5 Benefits Of Using Apricot Oil For Your Skin
By: Pinki Sat, 24 Sept 2022 11:34 AM
Apricot oil is usually a familiar fixture in massage oils and essential oil formulas thanks to its non-greasy, silky texture and neutral smell. But if you’ve been wondering if this unpretentious oil has more to offer, you are on the right track! Apricot oil, obtained from the kernels of apricots, has a high content of oleic and linoleic acids and even boasts of some vitamin E – all components that can work wonders for your skin. And thanks to these components, apricot oil has the following benefits to offer.
# Works As A Moisturizer
If dry, itchy skin is a problem you fight on a daily basis, try applying apricot oil. Oleic and linoleic acids in the oil can work wonders in different ways. Apricot oil is easily absorbed into the skin and acts as an occlusive agent that blocks the loss of moisture from your skin. It is also an emollient that can soften your skin – and that too without that greasy texture that most of us loathe. Apricot oil also contains vitamin E, which can enhance the ability of the skin to absorb and hold water, therefore improving skin hydration.
# Tackles Acne
Apricot oil is a traditional remedy for acne control. And though apricot oil’s action hasn’t been studied specifically, the linoleic acid content of this oil is likely the reason it counters acne. Low levels of linoleic acid can result in hyperkeratinization or excessive levels of keratin, which is a protein found in your skin, nails, and hair. Hyperkeratinization can cause dead skin cells to stick together, clogging pores and causing pimples. In fact, one study found that applying linoleic acid for a month reduced the size of microcomedones or plugged skin pores by 25%. So if you’re prone to acne, use apricot oil to tackle microcomedones before they become whiteheads or blackheads.
# Helps Protect Against The Damaging Effects Of Pollution
Our skin is constantly exposed to air pollution and smog. And though apricot oil hasn’t been studied specifically for its protective effects against pollution, research indicates that vitamin E in it could have a beneficial effect. One animal study found that the topical application of vitamin E protected the skin of mice from oxidative damage caused by exposure to ozone present in smog. So it makes sense to fortify your skin with a little vitamin E-rich apricot oil before you head out for the day.
# Helps Ease Eczema
Eczema is an inflammatory skin disorder where you get itchy, dry skin that may ooze when scratched. It’s a common skin condition too – around 30% Americans are thought to be affected by it. Apricot oil is often used for its soothing effect to treat eczema.
Interestingly, research has found that a phytosterol known as β-sitosterol, which is the main sterol present in apricot oil, might have a beneficial effect on eczema. A study observed that treatment with this compound reduced inflammation and scratching in test animals who had eczema-like skin lesions.
You can apply apricot oil directly to the skin or prepare a salve for eczema by steeping calendula and chamomile flowers in warm apricot oil for 30 to 40 minutes. After steeping these herbs, strain them out and add beeswax to the oil on gentle heat so that the beeswax melts. Pour this into a glass container and leave the container open till your salve cools down. Also, remember to do a patch test to rule out an allergic reaction to any ingredient in the salve.
# May Help Fight Psoriasis
Psoriasis, a skin disorder where you get flaky, crusty, red patches on your skin with silvery scales, affects anywhere from 2 to 26% of Americans. But apricot oil can help those with this condition. Psoriasis is associated with the excessive proliferation of skin cells known as keratinocytes. And one lab study found that bitter apricot essential oil has an anti-proliferative effect as it could induce apoptosis or death of human keratinocytes.
Experts suggest combining apricot oil with colloidal oats and milk to prepare a beneficial bath product. Colloidal oats (which is finely ground oats) has a soothing effect on dry, itchy skin. So pulse a cup of oats and ¼ of a cup of powdered milk in a blender and slowly add in 2 tablespoons of apricot oil. Put this mix in a closed cotton bag or sock and place it in your bath as it fills. Squeeze the bag to draw out the beneficial ingredients and enjoy a healing soak.