Castor Oil (Part 2 – beautiful skin and hair)

castoroil_glassCastor Oil has many medicinal and curative uses, and the same properties that make it so effective in healing the body also make it an excellent choice for maintaining beautiful and healthy skin and hair.

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1. Castor Oil cures acne

The ricinoleic acid in castor oil works to inhibit many viruses and bacteria, and as castor oil is able to penetrate skin tissue deeply, this makes it an effective treatment for acne.

To treat acne, dab a hot damp washcloth all over your face in the evening before you go to bed. The heat will gently open the pores on your face. After this, massage a little castor oil gently into the skin. Leave on overnight. Repeat this daily for 1 to 2 weeks to see results. You can also repeat this twice in the day, once at night and once in the morning.

2. Castor Oil keeps the skin looking smooth, youthful and unlined

Castor oil’s ability to penetrate more deeply than any other essential plant oil make it an excellent way to keep skin looking youthful and fresh. Castor oil works better than any store-bought anti-ageing creams.

One of the best and easiest ways to use castor oil is to rub in a small amount around your eyes before bed, washing it off the next morning.

You can also rub in castor oil all over your face, but as it’s extremely thick and sticky, use sparingly. A little goes a long way! You can rinse this off after 2-3 hours, but you can always keep it on for longer if you feel comfortable. This type of all-over application might feel more uncomfortable in hotter and more humid climates. Thus, cooler days/nights or fall/winter may be better for castor oil mask applications.

Done daily, this will keep wrinkles at bay and the skin looking fresh, youthful and supple. With consistent use over a few months, this can also help to fade old dark marks left over from pimples/spots.

Note: If you intend to use castor oil intensively (24 hours/day over many consecutive days without significant breaks), you may encounter some temporary “looseness” in the area of application. This looseness/wrinkling effect is temporary, and the skin will tighten back up again in 1-2 weeks if you take a break from castor oil. However, you can avoid this risk by taking regular breaks. This “looseness” should not happen when castor oil is used normally. To clarify,  24 hours/day over many consecutive days = NOT normal use.

Be sure to use only cold-pressed (or cold-drawn) castor oil that is hexane-free. Any other kind could clog your pores.Another good reason to use cold-pressed castor oil instead of refined castor oil is that cold-pressed oils retain much more of their valuable nutrients.  A study by a Turkish university showed that more than 95% of the free fatty acids and carotenoids, and up to 61% of the tocopherols were removed when an edible oil goes through the conventional refining process. Read this comment for more information.

Castor oil is found in several anti-ageing creams, wrinkle creams and undereye creams.

Reviva Labs Eye Complex Firming Cream - castor oilReviva Labs Eye Complex Firming Cream burt's bees radiance day cream - castor oilBurt’s Bees Radiance Day Creme (UPDATE: they’ve since removed castor oil) Borba Advanced Aging Recovery Crème -castor oilBorba Advanced Aging Recovery Crème
Commercial anti-ageing creams that contain castor oil

Castor oil and facial hair growth – fact versus fiction

A few commenters have questioned the wisdom of using castor oil on the face given its ability to promote hair growth when used consistently over months. i.e. won’t this cause hair to sprout all over the face?

This is a fair question and deserves a straight answer.

ANSWER: No, castor oil will NOT turn you into a bearded lady or a wolfman!

Yes, it’s true that long-term and consistent castor oil applications will promote hair growth. However, it cannot make hair appear on areas where hair does not naturally occur for you. I have used castor oil around my eyes every day for years now and I assure you, gentle reader, that I have NOT turned into a bearded lady.

Castor oil use is ancient, and if it was able to create bearded ladies or wolfmen, the world would have heard about it by now through folk tales and old stories. Not to mention, the modern medical, pharmaceutical and scientific community would also have been all over this “miraculous” effect by now if it were true.

(But as it is in politics and in life, fear mongers will do what fear mongers do. As I always say — when in doubt, use your head!)

What hair growth REALLY means

For most people, when castor oil is used on the face, this means thicker and longer eyebrows/eyelashes and more rapid growth of them.

