Best Skin Care for Irritated Skin

Even if you don’t normally have sensitive skin, chances are you’ve had a handful of times in your life when your skin has become irritated. Maybe during an illness, or after using a new skin care product that was poorly formulated. Other common causes of short-term irritation can be in-office skin procedures, or exposure to irritants like poison oak and ivy.

Regardless of the cause, Cicarelief Cream is here for you. Cicarelief Cream is a deeply healing and reparative cream formulated especially for compromised skin in need of special care. It uses MLE, panthenol, calamine, and madecassoside to soothe and promote healing in skin that has been damaged or irritated. It can be used after sunburn, reactions to natural irritants, or simply when your skin feels less than healthy.

For those who experience extreme sensitivity on a regular basis, Cicarelief Cream can be used more often to keep skin in a healthier and more comfortable state. Use it instead of your normal ATOPALM cream or, in the most extreme cases, in addition to your daily cream. The calamine and panthenol go that extra mile to soothe irritation and restore health.

Last but certainly not least, Cicarelief Cream makes an excellent acne breakout treatment! The soothing ingredients help reduce redness and inflammation while ATOPALM MLE goes to work on repairing the skin barrier. Use it as an acne spot treatment, or on larger areas of the face if you are very acne-prone.

Try Cicarelief Cream today when you purchase the Cicarelief Cream Kit! Offered at a special low price, it features a full-size Cicarelief Cream, as well as mid-size versions of Extreme Cream Mask, Intense Moisture Cream, and Eye Contour Cream. Cicarelief Cream Kit is the perfect way to experience many new ATOPALM products at once, and give your skin the gift of health through ATOPALM Real Barrier.

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Fall in Love with Atopalm Skin Care for Fall

It’s finally happening! Fall has returned! Well, technically fall begins in two days, but who’s counting? I’m not sure if you can tell or not, but fall is pretty exciting to me. You’d be excited, too, if your summer temps hovered around 105 degrees! Who cares about pumpkin spice anything? Just give me a hoodie!

Another thing I love about fall is changing up my skin care routine. We all know how even a little change in the day-to-day makes everything feel new and easier. Well, now’s your chance to give yourself a break from the mundane and switch over to your fall skin care regimen!

How should a skin care regimen change with the seasons? It’s not about finding new formulas (though some may choose to switch) but more about what you spend your time focusing on. Here’s a look at how a summer skin care routine should change with the shift into fall.

Less lotion, more cream. For many people, cooler weather means heavier skin care moisturizers. This is especially true for those with dry skin who need extra help in fall and winter, thanks to harsher weather and central heating.

If you usually use a face lotion, which is generally lighter weight than a cream, it might be a good time to switch. For very dry skin or sensitive skin, I recommend our Intensive Moisturizing Cream. It is rich enough for even extremely dry skin, and can even be used on dry areas like the knees and elbows.

If you have normal or oily skin, our Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream is a great choice. It still provides great hydration with our patented MLE, but won’t feel quite as heavy as Intensive Moisturizing Cream. As the name suggests, it’s also ideal for use under makeup!

Less hot water, more body lotionIn the cooler months, it may be tempting to warm up by using hot water when you bathe or wash your hands. However, this is very damaging to dry skin and can significantly increase discomfort and dryness. The hot water strips away protective oils (which dry skin lacks to begin with), leaving the skin feeling raw.

Instead, wash and bathe in tepid water, and always follow-up with a moisturizer. Our Moisturizing Body Lotion is a lifesaver when it comes to caring for skin from the neck down. Use it after bathing to lock in moisture for all-day comfort.

Less makeup, more moisture application. In summer, even dry skin can typically get by with just a morning and evening application of face moisturizer. In colder months, though, it’s strongly recommended that you re-apply light layers of moisturizer throughout the day, or whenever skin feels parched.

