Argan oil is among the most expensive and precious beauty oils. Its reputation dates back since ancient times, when women used it for skin and hair care. But how good is Argan oil for acne or scars? What about premature aging?
General consensus and some medical data suggest that you can use Argan oil for all skin problems. This article will explain exactly what it does and how the oil does it when applied to acne prone skin. You will learn more about:
- How acne happens.
- The benefits and working mechanism of Argan oil on pimples. Plus details about the fatty acids in its composition that deal with acne.
- The proper way to use Argan oil for an improved skin tone and appearance.
- The duration of time needed for the oil to work and what happens during this process.
- Blend recipes with Argan oil to deal with acne, scars and premature aging.
- Tips on choosing the best quality oil or how to avoid spending little fortunes on poor quality Argan oils.
Is Argan Oil Good for Acne? Benefits, Facts and Essential Fatty Acids
First of all, acne prone skin needs as much moisturizing and hydrating just like any other skin type. In fact, it requires a lot more attention and care.
It has a delicate balance that is usually ruined by all sorts of desperate treatments. This balance can prove very difficult to find and perhaps, maintain too. Though, I would imagine that once found, no acne sufferer would ever allow it to break again.
It’s normal to be skeptical about any new acne treatment solution, especially one that calls for an oil. But if the oil is natural and good quality like carrier oils usually are, it can be the best product for your skin.
I will explain to you exactly why an oil such as Argan is good for acne skin, but first, I must tell you a bit about acne. You have to know your “enemy” well before being able to “defeat” it.
The main contributing factor to acne is an excess of sebum.
The sebum is the natural oil found on the surface of the skin. It is produced by the sebaceous glands and secreted through pilosebaceous follicles. In other words, this natural oil gets out from the skin pores through hair follicles.
Its role is to lubricate the hair, preserve the water inside the skin and protect it from damaging factors. It can do so by mixing with sweat and forming the hydrolipid film. This film makes the skin look oily. The sebum contains all sorts of fatty acids and lactic acid.
Most of the sebum is removed from the face when you wash. That’s when the body starts the production of more than the normal quantity of sebum, to replenish the lost one as fast as possible.
Its purpose is to cover the skin and protect it immediately. It’s all about the survival instinct.
This is where the balance is ruined. Like everything in life, any excess is bad. The excess of sebum causes the pores to block and prevents the oil from getting out. The sebum trapped in those blocked pores will mix with dead skin cells.
That is the perfect environment for specific bacteria that live on the skin to develop. Acne is an inflammatory skin condition. Bacteria triggers inflammation inside the blocked pores and cause black or whiteheads. They can then turn into nasty pimples or even painful acne cysts.
There are certain factors that contribute to the worsening of acne. These factors can be:
- Excessive sugar levels in the blood.
- Hormonal changes.
- Birth control pills.
- Improper skin care lotions.
- Low-quality makeup.
- The wrong skin care routine.
Does Argan Oil Help Acne?
Argan oil does help acne to heal and it can even prevent it. But you must understand that it can only work from the outside. Without help from the inside too, the oil can’t do miracles.
The first step would be to reduce the added sugar intake. Sugar feeds the inflammation and decreases the collagen production.
From the outside though, Argan can work in various ways. Supplements of essential fatty acids can be oxidized by the liver and not make it into the skin.
Topical applications are the best way of feeding your skin what it needs to work properly, stay elastic and hydrated.
It is its chemical composition that makes it useful in dealing with acne. Let’s see what this oil contains and what each constituent does for the skin.
Here’s what Argan oil for acne prone skin contains:
- 43 – 48% Oleic acid (Omega 9)
- 34 – 36% Linoleic acid (Omega 6)
- Vitamin E
The main component is oleic acid. It’s the cause for which the oil is a bit thicker and absorbs a bit slower. This fatty acid is also present in the sebum. Thus, putting it on the face will trick the body into thinking there’s enough sebum. In time, this effect will regulate the sebum production.
Oleic acid is not an essential fatty acid that the skin absolutely needs because it can be produced by the body too. Therefore, it is present in the composition of the sebum as well.
Used on its own, oleic acid can block the pores. But because Argan oil contains linoleic acid too, and in a good amount, this fact balances the effects of the oleic acid.