If you are a man with facial hair (a beard or a mustache), castor oil use over those areas will promote faster growth and thicker hair. This is also the same for some hirsute women.

However, castor oil use does not affect ‘vellus hair’. Vellus hair is the fine, downy and near-invisible hair that we all have on our faces (mostly over the cheeks).

What if you have had laser hair removal?

Applied consistently over months, castor oil can cause hair to regrow after temporary and “permanent” hair removal — including laser hair removal, waxing or tweezing.

For instance, after years of over-tweezing in my teen years, some parts of my naturally thick brows have become sparse. Regular castor oil use has filled in and thickened these sparse areas for me over time. However, if you were born with naturally sparse facial hair, castor oil use is unlikely to do much.

Similarly, if you have “permanently” lost hair from a wound or an injury (like I did from a deep burn on my leg), castor oil will also eventually return hair growth to normal.

If you do not want hair re-growth after laser hair removal, then avoid use over those areas.

3. Castor Oil breaks up external and internal scar tissue, and prevents new scars from forming

Castor oil’s unrivaled deep tissue penetration help to soften and remove both external and internal scars, like those that form following surgery. I have personally removed a deep burn scar using castor oil (I also shared my before-and-after photos in that article).

Castor oil will penetrate deep into the tissues to slowly break up scar tissue. Amazingly, castor oil is able to distinguish between healthy cells and abnormal ones. In healthy cells, castor oil will detoxify and stimulate them, while increasing circulation. In abnormal cells like scar tissue and growths, castor oil will instead work to aggressively dissolve cells thanks to its solvent property.

To break down internal scarring, soak a piece of clean cloth with castor oil and place it over the scar area for an hour or two each day. You can also simply rub castor oil over the scar each day. More serious internal scarring will take longer to break down.

On another note, castor oil can also prevent scars from forming in the first place. Applying castor oil over cuts or scrapes will promote excellent skin healing.

Remarkably, applying castor oil after surgery, cuts or wounds will also minimize scar formation. This could be because of castor oil’s ability to increase our body’s lymphocytes (because of this, castor oil packs are especially useful for people with HIV or AIDS). Lymphocytes, or white blood cells, appear to regulate wound healing. And studies have shown that T lymphocytes may play an important role in wound healing and scar formation. Babies and young children have naturally higher levels of lymphocytes than teenagers and adults, which could be one of the reasons why our skin healed with much less scarring when we were younger.

Several commercial scar reduction creams also contain castor oil (eg Scar Zone, Scar Repairex). However, they also contain more chemicals than they do castor oil!

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Both Scar Zone and Scar Repairex list castor oil as an ingredient

4. Castor Oil soothes shingles

Denise talked about how castor oil seem to be the only thing helping soothe the pain from her shingles.

She wrote, “I have been applying castor oil on my shingles. So far it has soothed them and softened the whole horrible thing. I am going to keep using it as Ive tried everything and its the only thing that seems to be working better than all. What do you feel about shingles and castor oil. I feel its my only hope as I know in the past its relieves pain and redness..”

Shingles are a type of viral infection and as castor oil has been proven to boost the body’s lymphocytes, it could be why castor oil applications appear to be helpful for anyone with weakened immune systems. For more on this, read how topical castor oil applications boost the immune system.

5. Castor Oil thickens eyelashes and eyebrows

Rub a little castor oil over the base of your eyelashes before bed. This prevents thinning and promotes rapid growth, leading to thicker and fuller lashes. In fact, many commercial products for eyelashes contain castor oil.

To thicken sparse eyebrows, rub a little castor oil over the brow line before bed.

6. Castor Oil prevents hair loss and regenerates hair

The anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal properties of ricinoleic acid in castor oil protects the scalp and hair from infections that can cause hair loss. The omega-9 fatty acids in castor oil also nourish the hair and prevent the scalp from drying.

Rubbing castor oil on your scalp and the roots of your hair will regenerate new hair growth within months. This will also thicken thinning hair.

