In my endless quest to find the best acne and scar healing ingredients and foods, I discovered an oil that I believe has been the main superstar ingredient in my healing process.
Tamanu oil absorbs easily into your skin and is not greasy, which is great for someone like me who has oily skin. It can also be used as a hair and scalp moisturizer.
Say hello to Tamanu oil, or Calophyllum Inophyllum as it is otherwise known. This little gem is extracted from the nut of the Tamanu tree in Polynesia and Tahiti. Traditionally, it has been used to treat sunburns, rashes, insect bites and blisters, but the benefits of this oil go far beyond just that. Tamanu oil is rich in fatty acids and is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. It has been shown to regenerate new, healthy skin in patients with severe skin burns and skin ulcers. It is also used to treat joint pains, sore throats, cuts, athlete’s foot, diaper rash, stretch marks, and bruises. It is healing to acne and other skin issues, and as I discovered, it can completely heal a deep cut without leaving a scar and can even heal existing scars (despite the age). I know this may sound too good to be true, but I can say in all honesty that this oil is as healing as it claims to be. Obviously, a new scar or injury will heal much quicker that an older one, but even my older acne scars are healing. They are less deep (to the point that some are barely even noticeable) and smaller in size.
I mostly use Tamanu oil by itself as a moisturizer but sometimes I mix it with Argan and Jojoba oils for extra healing benefits. I’ll also add a few drops of tea tree oil to help with any stubborn blemishes that may pop up.
Since Tamanu oil does come from a nut, anyone who has nut allergies should use caution. Also, make sure that the oil you purchase is 100% pure Tamanu oil and hasn’t been blended with any other oils or fillers.
Some of the brands that I like are:
Natural Styles 100% pure and cold pressed Tamanu oil
Aura Cacia 100% pure and cold pressed Tamanu oil
Mountain Rose Herbs Tamanu Oil (haven’t tried this one yet, but have heard good things)
I can’t say enough good things about this oil and how it has helped to make a difference in my skin. I still have much more healing to do, both physical and emotional, but with amazing ingredients like this that nature has provided, I truly believe I will keep seeing results! 🙂
Have you tried Tamanu Oil? What are your thoughts?