Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Is It Good to Apply Castor Oil on Skin?

Castor oil is an age-old magical oil that has once in all a must recommendation from all our lovely grandmothers. Using castor oil has been a traditional way of enhancing beauty and the process has descended down from the ancient history of attaining beauty. It is a natural remedy for almost all the skin problems and pours a lot of goodness to it. Not only just skin, castor oil has proved to a remarkable treatment for hair problems as well.

The seeds of the castor plant are crushed and the oil, that is rich in nutrients, is extracted. This oil is far and wide used in the making of many beauty products, massage oils, soups and is used even in the Ayurveda products. It is good to apply castor oil on your skin.

Let Us See The Benefits And Procedures of Using Castor Oil on Skin:

  1. Castor Oil Heals Inflamed Skin:

    Castor oil acts as a blessing when it comes to curing of skin problems; such as skin inflammation. There are multiple reasons behind skin inflammation; it can be acne, sun burn or dry patchy skin.

    To treat this, all you need is:

    • Few drops of castor oil.
    • A clean cotton ball.

    Procedure:

    • Take the cotton ball and dip it into the castor oil and very gently dap it on the affected area.
    • Leave it for one hour and rinse off with lukewarm water.

    Since castor oil has great healing properties, following this method every night for a few days, will ensure the healing of the infected area.

  2. Castor oil Fights Signs of Aging:

    Castor oil is incredible oil that penetrates deep into the skin and reduces signs of aging. Regular use of castor oil slows down the occurrence of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet too.

    Castor oil is thick oil that promotes the production of elastin and collagen among the layers of the skin and in turns deeply hydrates it. It makes skin softer and healthier, and its routine application helps in attaining a glowing skin.

  3. Castor oil Helps Reduce Acne:

    It is a myth that people who have acne and pimples should stay away from oils. Pimples and acne are caused due to too much secretion of sebum from the sebaceous glands that get clogged in the skin pores. Castor oil is among those oils that instead treats the occurrence of pimples and even helps in treating them properly.

    All you need to do is:

    • Wash your face thoroughly with a face wash that is meant to control the sebum secretion of the skin. Pat dry with a clean towel.
    • Take few drops of castor oil and massage it on your face in circular motion and avoid squeezing the pimple or acne.
    • Keep this overnight and wash your face with cold water in the morning.

    Castor oil contains anti-bacterial properties and has ricinoleic acid that reduces the bacterial forming agents and effectively fights acne.

  4. Castor oil Aids In Fading The Scars & Blemishes:

    Castor oil has proved to be a great remedy for many skin related problems since ancient times. Its everyday use shows great results on scars and blemishes. The process might be slow but it is sure. Its deep penetrating property helps castor oil to get into the layers of skin and the high concentration of fatty acids slowly act on scars and blemishes and thus helping them get reduced and ultimately fading away.

  5. Castor oil Has Moisturizing Properties:

    Oils have always been a great moisturizer and are free from chemicals too. Castor oil is one such multi-tasking oil that penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin and revitalizes it making it smoother and softer.

    All you need to do is take the amount of castor oil as per your requirement, and massage your face gently in circular motions. Castor oil can work as great massaging oil for hands and legs too.

    Castor oil contains a high concentration of fatty acids and thoroughly hydrates the skin. It not only deeply nourishes the skin layers, but also restores the moisture content of the skin.

  6. Castor oil Reduces Stretch Marks:

    Stretch marks are a very common problem and are faced by almost every person nowadays. It is mostly seen with people who have frequent weight fluctuations and also in pregnant women.

    Regular application of Castor oil makes the skin elastic and treats stretch marks in an effective way.

  7. Castor oil Reduces Pigmentation:

    Castor oil has cell stimulating properties and high amount of fatty acids and thus can prove to be an amazing solution for treating pigmentation or uneven skin toning problems.

    The omega-3 fatty acid content in castor oil helps in the repair of damaged cells and stimulates growth of healthier ones in the process.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: August 13, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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