Benefits of Tamanu Oil

When we were deciding on the BEST Oil for our Lies + Deceit Makeup Oil we chose to pair Jojoba with a Funky-Looking Green Oil, called Tamanu. Here is some information about this exotic oil.


Why Tamanu Oil?

Noted Beauty Blogger Marie is also a Fan of Tamanu Oil. She writes:

Besides the fact that this oil is super rare and very special we actually have many healing benefits from this tree. Tamanu oil is one of the first oils I ever used on my skin when I was younger to help with oily skin and acne outbreaks. So how does it help with these skin conditions?

Anti-inflammatory: Tamanu oil has been studied by Tsai SC, Liang YH et al, and is published in the journal Oncology  (Source) and has found it to be a very effective anti-inflammatory oil, helping in skin conditions such as acne, rashes, and most other irritation brought to the skin. This can include, insect bites, sores, and eczema.

Anti-microbial: Tamanu oil can penetrate all three layers of the skin allowing for its nourishing anti-microbial abilities to work at a very effective level, where we see infection begin. Tamanu oil is active in fighting potential microbes that manifest as skin conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis.

SPF: Tamanu oil provides natural UV protection. Sc Glucan found in this oil protects against UV-induced DNA damage and oxidative stress by providing a biological UV filter with an SPF of 18-22. (Source)

Stimulates the growth of new healthy tissue: This is what makes this oil very healing and capable of treating harsh skin conditions including sunburn, rashes and sores. This process is scientifically referred to as “cicatrisation” and Science has clearly established Tamanu oil as a significant healing oil. (Source)

Tamanu Oil for Scars

Andrea, another renowned Beauty Blogger also notes that Tamanu Oil is one of the best ways to treat acne scars:

Tamanu Oil for Acne Scars

The high concentration of calophyllic acid and calophyllolides contained in Tamanu oil function as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents. This makes it an excellent oil for acne and acne scars because it accelerates the healing process, while fighting bacteria. The anti-inflammatory properties help relieve pain and the antimicrobial properties fight off infection.

Because Tamanu oil protects new tissue formation, wounds heal much more rapidly, and because Tamanu oil protects the growth of healthy skin, it has the ability to reduce scars.

Tamanu oil absorbs easily into the skin and can be applied to the face as either a moisturizer or used as the base for an exfoliating scrub. You should notice results within a few days of consistent use, pimples often shrink with each application and the occurrence and appearance of scars will diminish.

The Fatty Acid Profile of Tamanu Oil:

Oleic- 41.4%
Palmitic- 14.5%
Linoleic- 29.7%
Linolenic- 0.2%
Stearic- 12.9%

A balance of Oliec and Linoleic acids makes Tamanu oil excellent for oily and acne prone skin.

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