Castor oil has been used for centuries for the treatment of various maladies both internally and externally. It is effective in the treatment of skin irritations, including acne, and is often made into a soap in order to treat the condition acne. Although it is common belief that acne is caused by the overproduction of sebum, the best treatments do not involve drying the skin because this causes the skin to produce even more pore-clogging sebum. Castor oil keeps the skin moist and reduces inflammation simultaneously.
Things You'll Need
- Castor oil
- Large pot
- Pore scrub
Before going to bed, put a large pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil. Turn off and place on a stable countertop or table. Place a towel over the back of your head and place your face about 10 inches or so above the steam. Let the steam penetrate your pores for 3 to 5 minutes.
Put a washcloth under some hot water and gently rub your skin to remove any buildup. Apply a quarter-size amount of castor oil to the washcloth and rub over your face in a circular motion, paying special attention to inflamed tissue.
Splash your face with warm water and use a fresh washcloth to gently remove excess oil from the face. Follow with a cold water splash to close pores.
Dry the face completely. Take a dime-sized amount of castor oil and apply it directly to the skin and any acne that may be present. Let the castor oil stay on the face overnight. In the morning, wash with a pore-cleansing scrub and follow with a light moisturizer.
For maintenance, wash and apply castor oil nightly to prevent any acne recurrences. If acne gets worse, discontinue use.