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The Effects of Prickly Pear Seeds Oil on Acne.

The Effects of Prickly Pear Seeds Oil on Acne.

Acne is a skin disorder that affects both adolescents and adults. It can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle or hormonal changes. The pimples and imperfections it generates can leave marks that are sometimes unsightly. Known for its healing properties, prickly pear cactus seed oil can reduce them until they disappear to find a smooth and unified skin. Focus on the benefits of this oil as a treatment for acne.

How Does Acne Develop in Adolescents and Adults?

According to the SFD (French Society of Dermatology), acne impacts approximately 15 million people in France. This skin disorder affects about 80% of teenagers (15% of whom have severe acne) and about 25% of adults, especially women. It can appear on the face as well as on certain areas of the body (bust, back, buttocks, etc.). The first reason for consulting a dermatologist, this skin condition can lead to a lack of self-confidence and real psychological suffering.

Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease that develops on the pilosebaceous follicles. In teenagers, the increase in sexual hormones called androgens leads to a change in the activity of the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands secrete too much sebum or too much sebum, which clogs the orifices and causes pimples and blackheads. This is called dysseborrhea. In addition, in this grease-rich environment, a bacterium usually present in small quantities on the skin, Propionibacterium acnes, proliferates, which causes an inflammatory response on the skin surface. In adults, the origin of acne is often more related to lifestyle: stress, pollution, diet, hygiene, lack of sleep, smoking …

The Benefits of Prickly Pear Cactus Oil on Acne-Prone Skin.

Prickly pear seeds oil for the face is a “dry” oil recommended in the maintenance of oily skin and acne. It intervenes at three levels.

  • Rich in omega-6, it promotes the natural process of skin repair. Thus, it attenuates the scars of acne as well as the marks of any kind like the stretch marks.

  • Non-comedogenic, it does not clog pores and penetrates quickly through the epidermis to regulate sebum production.

  • It moisturizes the skin and promotes cell renewal without clogging the pores of the epidermis.

Thus, thanks to its protective and healing properties, prickly pear seeds oil is particularly recommended in the treatment of acne.

Sources :

  • APREA E. & al. Prickly Pear Seed Oil Extraction, Chemical Characterization and Potential Health Benefits. Molecules (2021).

  • SANTINI A. & al. Opuntia spp. : Chemistry, Bioactivity and Industrial Applications. Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals (2021).


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