin and relieve eczema symptoms, it may contain ingredients that can irritate the skin. For example, perfumes, fragrances and naturally occurring lactic acid can be in some goat’s milk soap. They may worsen eczema. At this point, the benefits of goat’s milk for eczema may not outweigh the possible risks and side effects. More research is needed in this area.

In contrast, beef tallow contains fat. This can be used in patients with atopic dermatitis or eczema conditions. These individuals have a disturbance in their skin barrier. It includes cracking, weeping, and even infection in the skin. The fat in tallow products can create a barrier for better hydration and overall health of the skin. This can be beneficial for eczema.

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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