Lots of Love for Rosehip Oil

//Lots of Love for Rosehip Oil

yummy, oil-bearing rosehip

As some of you may know, I am a wee bit preoccupied with my hyper-pigmentation.  Between the fact that Asians pigment easily and the fact that I over-peeled and refused to wear sunblock whilst having acne, I have two beautiful spots appearing on my left cheek (I also am convinced I’m getting a pigmentation mustache, but we’ll leave that neurotic tirade for another day).  So, naturally I’m drawn to using organic rosehip oil, which can help even out skin tone without peeling or bleaching.

Rosehip for Pigmentation

Rosehip oil is excellent for pigmentation and scarring due to its natural healing properties containing vitamin c and vitamin a, making it one of the only natural and non-exfoliating treatments for this.

One client I know has been using rosehip oil on her pigmentation for years now and has said that it has taken patience, but her pigmentation has decreased by about 30%.  That may not sound dramatic, but consider that it will not peel your skin (despite containing vitamin a), so it will not make you more sun-sensitive like many conventional lightening products.

Anti-Aging Properties

But rosehip oil is not only beneficial for hyperpigmentation; it is also fantastic for preventing skin aging.  Because it contains anti-oxidants such as lycopene (along with vitamin c) as well as essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9), it is wonderfully replenishing.  This means it helps retain hydration, protect skin tissue, prevent oxidative stress and heal wounds (such as scars and other skin traumas).

Choosing Quality Rosehip Oil

The best rosehip oil is organic and cold pressed, and its quality is shown in its color.  Rosehip oil comes from a small red fruit (not a flower) and its oil should yield a beautiful, brilliant orange color.  It does give the skin a yellow-y hue for a minute or so, but it will dissipate in moments.

I personally prefer using it as my nighttime moisturizer over top of my serum, but you can use it day or night (it’s especially nice under powder make up).

But one point of concern: rosehip oil is stimulating as it stimulates skin regeneration, so  it can trigger a break out. Those with acne should only use it as a spot treatment on acne scars if breaking out habitually.  If you are like me and no longer have an issue with pimples (save for the occasional outlier zit) it will not cause this problem, but only help heal the war wounds of acne.

So if you are looking for a solution to pesky dark spots, skin marks or dehydration and fine lines, try using organic rosehip oil.  Applying this oil will be a more supportive and restorative approach to pigmentation and anti-aging, and will not have side effects.  Natural and compromise-free…rosehip oil is remarkable.

2013-05-21T09:14:21+00:00 By |Natural Beautycare|21 Comments

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  1. ling May 15, 2011 at 5:59 am - Reply

    good to know it causes acne, no wonder i got outbreak (didnt happen for a long time).

    • kristen May 16, 2011 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Yes, sometimes it takes a while. But it does create heat in the skin.

  2. Kay July 18, 2011 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tip. I am 28, Asian and after a 4 months world trip, I am observing some sun damage on my face despite the fact that I applied sunscreen as often as I could. I will give this oil a try.

    • kristen July 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Its great! Its no going to be like a bleach, but gradually, it does fade spots.

  3. Thien October 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    I was wondering if my skin breaks out from it but if I continue to use it will my skin adapt and the break outs will subside? Whenever I use the Obagi C serum, my skin will immediately clog the next day. Will this do the same?

    I recently discovered your spa and blog!!!! your blog is such a great read. I love to read about skin care and buying new skin care products (yet im a heavy smoker and dont any drink water)

    I took a trip to your spa and was told that my skin is extremely dehydrated. At first, I was not convinced because my skin gets very oily quickly. I purchased a few products and I see a difference already=) btw I did not purchased any oils cause im very afraid that my skin will clog, it clogs very easily. will using oils clog the pores on my skin? my skin pigments very easily, especially having a burn scar on my face, in the hot summers, those pigmented areas will darken=( the dermatologist refuses to do lasering for me because I have dark skin. she only gave me bleaching cream, but I dont use it cause it really hard to apply the cream with a toothpick and be able to spread it on the pigmented areas.

    hopefully you can help me=)

  4. kristen October 1, 2011 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Thien,

    Pure vegetable oils should never clog your pores – it is only when there is mineral oil or petroleum products that this should ocurr (I’m unsure of what is in your serum).

    But, saying this, rosehip oil is stimulating so will stimulate break outs to come to the surface if you have congestion underneath your skin. This stimulation is also what helps with pigmentation and healing as it repairs irregularities of the skin. I would recommend you try applying it once per week, then move to every second day if you do not break out.

    I’m so glad your skin is looking better after seeing us! Try the oil out, perhaps once your skin is more balanced we can try to address the pigmentation.

