Castor Oil for Zits, Pimples, & Blackheads

Are you tired of waking up in the morning with a huge zit on your face? Acne is a quite frankly a pain in the arse. But the good news is it can be easily managed with the help of castor oil. Find out how castor oil for zits really works below!


In this article:

  • How Castor Oil Gets Rid of Zits
  • Castor Oil for Zits Recipe
  • Alternative Oils for Better Skin
  • Final Thoughts

How Castor Oil Gets Rid of Zits

You might find it counterintuitive to put a viscous oil on your face in order to treat zits and oily skin. But, in reality, castor oil (despite it being an oil) helps to unclog pores and cleanse present bacteria. Specifically, zit-causing bacteria.

Acne, such as zits, pimples, or blackheads, form for various reasons.

  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Oily/Dry skin
  • Diet
  • and more!

There’s no one contributing factor. Whether you have one zit or many, castor oil can help you.

Castor oil is extremely rich in vitamins, fatty acids, and more importantly – ricinoleic acid. The oil’s properties are naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal.

At the same time that castor oil cleanses and purifies clogged or dirty pores, the oil penetrates deep into the skin tissue and hair follicle to soothe inflammation and detoxify the skin.

More importantly, castor oil is packed with benefits for skin that go beyond just pore-cleansing. You will see healthier skin overall, just not a reduction in your acne.

My Personal Experience

It’s one thing to say that castor oil for zits really works, but it’s another thing to test it. I have fairly average skin – with oily sections in the common T-zone of the face. I usually don’t get big zits, but I do get small painful pimples around my temples.

Whenever I have a stubborn pimple that makes my skin inflamed and blotchy, I just wash my face with castor oil. Or, if I don’t feel like doing the whole facial cleanse, I simply put a drop of castor oil on the zit and massage in.

By the morning, 99% of the time the zit has halved in size and is no longer red or irritated. I have also done this several times for embarrassing shoulder or back pimples that get clogged.

Trust me, just massage castor oil on your zit and let it soak in. I guarantee you’ll see a difference the next day!

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Castor Oil for Zits Recipe

If you have the time to do a full castor oil facial cleanse (which is a great idea to maintain healthy skin), then try my simple recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon organic castor oil
  • 1-2 drops of organic lemon essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic honey
  • Optional: 1 tbsp. large raw brown sugar or sea salt

This recipe combines ingredients known to promote healthy skin. Of course, the most important ingredient is castor oil, so don’t worry if you don’t have the others.

The lemon essential oil will boost collagen and brighten skin complexion. The organic honey (use organic only) helps to cleanse, soften, and tighten pores.

If you wish to have more of a scrub texture, then you can add raw (large crystal) brown sugar or sea salt to give the mixture a grainy texture which will help remove dead skin.

Alternative Oils for Better Skin

If ever you don’t have castor oil available, or if you don’t like using castor oil at all, there are some alternative carrier oils that promote healthier skin as well.


One of my favorite oils (second to castor oil) is organic sweet almond oil. It is extremely great for daily moisturizing (a great alternative to chemical-packed store lotions). It’s not as viscous (thick) as castor oil, but it is light enough to go directly on skin without being greasy. Plus, the sweet almond oil version has a pleasant aroma.

Another oil that works wonders on the skin is organic coconut oil. Coconut oil, even the organic version, is usually cheaper than organic castor oil, so it might be more in line with your budget. (Although organic castor oil is not really expensive). Coconut oil is another one of my favorite oils to use on skin because, like almond oil, it goes on easy and doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind.

If you don’t have either almond oil or coconut oil on hand, then try organic olive oil. The oil is super beneficial for nourishing skin in general and when applied topically, it really softens and moisturizes. However, it doesn’t have the cleansing properties that castor oil has.


Remember, castor oil is better for acne, but these oils above are great alternatives for healthy skin in general. Maybe you can test both and see which oil suits your skin best.

Also, don’t forget that castor oil will appear greasy if left on, which is why I use it mainly at night (to let it soak in overnight before rinsing in the morning). The alternative oils above are extremely beneficial for the skin, but castor oil is ultimately the number one oil to combat acne.

Final Thoughts: Castor Oil for Zits, Pimples, & Blackheads

Castor oil works by deeply penetrating pores to cleanse around the hair follicle, right at the source of the infected zit. Castor oil purifies clogged pores and treats blackheads, pimples, and acne in general. It reduces redness, inflammation, and tightens pores (once cleaned) to prevent new zits from appearing.

Simply apply castor oil to the affected area and massage in. You do not need a large amount for this, only a drop is sufficient. Another way to prevent acne is to do a full castor oil facial cleanse. You may do this via my recipe listed above or by creating your own recipe.

On a side note: Use only organic ingredients, where possible, because these will bring your skin the most beneficial nutrients.

Try castor oil for zits today and let me know your results in the comments. I bet you’ll see a positive change, especially with daily or weekly use! If you have any questions or wish to know more about my castor oil journey, just drop me a comment below. Thanks!

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