What Is Sweet Almond Oil?

Sweet almond oil is a non-volatile, non-fragrant oil derived from almond seeds and used as an emollient. It is also known as sweet almond oil. Almond oil is high in skin-nourishing ingredients such as triglycerides and fatty acids (oleic, linoleic, and myristic among them). 

Sweet almond, also known as Prunus amygdalus or Prunus dulcis in Latin, has no toxic constituents. Bitter almond is derived from a different plant, Prunus amara, which contains potentially toxic constituents that should not be added to the skin.

How Sweet Almond Oil Works?

For thousands of years, almond oil has been used to soothe, soften, and heal the skin. It is also a common skin care product today due to its anti-inflammatory and emollient effects, as well as its high nutrient content.

It is widely regarded as a safe product with the exception of cases that have nut allergies.

What Sweet Almond Oil Does To The Skin?

Applying almond oil to the skin can have the following benefits:

  • Reduces puffiness and dark circles under the eyes: Since almond oil is anti-inflammatory, it can help to reduce skin swelling.
  • Improves skin colour and complexion: Because of its emollient qualities almond oil, has the ability to enhance both complexion and skin tone.
  • It is used to treat dry ski: For decades, almond oil has been used to treat dry skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.
  • Acne is reduced: The fatty acid content of the oil can help remove excess oil on the skin, while the retinoids in the oil can help minimise the occurrence of acne.
  • Assists in the repair of sun damage: Studies showed that vitamin E, one of the nutrients in almond oil, can help reduce skin damage caused by UV exposure.
  • Reduces the visibility of scars. Almond oil was used to relieve scarring in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic. The vitamin E content can aid in the smoothing of the skin.
  • Reduces the visibility of stretch marks. A 2016 study found that sweet almond oil could be an effective cure for avoiding and reducing stretch marks.

Reference Sources

  • ISRN Toxicology, September 2013, ePublication
  • Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, February 2010.
  • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, June 2008.