Everyone’s aware of the difference that avocado face masks can make to your skin. They are a staple of natural beauty treatments, and can be used to successfully fight acne.
But do you know that you can get the same benefits for your skin from using avocado oil?
It can help to prevent acne breakouts both when ingested with food, or applied topically.
In this article we’ll take a look at the benefits of using avocado oil for acne, and how you can use it in your skin care regime.
- 1 What Is Avocado Oil?
- 2 Is Avocado Oil Good For Acne?
- 3 How To Use Avocado Oil For Acne
- 4 Side Effects And Precautions
- 5 Does Avocado Oil Cause Acne?
- 6 Final Thoughts
What Is Avocado Oil?
Avocado oil is pressed from the pulp of the avocado fruit. It’s a healthy, edible oil, that draws good comparisons with olive oil due to the high amount of monosaturated fats it contains.
It’s commonly used in a wide range of cosmetic products because it penetrates the skin very well, and is absorbed quickly.
Because of this, it’s a good carrier for essential oils and can be used for homemade skin care preparations.
It’s also a very effective moisturizer. It can be found in make up, hair conditioners, cleansing creams, sunscreen lotions, bath products, and a multitude of skin care products.
Is Avocado Oil Good For Acne?
Avocado oil can be useful if you’re suffering from acne. It can have a positive effect both when it’s included in your diet, and when you apply it to your skin.
Let’s take a look at the ways in which it helps.
You have to be careful about the sort of fats you eat in your diet when you are prone to acne breakouts.
Western diets tend to be high in polyunsaturated fats. It’s speculated that this could be an important factor in acne.
Too much polyunsaturated fats in your diet is thought to contribute towards the inflammation of sebaceous glands, which is an important stage in the development of acne (1).
Avocado oil is very high in monounsaturated fats like oleic acid, and low in polyunsaturated fats. If you cook using an oil that is high in polyunsaturated fats, consider replacing it with avocado oil when you are preparing your food.
Avocado oil contains phytosterols that have an anti-inflammatory effect when applied to the skin (2).
When the acne causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes infects the pores of your skin, your body’s immune system responds creating the angry red swellings that are characteristic of an acne breakout.
The phytosterols in avocado oil can help to soothe these painful inflammations.
Antioxidants And Photoprotection
One of the most important steps in the formation of acne is the oxidation of sebum. This is caused by free radical particles that are formed after exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light (3).
Your skin naturally contains the powerful antioxidant vitamin E which offers a limited amount of protection from free radical damage.
But, it’s known that people suffering from acne prone skin have lower levels of vitamin E in their system than those who don’t (4).
Avocado oil contains vitamin E, as well as other powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, that can offer your skin extra protection from free radical damage, thereby reducing sebum oxidation (5).
In addition, studies have shown that the polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols that it contains can reduce damage and inflammation to skin cells after exposure to UVB light. This means that it has photoprotective qualities (6).
How To Use Avocado Oil For Acne
As mentioned above, you should give consideration to using avocado oil in your cooking.
When applied to the skin, avocado oil can be used on its own to fight acne and pimples. But, the best effects come when you use it combined with other potent acne eliminating natural ingredients.
It’s recommended to use organic cold pressed avocado oil for the maximum health benefits.
Here are a few methods you can try:
Avocado Oil – On Its Own
Directions For Use:
1. Purchase a bottle of avocado oil.
2. Wash and dry your face.
3. Use your fingertips to gently massage a few drops of the moisturizing oil into your skin.
4. Repeat each day.
Directions For Use:
1. Purchase a bottle of avocado oil and a bottle of 100% tea tree oil
2. Measure 9 teaspoons of avocado oil into a small container.
3. Add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and mix together.
4. When you are ready to use it, first wash and dry your face.
5. Use your fingertips to massage the mixture into your skin.
6. Allow the mixture to remain on your face for approximately 15 minutes.
7. Use warm water to wash your face again, and pat dry with a towel.
8. Keep the leftover mixture in a sealed container in the fridge for future use.
9. You can use this every day.
Avocado Oil And Juniper Oil
Avocado oil combines well with essential oils. Juniper oil has been shown in scientific studies to have an antibacterial effect against P. Acnes (8).
Directions For Use:
1. Get a bottle of juniper essential oil and a bottle of avocado oil.
2. Get a small bowl.
3. Mix 3 drops of juniper oil with 2 teaspoons of avocado oil in the bowl.
4. Use a brush or your fingers to apply the mixture to your skin.
5. Keep any extra mixture in the fridge in a sealed container.
6. Use this every day for best results.
Avocado Oil And Turmeric Face Mask
Among the many health benefits of turmeric are its antibacterial properties. It’s scientifically proven to kill acne-causing bacteria (9).
Directions For Use:
1. Get some turmeric powder and a bottle of avocado oil
2. Measure out 3 tablespoons of avocado oil into a bowl.
3. Add 1/2 a tablespoon of the turmeric powder.
4. Mix together using a spoon or fork to create a paste.
5. Wash and dry your face.
6. Apply the paste to your face using your fingers.
7. Leave the face mask on for about 20 minutes.
8. Use warm water to wash your face clean.
9. Use this face mask 2 or 3 times per week.
Avocado Oil And Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is another essential oil with a proven antibacterial action that can be used to treat acne (10).
Directions For Use:
1. Get a bottle of avocado oil and a bottle of lavender essential oil.
2. Measure 10 teaspoons of avocado oil into a bowl.
3. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of lavender oil and mix together.
4. When you are ready to use it, wash and dry your face.
5. Use your fingertips to rub the oil onto your face.
6. Keep any leftover in the fridge in a sealed container.
7. Use every day.
Side Effects And Precautions
- Before using avocado oil, or any preparation involving it, it's best to do a patch test. Apply a small amount to the back of your wrist to see how your skin reacts to it.
- It's worth being aware that people with latex allergies can be allergic to avocado (11).
Does Avocado Oil Cause Acne?
Some people get concerned about adding an oil to their skin, thinking that it will make their acne worse. This is an understandable concern if you have oily skin.
It’s true that some oils can play a part in blocking skin pores.
Avocado oil has a rating of 2 out of 5 on the comedogenicity scale. This means it has a moderately low risk of blocking pores.
Most people won’t get any fresh outbreaks from using this oil, but everyone is different.
If you notice new acne lesions erupting after starting to use avocado oil then it’s best to stop immediately.
Avocado oil can have a benefit for your acne when it’s consumed in your diet and when applied to your skin.
It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help to prevent the formation of the conditions in which the acne bacteria thrives.
In doing so it can prevent and reduce the painful red swellings that are the hallmark of this skin disorder.
It’s very quickly and easily absorbed by the skin, and makes a very good carrier oil for other essential oils that have acne fighting capabilities, so it’s a good choice to use when making home remedies.
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