FEATURESThe Effect of Aromatherapy on Elderly Persons With Dry Skin A Randomized Controlled TrialKaradağ, Songül PhD, RN; Akça, Nazan Kılıç PhD, RN; Çürük, Gülsüm Nihal PhD, RN; Kaplan, Ali RNAuthor Information Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey (Dr Karadağ); Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, İzmir Bakırçay University, İzmir, Turkey (Dr Akça); Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, İzmir University of Economics, İzmir, Turkey (Dr Çürük); and İncesu Vocational School, Kayseri University, Kayseri, Turkey (Mr Kaplan). Correspondence: Songül Karadağ, PhD, RN, Department of Internal Diseases Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Çukurova University, 01038 Adana, Turkey. ([email protected]). This study was presented at the 15th International Eastern Mediterranean Family Medicine Congress, May 26-29, 2016, Adana, Turkey. The authors have no conflict of interest to declare. Holistic Nursing Practice: January/February 2021 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 34-39 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000420 Buy Metrics Abstract Dry skin, which is one of the most frequent dermatological problems seen in the elderly population, is an important problem that increases with aging. This study was conducted as a randomized controlled experimental trial to determine the effect of aromatherapy, applied to elderly persons residing in a nursing home in a city center, on dry skin. Elderly persons were grouped into a control group (20 elderly persons), an olive oil group (20 elderly persons), and an aromatherapy group (20 elderly persons). When examining between-measurements differences of the groups in the study, skin moisture levels of the elderly individuals in the aromatherapy group increased in all zones, arm, leg, back, and chest, at measurements of the second and fourth weeks compared with the first measurements. This improvement was determined to be higher after the second week. Skin moisture levels of elderly persons in the olive oil group were determined to significantly increase at the arm zone in the fourth week and at the back zone in the second and fourth weeks compared with the first measurements. Skin moisture levels of elderly persons in the control group, on the contrary, did not change in the second and fourth weeks compared with the first measurements and their dry skin continued at the same level. The intervention performed in this manner in the present study can be used in the clinical practice as an effective nursing intervention to reducing dry skin among elderly persons. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.