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Uses of Castor Oil on the Face

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author image Kristie Jernigan
Kristie Jernigan is a health writer with over 17 years of experience as a medical social worker. She has worked mainly with the elderly population and with children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and early childhood from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in health care administration and gerontology from the University of Phoenix.
Uses of Castor Oil on the Face
Castor oil can be an excellent emollient for the facial skin. Photo Credit Visage/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Overview

Castor oil comes from the castor plant, Ricinus communis, which commonly grows in tropical regions. Castor oil is often used as a laxative, but it is also beneficial for delicate facial skin. It can be an effective emollient for dry skin and can even help to detoxify and cleanse skin. However, castor oil should always be used under the supervision of a physician because it can cause rashes.

Detoxification

According to North Carolina State University, castor oil is detoxifying and helps to break up oils on the face that clog glands and pores. Organic Facts reports that castor oil contains a compound called undercylenic acid, which can help to disinfect the skin and even kill bacteria that cause skin conditions such as acne. Detoxification can be easily done by rubbing the oil into the skin each night and then washing off the excess.

Moisturize

According to Organic Facts, castor oil can be very moisturizing and can even soften dry skin and rough age spots. According to Palomar Community College, it is an excellent skin emollient and even helps with skin conditions like dermatitis, which can cause severely rough, dry skin. Using castor oil on a nightly basis can be especially helpful in the winter months when skin is at its driest.

Cleansing

According to North Carolina State University, castor oil can also help to cleanse the skin of dead skin cells that are clogging the sebaceous glands. Rubbing castor oil on your face helps to pull out impurities in the pores. This can help to decrease breakouts on the skin that are often caused by these clogged glands. For this method, massage castor oil into the skin and then wash it off with warm, soapy water.

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