The best way to accomplish this without completely ruining your makeup is to apply a light layer of makeup and use our Moisture Mist throughout the day. This way, you’re not applying face cream overtop your carefully applied makeup, and your makeup isn’t getting in the way of your moisturizer!

As you can see, updating your skin care routine to reflect the changing seasons doesn’t have to be an ordeal, and can lead to a fun new system. Just tweak a couple products, and you’ll have the perfect plan for achieving beautiful, happy skin.

Korean Skin Care Regimen Step-by-Step Guide, Step Four: Treatment

This is step four of our Korean skin care regimen series! If you missed the first three, you can read step one here, read step two here, and read step three here.

This step focuses on targeted skin care treatments. Consider step four your way to diversify your skin care regimen and pay attention to your biggest skin care concerns.

One thing to remember is that the K-Beauty regimen puts a lot of emphasis on truly caring for the skin, not just with the right products, but with how you touch and manipulate your skin. All of your products should be gently applied, with more of a tapping or massaging motion than a rough rubbing motion, and treatments are no exception.

Since the treatment step is your chance to focus on your skin care concern, here are a few ATOPALM products that can be used depending on what you’re concerns are. You can use as many or few as you like, as all ATOPALM products are designed to work together without stressing the skin.

 

Concern: Aging Skin
Product: Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex

Formulated with peptides, vitamin C, and an anti-aging skin care activator known as K6PC5, Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex is all you need to fight fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and other visible signs of aging. It of course also features MLE to further hydrate skin, which adds an extra boost of anti-aging action as it allows skin to maintain a youthful plumpness and suppleness.

 

Concern: Extreme Dryness and Sensitivity
Product: ATOPALM 130+ Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol

While all ATOPALM products are created with moisture and the skin’s lipid barrier in mind, ATOPALM 130+ is specially formulated for extremely dry, sensitive, and compromised skin types. Formulated with 30% more active ingredients, ATOPALM 130+ features our richest, most replenishing products. Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol takes this a step further with its star ingredient —you guessed it — panthenol, which is well-known for its deep soothing abilities.

 

Concern: Externally Irritated and Acne-Prone Skin
Product: Real Barrier Cicarelief Cream

One of our newest products is also one of our best treatments for acne blemishes, as well as skin that’s been irritated by external aggressors, like poison oak and ivy. These traits also make it an excellent treatment for use after minor dermatological procedures. Alongside MLE, Cicarelief Cream uses calamine to deeply soothe irritation including redness, itching, and stinging. But the treatment doesn’t stop there! Cicarelief also features panthenol and madecassoside to continue comforting skin long after its been applied.

Concern: Getting the Most from Your Skin Care
Product: Real Barrier Intro Serum

If you don’t have a specific skin care concern, Intro Serum is for you! Think of it as a skin care booster — it actually maximizes the benefits you get from every other ATOPALM product. It can be used alongside any of the previously mentioned treatments, or as your one and only Korean skin care regimen treatment.

Eat Right for Your Skin Type: Acne-Prone Skin

Although Atopalm caters to dry, sensitive skin types, many of our customers also experience acne breakouts! Skin dryness is actually a cause of acne, and keeping skin properly hydrated and protected can keep breakouts at bay.

Another way to keep skin clear and healthy? Eating well. A poor diet is a well-known trigger for blemishes and even oily skin, so check out these skin care tips for how to eat right for your acne-prone skin type.

Do Eat:

Fish and flaxseed
Besides sounding like a hipster restaurant, fish and flaxseed go together because they’re both high in omega-3 fatty acids. The common western diet contains too many omega-6 fatty acids, which are known to increase inflammation, a common trigger for acne. Instead, up your omega-3s to balance things out.

Green tea
Studies have shown that EGCG, a potent antioxidant found in green tea, is capable of reducing the size of sebaceous glands, as well as diminishing sebum production. Since those with acne typically have enlarged sebaceous glands and higher sebum (oil) production, the belief is that diminishing those things will lead to clearer skin.

