A radiation burn is damage to the skin or other biological tissue caused by exposure to radiation. The radiation types of greatest concern are thermal radiation, radio frequency energy, ultraviolet light and ionizing radiation. The most common type of radiation burn is a sunburn caused by UV radiation.
Ingredients: BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (Shea Butter), C. officinalis (Calendula Oil), Sunflower Oil, and Vitamin E.
Suggested to refrigerate for coolness before applying; however product does not need to be refrigerated.
5 oz pump
Directions: Apply to skin after radiation exposure
Science Behind the Formula:
When looking for an herbal remedy to treat skin or wounds, think flower power -- or, more specifically, calendula. Its flowers, and occasionally its leaves, can be used to treat a variety of afflictions in different ways.
Calendula has a long history of use as a wound-healing and skin-soothing botanical. This lovely marigoldlike flower (although called pot marigold, it is not a true marigold) is considered a vulnerary agent, a substance that promotes healing. Calendula also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity. It is most often used topically for lacerations, abrasions, and skin infection, burns.
Calendula For Radiation Burns
Calendula has a long history of use in treating an array of skin conditions, including inflammation and irritation – centuries of use, in fact. And although calendula has remained a staple for many naturopathic medical practitioners and “mainstream” physicians in Europe and Asia, in North America, its use and effectiveness have only become appreciated more recently. At least part of that new-found appreciation has arisen as a result of recent scientific studies that have explored – and demonstrated – the benefits of calendula cream in skin care aftercancer treatment.
The use of calendula creams to soothe irritated and inflamed skin following radiation is well established. In 2017 a study conducted by researchers from the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation found plenty of support for the use of calendula cream in treating patients in its oncology department – so much support, in fact, that the department changed its practice guidelines to recommend the use of calendula skin cream in patients undergoing radiation therapy. In addition to finding the cream effective in treating radiation dermatitis, the researchers also found patients were much more willing to use the creams compared to alternatives like petroleum-based gels, for which the study says there is no evidence of efficacy in treating radiation dermatitis symptoms. Patients reported the calendula creams to be non-greasy and easy to apply, earning an 85 percent satisfaction rate among patients at the completion of the study.
The results of recent studies of the effects of calendula skin cream on patients with radiation dermatitis have been mixed as reported in one NIH Study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2533690/
Additional studies are underway, however hospitals are starting to use it in treatments.
Researchers from Italy evaluated the use of calendula skin cream in patients with diabetic limb ulcers that exhibited signs of developing infection, including sores that appeared red and swollen and exuded pus. The calendula cream was applied twice daily and massaged into the affected areas. At the completion of the study, the researchers found the use of calendula cream was associated with significant healing action in all patients, due at least in part, the researchers posit, to the plant's natural ability to kill germs that cause infection.
Sunflower oil is a monounsaturated (MUFA)/polyunsaturated (PUFA) mixture of mostly oleic acid (omega-9)-linoleic acid (omega-6) group of oils and works as an emollient to deeply moisture the skin.
Vitamin E is a natural treatment for promoting healing while helping to minimize or prevent scarring by supporting healthy skin regeneration. Not only does vitamin E oil moisturize skin, it also helps protect collagen, which is the protein in the skin that's chiefly responsible for holding the skin's structure together. The oil also supports the healing of damaged skin cells, and it infuses the skin with antioxidants that combat the free radicals that cause redness and inflammation at the burn site.
Shea Butter has anti-inflammatory, emollient, and humectant properties which contributes to the healing and comfort of the skin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20484832