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Castor Oil Remedies for Acne, Dark Spots, Oily Skin & More

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Sheetal Rawal, Founder, Apsara Skin Care

Above: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care

By: Marty S.

Home Remedies by Sheetal Rawal

Nobody wants oily skin. Not only can oily skin be uncomfortable, but it can also make your skin look duller and more lifeless. However, while we should do our best to minimize greasy skin as much as we can, we should not equate oily skin with beauty oils. Beauty oils won’t make your skin more oily. In fact, beauty oils have a long, storied history in Ayurveda. It has been thought that this practice is good both externally and internally; doing so can rejuvenate your body and mind. 

Though oil-free products are quite popular nowadays, they are not the answer to your oily skin. To minimize oiliness and tackle any number of skin issues, you will need to start using beauty oils on your skin. To get started, we will share with you one of our favorites: castor oil! Today, you will learn our top 5 benefits of using castor oil on your skin. You will also learn how to make 5 castor oil natural remedies that you must try at home. While using castor oil might seem intimidating if you have oily skin, trust us when we say that castor oil can help you balance out your skin and make it healthier and more beautiful in no time. 

1. Castor Oil Cleanse to Balance Out Oily Skin

Though it might seem antithetical to diminish oiliness with castor oil, castor oil is capable of taming your oily skin because of its fatty acid content. One of the reasons why your skin may produce so much oil in the first place is to protect and nourish itself. If your skin senses that it is dry, irritated, and vulnerable to infection, it will produce sebum to act as a barrier for your skin. Castor oil, though, is an abundant source of fatty acids that deeply penetrate your skin, nourish your skin cells thoroughly, and lock in your skin’s moisture. As a result, your skin won’t feel the need to pump out as much sebum when it knows it has already been nourished. Using castor oil on your skin on a regular basis can balance out your skin so that it isn’t too oily and yet remains nourished and healthy.

Using castor oil as an oil cleanse is a great way to minimize excess oiliness while still ensuring that your skin is properly nourished. However, keep in mind that castor oil should be diluted before use. Castor oil is quite viscous and tough to work with by itself. Using a castor oil home remedy or a product containing castor oil will help you reap all of castor oil’s benefits with ease. 

Ingredients

8 drops of castor oil

1 tbsp. of grapeseed oil

Instructions

Mix the ingredients.

Apply and massage your skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.

Wipe off the remedy with a tissue. Follow with your toner, serum, and lotion.

Use 1 to 2 times a week.

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2. Castor Oil Home Remedy to Reduce Acne Breakouts

On that note, because of how well castor oil works for oily skin, the same is true for acne. Acne can develop when your skin produces a lot of sebum that ends up clogging your pores and trapping any dirt, oils, and bacteria inside. By using castor oil to balance out your skin, you are reducing the likelihood of clogged pores, which may lead to less acne. Plus, ricinoleic acid, one of many fatty acids found in castor oil, has been studied to have antimicrobial properties. This means that castor oil can be used to deep clean your congested pores of impurities and acne-causing bacteria. However, if you plan to use castor oil at home, make sure to dilute it beforehand since undiluted castor oil is more likely to clog your pores and cause acne rather than reduce it.

Ingredients

8 drops of castor oil

1 tsp. of jojoba oil

Instructions

Mix the ingredients.

Apply and massage this remedy onto your for 3 to 5 minutes. Leave it on for 7 to 10 minutes.

Wipe off the remedy with a tissue. Follow with a daily skin care routine based on your skin type. Click here to find out what your skin type is. 

Use 1 to 2 times a week.

Notes

Not only does our Jojoba Facial Serum contain castor oil, but the jojoba oil found in it has been used in Ayurveda to fight acne for thousands of years. Click here to find out more.

3. Castor Oil Home Remedy to Nourish & Revitalize Dry Skin

Of course, since castor oil is so nourishing, it certainly works for those with dry skin, too. Castor oil is a humectant, which means that it can draw moisture towards your skin and keep it hydrated. So, if your skin tends to dry out during the day, using castor oil will help you get soft, supple, and nourished skin all day long.

Ingredients

½ tsp. of castor oil

1 tsp. of mashed avocado

2 tsp. of sunflower oil

Instructions

Mix the ingredients until you get a creamy consistency.

Apply and massage your skin with upward circular strokes for 5 minutes. Leave on for 12 to 15 minutes.

Wash it off with warm water. Follow with your toner, serum, and lotion.

Use 1 to 2 times a week.

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4. Castor Oil Home Remedy to Balance & Nourish Sensitive Skin

Castor oil can even be used for those with sensitive skin. While it is viscous, it is gentle on your skin and will help soothe away inflammation, redness, and tenderness. Moreover, since castor oil is a natural ingredient, you don’t have to worry about exposing yourself to harsh chemicals that could be harmful to the health of your skin.

Ingredients

6 drops of castor oil

1 tsp. of brewed chamomile tea, cooled off

Instructions

Mix the ingredients.

Dab this remedy onto your skin. Gently massage your skin with upward circular strokes for 2 minutes. Leave it on for 5 minutes.

Wash it off with warm water. Follow with your daily skin care routine.

Use 1 to 2 times a week.

5. Castor Oil Home Remedy to Fade the Appearance of Dark Spots

Castor oil is such a versatile ingredient that you can also use it if you have dark spots. This is likely due to the fact that castor oil has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which mitigate the damage done by free radicals. More free radical damage to your skin can lead to dark spots as well as dullness and discoloration so protecting your skin with castor oil is a great way to minimize the appearance of your dark spots and get flawless skin.

Ingredients

8 drops of castor oil

½ tsp. of fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. of bentonite, fuller’s earth [Multani mitt], kaolin, or red clay

Water or rosewater, as needed

Instructions

Mix the castor oil, lemon juice, and clay of your choice together. If needed, add water or rosewater to the mixture to thin it out.

Apply this remedy on your skin and leave it on for 12 to 15 minutes.

Wash it off with warm water. Follow with your toner, serum, and lotion.

Use 1 to 2 times a week.

Here is another home remedy with castor oil that you must try at home. This particular home remedy can tighten up your skin & minimize the appearance of open pores. Enjoy and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!

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