Luckily, the oleic acid replaces the sebum you’ve just removed by washing, preventing pore blockage.
One study showed that acne prone skin lacks linoleic acid. That’s why it is an essential fatty acid that acne-prone skin needs.
- Linoleic acid nourishes the skin deeply and protects against allergic reactions.
- It gives the skin elasticity and helps the tissue repair itself.
- The most important part is that linoleic acid can reduce inflammation.
- Thus, using Argan oil for acne and pimples can help you get a clearer skin.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects against UV rays and the DNA damage they cause. It also maintains the skin hydrated and elastic.
The presence of squalene in Argan oil for acne and cystic acne makes it even more precious. Squalene is another fatty acid found in the sebum. It doesn’t clog the pores and it has antibacterial and moisturizing effects.
The body starts to slow down the production of squalene after the age of 30. All the more important to use Argan oil for face acne. It is, in fact, necessary, especially since the oil can protect against premature aging as well.
Put together, these properties make Argan oil a non-comedogenic oil. It can, therefore, be used for pimples and even scars safely.
One of the biggest problems with acne is that once it passes, you’re left with scars and red dots. They can indeed pass on their own, in a long enough time span. But when you’re using Argan oil for acne scars, it can really speed up the healing process.
New medical and scientific data shows that Argan oil has bleaching effects. It can inhibit the melanin (skin color pigment) production. Inflammation causes hyperpigmentation. That’s why you’re left with red/brown dots on your face once a pimple has healed.
Once again, the linoleic acid in Argan oil, plus the vitamin E are responsible for this skin lightening effect. They can decrease the melanin content inside the skin cells and fade away acne scars.
The benefits of Argan oil for skin acne are as follows:
- The oil is a great skin emollient. It nourishes and hydrates on a deep level.
- It maintains the skin elastic and firm.
- Argan can make the skin fairer thanks to its depigmentation effects.
- It’s great for the prevention of premature aging and improving the aspect of deeper wrinkles.
- Argan oil is non-comedogenic, which means it doesn’t clog the pores and worsen the acne.
- It helps the skin regenerate faster.
- The oil can also regulate the sebum production.
- It can act directly on the inflammation, improving the appearance of existing pimples and preventing new ones to develop.
That being said, we can move on to find out how to make the best out of Argan oil for your acne problems.
How to Use Argan Oil for Acne Prone Skin
The simplest way of using Argan oil for pimples is a direct topical application. It doesn’t need to be mixed with anything else to do a good job.
But, its effects can be enhanced if you add essential oils to target bacterial infections. An Argan oil blend for acne will be much powerful and effective than it would be on its own.
You can use the oil as a moisturizer, makeup remover or cleansing lotion. The best thing to do if you use it for the first time is to apply very small amounts. That will give your skin time to get used to the product and adjust to its effects.
Using Argan oil on acne prone skin has a purging effect. I will tell you more about it in just a few.
Apply a drop or two on your fingers, rub them to warm the oil and apply on a clean, damp face. Massage the face with circular movements until the oil is completely absorbed.
This is a good way of preserving as much water as possible inside the tissue. This effect will maintain the skin elastic and glowing.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
This question does not have a definitive answer. It is so mostly because each cell in the skin of each person has various life cycles. Some will renew in as fast as 8 – 10 days, while others will take longer than a month.
The predominant cells in our skin are the keratinocytes (70- 80%). Luckily, they are also the ones that renew every 8 to 10 days. This timeframe is influenced by the age and the environment of each person.
Why am I telling you this? Because Argan oil for acne has a purging effect. This effect is also known as epidermal turnover. This turnover is, in fact, the rhythm in which your skin cells are shed and replaced.
The oil contains significant amounts of Linoleic acid and vitamin E. These two ingredients can speed up the skin’s turnover time and increase the desquamation of stored melanin. This translates into:
- Skin peeling or shedding of the superficial skin layer.
- Acne blackheads and cysts.
In all the time it takes for all these pimples to make their way out of the skin, your acne will get worse. As horrible as it sounds (and I fully agree!), this is the most efficient way of treating acne.
If you do get this “angry response” from your skin while using Argan oil for acne and scars, it means the oil works.
In time, depending on the rate of your cells’ renewal cycle, fewer pimples will form. Once that period is gone, your skin tone should become even, bright and clear.
