Eczema is a long-term condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked, according to the NHS.
It most often appears in children before their first birthday, but could also develop in later life.
Symptoms vary between small patches of dry skin, and large areas of red and inflammation skin all over the body.
Eczema patients may be able to relieve signs of the dry skin condition by using sunflower seed oil as a moisturiser, it’s been claimed.
Sunflower oil could help the skin to retain moisture, and prevent eczema symptoms, said the National Eczema Association.
It has anti-inflammatory properties that could work to prevent itchy, dry skin.
For the best moisturising effects, apply the oil to the skin twice a day, said the charity.
“Sunflower oil boosts the skin’s barrier function, helping it to retain moisture,” said the National Eczema Association.
“It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Apply sunflower oil to adult skin twice a day, with one of those times being shortly after bathing while skin is still wet.
“Avoid using sunflower oil, if you have a known allergy to sunflower seeds.”
Sunflower seed oil could also help to treat acne, added medical website CureJoy.
It works be topping up the amount of linoleic acid in the skin, which is believed to help prevent spots.
Using the sunflower seed oil could reduce the risk of acne by almost 25 per cent.
“Sunflower oil is good for your skin thanks to its linoleic acid and vitamin E content,” it said.
“It acts as a protective barrier, preventing moisture loss and keeping skin hydrated.”
Speak to a doctor before using a sunflower-oil based product alongside other medication.
There’s currently no cure for eczema, but treatments aim to reduce symptoms.
It’s crucial that patients avoid scratching, as it could damage the skin and make symptoms worse.
Keeping nails short and wearing light clothing over affected areas could help to reduce damage from habitual scratching.
Speak to a pharmacist if you’re worried about the signs of eczema, or for advice on the best over-the-counter treatments.