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How to Heal Damaged Skin with Tamanu Oil

Tamanu oil is an excellent oil for use on damaged skin. It is one of the best anti-aging oils for skin care and features prominently in many skin care products.

What is Tamanu Oil?

Tamanu oil is referred to by many other names with the most common being foraha oil, green gold and beauty leaf oil.

It’s derived from the nuts of the Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu nut tree), which is found in East Africa, parts of Asia, Australia, Melanesian, and Polynesian islands.

Traditionally, tamanu oil was used to resolve skin issues in  Indonesia, the Philippines, Jamaica, and Papua New Guinea.

Tamanu oil benefits for skin

The tamanu tree produces clusters of sphere-shaped green fruit inside which the nuts are found.

The nuts are extracted and dried in the sun for 8 weeks until it becomes sticky with a pleasant smelling oil.

The nuts are then cold-pressed for the greenish-yellow oil. The smell of tamanu oil is quite pungent; similar to mustard seed oil.

Tamanu oil contains oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. Tamanu oil is inedible.

It is thick and luxurious with medium viscosity. The color and texture can be seen in the picture below:-

how to use tamanu oil on face

Tamanu Oil Benefits for Skin

1. Treats Acne/Oily Prone Skin

Tamanu oil contains anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, which helps heal acne and treat common oily skin issues. Use with the oil cleansing method

2. Heals Damaged Skin

Tamanu oil helps heals damaged skin and helps refine the appearance of scars and wrinkles by promoting cell regeneration and renewal. It also redness, skin irritation, and itching. 

3. Treats Severe Skin Conditions

Tamanu oil treats and reduces severe skin conditioners such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. 

This also makes it an excellent oil for scalp conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Additionally, research has shown the successful use of tamanu oil for healing severe skin conditions.

Does Tamanu Oil Clog Pores?

Tamanu oil has a comedogenic rating of 2, which means it’s unlikely to clog pores. It is also one of the best oils for oily skin. Read Top 30 Non-Comedogenic Oils for Oily Skin.

How to Use Tamanu Oil on Face

1. Scar Treatment

Apply tamanu oil twice a day to scars caused by scrapes, burns, rashes and other skin conditions. The scars should begin to lighten and gently fade away.

2. DIY Sunscreen

Tamanu oil contains xanthones and coumarins, which are effective inhibitors to free radical damage. Consider including it in your DIY natural sunscreen.

3. Puffy Eyes & Under Eye Circles

If you have puffy eyes and under eye circles, dab 1 – 2 drops of tamanu oil under your eyes before going to bed every day.

Alternatively, add a few drops to your undereye cream. I recommend the following excellent under eye creams:-

6 ways to use tamanu oil for skin care issues

How to Protect Skin with Tamanu Oil

1. Anti Stretch Marks

Apply tamanu oil to your skin while pregnant to prevent stretch marks from occurring. If you already have stretch marks, you can apply as well twice a day.

2. Hand Cream

Mix a 5 – 10 drops of tamanu oil with your on the go hand cream. Apply several times a day for smooth youthful hands.

Hand cream recommendations include:-

3. Body Butter

Add tamanu oil to your regular body butter. I use it in my body oil recipe. I use this body oil in the evenings after a shower. I also use it in my body butter recipe.

Tamanu Oil Side Effects

Tamanu oil is considered a nut oil so if you have a nut allergy, you may want to try another oil for skin care.

If unsure, conduct a patch test before using tamanu oil for the first time. 

Where to Buy Tamanu Oil?

The top 5 tamanu oil for hair and skin care recommended below including some of my favorites:-

Majestic Pure Extra Virgin Tamanu Oil

Majestic Pure Extra Virgin Tamanu Oil

Shea Terra Organics Certified Organic Tamanu Face & Body Oil

Shea Terra Organics Marula Oil

Aura Cacia Organic Tamanu Oil

Aura Cacia Organic Tamanu Oil

Life Flo Pure Tamanu Oil

Life Flo Pure Tamanu Oil

Bella Terra Oils Tamanu Oil

Bella Terra Oils Organic Tamanu Oil

Tamanu Oil Beauty Products

Shea Terra Organics Tamanu-E Face Creme

shea terra organics Tamanu & Green Clay Purifying Face & Body Cleansing Bar

Shea Terra Organics Tamanu & Green Clay Purifying Face & Body Bar

Naked Organix-Tamanu Body Butter

Naked Organix Tamanu Body Butter

Naked Organix Tamanu Cleansing Bar

Tamanu oil might appear greasy initially but absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving behind a clean surface.

In most cases, a few drops are all you need ensuring a bottle will last for a long time.

Think the same amount of argan oil you use. Using more will not make it more effective and could irritate your skin.


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