People apply shea butter to the skin for acne, burns, dandruff, dry skin, eczema, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In foods, shea butter is used as a fat for cooking.
In manufacturing, shea butter is used in cosmetic products.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Hay fever. Early research shows that applying shea butter to the inside of the nose as needed over 4 days clears the airways and improves breathing in adults and children who have congestion from hayfever. The airways appear to clear in as quickly as 30 seconds. Shea butter appears to improve congestion as effectively as certain nasal decongestant sprays.
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis). Early research shows that applying shea butter to the skin, alone or with other ingredients, improves symptoms of eczema in children and adolescents.
- Dry skin.
- High blood pressure.
- Insect bite.
- Itchy skin infection caused by mites (scabies).
- Muscle soreness.
- Scaly, itchy skin (psoriasis).
- Skin ulcers.
- Skinwrinkles from sun damage.
- Stretch marks.
- Swelling (inflammation) of the nasal cavity and sinuses (rhinosinusitis).
- Wound healing.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: Shea butter is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin appropriately for up to 4 weeks. There isn't enough reliable information to know if applying shea butter to the skin for longer than 4 weeks is safe.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Shea butter is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin appropriately for up to 4 weeks. There isn't enough reliable information to know if applying shea butter to the skin for longer than 4 weeks is safe. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Shea butter is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in foods. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking shea butter in greater amounts if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: Shea butter is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts commonly found in foods. Shea butter is POSSIBLY SAFE when applied to the skin appropriately, short-term. About 2-4 grams of shea butter has been applied to the inside of the nose safely for up to 4 days.
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