DIY Beauty: Using Evening Primrose Oil For Your Acne

Evening Primrose Oil
You’re probably familiar with evening primrose oil. Maybe you’re using it. But most likely, you’re using evening primrose oil for PMS. Well, I didn’t have much success using evening primrose oil for my PMS but surprisingly, I have better success applying them topically on my skin. In fact, I was so pleased with the effects that I have been using this oil almost every other night now.

Reduces inflammation and redness
Actually I had a very vague idea of what evening primrose oil could do for my skin when applied externally. I started using it because I was fed up over a couple of huge red inflammed acne on one side of my cheeks. Nothing I did or used could tame them. So I punctured a hole into one of the Sainsbury’s Evening Primrose Oil capsules which I have been consuming orally, squeezed out the oil and started applying to the inflammed acne. I also applied the rest of the oil on the dry scaly patches of my body.

I went to bed after that, actually worrying that the oil would aggravate the acne. But to my pleasant surprise, the acne subsided a lot the next morning! It didn’t get rid of the acne nor the scarring but it certainly kept them from flaring up again. In addition, the dry scaly patches on my body were also looking a lot better. They were not as red, and definitely not as dry and scaly.

Contains concentrated sources of Gamma Linoleic Acid
In my last entry, I wrote that evening primrose oil is extracted from the seeds of the evening primrose flower and the purified oil is then made available in capsules as well as liquid form. The oil is one of the most concentrated sources of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), which is an essential fatty acid of the omega 6 family with anti-inflammatory properties and plays an important role to maintain healthy skin.

Provides countless skin care benefits
Evening primrose oil is good in calming acne flare ups because of its ability to dilute sebum production. The oil has also been proven to treat dry, scaly, or itchy skin conditions, such as rosacea and atopic dermatitis. It also reportedly, has some modest benefits for eczema. Other benefits when it comes to skin care include:
– rejuvenating the skin,
– reducing skin blemishes and visible skin redness,
– smoothening rough skin and hydrating dry skin,
– reducing the wrinkles and fine lines on the skin gradually, and
– lightening the dark circles around the eyes.

Feels oily and goes rancid quickly
Because evening primrose oil goes rancid pretty quickly, so it’s best to use the capsules instead. I have been using evening primrose oil on alternate nights and applying the oil liberally on my body and my face, and even lightly around my eyes. One capsule can pretty much cover the areas I need. Evening primrose oil feels extremely greasy on contact and remains so for my hands but less so for my face. Somehow, the oil absorbs quite quickly into my face and what surprised me most is that my face looked a lot more nourished the morning after, giving me quite a healthy glow.

Smells peculiar
My only gripe is that the oil has a peculiar smell. Not unpleasant but nothing sweet either. So it needs getting used it. But inspite of that, I say evening primrose oil is something I would want to use from time to time in my skin care regime. It’s definitely a lovely oil for the skin!

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  1. la fea says

    Hi Sesame, I hope you still have time to respond… I am 27 and have PCOS, endometriosis and hypothyroid (underactive thyroid), but most of all crazy inflamed acne all over my face which does not respond to any topical (and in several years of adult acne I’ve tried them all). I’m on levothyroxine for the thyroid and fluoxetine for depression (daily), but since about 3 months I’m also taking (daily) 80mg omega 3 fish oil, 30mg zinc picolinate. Given my other meds, do you think it would be safe to take 1000mg EPO internally three or four times a week? Or, would I get better effect from it as a topical even though nothing else I’ve used works? Apolgies for the long question, I appreciate you’re not a doctor! If you can find time to answer I’ll be very grateful, thank you :)

    • sesame says

      I’ll not recommend you take EPO. The EPO may not help your acne if that’s what you’re looking at. I learnt that those with some hormonal issues are better off not taking too much EPO.

      Which part of your face are you breaking out most? How about your diet and your digestive system (like are you visiting the toilet daily)?

  2. Patricia McGuire says

    Thanks so much for your little article about using primrose oil on your face! Sounds like we were facing a few of the same issues. I started taking it (internally)because of itchy, bumpy, red, irritated skin on my chin and redness around my nose especially during PMS week. Didn’t see much improvement and it didn’t really do alot to deter breast tenderness either. Huge doses of vitamin D REALLY helped that. I’m going to try the primrose oil tonight on my face and hope I get great results as well! Thanks for the article again :)

    • sesame says

      Hope it’ll work well for you. :) I don’t take vitamin D but for some facing the same issues, fish oil can help too.

  3. Veronica says

    I have a specific question, is it safe to take evening primrose oil with levothyroxine tablets?
    Thank you

  4. Maribel says

    Great post! I have been surging for info on this product and I am glad I found your blog! Very informative and helpful! Thanks

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  6. says

    Evening Primrose Oil is also great when you take a pin squeeze out the oil on to your skin for itchiness also great for the delicate tissues of the vagina when dryness or vyvodina causes itching.

  7. santhiya d/o davenoran says

    The acne flaring up again and again even i take evening primrose oil regularly. Yes i agree that its help to calm the inflammation and redness. Bt the agne and the scars aggravate my face. Im very sad because of this problem. Igot acne problem since 15 years old. Now im 22 years.My face condition is really worst.What i should do?Thank you.


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