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Can castor oil help with acne and wrinkles?

Can castor oil help with acne and wrinkles?
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A common household remedy, castor oil also has numerous skin benefits. We take a look at how this multi-tasking ingredient can help with everything from wrinkles to acne.

Castor oil: great for moisturizing dry skin and preventing wrinkles

Castor oil has been used for thousands of years as an all-natural remedy.
Its widespread benefits include improving the appearance and texture of hair, as well as acting as a natural laxative.[1]

Of course, castor oil is also known for its skin benefits. Extracted from crushed seeds of the castor plant, castor oil contains extremely high levels of ricinoleic acid, an ingredient rich in fatty acids.

castor oil contains extremely high levels of ricinoleic acid, an ingredient rich in fatty acids

These fatty acids provide emollient properties that help minimize moisture loss, keeping skin’s hydration level at a constant.

This makes castor oil a great ingredient for treating dry skin, with its rich texture working particularly well in day creams.

Did you know: castor oil can help with acne?

We know that castor oil’s high fatty acid content can help prevent moisture loss, thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but did you know that castor oil can also help with blemishes?
Castor oil boasts impressive levels of ricinoleic acid, which has been shown to help reduce the proliferation of bacteria commonly responsible for acne, as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory when applied topically.[2]
Similarly, exfoliants containing castor oil wax beads have been shown to be particularly appropriate for oily skin, effectively cleansing and removing buildup of oily grime.[3]

[1] Arslan, G. et al, ‘An examination of the effect of castor oil packs on constipation in the elderly’ in Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery 17.1 (2011) pp. 56-62 [Accessible here]
[2] Vieira, C et al.’Effect of ricinoleic acid in acute and subchronic experimental models of inflammation’ in Mediators of Inflammation 9.5 (2000) pp. 223-228 [Accessible here]
[3] Mahler, V. et al, ‘Dirt-binding particles consisting of hydrogenated castor oil beads constitute a nonirritating alternative for abrasive cleaning of recalcitrant oily skin contamination in a three-step programme of occupational skin protection’ in British Journal of Dermatology 162.4 (2010) pp. 812-818 [Accessible here]

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