So you all already know that I recently updated my skin care routine by only using Organic Raw Honey as a Cleanser & Black Castor Oil as my moisturizer. A detailed regimen page is coming soon, so stay tuned!
This regimen is rally working. Especially the Honey. But I wanted to try something else for my scarring. What the honey does for my face is eliminate the current and future “breakouts”. It also does wonders for lightning scarring, but the Castor Oil is not really helping my scarring like it use too. So I researched another Organic Oil for acne & acne scars, and I came across this. So here we go, here’s the dish of the “New Oil on the Block!”
WHAT IS TAMANU OIL?
Tamanu Oil is a natural nut oil that is extracted from the nut kernels of the Tamanu Tree after the nut kernels have been left to cure over a 6-8 week period. The scientific name for the Tamanu Nut Tree is Calophyllum inophyllum – an evergreen tree and a member of the Mangosteen Family. This tree is indigenous to the tropical countries such as the Melanesian islands of Vanuatu.
The real healing power of this traditional topical oil is its unique ability to promote the formation of new tissue, thereby accelerating wound healing and the growth of healthy skin (anti-aging). The scientific term for this process is “cicatrization”. Scientists don’t fully understand the unique cicatrizing (the process of a wound healing to produce scar tissue) properties of the Oil as it has an extremely complex portfolio of chemistry that is difficult to decipher or explain. However, scientific studies clearly establish that Tamanu Oil is a significant healing agent, not only because of its ability to produce new skin tissue, but ALSO because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, antibiotic andantioxidant properties.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Reduces scarring, especially the appearance of scars that are one or more years old). Bio-Science Laboratories conducted a study of Tamanu oil’s ability to improve the appearance of scars. Six subjects with obvious scars aged for one year or more participated in the test. Subjects were not allowed to use moisturizers on their scarred areas for seven days before the test or throughout the nine-week test period. Scars were rated for roughness, length, width and degree of difference from surrounding normal skin. Measurements of darkness and redness were also taken for scarred and surrounding normal skin. Digital photos of scars were taken prior to initial application and at the end of week nine.
Tamanu oil was applied to the scarred area twice daily for nine consecutive weeks. There was significant improvement in appearance of scars after six weeks, and improvement continued through week nine. Scar length was reduced by an average 0.28 centimeters, and width was reduced by an average 0.12 centimeters.
HOW TO APPLY TAMANU OIL CORRECTLY
Tamanu Oil should be applied topically. That is to say, it should be applied directly to the surface area of the affected skin, not ingested. Initially, it may be necessary to apply the oil 3 or 4 times a day and then drop it back as the problem begins to heal.
Once applied, massage in. The oil will absorb readily into the skin, without leaving any oily residue.
As a general rule, Tamanu Oil DOES NOT need to be diluted with Olive Oil or any other oil. Don’t be fooled by companies who sell you Tamanu Oil (at Tamanu Oil prices) but where it’s really 50% Tamanu Oil and 50% Olive Oil! Pure or light olive oil is likely to be chemically processed whereas Tamanu Oil is “ naturally derived”, so why chance contaminating it with some inferior oil?