Plant oil does not help with eczema
A study of borage oil shows that it is not an effective treatment for eczema.
Borage oil - or starflower oil - contains a minimum of 23 per cent gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid that is essential for normal skin function. It has been thought that borage oil might be helpful for those with eczema.
Researchers at George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, England, identified 151 patients with eczema. Each day for 12 weeks they received either high dose borage oil, containing 920 milligrams of GLA, or a placebo. Symptoms and signs of eczema improved to the same degree in each group. This suggests there is no benefit to using borage oil as a treatment for eczema.
British Medical Journal 13th December 2003