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Argan Oil: A Natural Solution for Lightening Dark Marks on Skin?

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Dark marks on the skin are a common problem, yet difficult to cure.

Argan Oil is known primarily for its moisturizing and anti-aging properties. However, it is also used in Morocco for its potential to fade dark marks and blemishes.

In this article, we will explore the scientific evidence supporting the traditional belief in argan oil’s ability to lighten dark marks. We also explain the common causes of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

Furthermore, we will discuss essential oils that may be added to Argan Oil to make a serum for reducing dark marks on the skin.


The Effect of Argan Oil on Melanin Production

A 2013 scientific study confirm that Argan Oil has the potential to naturally inhibit melanin production.

The enzymes related to melanin synthesis are Tyrosinase (TYR) and Tyrosinase-related protein 1 (TRP-1) (also known as DCT). Argan oil’s inhibitory effects are primarily attributed to its interference with these enzymes, which results in a reduction of melanin production and, consequently, its potential to help lighten dark marks and fade hyperpigmentation.

Furthermore, the decrease was dependent on the dose of Argan Oil used.


Causes of Dark Spots, Hyperpigmentation & Melasma

Dark spots and hyperpigmentation can be caused by various factors.
These include:

  • hormonal imbalances
  • immune system responses
  • inflammatory reactions
  • skin damage

Hormonal imbalances, such as those experienced during pregnancy or due to stress, can lead to melasma.
Skin damage and inflammation, resulting from factors like cuts, burns, or acne, stimulate melanin production, leading to the formation of dark marks on the skin.

Acne and spots often lead to dark marks on the skin. This is why many people find Argan Oil beneficial for spot-prone skin. It has a natural antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. It helps prevent spots and blemishes, making it a popular choice. Moreover, Argan Oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog pores, further contributing to its effectiveness.


How does Argan Oil Lighten Dark Spots?

The effect of Argan Oil on melanin production is due to the high level of tocopherols enhanced by interactions with anti-inflammatory and anti-septic ingredients, Sterols and Triterpinoids.

High vitamin E levels in Argan Oil gently lighten dark patches of skin. Other anti-inflammatory and anti-septic compounds in Argan Oil suppress inflammation which helps to prevent spots and blemishes that can leave dark marks on the skin. [72][73]

In conclusion, Argan Oil is not a fast-acting “lightening cream”. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that as well as an effective anti-aging treatment effect it also helps to even out your skin complexion and lighten dark spots at the same time. That means a clearer, blemish-free complexion.

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A Natural Oil Serum for Reducing Dark Marks

Hyperpigmentation is a darkening of the skin in small areas or patches.

It is the result of an overproduction of melanin stimulated by skin inflammation that may be caused by physical damage, scars, burns, and spots.

Hormonal reactions can also cause Melasma – often known as the “mask of pregnancy”. Emotional stress can also cause this type of hormonal melasma at any time of life.

Reactions to beauty treatments, such as chemical peels, laser treatments as well as cosmetic product ingredients is also possible.

Commercial “fade creams” can help reduce the appearance of marks, but they usually return again when the skin renews.

Using natural oils is a multi-layered approach. The oil serum will help to lighten pigmentation in the skin but also inhibits new melanin production.
This means marks should fade gently and not return as easily – and hopefully not at all!

A Natural Argan Oil Based Serum for Lightening Hyperpigmentation, Age Spots, Dark Marks and Melasma.

Image argan oil oils formula for lightening pigmentation

Dark marks on the skin, known as hyperpigmentation, can be caused by various factors including skin inflammation, physical damage, scars, burns, and spots. Hormonal reactions and beauty treatments can also contribute to this condition.

While fade creams are commonly used to reduce the appearance of marks, they often provide temporary results as the skin renews. A multi-layered approach using natural oils can be more effective. An oil serum not only helps lighten pigmentation but can also inhibit new melanin production, potentially leading to fading marks that may not easily return.

The Difference between Carrier Oils Vs Essential Oils

Carrier Oils are vegetable or nut-based oils that are used to dilute essential oils before applying them to the skin during aromatherapy or massage.

They help to “carry” the essential oils onto the skin and allow for better absorption. Carrier oils do not evaporate like essential oils and have a milder aroma.

