TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Many natural oils can be used for skin care, such as rosehip oil, jojoba oil, and the recently popular tamanu oil. This powerful oil is extracted from the fruit kernel of the tamanu nut tree (Calophyllum inophyllum), locally known nyamplung.
It has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine in various regions of the world, from Asia to the Pacific islands. Besides its popularity in the skincare world, considerable studies reveal that the dark green color oil also has the potential to prevent tumor growth and tackle the vaginal infection.
The following are six benefits of tamanu oil for skin when applied topically:
- Treat acne
Having a strong, woody scent, the oil has antibacterial properties against bacterial strains in acne, namely Propionibacterium acnes and Propionibacterium granulosum. It also has anti-inflammatory effects to treat inflamed acne.
- Get rid of acne scar
Tamanu oil is helpful to stimulate skin regeneration and heal wounds. It promotes cell proliferation, collagen, and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) that are necessary to heal scars. Its powerful antioxidants play a vital role to cover acne scar as well.
- Reduce wrinkles
A variety of skincare products contain tamanu oil as its active ingredient, including anti-aging ones, as it is rich in fatty acid. Its ability to boost collagen and GAG production can also prevent premature aging. The oil also acts as a UV-light barrier, protecting the skin from damages caused by radiation.
- Moisturizing skin
Due to its richness in fatty acids, the oil locks moisture in the skin. However, this claim requires deeper studies. People can also apply tamanu oil on cracked knuckles or any other place that needs extra care.
- Ease Eczema
The oil is touted as a remedy for skin conditions, including eczema for its anti-inflammatory properties. However, more researches on this specific benefit are needed, and the use must be discussed with doctors.
- Heal and reduce scar
Studies find tamanu oil can help rejuvenate wounded skin, reduce inflammation, and promote collagen production. A study in 2016 even showed that it can treat post-surgical wounds.
Despite many claims of its benefits for skin, the oil may trigger allergic reactions in some people. Those allergic to tree nuts, such as almond, hazelnut, and walnut, should avoid tamanu oil.