Can Evening Primrose Oil stop Acne ?


Evening Primrose Oil is extracted from the seeds of the flower Evening Primrose which is native to North America. Evening Primrose Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and can be consumed internally. The oil has a host of health benefits ranging from controlling arthritis pain, management of PMS and menopausal symptoms. While it is popular as a health supplement, it is not widely known that it also helps acne. Can Evening primrose oil stop acne? Read on to find out.


Why does Acne occur?

One of the main causes of acne is hormonal changes that occur in the body. That is the reason most teenagers are known to suffer from acne, since those are the years when there are maximum hormonal changes occurring in the body. However, the agony does not end with the teenage years for some. If you are way past your teens and yet suffer from acne, it could be because of hormonal imbalance in your body. While topical applications might alleviate the acne to an extent, it won’t root out the problem. For that, you would need to bring back the hormonal balance in your body. This is where Evening Primrose Oil comes into picture.

Can Evening Primrose Oil Stop Acne? 

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil is rich in Gamma Linoleic Acids (GLA) which are essential fatty acids. They are also called Omega 6 fatty acids. The GLAs are essential in maintaining the body’s bone structure and function. On metabolism, they are converted into prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are what regulate the hormone levels in the body. So GLA deficiency = hormonal imbalance. And hormonal imbalance = acne. Once you make up for the GLAs in the body, they kick in and bring in more balance in the hormonal levels and thereby reduce the acne too!


Since GLAs are hard to come by in our regular diet, it is best that Evening Primrose Oil supplements are taken to make up for the deficiency. A few days into taking the supplement, the hormonal levels in your body will tend back towards normal and the acne will start disappearing. So the answer to the question – Can Evening Primrose Oil stop Acne – is Yes, it can.

How to use Evening Primrose Oil ? 

Evening Primrose Oil is found both in the oil form and in the form of capsules. The oil is used as a carrier oil when using essential oils for massage. Being rich in essential fatty acids and being non-comedogenic, it helps in preventing wrinkles and does not aggravate acne even if you use it on the skin. In fact, its anti-inflammatory nature makes it an excellent product to give relief from the acne redness and irritation. Use it with a drop of tea tree oil to massage your face if you suffer from acne. It will gently moisturize your skin while also fighting the bacteria in the skin.

However, the best way to use it would be to consume the capsules, since they act on the body internally to rid you of the root cause of acne. You can take upto 3 capsules in a day. Follow the instructions on the package. Although it is safe to use, it is better to consult your doctor before you start the course of Evening Primrose Oil supplement.

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Aparna Anand

After a stint in an MNC in Bangalore, Aparna has now started doing what she loves the most- writing. Travelling and cooking come a close second and third. She lives in Mumbai with her husband.