A Short History Of Almond Oil
With its high levels of fatty acids, almond oil has been used to treat skin problems, such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis, since the 1500s, making it one of the most-used oils for acne treatment.Using almond oil for acne has been proven effective in recent studies and has shown promising results when used with The Oil Cleansing Method . Some people prefer to use almond to other oils because it’s lightweight, it has a pleasant nutty fragrance, and it works for everybody’s skin type.
How Almond Works to Treat Acne
A study by Venkatchalam and Sathe suggests almonds contain about 44% oils, of those oils below is the top two that would be beneficial to skin.
- 62% oleic acid – Oleic acid’s high lipid count makes it a great moisturizer. The acid is able to slip beneath the skin’s protective outer layer of skin. Most lotions may simply sit on the top of the skin, those made with omega-9 fatty acids trap moisture deep in the skin.
- 29% is linoleic acid- Research points to the acid’s having an anti-inflammatory properties, which can cut the redness associated with acne, and moisture retentive properties when applied topically on the skin.
Acne for some people is caused by the production of too much of a fatty substance called sebum(oil) from their sebaceous glands, which then mixes with dead skin cells and other debris that clogs the pores. Eventually, the clogged pores will lead to a mild infection, creating acne. Almond oil is made up of fatty acids that can dissolve the oils which would lead to less acne breakouts.
So to sum it up, Almond Oil would make a great moisturizer with acne fighting properties, or a great carrier oil to use with the oil cleansing method.
A Few Things To Keep In Mind Before Trying Almond Oil
There are a few things to keep in mind before using almond oil for acne. It’s important to select sweet almond oil and not the bitter almond oil. If you at all worried about your skin’s reaction to oil, or the fact it is from the nut family, do a small patch test on your forearm for a few days first.
People who are allergic to nuts should avoid using almond oil or start by using very small amounts. The oil can be purchased in most health food stores and in many beauty supply stores.
Source:MAHESH VENKATACHALAM and SHRIDHAR SATHE (2006). “Chemical Composition of Selected Edible Nut Seeds”. J. Agric. Food Chem. 54 (13): 4705–4714. doi:10.1021/jf0606959
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