Rosehip oil – the secret weapon against acne scars and spots?
Written by Dr. Dominique Laatz MSc. MSc. (German Dental & Dermatology Center, Doha, Qatar)
Rosehip oil – what is it?
This essential plant-derived oil is extracted from the fruit and seeds of the rose plant. Lately there is a fast growing interest and demand for reship oil as a skincare remedy of choice for several hair and skin related issues. Especially, its utilization for treating acne-related inflammation and scarring, is drawing more and more attention, since classical scar treatments (Fractionated Laser Skin Resurfacing and Chemical Peeling) can be rather painful and usually entail a considerable and sometimes inconvenient downtime for the treated patient. Understandably, people affected by facial acne scarring, are very interested in less-invasive remedies and procedures. Therefore, the growing interest in the anti-acne effects of Rosehip Oil isn’t very surprising.
Rosehip oil is rich in antioxidants, nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids, giving it very useful properties to benefit people affected by acne or acne scarring. These properties must be understood properly, before someone should consider using this oil for an acne treatment.
Rosehip oil ingredients and their properties
Vitamin C, arguably, might be the most important ingredient within Rosehip oil, because of its well-known antioxidant properties, which can reduce irregular pigmentation and induce collagen production within the skin. The human body can use this fully natural collagen for tissue repair, which, in the case of acne scars and spots, can lead to a visible and permanent smoothening effect. Vitamin C – apart of its antioxidant properties – helps to reduce acne-related inflammatory responses. But this powerhouse vitamin is also known for boosting the natural collagen production and supporting skin cell regeneration processes, which explains the improved appearance of acne scars after exposure to sufficient dosages of vitamin C.
Another interesting ingredient of rosehips is linoleic acid, which is a fatty acid, that is said to lack in people suffering from acne with excessive sticky sebum production. This leads to clogged pores and ultimately to a higher likelihood of acne breakouts. Linoleic acid may help to regulate the sebum production favorably and limit breakouts as a result.
A similar effect is seen from Vitamin A, which is another helpful ingredient in rosehip oil. It also down-regulates the sebum production, and therefore prevents the clogging of pores and the associated breakouts.
What types of acne will benefit most from roship oil ingredients
Arguably the main feature of rosehip oil is its anti-inflammatory nature and the vitamin C triggered collagen production boost. Therefore, it will be most effective in treating inflammatory acne scars and its common associated findings, like papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. Another effective utilization is using rosehip oil in acne scar treatment , but mostly as an adjunct to more classical approaches like Fraxel Laser Treatment, Microneedling and Chemical Peeling usually performed by a board-certified Dermatologist.
For further information around rosehip oil, acne scarring and the respective procedures, please contact your skin specialist or dermatologist of choice.