The benefits of argan oil for your skin

Native to Morocco, argan oil has been used for centuries as an ingredient and seasoning in food. However, people have traditionally used it to treat a variety of ailments as well. This prompted scientists to investigate the potential health benefits of argan oil.
While the scientific evidence supporting argan oil’s benefits for skin is limited, a 2017 study suggests argan oil may have anti-inflammatory properties that may improve skin health. This article reviews some of the studies that may support the potential health benefits of argan oil.

What is argan oil?

Argan oil is a natural oil obtained by cold pressing the seeds of the argan tree from Morocco. Traditionally, people have used it to treat a variety of skin conditions, including dry skin, sunburn, and atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema. Argan oil is readily available over the counter in pharmacies and cosmetic or ecological stores. It is sold as a pure oil or as an ingredient in shampoos, conditioners, creams and lotions.

Potential health benefits for the skin

Several potential benefits of argan oil relate to its effects on the skin. Here are a few:

– Dry skin: Some evidence suggests that argan oil may help treat dry skin by keeping the skin moist. In a 2014 study, researchers found that applying argan oil directly to the skin and consuming argan butter helped improve skin hydration in postmenopausal people.

Burns: Applying argan oil to skin with minor burns can reduce inflammation and aid healing. In a 2016 study of rats with second-degree burns, researchers found that applying argan oil directly to the skin aids in the healing of burns. However, more research is needed into its effects on humans. Argan oil can also provide protection against UV rays, which can help prevent sunburn.

– Signs of Aging: A 2018 study suggests that argan oil’s anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce the signs of aging when a person takes it by mouth. Another 2018 study found that argan oil can help improve skin elasticity, thereby reducing the physical signs of aging, such as wrinkles.

– Atopic Dermatitis: Since argan oil is rich in vitamin E, it can help reduce the inflammation associated with atopic dermatitis. A 2016 study of people with atopic dermatitis found that taking vitamin E supplements helped relieve their symptoms.

Some people use argan oil to treat stretch marks, but there is no research confirming its effectiveness for this purpose. However, if a person wants to try argan oil for stretch marks, massage the product into the stretch marks every day as soon as they appear. This can make them less noticeable.

Can argan oil help treat or prevent acne?

Argan oil does not clog pores and works on oily skin to balance sebum production and on dry skin to promote hydration. This doesn’t include, but is not limited to, how argan oil can reduce inflammation and fade acne scars and dark spots. If you do not improve after 2-3 months or your symptoms worsen, make an appointment with your doctor.

Other Potential Health Benefits

Besides the skin, argan oil can have other health benefits. Among the potential benefits of argan oil is its effect on:

Blood pressure and blood sugar: In a 2017 article, researchers found that rats fed argan oil in combination with a high-sugar diet had reduced increases in blood pressure and blood sugar compared to those that did not receive argan oil. This suggests that it can help maintain normal blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

– Heart Health: An older, small study found that consuming argan oil can help lower bad cholesterol and thus reduce the risk of heart disease.

– Cancer: In an old test-tube study, scientists found that the combination of argan oil and vitamin E helped kill colon and breast cancer cells in mice. Another older study suggests that argan oil may also be beneficial in preventing the spread of prostate cancer cells in humans. However, more research is needed to show its effectiveness in treating cancer. It should be noted that the above studies are either outdated or animal based. Hence, more research is needed to determine the effectiveness of argan oil on other health benefits.

Are there any risks or side effects?

Although many people believe that natural remedies are safe, negative reactions can occur after using argan oil.
When applied topically, a person may develop a skin reaction at the site of its application. People with other allergies should check with their doctor or allergist before using any new oil or product on their skin to be sure it is safe. If a person experiences any skin reaction while using argan oil, they should stop using it and seek medical attention if symptoms persist.

Using argan oil as part of your skin care routine

A person should consult their doctor or dermatologist before starting a new skin care routine, especially if they have a skin condition. This will help ensure that a person can start using argan oil safely. Argan oil can be applied directly to the skin, both as pure oil and as creams and lotions. Pharmacies and parapharmaceuticals also sell soaps and shower creams containing argan oil as an ingredient.

For people with oily skin, avoid using any oil-based products, including argan oil. Indeed, these products can make your skin more oily.
People can also take argan oil by mouth, in supplement form, or in foods such as argan butter.

When are the results visible?

The duration of the results may vary. In a study of postmenopausal people, people who used the oil daily saw results after 60 days.
In a study looking at the effectiveness of argan oil in treating second-degree burns in rats, skin began to heal within 14 days. During the study, scientists used the oil twice a day. A person using the oil topically or orally may see the effects after just a few weeks of use, but it may take up to several months.

summary

Argan oil can be beneficial in treating minor skin conditions, such as dry skin, as well as treating minor burns. It can also reduce wrinkles and alleviate the symptoms of atopic dermatitis. In addition to its beneficial effects on the skin, argan oil can also help regulate blood pressure and lower cholesterol when consumed as a food or supplement. It is recommended that you check with your doctor or dermatologist before starting a new treatment or routine, especially if you have an underlying medical condition or are taking medications. A person should stop using the oil immediately if they respond to it.

Source

Avsar, U., et al. (2016). Effect of argan oil on the healing of second degree burn wounds in rats.

Bennai, H., et al. (2007). Antiproliferative effects of virgin argan oil polyphenols and sterols on human prostate cancer cell lines.

Boucetta, KQ, et al. (2014). Moisturizing the skin in postmenopausal women: Argan oil has benefits when used orally and / or topically.

Drissi, A., et al. (2004). Evidence for the hypolipidemic and antioxidant properties of argan oil derived from the argan tree (Argania spinosa) [Abstract].

* Presse Santé strives to impart medical knowledge in a language accessible to all. IN NO CASE can this information be used as a substitute for medical advice.

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