There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of articles that talk about the “a” word. Yep, I’m talking about acne. And there are hundreds of thousands, even millions of persons who are affected by acne! Be curious when researching acne treatments on the net because I’ve noticed that tons of these articles will recommend acne treatments that are unnecessary; not to mention most recommend products that contain harsh chemicals for your skin. But before I continue, how much do YOU know about acne? Take my little true or false quiz below and test your knowledge! Submit your answers and there will be mini paragraph explanations that appear below each question. I think you’ll be quite surprised by some of the answers! 🙂
Did you score 100% correct?? Perhaps not, but I bet you learned something you didn’t know before!
That’s right, no longer be ashamed ladies & gents, because now no one can tell you to stop eating chocolate or those damn delicious salty fries* because if you don’t you’ll wake up with a face full of acne. And if they don’t believe you, refer them to this article. 😉
*Eat in moderation because too much of a good thing can become a bad thing!
But let’s talk business now. Can castor oil really help treat acne? Yes! Lots & lots of people like you and me use castor oil’s magical properties to help treat acne. Tis true… one of the (many) amazing benefits of using castor oil is that it can help clear up your acne. Let me tell you how!
Acne, what the heck is it anyways?
Acne is actually a skin infection in which dirt and bacteria accumulate, leading to inflammation and irritation of the skin. Acne is most common among adolescents aged anywhere from 12-25 years, however, acne can affect anyone at at anytime. The most common and visible acne symptoms are whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, boils, rash, and otherwise inflamed or swollen pores that, when squeezed*, go POP! Severe acne can even lead to acne scars. Fortunately, castor oil can help prevent and combat acne, reduce inflammation and irritation, and even help the appearance of acne scars over time.
*Even though it’s super fun and addicting, you should try to avoid squeezing/popping your pimples, as messing with them makes them even more aggravated and can also lead to scarring!
So how does acne even start? There are 4 stages to the development of acne until it becomes visible to our eye. Acne begins by a pore that is obstructed. Our skin cells are in a constant stage of renewing themselves and when the old skin cells die, they are normally “eliminated” in order to reveal the fresh new skin cells about every 30 days. BUT, if you are acne-prone, it’s most likely that your skin cells are dying and are getting caught and mixed with the sebum (oil) that naturally secretes from our sebaceous glands which in turn creates a sticky mixture (or you are creating excess oil which has the same results!) Therefore, instead of your skin cells being “evacuated” so to speak, they mix with your skin’s oil + dirt + everything else which forms a sort of plug. This plug then traps the oil + dirt + bacteria inside your pore. Sometimes this results in a blackhead, whitehead, or can become inflamed and infected which results in a white/yellowish infected pimple.
Did you know that there are actually 17 million Americans that are affected by acne? Now we know why acne is the number one reason why there is an increasing amount of rendez-vous’ at the dermatologist. Acne is thus a well known phenomenon (an undesirable and unpleasant one I might add). Nevertheless, I have some good news – in addition to regular medicinal treatments (if any), castor oil can help you get your acne under control, the natural way.
What other factors cause acne ?
So what other factors can cause acne to bud to a head? Though I’m sure you could find many different answers, here are a few that professionals and researchers can agree on:
I also want to throw out there several factors that can cause spouts of acne:
- not cleaning regularly or after sweating
- a diet that consists of excessive amounts of salt, sugar, or fat content
Personally, I always get acne a few days before that dreadful time of the month (it never fails!) Thanks, hormones… -.-
Why castor oil is the best to help fight against acne
There are lots of remedies to help fight and treat mild to moderate acne, including acne medicine that contains Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide.
Using castor oil gives you a completely natural alternative to help treat your acne problems. Castor oil cleanses and purifies with guaranteed softness, leaving out all the unnecessary and harmful chemicals and solutions that can aggravate the skin even further.
When castor oil is used to treat acne it gives the skin a deep cleanse by eliminating and removing excess dirt, oil (sebum), and bacteria: all contributors to acne development. Castor oil, despite it’s thick texture, does not clog pores. Au contraire, it helps purify your skin thanks to it’s capacity to penetrate deep into your skin to resolve and prevent the troublesome dirt, oil, and bacteria build up that creates acne.
In addition to the fact that castor oil helps get the acne that’s already developed under control, castor oil also helps to detoxify your skin. Cleansing and detoxifying your skin regularly with castor oil will help prevent future acne problems to arise. Castor oil acts as a little ninja for your facial pores; breaking up the clogged dirt and sebum in order to purify and cleanse out your pores.
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Treat acne with castor oil in 3 simple steps
Step one: Purify
Use a gentle exfoliator. I personally recommend using Foxbrim brand* coupled with my favorite Foxbrim organic castor oil, as they both are of high quality (certified USDA organic) and have amazing ratings! I especially appreciate this exfoliating scrub because it naturally cleanses and purifies your skin using only quality, antioxidant-packed ingredients such as: organic green and white tea; olive butter; avocado butter; and organic aloe vera! Exfoliating before applying castor oil with remove the dirt, oil, bacteria that are already present on the surface. It will also open up your pores to unclog them, allowing castor oil (step 2) to penetrate deep down into your facial pores so it can work it’s magic.
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Step two: Treat with castor oil
This step finishes up the cleaning and works to treat the root problem of acne by deeply penetrating into the pores and fighting to keep bacteria, dirt, dead skin cells, and other undesirables at bay. Apply castor oil using circular massaging movements for about 1-2 minutes to allow it to absorb into the skin. Then apply a hot washcloth/towel over your face until it cools. Once cooled, use the washcloth/face towel to wipe off the excess oil. Rinse well!
Step three: Repair
After taking care of your skin by applying castor oil, it’s just as important to follow up with a repairing and hydrating solution for long-lasting protection throughout the day or night. Apply a repairing solution that nourishes, hydrates, calms, and illuminates your skin.
Users of this simple 3-step method of exfoliating, treating, and repairing have seen a visible change in the clearance and health of their skin. Repeat this process at least 1-2 times per day. Try it for yourself, and do let me know your experience!
And that’s it! Simple, natural, and efficient. That’s why I love castor oil!!
Wrapping it up for Castor Oil for Acne
Castor oil is a natural ally for healthy skin. Just remember that everyone will not see the same results in the same amount of time from castor oil as each individual is unique. Continue to use castor oil in your daily routine, and you will see long-term results.
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