Castor oil is known to have both anti microbial and anti inflammatory properties, so it's definitely worth a try (as long as you get a good quality oil, not the grocery store brand). For those who oil cleanse, castor oil is immensely popular. It has a low comedogenic rating, but please don't take this to mean that it will absolutely not cause pimples: I've used castor oil a decent number of times on my face, both alone and mixed with a thinner oil, and never had any related skin/pore issues until one day recently. Even though the likelihood of the castor oil causing clogged pores was low, it is possible and I did wake up one day after using castor oil at night with several small whiteheads. This won't stop me from using the oil occasionally but despite its beneficial qualities, this is still an oil and ought to be patch tested before slathering it all over your face.
Surprisingly amazed at the results of such a thick oil. At first i believed such a thick oil would not only make my spots more inflamed , but give me more spots but I was wrong!! It healed my bigger spots quicker than my usual treatment options and it made my skin look more glowy, improved my skin tone and just made my feel skin feel better.
Up until i discovered castor oil i used benzyl peroxide creams. They worked very well in helping my acne however i found when i did get the odd cyst like pimple. BP creams made them more inflamed and made my skin look dull because i overapplied the creams assuming they would get rid of the pimples. But castor oil is the complete opposite. Heals the pimple quickly without the horrible drying out of a pimple
I suffered with acne for years and tried a lot of products. I mix 30% castor oil with 70% carrier oil and smooth it over my face. I then take a hot flannel and place on my face and the steam pulls the oil out which also pulls the dirt and acne out I think? Totally amazing :) if I stop using this technique I get a few spots again.
It's hands down the best thing I've EVER used to clear up my acne! Messy (but who cares!) LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!
I'm 26 and have suffered with acne for 10+ years. I've tried everything (both prescription and homeopathic) and have had little success.
I recently saw a Chinese Herbalist in the Pittsburgh area and she recommended rubbing organic, cold-pressed CASTOR OIL on my face and abdomen daily (at night). I thought it sounded weird but did it anyway and it WORKED SO WELL!
I use about 1/2 tsp on my face and 1-2 tsp on my stomach and chest (you put it on your abdomen to promote healthy digestion which can also help clear the skin).
* as an fyi - I read females should not use castor oil during menstruation cycles
Best thing I've found to use on cystic acne! Reduces cyst time, heals quick, softens skin. Supposed to help with scarring too! A little time consuming. I use home health, organic cold pressed castor oil. It took me a few weeks to finally figure out what works best for my skin. I massage on my face for about 10 mins then apply a hot, wet washcloth for at least 30 mins (reheating obviously, as well as reapplying castor oil 1-2 more times. I then follow up with something called Miracle II neutralizer gel which is like aloe vera but better! I do that in the morning and at night but before bed I've been applying castor oil to cyst areas, covering with gauze and sleeping with it on. I don't think there's such a thing as too much castor oil, my skin hasn't looked this good since February of this year and I can actually touch it without feeling pain :)
Works great as a cleanser better than anything on the market...heals acne and sofen skin like never before a little messy only use a small amount make sure you steam face for about 20mins rub a small amount on face and leave on over night; use a towel your pillow case; in two weeks u will def have less ance and better skin; castor oil great for ance prone oilly skin