To treat baldness, it is also a good idea to look at improving your overall diet and seek to maintain healthier mental/emotional states at the same time. Otherwise, baldness may simply recur after castor oil treatments. Many things can lead to baldness, but one of the most common causes is magnesium deficiency, which is rampant in modern society.

Even if we have a healthy diet, sustained fear/stress/anxiety will deplete our bodies’ magnesium stores. Drinking coffee, alcohol, smoking or excessive exercise will also do this. Thus, eating foods that are high in magnesium (such as dark green vegetables or certain nuts/seeds), supplementation with magnesium chloride/magnesium citrate, or transdermal magnesium therapy can help greatly. Magnesium also has a wonderful calming and relaxing effect, which will be especially useful if stress is your issue (read my original comment about this).

For a deep healing treatment, rub castor oil into your scalp and leave it on overnight. You can wrap your hair up in a towel or a shower cap to keep the oil on your scalp and away from your bed linen (castor oil stains are almost impossible to remove).

For a lighter treatment during the day, rub a very small amount of castor oil into your scalp or hair (whichever you feel needs help). Castor oil is very thick and viscous, so a little goes a long way. You can either wash this off at the end of every day, or leave it in if you feel comfortable (to maintain your regular schedule of hair washing, whatever that may be).

However, if you have fine or weak/brittle hair, it’s a good idea to mix castor oil with a lighter oil so that it’ll be easier to wash out later (baking soda will also help remove castor oil, but it can be temporarily drying).

Some have reported good results from mixing castor oil with coconut oil or olive oil. Coconut oil is especially good for restoring damaged and weak hair because of it’s high nutrient content.

nautress wrote, “I mix virgin coconut oil and castor oil together and they do wonders to my hair. I mix 1 ounce castor oil and 2 ounces of virgin coconut oil. I oil little all over my scalp and massage it in, which later comes down the shaft of the hair, and oh my goodness, softness.”

Anonymous wrote, “I find that castor works!!!! I am going through menopause and my hair was falling out something awful. I recall reading in a beauty book long time ago when i was a teenager about castor oil making your hair grow. Well it is true.i can’t stress enough how it rescued me, i once had a woman to ask me did i have on a lace wig and i received many compliments about my hair and lots of women ask me “if it is my hair”, even my own sister did a double take. My hair grew longer and thicker. Be careful not to apply too much, the oil is thick, but i swear by it. They also say olive oil does the same never used it but thinking about trying a lil mixture of both castor oil and olive oil. But i tell many of my african sisters about this especially when i see the damage extensive weaves have done,and around the edges where too-tight braids have thinned the hair. I swear by this product and will use nothing else.!!!!!!!!!”

bb wrote, “I can verify that castor oil works for lengthening and thickening hair… it does not need to be rinsed out. If you wash hair regularly (for me that is 3x/week) and apply small amounts of castor oil to the ends, leaving it in, it does wonders for keeping the hair protected and moist so that it can grow and not break… ”

Retta wrote, “…I have started using the castor oil in my hair, (via internet reviews :youtube etc.). I don’t use the Jamaican black castor oil. But I use a grocery store brand, I paid $3.00 for a relatively small bottle. Any way, it was very thick and seemed somewhat sticky; I mixed mine with some tea tree oil, rosemary oil. I have been using it now for two weeks, 3 times per week. Some complain of build up, I don’t have that problem at all, my problem is my hair soaks it up!!! I mean, it has helped my hair a great deal. In two weeks I have noticed a remarkable difference in my hair, and its texture, it is so soft, it also feels thicker. My only regret is I wish I would have known about castor oil when I was a teenager, I would have better hair this very day…”

rbooh wrote, “Thank goodness I found castor oil!

I moved to a new city and my hair was not adjusting so I tried a few different things ( I do NOT recommend the “no-poo” method if your hair is color treated BTW ) and wound up breaking TONS of my waist length hair off. I was desperate to find something and I stumbled onto castor oil. After researching it I tried it as an overnight leave in and my hair just LOVED it; my hair was 75% better after just one use. I mixed a generous dollop into my hair conditioner and use that as well as a light leave-in application of straight castor oil on my damp hair.