  5. Thien October 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the quick reply. I will definitely try the oil=)

  6. Thien October 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Hi Kristen,

    I had purchased the rosehip oil. Unfortunately, when I woke up the next morning I actually noticed the pigmentation (from a burn when I was younger) got darker. Other pigmented area’s that I had received from the sun damage was fine, it didn’t get darker.

    I had this same problem when I had tried using the Obagi Nuderm system. It made my pigmentation darker. Before using Obagi, the pigmented areas had faded to the point where it was barely noticeable.

    Kristen, do i stop using the oil or continue? How does the oill work? Does it work by pushing the old cells to the surface and eventually the pigmented cells (if that makes any sense) areas will flake off (that is how the Obagi works, you go through a period where your whole face is flaking like crazy)? Sorry to bother you, I tried googling but I couldn’t find an answer.

  7. kristen October 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Thien,

    I have never in my 10 years of being an esthetician experienced this! Usually a mark simply fades without getting darker. I would stop using it – but I am baffled why it would do this. But are you sure it wasn’t from extra sun exposure on a particular day? The only thing I can think of if it stimulated circulation causing it to appear darker when it simply is more red.

  8. Thien October 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I am pretty sure it wasnt from extra sun exposure. I am always hiding from the sun because I hate getting a tan. i had once spent 1500 on IPL treatments to try to get rid of my pigmentation after using obagi, it didn’t do anything.

    I am going to try and use the oil one more time tonight. If it gets darker, than I guess I don’t have a choice but to stop using it. Thank you Kristen. lol—I will not bombard you with anymore questions.

  9. kristen October 7, 2011 at 8:48 am - Reply

    No Thien! Always bombard me with questions. Tell me how it goes – you can email me at kristen@pureandsimple.ca and we can explore options depending on how your next few applications of the oil goes.

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    Thanks so much and I’m taking a look ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a mail?

  11. REBECCA January 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I just waxed my face for the first time and i got burnt all over my face. Im not sure how this happened. I was extra careful. Would this oil help?

    • kristen January 31, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      How long ago did it burn? Rosehip can help – but I’d like to ensure its not oozing. It if is you need to disinfect it asap.

  12. Brooke July 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    The same thing happened to me except every where that I applied the rosehip oil the areas are significantly darker. It looks absolutely terrible now.

    • kristen August 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm - Reply

      I have never had the experience of rosehip oil in my 13 years of practice making the skin darer – break outs for acne-prone skin yes, but never pigmentation. Perhaps you started using it when you started doing something else such as increase your sun exposure?

  13. Stephanie July 29, 2014 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Hi! I got rose hip oil last week and absolutely loved how it made my skin feel. However, I think I got overzealous with it and might have put too much on because I got several pimples and now my face is a mess! Should I discontinue use altogether or to use it less frequently?

    • kristen August 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      You have a couple of options. Either, you can stop completely or you can use it every second day. Rosehip oil is stimulating so its great for scars as it regenerates tissue but can stimulate a break out. I usually find using it every second day fine for acne-prone skin but if you broke out really big, I would stop until your skin stabilizes.

  14. Brooke August 14, 2014 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    My skin was darker immediately after I applied the rosehip oil. I don’t tan or spend very much time outside at all. I always wear sun screen. I’m getting glycolic peels and trying to correct all of the dark areas now.

    • kristen August 19, 2014 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Brooke, this is so odd. I have given hundreds on clients this oil and have only has the opposite effect. The only other time I have heard (but not seen) rosehip oil making skin darker is the comment from Thien. When I read it, since it was the day after applying it the first time, I suspected it may just be the pigment of the oil itself. Your feedback seems to be more long-term. So, I did some research into this and looked at only peer-reviewed journal sources and could not find this effect, only the decrease of pigmentation. I’m wondering if its an internal issue coming out that happened to appear when using the oil. Pigmentation does not usually appear immediately – even sun spots usually show up after years of exposure. Scarring is a different story but I have never heard of that type of damage being caused by an oil. Thank you for your comment, its definitely food for thought.

  15. NiciN November 5, 2014 at 10:57 am - Reply

    I first learned about the amazing benefits of rosehip oil almost a year ago, and I have tried almost all the rosehip oil products on the market – and the best one is the Made from Earth Rosehip & Hibiscus Serum. It has a high concentration of rosehip oil – without being too oily – this was important for my sensitive skin. I use it twice daily, in addition to my regular moisturizer, as it is very dry here in Colorado and my aging skin needs all the help it can get.

    My wrinkles are less noticeable than when I used Botox years ago. Try the Made from Earth Rosehip Serum, as its the best rosehip seed oil on the market – and it has no hamrful chemicals in it. Its the only thing I can use with my sensitive skin.

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