Argan Oil is an example of a carrier oil. It is derived from the seed kernels of the Argan tree and is commonly used in skincare and haircare products due to its nourishing and moisturizing properties.

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts derived from plants through processes like distillation or cold-pressing. They contain the natural essence and aroma of the plant and are used for various therapeutic purposes, including aromatherapy and massage.


Allergies & Safety Notes

Almost without exception essential oils are used diluted at 1% to 2% of essential oil in a carrier oil.
That is about 1 – 2 drops per 5ml ( teaspoon ).
At this dilution it should be quite possible to combine 2 or 3 essential oils to make your serum.

Even so, before using a new product, on your skin, it is recommended to do a “patch test”.

Apply a few drops of the serum on an area such as the side of your neck or inner forearm. If you have an allergy a reaction will normally start quite quickly. However, bear in mind, it can take up to 48 or even 96 hours for an allergic reaction to begin. If you experience any discomfort, try applying cold plain yogurt to the affected area to soothe the skin.

Creating Skin Care Serums for Skin Lightening

Choosing the Right Base: Carrier Oils vs. Essential Oils

🌿 Argan Oil is an excellent carrier Oil. It already has many anti-aging effects. Its high Vitamin E content also aids in depigmentation and influences biological processes related to melanogenesis.

🌵Cactus Seed Oil is a more expensive alternative. It is even richer in vitamin E, plant sterols, and anti-inflammatories than Argan Oil and is quite good for even out your skin complexion.
Other good options incluse Jojoba Oil, Apricot Oil or Almond Oil.

Essential Oils for Skin Lightening

🍋 Lemon Oil: Known for its powerful skin lightening and repairing properties, Lemon Oil contains limonene and citric acid, which effectively treat skin discoloration and promote exfoliation for a clearer complexion.
WARNING: It is advised to use this oil in overnight treatments only due to its potential for increased UV sensitivity.

🥕 Carrot Seed Oil: Similar to Lemon Oil, Carrot Seed Oil contains carotol and limonene, known for their lightening properties.
Carotol also brightens dull complexions and inhibits tyrosinase activity, reducing the production of darkening melanin.
WARNING: It is advised to use this oil in overnight treatments only. It has a high furanocoumarin content, which increases sun sensitivity.
It is not recommended for use during pregnancy or nursing.

🌺 Geranium Oil: Effective in lightening scars, blemishes, and dark spots, Geranium Oil possesses antioxidant properties and inhibits elastase and tyrosinase, contributing to melanin production reduction. It also exhibits anti-inflammatory effects, potentially benefiting post-inflammatory pigmentation and melasma.

🌹 Rose Oil: With its rejuvenating and brightening effects on dull and discolored skin, Rose Oil can help even out hyperpigmentation. Mix it with Argan Oil carrier oil and massage it onto the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that make it suitable for treating hyperpigmentation caused by skin inflammation and melasma.

A Serum for Clearer Skin

Add drops of 1 or more of these oils to an Argan Oil carier.
This oil serum should help to fade dark marks from your skin more quickly.
Note the warnings about using Lemon Seed or Carrot Seed oils in the sun.

Example formula:
🌿 60ml of Pure Argan Oil
🌵 5ml of Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Oil
🌺 1ml (20 Drops) of Fragrant Geranium Oil
🌹 1ml (20 Drops) of Enchanting Rose Oil

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Buy Pure Argan Oil to Use for Skin Care

There are two types of argan oil for skin care: naturally scented and unscented.

The naturally scented oil is recommended for blotchy, acne-prone, or inflamed skin.
Unscented oil is ideal for general skin care and hair treatments.

Both types are available on our online store.
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While argan oil is not a quick-fix solution, scientific evidence supports its traditional reputation for gradually lightening dark spots.
With long term use it should help maintain a clearer, blemish-free complexion.

By adding other essential oils to your Argan Carrier Oil you may be able to create a more active natural serum for lightening dark pigmentation marks and inhibiting new melanin production.

Finally, remember that while natural treatment can be beneficial, they may not work for everyone.
If you have severe hyperpigmentation or have concerns about your skin, consult a dermatologist.

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