When people hear "oil for acne," they get alarmed. It sounds a little counterintuitive, right? But, if you stay with us, we'll give you all the information you need to know about why different oils, like emu oil, can be really beneficial and help you get rid of acne.
The emu is a large, flightless bird native to Australia. Fun fact - it's the second largest living bird by height, right after the ostrich. We're sure you can picture it - the weird-looking big bird with the long legs?
If it still doesn't ring any bells, google it.
Emu oil comes from the fat tissue of the emu, as the body of an emu contains 3 gallons of oil. The aboriginals began the tradition of extracting it, but soon the skincare industry took over and made it into a popular acne treatment.
Emu oil fat consists of several unsaturated fatty acids. To break it down completely, it's made of oleic acid (42 percent), palmitic acid (21 percent), linoleic acids (21 percent), and a lot of antioxidants. All these components help soothe dry and inflamed skin and kill the bacteria that can clog pores. They can also aid in wound healing and more, according to anecdotal (rather than scientific) evidence.
However, one of the biggest benefits of emu oil comes from its small particles and their ability to absorb into the skin. It's believed that pure emu oil can penetrate easily into all epidermal layers. Due to this, the skin gets a plentiful amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which helps to keep it moisturized without leaving it oily.
Emu oil is a non-comedogenic product, meaning it won't clog your pores. In addition to this, it's hypoallergenic and safe to use on all skin types. So with these two preconditions, we can argue that at least emu oil won't worsen your skin condition. But we're guessing you're wondering if it really helps us get rid of acne.
Emu oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which assist in reducing redness and swelling. In addition, because it contains vitamin A, which is an antioxidant, it can promote healing in damaged skin.
Another way emu oil can fight off new acne outbreaks is by dissolving the sebum when penetrating the skin tissue. This allows for deep skin cleansing, reducing the appearance of new blemishes.
As we already mentioned, it unclogs pores and moisturizes the skin without making it oily, which helps control our skin's oil production. If the skin is less oily, we're less prone to those irritating acne outbreaks.
Before you start, clean your hands with antibacterial soap. You also don't want to make things worse by using dirty application brushes. Next, pour a few drops of the oil onto your hand or a cotton pad and apply directly on the affected area.
You could also gently massage the oil on your entire face. Don't rub it in, but rather use soft, circular movements. Leave it on until it absorbs into the pores fully. Then, you can finish off with your favorite moisturizer.
As the skincare and beauty industry, in general, is moving more towards using cruelty-free and ethical ingredients, there are plenty of other oils you can try that offer the same healing and moisturizing properties that emu oil does, such as tea tree, lavender, bergamot and more.
You can still use the same steps we've highlighted above for the application of other oils.
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Now that you know what emu oil is and how it works, you might be able to use it for your acne problem. But is it worth it? A lot of people swear by it, although research is thin. Almost all the studies we presented in the text were done on animals, so it's difficult to know the full effects on people.
The good news is there aren't many side effects. So, feel free to try it out, but leave any high expectations at the door. Don't forget - you'll have to take some risks to get the skin you want, but make sure you're informed about the product you're using. We'll always be here to share our knowledge with you.