How can an oil be good for acne?
Traditional thoughts about oils have really changed when it comes to haircare and skincare products. I remember back in the eighties, everything was advertised as “oil free” for both types of products because everyone wanted big hair and acne free complexions.
While it is true that some types of oils, particularly mineral oils that are petroleum derived, do not allow the skin to breathe, this is simply not true about 100% natural oils that are pressed from plant based sources like coconuts, almonds, walnuts and other types of nuts and the nuts of the argan tree.
*We’ve just added a 100% pure, organic, cold pressed argan oil to our offerings. It is the best organic argan oil we’ve ever tried, so we wanted to offer the pure oil to our customers.
I can remember being a teen with bad acne, shying away from anything with oil in the ingredient list. Even the natural oils that could HELP my acne heal and also could have prevented the terrible drying and redness that occurred from the chemical-heavy products that were all the rage back then.
Ah, how my skin could have looked then if I knew what I know now. But enough with the regrets and skincare sins of the past, let’s talk about argan oil. You’ve no doubt heard of it by now since it is one of the top natural oils used in haircare and skincare products.
The argan tree is native of Morocco and other more arid, warm climates, and is therefore sometime referred to by its location. Its oil is prized for its high medium chain fatty acid content.
Oils with high concentrations of these fatty acids are excellent for replenishing lost hydration to the skin and hair. They are especially effective because they can accomplish this without masking the skin or clogging the pores.
It’s not the least pore-clogging of oils though, that title still belongs to apricot kernel oil, which incidentally is the oil we use in our Nourish & Hydrate intensive moisturizing face cream since it does not clog pores but still penetrates and deeply moisturizes.
On the hair, argan oil has the same effect. It helps to replenish moisture and prevent fly-aways, while also acting as a shine agent. It can be used sparingly on its own in the hair, or makes a wonderful addition to conditioning and styling products that are on the market today.
We use it as an additional moisture and shine agent in our Deep Hydration Conditioner in just the right concentration so as not to weigh the hair down but instead to infuse it with strength and moisture.
The vitamins and nutrients in argan oil help calm acne
Argan oil is perhaps best known for its dense concentration of vitamin e. Vitamin e is incredibly mending to the skin and hair. It has been used heavily as a topical healing agent for wounds, abrasions and sunburns since it helps the skin to more rapidly repair itself.
It is also an excellent antioxidant. So much so that vitamin e is often used as a natural preservative in products like ours (or at least as part of the preservative system). Antioxidants are important to the skin and hair since they help to protect these tissues from free radical damage, although this really applies more to skin since the hair is essentially a “dead” tissue.
Carotenes and squalene. These are two additional powerful antioxidants. They work in synergy with the vitamin e content and provide a sort of ‘super antioxidant’ for topical use on the skin and hair. These are nutrients that you probably recognize as being a large part of healthy whole foods like carrots, squashes, and other brightly colored veggies.
Phenols – a potent antioxidant
Phenols are also a heavy constituent of argan oil. Phenols are those potent antioxidants that you often hear about being in red wines, olive oil and other typically “healthy” foods that are promoted in a wholesome diet. Again, this just adds to the potent cocktail of antioxidants contained within this ultra skin and hair friendly oil.
Argan oil may be even be slightly more resistant to spoilage than other oils because of its plentiful content of these antioxidants. As the name implies, antioxidants prevent “oxidation” which is what occurs when oxygen particles hit organic matter and the spoiling process begins.
Argan oil has a smooth consistency. It’s not thin, but it’s also nowhere near as thick as some other oils like castor oil and olive oil. It has a darker orange-ish brown color, and virtually no scent but for a very light slightly nutty scent if you really concentrate hard enough when you sniff it.
You can spread it on your skin at night, and it is safe for those with acne to use, especially those trying to heal skin that has had acne in the past since it has such high vitamin E content.
It has a lighter molecular weight than other oils, so it will not clog pores like some other oils, which makes it a popular natural oil choice for those with acne, however apricot kernel oil still may be even better when it comes to acne prone skin.
If you want to use straight argan oil on the hair, simply put a little pump in your hand and rub your hands together. Your body heat will disperse it nicely so you don’t overdo it.
Then take your hands and run them through the ends of your hair. You probably want to go very lightly on the crown of your head if you need to smooth flyaways or frizz since using too much can make the hair clumpy or oily looking.