The use of olive oil for skin health in a Saudi population: A cross-sectional study

Faisal Alnemer, Raed Aljohani, Abdulrahman Alajlan, Mohammad Aljohani, Ibrahim Alozaib, Emad Masuadi, Aamir Omair, Mohammed I. Al Jasser

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The use of topical olive oil (OO) for skin health is common among Saudis and worldwide. Therefore, this cross-sectional study is aimed at assessing the use of topical OO for skin health among Saudis in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The questionnaire was administered to Saudis at four different malls in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A total of 401 participants were enrolled in the study. The results showed that the average knowledge score of the participants was 3.4±0.3 (out of 5) and 87% had fair knowledge. The top source of knowledge among the participants was friends/relatives. In the attitude section, the average score was 4.1±0.5 (out of 5). Females had a higher attitude score 4.2±0.5 as compared to males 4±0.5 (P=0.03). The most common reason for using topical OO among the participants was skin moisturizing (73%). Female gender was the only significant factor associated with the use of topical OO (P<0.001). The use of topical OO for skin health is highly prevalent in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Therefore, more awareness of the benefits and adverse effects of topical OO use is required especially from health educational organizations. The preliminary results of this study suggest further research with a larger sample in an academic setting across the nation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9364
JournalDermatology Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Olive oil
  • Skin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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