Tamanu oil is a good choice for skin care for several reasons. It is often called a “skin healing agent”. Here, you can learn all about the beneficial ingredient.
Oils like this are gradually replacing the petroleum-based oils that were popular for skincare for decades.
Most of the big name brand lotions and creams still contain petroleum-based ingredients like petrolatum or mineral oil.
Petroleum-based ingredients are not good for your skin’s health. They are not similar to the skin’s own oil, which is called sebum. That means they are not readily absorbed. They cause a greasy feeling and are likely to clog your skin pores.
On the other hand, natural oils derived from nuts, seeds or other plant parts are similar to sebum in terms of the fatty acids they contain. Because of that, the skin accepts them readily. They are absorbed quickly and do not cause greasiness.
They are not likely to clog the pores and rarely cause any unpleasant reaction. When reactions do occur, it is usually due to some other allergen or irritant in the product, not due to the plant-based oils.
Practically all plant-based oils are good to use on the skin but not all of them have the healing qualities seen with Tamanu Oil. Scientific studies suggest that it has natural antibacterial and antifungal activity. While that might sound unusual, it’s really not.
Many plants were used as traditional healing remedies, long before our modern drugs were introduced. Scientists have evaluated most of those age-old remedies to determine if the benefits were real or imagined.
In most cases, the benefits were found to be real. Shea butter is an example of another plant-based product known to have healing properties.
Companies are not allowed to mention the antibacterial or antifungal activity of Tamanu Oil on the label, at least in the U.S. Doing that would cause the product to be regulated as a drug, rather than a skincare product.
They also don't mention the fact that this product is less likely to clog the pores and rarely cause any unpleasant reaction. When reactions do occur, it is usually due to some other allergen or irritant in the product, not due to the plant-based oils.
So, the medicinal activity contributes to healing. But that’s not the only benefit. Studies indicate that Tamanu stimulates the production of new skin cells, which literally speeds up the healing process.
The ability to stimulate the production of new skin cells is a unique benefit. There are only a couple of other natural products that are known to provide that benefit.
Now that you know more about Tamanu Oil, your next step is to choose a good product. We recommend organic oils that do not contain artificial fragrances or other additives. They may be a little more expensive but they are much better for your skin’s health and appearance.