Castor Oil Beauty Tips For Skin

Castor Oil

Castor oil has a long legacy of being one of the best medicinal agents in traditional healing methods. Popularly known for its amazing laxative properties, this wonder oil also has a magical effect on the skin and on the face.

The mere thought of applying oil on the face seems terrifying triggering a nostalgic feeling of the old ads showing oily, greasy skin with acne popping up right at the wrong time. These hearsays got smoke when it was revealed that most of the oils are comedogenic in nature that means they have a tendency to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin. However, the recent research on topical application of castor oil has created a lot of buzz in the beauty community.

A deeper dig into these folklores revealed that castor oil has a low comedogenic score which means it is unlikely to clog pores in the skin. The North Carolina State University states that applying castor oil on the face can help cleansing the skin by pulling out impurities and dead skin cells in the pores that are clogging the sebaceous glands.

Scientists also identified the chemical composition of castor oil and it was found that about 90 percent of the compound is made of ricinoleic acid, which is a potent fatty acid. This ricinoleic acid can inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes acne. Further, the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil help in fighting off the stubborn zits. It penetrates deep into the skin and pulls out all of the dirt, sweat and oils that contribute to blackheads and acne.


Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, castor oil helps to nourish the skin, while also stimulating the healthy skin regeneration. Regular application of castor oil in a proper way enhances smoothness and softness of the facial skin and reduces the appearance of scars and fade blemishes. The fatty acids in castor oil also promote the growth of healthy skin tissue thereby restoring uneven skin tones and reducing the appearance of pigmentation spots and marks.

Castor oil also helps in fighting wrinkles as the antioxidants present in the mystic oil scavenges the free radicals that are responsible for accelerating the aging process. There are a few studies that prove castor oil can reduce even deep type of melasma and pigmentation.

Thus, it is safe to say that this multi function wonder oil can be effectively used to cleanse and moisturize the skin, treat chapped lips, blemishes, redness, sunburns, pigmentation and fluffiness under the eyes.

Side effects of Castor Oil 

Though castor oil is usually safe for topical application but it is best to perform a patch test on a small area of skin before using it. Skin irritation and the development of rashes are the most commonly reported side effects. The FDA also found some evidence that castor oil could irritate the eyes.

Other allergic reactions to the oil can cause:

Skin rashes



In case of an allergic reaction to castor oil, it is recommended to seek immediate medical attention.

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