This purging effect is what makes Argan oil great for acne and the resulting hyperpigmentation.
Is Argan oil good for acne? Yes, it is and now you know why and how long it may take to clear your skin with its help. The question is, are you ready to go through the purging phase?
You must keep in mind that each skin type reacts slightly different to Argan oil. In the end, it may not even be as bad as it sounds.
Argan Oil Blend Recipes for Acne and Scars, plus Tips on Buying Quality Argan Oil
As it turns out, Argan oil has many uses for acne prone skin. It can be used quite easily by anyone who’s not allergic to nuts. The oil is extracted from the nuts of the Argania spinosa tree, in Morocco.
The oil is among the most expensive and precious beauty oils. It’s very important for Morocco’s economy too.
In a nutshell, the production of Argan oil has created many jobs for the local women. It has given them independence and raised the country’s economy as well. It’s quite an impressive oil.
All that and its incredible benefits make the oil of Argan a very good product for acne, its scars (pigmentation) and premature aging.
Below, you’ll find a few inspiring blend recipes to try as soon as possible. Feel free to adapt them to your skin’s needs. Just make sure you always use the right oils for your skin type!
Stop Acne! Argan Oil Blend Recipe
- Argan oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 7 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 3 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 5 drops
Mix all these oils together and shake every time before use. Keep the blend stored in a dark, dry and cool place or in the fridge. Apply a small quantity directly on the acne, and massage the blend gently into the skin.
Or you can apply it all over the affected area. Keep at it for 10 – 15 days and then take a week break. You can use a different blend in the meantime.
Argan Oil Deep Scars Treatment Recipe
- Argan oil: 20 ml
- Rosehip seed oil: 10 ml
- Helichrysum essential oil: 5 drops
- Cistus essential oil: 3 drops
- Myrrh essential oil: 4 drops
Mix all the oils well and shake before each use. I would suggest using a roll-on bottle so the application is easier. Apply every night on a clean face and massage the blend into the skin until it’s well-absorbed.
This Argan oil blend can be used for rosacea too. On top of it all, it can also be used to prevent aging signs and improve the aspect of wrinkles.
Argan Oil Anti-Acne Mask
- Red clay (Rhassoul/Ghassoul): 1 – 2 teaspoons
- Argan oil: 2 teaspoons
- Palmarosa essential oil: 2 drops
Mix the powder with the Argan oil for acne and add the essential oil. Adjust the clay quantity until you get an easy-to-apply paste. Apply it on a clean, damp face and let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes.
Wash the mask off with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Apply your usual moisturizer/serum for acne. This mask should not be overused; once a week should be enough.
What Is the Best Argan oil to Treat Acne?
The best you could use for beauty purposes is the cold-pressed Argan oil variety. It needs to be extracted from handpicked nuts, freshly fallen from the tree. It should have a mild nutty scent.
If the oil smells bad, it is usually a sign of bad quality oil. You see, argan nuts are preferred by goats too. But being as tough to break, they are eliminated intact. Afterward, people pick them, wash them and use them to obtain Argan oil.
So be careful when buying your oil. It needs to be pure, without any other oils addition and first-hand cold pressed. You can read more about its processing method in a previous article of mine about hair growth.
Don’t forget to test the oil first time to check for allergic reactions. Being a nut-extracted oil, Argan may trigger them. Simply massage a few drops on the soft inside of your forearm and wait for a few good hours/a day.
If nothing happens, you’re good to use it as you please. Argan oil contains a protein that triggers allergies for peanuts and sesame. If you know yourself sensitive to these nuts, it would be better to avoid the use of the oil completely.
Acne prone skin can be very stubborn and in need of many things. They can be anything from antibacterial protection to hydration and free radicals protection.
The good news is that, by using Argan oil for acne, you can offer the skin everything it needs and more. The bad news is that the oil can also trigger a purging effect that may last more than you’d want it to last.
It all makes sense after reading the way it acts and why it does so. Even though it causes the skin to break out more violently, it also protects against future pigmentation (scars). At least that’s a big relief, as the signs left by acne are a big problem for almost anybody.
Will you try Argan oil for your acne, or have you had any past attempts? Let me know what you think about the oil and its effects in the comments section 🙂