A second study used an 8-week randomized, split-face clinical trial to test whether EGCG could help clear acne. The results showed a significant improvement in acne appearance when using EGCG, making green tea a great dietary choice, or topical application, for acne-prone and oily skin types.

Oysters
If you haven’t tried oysters yet, now may be the time! Many studies have shown that zinc may help reduce the appearance of acne, and that food sources are the best way to get more zinc in your life. Guess which food has high levels of zinc? That’s right, oysters!

Good news, though; toasted wheat germ, roast beef, pumpkin seeds, and dried watermelon seeds also boast high zinc levels, so you may be able to get away without the oyster shots.

Source: flickr.com user Lilia Ann
Source: flickr.com user Lilia Ann

Fresh juice
We all know that fruits and veggies help keep us healthy, but sometimes it’s hard to eat the recommended amount. That’s why fresh juice is so great! Add some dark, leafy greens, berries, and citrus to your juicer or high-powered blender, and let the produce’s beta-carotenes help control oil production and inflammation.

Probiotics
It’s becoming more and more obvious that gut health is related to whole body health, and that inflammation is the villain in most poor health stories. Eating healthfully is extremely important when it comes to gut health, but another high priority is making sure to consume probiotics.

One study showed that intestinal microflora may have a direct affect on whole body inflammation, including acne inflammation. Similarly, another study showed that those with acne were more likely to have toxins within their gut. The belief now is that gut health is indeed directly related to skin health, and that prebiotics and probiotics are essential to both.

You can boost your probiotics consumption by eating high-quality yogurt (no sugar added is preferable), keifir, dark chocolate, microalgae, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, and kombucha tea.

Now that we’ve taken a look at things you can eat to help your skin, check out this list of foods to avoid if you have acne-prone skin.

Don’t Eat:

Cow’s milk
Many studies have shown a link between cow’s milk consumption and increased acne, but scientists haven’t pinpointed the exact reason why. One theory is that cow’s milk spikes blood sugar and insulin levels, which increase inflammation and skin oil, both risk factors for acne breakouts.

Another theory is that, because commercial milk often comes from pregnant cows, it contains hormones that can trigger unhealthy sebum levels and skin cell overgrowth, both things that lead to clogged pores.

Lastly, milk allergy can actually present itself in the form of skin conditions such as acne and even eczema. While cow’s milk may not be the cause of your acne, it’s worth eliminating it for a time (4-6 weeks) to see if your skin improves.

Sugar
This one is kind of a no-brainer since sugar is linked to many health issues. One thing that sets sugar apart is that a sugar-related breakout often occurs within a day or even hours of spiking your blood sugar with a high amount of sugar at once. This means that you’ll probably be fine eating a small amount of sugar any given day, but that soda and candy bar combo is a no-go. (It should be anyway, but I digress.)

High-glycemic foods
High glycemic foods are foods which break down quickly after being eaten. They raise blood sugar levels similarly to sugar, and also trigger hormone fluctuations and inflammation. These foods include white and refined carbs, like white bread, boxed cereals, pretzels, chips, etc. Instead, choose complex, low-glycemic carbs like product and whole grains.

Artificial food
Artificial colors and flavors cause similar issues to the ones linked with high-glycemic foods. They increase your risk of inflammation and hormonal imbalance, both of which are directly tied to breakouts and other skin issues.

Fast food
Fast food is an interesting one, because it all comes down to inflammation. Greasy fast food has already been shown to increase any inflammation-related conditions (including asthma!) so it’s a given that it would increase your risk of acne breakouts. If you must hit a drive-through, try a salad instead of the fries.

What about chocolate?
Does eating chocolate cause acne, or is that an old wives tale? Well, the jury’s actually sill out on that one. First it was said to certainly increase your risk of a breakout, then it was thought that chocolate didn’t have an impact – negative or positive – at all. THEN it was said to actually help acne! And now? One recent study showed it may slightly increase your risk, but the study was small and more evidence is needed.

