Using avocado oil, both as a skin moisturizer and having it in
your diet on a regular basis can make a very positive difference to the
appearance of your skin. But can avocado oil also help with acne problems and
other skin issues like enlarged pores and blackheads?
oil and Acne
Avocado oil may be beneficial to acne sufferers in
three different ways – nutritionally, as a nightly moisturizer and as a topical
treatment to prevent acne and diminish blackheads and enlarged pores.
From a nutritional standpoint, the types of fats we most regularly
consume in our diet are recognized as often a contributing factor behind acne
problems. Avocado oil is extremely high in monounsaturated fats like oleic
acid. At the same time, it is very low in polyunsaturated fats, such as
linoleic acid, compared to most other cooking oils.
This is important if you’re an acne sufferer because
polyunsaturated fats have recently been implicated in sebaceous gland
inflammation, which leads to acne outbreaks. Specifically, the 5-LOX enzyme has
been observed acting on the polyunsaturated fat arachidonic acid and turning it
into inflammatory compounds known as leukotrienes.
Replacing primarily polyunsaturated cooking oils, like corn, safflower,
soybean and sunflower oil, with the much healthier
avocado oil for cooking, not only lowers your
polyunsaturated fat intake, it also replaces it with more beneficial
monounsaturated fats. Additionally, by switching to good cold pressed avocado
oil as your cooking oil and salad dressing, you are also receiving the many
other avocado oil skin benefits. These include high levels of vitamin E, antioxidant arytenoids’
like beta-carotene and lutein and moisturizing plant sterols and lecithin. All
of which may help with improving your skin tone and preventing acne from ever
occurring in the first place.
The second way that avocado oil can help prevent acne problems and
improve your skin in general is by using it as a nightly moisturizer. Many
people with acne prone skin are would be understandably afraid of putting more
oil on their face when they believe that the skin’s oil is the cause of acne in
the first place. But it’s not actually the skin’s natural sebum that is the
In most cases acne starts with an inflammation of the sebaceous
gland. The nutritional properties of avocado oil are ideal for preventing this
kind of inflammation, as well as making for a great moisturizer in general.
How to Use
the Oil Cleaning Method with Avocado Oil
The third way to use avocado oil to help with clearing up acne and
diminishing blackheads and enlarged pores is by using it as a topical
treatment, applied directly to the face, in what is known as the oil cleaning
Once again, it’s very understandable that you might be fearful of
applying oil to your face if you have acne problems. But when it works (and of
course this can’t be guaranteed as everyone skin is different), the oil
cleaning method helps clear out blocked pores, reduces the causes of sebaceous
gland inflammation and improves skin tone in general. Many people in acne
forums online have reported positive benefits with the oil cleaning method.
Here’s how to do it with avocado oil.
Start by mixing together a small amount of cold pressed avocado oil, perhaps just a teaspoon, with a similar amount of castor oil in a
bowl. Castrol oil is great for
removing impurities from the skin. For very oily skin, you may want to use more
castor oil, say one and a half teaspoons and only half a teaspoon of avocado
oil. Conversely, for skin that is usually drier but still prone to acne
outbreaks, you could use one and a half teaspoons of avocado oil and only half
a teaspoon of castor oil.
Gently massage the oil mixture into your skin with clean fingers
and lie down and cover your face with a very warm (but not too hot) face cloth
for several minutes to help open pores (you can warm the face cloth up in the
oven on a low heat or in the drier). Rinse the washcloth and gently wipe away
any excess oil. If you have the time, repeat the process a few times for even
better results. Finally, rinse your face in cold water to help close the pores
of your skin.
There are a couple of alternative ways to get the heat to open
your pores and clean your skin once you’ve massaged in the avocado oil. The
first is to half fill the bathroom sink with steaming hot water, perhaps with a
couple of drops of tea
tree which is also great for treating acne. Taking care to not let your
face actually touch the water, cover your head and the sink with a large towel
and let the steam get to work for a minute or two.
Some people like to simply massage in the oil and then let the steam
of a hot shower help open their pores. This is probably not as effective as a
covered bathroom sink, but it’s very simple to do regularly.
One way that I’ve had great results with personally is to use the
oil cleaning method with avocado oil after a workout at gym. I then go straight
into the steam room for ten to fifteen minutes. Follow it up with a cool shower
to close the pores on your face. If you go to a gym with a steam room, I’d
really recommend trying this for reducing blackheads and enlarged pores.
A small warning to people using retinol treatments for acne like
Retin-A. It would be recommended to patch test avocado oil on an inconspicuous
spot before using it on your entire face. This is because some people have
reported a stinging sensation when using avocado oil after Retin-A. In fact,
this is good advice if you’re using any other topical acne treatments, or just
have sensitive skin in general.
The oil cleaning
method can be performed several times a week whenever you have the time.
Ideally, combine this with using avocado oil as a face moisturizer, making it
your primary cooking oil and having it in your diet regularly for best results.
Next is a look at how avocado oil can help with even more serious skin
conditions like eczema and psoriasis.