Evening primrose is a small, yellow flower that grows wild throughout North America, Europe, and some parts of Asia. It produces an oil used for centuries for its health and beauty benefits, thanks to high levels of an essential fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid. Nowadays, evening primrose oil is often an ingredient in cosmetics. It is also available as a dietary supplement.
Experts do not completely understand how evening primrose oil treats skin conditions. However, research shows the substance can effectively address inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema. In some countries, doctors even prescribe evening primrose oil for this purpose, thanks to its ability to reduce skin itching, redness, and crusting.
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