Our advice? Eat chocolate like you would any other indulgence — moderately, and as part of an otherwise healthy and balanced diet.

Eat Right for Your Skin Type: Sensitive Skin

When it comes to sensitive skin, treating your symptoms holistically is one of the most effective ways to keep outbreaks at bay. And when we say holistically, we don’t mean using wooden necklaces to magically heal symptoms! We mean holistic in the literal sense — by looking at the system as a whole, rather than treating bits and pieces of the body.

Sensitive skin and diet have been proven to have a strong connection. Just ask someone with a food allergy who deals with eczema, or a person who avoids spicy foods as to not set off their rosacea. If you have sensitive skin, eating right for your skin type is just as important as choosing the right skin care products.

If you have sensitive skin, it is more reliable to avoid certain foods rather than eat certain foods. You may find that some foods help your sensitive skin, but as you’re getting started, try cutting out the following foods to see if your skin condition improves.

Source: flickr.com user takeitez
Source: flickr.com user takeitez

Dairy
Dairy is a common trigger food, especially for eczema. You don’t have to be lactose intolerant to avoid dairy — dairy allergies are entirely different, but just as legitimate. Whey and casein (milk proteins) are usually the allergy culprits, so also avoid food products made with those ingredients. Great dairy alternatives include nut milks, rice milk, coconut milk, and hemp milk.

Wine
There’s probably a lot of groaning for this one, but it’s important. The tannins found in wine (especially red wine) can be a skin irritant, especially for those with rosacea. Wine tannins can cause skin flushing and hives, and is also a dehydrator. White wine might be ok in small amounts, but be sure to be aware of how your skin is looking and feeling after you indulge.

Additives
Artificial colors, preservatives, artificial flavors, MSG…Additives are unhealthy for the system, so they’re unhealthy for your skin. Canned, frozen, and boxed foods generally contain additives, but you also have to watch out for foods masquerading as healthy but hiding a list of additives. These foods can include yogurt, diet snacks, and so much more.

Gluten
True, being gluten-free has become very popular in the last few years, but that doesn’t mean that genuine gluten allergies don’t exist. Celiac disease causes people to be unable to eat gluten without suffering from awful symptoms, including itchy, blistering rashes called dermatitis herpetiformis. Even those without celiac disease can have a gluten intolerance, which can cause skin issues like acne and eczema.

Eggs
Egg whites (and sometimes the yolk) can cause a skin rash by triggering your body’s histamine response. Sometimes this reaction happens within minutes of eating an egg, while other times you may not notice a rash until hours later. In extreme reactions, the rash will turn into hives and you’ll have a full-blown allergic reaction on your hands. If you suspect eggs to be causing your skin issues, remove them from your diet for two weeks and see if your skin condition improves.

Avoiding common foods is certainly inconvenient, but seeing your skin regain health, beauty, and comfort will be the incentive you need to stick with it.

Wash Your Face!

It’s the first step of any good skin care regimen, but it’s also the most skipped step! For some reason, face washing has become the annoying little sister of skin care, even though it takes only minutes and provides countless benefits.

Here’s a look at why you should wash your face, and how you can make this sometimes annoying task a little easier.

1) It keeps skin clear. While it’s known that dirt doesn’t directly cause acne blemishes, a buildup of excess oil and makeup certainly can worsen problem skin. Cleansing skin in the morning and evening will help keep oil production regulated, while removing debris, dirt, and other things that may cause or worsen acne breakouts.

2) It keeps skin calm. When it comes to dry and sensitive skin, skipping the cleansing step can lead to irritation. Sensitive skin can’t handle day after day of debris buildup, and it will respond by becoming agitated. While dry skin and sensitive skin shouldn’t be cleansed too often or with very hot water, these skin types should still be gently washed in the morning before skin care products are applied, and before bed to remove the debris of the day.

