Acne is something that haunts the skin of many teenagers (even adults) and acne scarring can be debilitating and embarrassing. I know that when my skin looks rubbish I whisper a short prayer of thanks for the mercy of skin foundation.
Yet in the back of my mind is a small voice telling me that smearing my face with cover-goop is masking a symptom rather than solving a problem (whatever my particular skin problem of the day may be).
Clinical studies at the University of Santiago in Chile show that rosehip oil when used twice a day on all scars, even old ones, can reduce scars and heal the skin within 4 months.
The aforementioned tests studied people with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin related problems.
In these tests rosehip seed oil regenerated the skin, reduced scars and wrinkles prevented the advancement of wrinkles and aging, and helped skin to regain its natural colour and tone. Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of a native rose plant which grows wild in Chile and has been used by native people in Chile for centuries.
The oil is high in essential fatty acids, which are important skin nutrients for the rebirth of healthy skin membranes, and for the regeneration and repair of the skin. Without delving too much into the oil’s scientific composition, the primary healing property of rosehip oil is that it is the only vegetable oil containing natural Retinol acid (A-Vitamin acid) – 125mcg per every 100g.
Vitamin A helps to delay the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration, and promotes collagen and elastin levels to increase. This results in firmer, smoother, and more youthful skin with greater elasticity.
There are many ways in which rosehip oil can be applied to acne scars (and should not be used on live acne ) – it is a gentle oil and can be used undiluted, straight from the bottle as a moisturiser, or can be incorporated into a cream, lotion or facial oil or massage oil. It is, however, best to consult with a dermatologist before using any product on sensitive facial skin.