Castor Oil for Double Chin, What to Understand?

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How to use castor oil?

It’s not easy and takes time for your skin to absorb castor oil since it is thick & high in viscosity. You need carrier oil to dilute it first before applying to the skin. There are many carrier oils to choose from. Some of the common ones are olive oil, almond oil, peanut oil, and coconut oil. If necessary (for extra-moisturizing effect), add shea butter!

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Then apply this mixture to your skin, make sure the treatment area is clean enough beforehand. Leave it for several minutes – 5 to 15 minutes are probably enough, and then use a warm cloth to wipe it off. Some people say it’s OK to leave it on overnight, this usually comes down to personal preference.

Risks and side effects

In general, topical use of castor oil is relatively safe for most people. But this doesn’t mean it works for anyone. Some people may experience negative reaction since the oil is also potential to cause an allergic reaction [4].

The risk of skin irritation may increase for people with dermatitis problem. So it’d be better to ask your doctor first if you have any skin condition. Since your chin and face are relatively more sensitive than the rest of your body’s skin, do a tinny patch test first to see whether it’s OK to use.

The oil could also irritate the eyes, the FDA says. Use it carefully, and keep it far away from your eyes!

Citations /references:
  1. Anti-inflammatory effects of a novel ricinoleic acid poloxamer gel system for transdermal delivery, published on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (2014).
  2. PMC4942971, published online 2016 Jul 12 on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
  3. PMC3141305, published on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (2010).
  4. “Angioedema-like allergic contact dermatitis to castor oil”, retrieved from here!
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