3) It keeps skin fresh. If you often skip your face cleansing step, you may be unfamiliar with just how good it feels to have properly cleansed skin. When you wash your face with a gentle face wash, it should never feel itchy, tight, or dry; instead, it should feel pure and refreshed.

So, for those who hate to wash their face: here’s how to make skin cleansing an easy, doable task!

In the morning, start with our Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam. The rich, lush texture deeply cleans skin without stripping it of essential moisture. It dissolves excess oil and removes dirt and debris collected overnight, leaving the face feeling like a perfect palette for skin care. In addition, by washing the face before applying skin care, you’ll actually enhance your skin care regimen’s efficacy by removing the “road blocks” of dirt, oil, leftover makeup, and dead skin.

In the evening, it’s time to remove makeup and the buildup of environmental toxins and dirt. Pretty much everyone dislikes taking time to wash their face before bed, so we’ve made it extra easy with our Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes. These pre-saturated wipes thoroughly remove makeup and cleanse skin while covering it in a light layer of our moisturizing MLE. After just a few swipes across the face, the skin is pure and hydrated.

Of course, either of our cleansers may be used at any time of day. We just feel that this is the quickest, easiest, and most effective way to keep skin fresh and pure without the hassle of traditional cleansing routines.

Renew, Replenish, Restore with Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex

revitalizingcomplexAs the frost begins to melt and the buds begin to appear, it’s time to prep your skin for spring and summer! And what better way to do that than with our anti-aging skin care for dry skin? Renew, replenish and restore your skin with Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex!

If you suffer from dry, sensitive skin, you know how hard it is to find an anti-aging skin care product that won’t cause redness or irritation. Lucky for you, our Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex promises to banish visible signs of aging while actually helping to soothe and moisturize dry, sensitive skin.

Whether you deal with rosaceaeczemapsoriasis or basic sensitive skin, Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex always works without irritation. It will smooth fine lines and wrinkles with an advanced anti-aging activator as skin care antioxidant vitamin C works with peptides to improve radiance and skin tone.

Of course, it also features our advanced MLE, a moisturizer so effective that it feels as if your skin is being restored from within. MLE actually mimics the skin’s natural lipid barrier, so dryness is eradicated and prevented, leading to comfortable, healthy skin.

Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex is perfect for those looking to reduce visible signs of aging, as well as those looking to prevent the first signs of aging from cropping up. It’s suitable for any skin type, and will never cause or worsen sensitive skin conditions.

Use Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex alone or in conjunction with any of our other products. It makes a great nighttime skin care treatment, but is perfectly suitable for use during the day as well.

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Summer Skin Care: BB Cream

Sure, we may be a little biased, but we LOVE our Atopalm BB Cream! It’s great year-round, but here’s what makes it a summer skin care essential for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin, dry skin, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.

  1. It moisturizes skin with our proprietary MLE, an ingredient which perfectly mimics the skin’s natural lipid layer. MLE both replenishes and supports the lipid layer to decrease symptoms of dryness, sensitivity, and discomfort.
  2. It protects with skin care antioxidants and a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Vitamin E and arbutin provide the antioxidant effects while also conditioning and nourishing the skin. The SPF 20 sunscreen shields against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays to achieve maximum protection.
  3. It perfects skin with natural-looking mineral pigment. These minerals blend effortlessly with your skin’s natural color to camouflage the appearance of uneven skin tone, blemishes, and even sun damage. The best part is that these mineral pigments won’t interfere with the health and workings of your skin!Many experts recommend mineral makeup for those with rosacea and eczema. Oftentimes, women with those skin conditions are unable to use makeup without irritation. Mineral makeup changes that by offering a gentle alternative to traditional makeup formulations. Our BB Cream is available in both Light and Medium shades, and can be blended with any other pure makeup foundation to achieve your ideal hue.

We recommend that you use our beauty balm daily to keep skin moisturized, protected, and perfected. Use it layered with our other moisturizing products for maximum results, or use it alone when you’re short on time or on-the-go! It’s the perfect product to throw in your carry-on luggage, camping pack, or weekend suitcase.

You don’t have to take our word for how great this products is — check out a recent BB Cream Review over at Eyeliner on a Cat!

Buy one, get one FREE! Because we so sincerely believe that our BB Cream is a must-have for summer, we’ve brought back our popular BB Cream BOGO sale! Simply add two BB Creams to your cart and use code BBBOGO at checkout to get one completely free. It’s our way of letting you know that we truly care about you and the health of your skin.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Natural Skin Care Oils

Source: flickr.com user Nathan Harper
Source: flickr.com user Nathan Harper

When most people hear the word “oil” they automatically conjure images of greasy skin, thick cooking-style oils, and acne. Sadly, this leads a lot of people to stay far away from skin care products containing natural oils for fear that they’ll break out or have shiny, greasy skin. Well, I’m here to spread the truth about natural skin care oils!

The oils used in high-quality skin care products like Atopalm are known as non-comedogenic oils. This means that they will never, ever cause acne breakouts or excessively oily skin. The term “non-comedogenic” refers to the technical term for blackheads and whiteheads — comedo. Therefore, non-comedogenic literally means that an ingredient won’t cause any sort of breakout.

When you choose a skin care product with botanical oils, you’re actually doing your skin a huge favor. Natural skin care oils are very easily absorbed and utilized by the skin, allowing you to achieve optimized results. There are many different oils used in skin care products; here’s a quick look at some of the non-comedogenic natural oils you’ll find in Atopalm skin care.

Grape Seed Oil, or grapeseed oil (huge difference, I know) is one of the most popular skin care oils, and for good reason! The beauty of grape seed oil is that in addition to being non-comedogenic, it actually helps to regulate your skin’s natural oil production. This means it will help dry skin create more natural oils, or help oily skin to balance itself. Plus, it protects with skin care antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help brighten the appearance of a dull complexion.

Jojoba Seed Oil is a favorite of those with dry yet acne-prone skin. It will smooth, soften, and illuminate the skin without ever feeling heavy or cloying. Its small molecular size allows jojoba oil to penetrate deeply into pores, providing moisturizing effects from the inside out. When used on dry skin, jojoba oil is also able to diminish excessive moisture loss, helping the skin to stay hydrated longer. Finally, a high antioxidant content helps to slow the onset of visible signs of aging, making it an effective anti-aging skin care ingredient.

Olive Fruit Oil is yet another skin care oil that is actually great for acne-prone skin! Olive fruit oil features mildly astringent effects which can tighten and tone the skin, an essential feature for oily skin, as well as dry skin that experiences acne breakouts. Olive fruit oil absorbs quickly and easily to provide comforting emollient coverage while protecting the skin with antioxidants.

Safflower Seed Oil, like jojoba oil, is often used in skin care to support the skin’s barrier system. This effect reduces transepidermal water loss, which is the fancy term describing the loss of skin moisture. Safflower seed oil also softens, smoothes, and soothes skin, making it the perfect choice for dry skin and those suffering from conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil is often used in cosmetic formulations due to its high stability, deep moisturizing benefits, and its ability to protect the skin for a great length of time. When applied to the skin, meadowfoam seed oil creates a protective barrier which helps keep moisture in and irritants out. It is especially beneficial for extremely dry, chapped skin, and can even help repair cracked lips.

As you can see, these natural skin care oils are far from bad for the skin — they are practically essential for healthy skin! Did we miss one of your favorite skin care oils? Leave us a comment and tell us which oil is your favorite!

Oil Pulling for Dental and Skin Health

Source: coconut oil photo from flickr.com user Susy Morris
Source: coconut oil photo from flickr.com user Susy Morris

Oil pulling may be an ancient Ayurvedic technique, but it’s only recently stolen the spotlight in the health and beauty industry! You may have heard of oil pulling once or twice before (from that crunchy friend we all have…), or it may be completely new to you; either way, we hope our oil pulling for dental and skin health post will help you to understand and appreciate oil pulling a little better!

What it is: oil pulling is a process in which you take a spoonful (somewhere between one teaspoon and one tablespoon, depending on your comfort and preference) of organic oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes. Yup, 20 whole minutes. After 20 minutes, you spit the oil into the trash.

How it works: the idea is simple — oil is sticky. When you swish the oil around your mouth, all the yucky bacteria in there gets caught and dissolves into the sticky oil. When you spit the oil out, away goes the bacteria! This includes the bacteria that causes bad breath and cavities, as well as any other potentially destructive bacteria that would normally enter into your system.

Remember, after 20 minutes in your mouth, the oil is filled with bacteria. Never, ever swallow your oil after oil pulling! Spit it into the trash (or a baggie if spitting into the trash grosses you out) when you’re done. Spitting into the sink or shower could potentially clog your pipes.

What it does: those who practice oil pulling absolutely swear by its effectiveness. There are many reported benefits, but the most common benefits of oil pulling include the following…

  • Whiter teeth
  • Fresher breath/reduced halitosis
  • Stronger tooth, gums, and jaw
  • Reduced risk of cavities and gingivitis
  • Relief from headaches and even hangovers
  • Improved sleep
  • Clearer sinuses (allergy-sufferers swear it helps!)
  • Body detoxification
  • Reduced general pain
  • Hormone balancing actions
  • Reduced tooth sensitivity

Aside from overall body benefits, everyone who oil pulls mentions at least some form of skin care benefits. Reports from oil pullers include reduced acne, reduced eczema, reduced psoriasis, healthier skin moisture levels, improved radiance, and more. Those who don’t normally experience skin care issues can still see the benefits of oil pulling in overall skin health and comfort.

If you’re interested in oil pulling, the first thing you need to do is choose an oil! Types of oil for oil pulling most commonly include coconut oil, olive oil, sesame seed oil, avocado oil, or sunflower seed oil. What you choose is entirely up to you; just be sure it’s organic! Most people choose coconut oil because it has a pleasant flavor and texture and has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which will boost the benefits of oil pulling.

The next step is to get over the shock of having oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. It seems like such a long time, but choose 20 minutes that makes sense for you, and you’ll be fine! Check emails, read the latest People, watch a favorite show…Anything to keep your brain active for 20 minutes will make it seem like no time. In fact, many oil pullers find the 20 minutes of “nothingness” very relaxing!

Lastly, a note on when you shouldn’t oil pull. Opinions and experiences vary when it comes to exemption from oil pulling, so the best thing is to do your own research and decide what you’re comfortable with. That said, some sources state that women shouldn’t oil pull while pregnant or breastfeeding.

People also disagree on whether one should oil pull if they have braces, crowns, fillings, or dentures. Let’s look at each of these separately…

  1. Oil pulling with crowns should be avoided. Some people report that the oil loosens their crowns, sometimes even causing them to fall out. Simply put, you’re better safe than sorry when it comes to oil pulling with crowns.
  2. Oil pulling with braces is technically safe and could help resolve common issues seen with braces like bad breath. However, oil pulling may cause teeth to whiten around the braces, which may leave an imprint on the teeth after the braces are removed.
  3. Oil pulling with fillings has mixed reviews. Some state they’ve never had a problem, others say they experience discomfort or even feelings of illness after oil pulling with fillings.
  4. Oil pulling with dentures is safe; however, the dentures should be removed before oil pulling.

So, there you have it! Oil pulling, while seemingly odd and a bit crunchy-sounding for some, seems to have some true benefits. However, please note that while we are interested in oil pulling and believe that it could benefit one’s health and skin, our opinions are never meant to replace the advice of a doctor, or be taken as medical advice. We’re skin care lovers and experts — not doctors!!

Have you tried oil pulling? Leave us a comment and tell us about your experience!