I also did my own experiment using castor oil on my face. I used castor oil on one half and my regular lotion ($50.00 for a few oz) on the other half and in just one week I noticed a visible difference. The castor oil side was plump, smooth and blemish free, not to mention my luscious lashes.

Most amazing of all!! Castor oil totally, as in completely!! removed a WART from my chest. I can’t believe its gone since I’ve had the darn thing for 6 months and even 1% Retin A didn’t do a thing for it. I rubbed pure castor oil into the wart for 2 nights before bed and voila, GONE.

Perhaps not everyone needs the heavy oil and I read quite a few negative opinions about using it straight in your hair, but if you have really dry hair and skin, it truly is amazing. The odor is kind of odd and can take some getting used to. But I love that I can touch my face after touching my hair and not worry that my hair products will make my face break out.

I highly recommend castor oil to anyone, I even use it on my 9 year old sons eczema!”

7. Castor Oil keeps hair looking soft and shiny

Castor oil is a humectant as it draws moisture into the hair and skin. Applying castor oil on hair will keep it looking soft, shiny and strong.

8. Castor Oil softens thick calluses and removes corns

Castor oil application will soften any rough or thickened skin, including calluses and corns. To treat corns, apply castor oil over your feet and put cotton socks on before going to bed. (Incidentally, sleeping with castor oil socks on will also soothe painful heels and foot pain.)

9. Castor Oil cures skin infections like athlete’s foot and ringworm

Apply a castor oil soaked cloth on the affected area. If it is small enough, a bandaid with a few drops of castor oil can be used instead.

10. Castor Oil prevents stretch marks

Rub a small amount of castor oil over your stomach and thighs daily to prevent stretchmarks during pregnancy or periods of weight gain.

11. Castor Oil will remove moles and warts (apply heat for faster results)

Rub castor oil into moles or warts every night. The moles (or warts) will start to shrink over a few weeks, and continued use will eventually remove the mole without any scarring. Complete removal may take 2-3 months, but this slow healing will also ensure there is no “hole” in your skin. (The surgical removal of moles will often leave a hole where the mole was. This indentation can often be permanent.)

Diana kindly shared a useful tip she discovered. She wrote, “I used castor oil on moles, but I think the secret is to use heat with it. For instance, keep a hot, wet towel on the mole for a minute, and then apply castor oil, and then reapply the hot towel, for another minute. Do that for about 10 minutes, 2 or 3 times every day. I did this and I started to see results in 4 days.”

12. Castor Oil will remove age spots (liver spots)

Rub castor oil into your age spots every night. The age spot will lighten over time, and continued use will eventually remove the age spot completely.

Tip: Remove castor oil residue with baking soda

Castor oil is thick and viscous, but it can be washed out with regular soap and a good lather. However, if you find it more difficult than usual to wash castor oil out of your hair or skin, try mixing in some baking soda and water. Baking soda can cause some temporary dryness, but is very effective in removing all traces of castor oil.

Where to buy castor oil

Castor oil can be found in most good health food stores. Check the label to make sure it’s cold-pressed (or cold-drawn) and hexane-free. This is especially important if you plan to put castor oil on your face, around or in your eyes, or if you plan to ingest it for internal cleansing.

Some supermarkets or pharmacies may also sell castor oil in small bottles in the laxatives section/shelf. Again, check the labels.

You can also find castor oil in shops that cater to Indian communities. If you have a ‘Little India’ in your town or city, you can probably find it there as castor oil is a popular hair tonic among Indians. However, the downside is that these mom-and-pop stores are unlikely to sell castor oil that’s labeled cold-pressed or hexane-free.

If you prefer to buy castor oil online, several websites sell bottles in a variety of sizes. I buy mine from (I found the shipping to be reasonable even for the largest, heaviest bottles. There’s a discount code at the top-right of this page if you’re interested). Other websites that sell castor oil include Vitacost and Amazon.

930 Replies to “Castor Oil (Part 2 – beautiful skin and hair)”

  1. hey um im 10 yrs old and i have a few moles on my face but they are VERY small. Should I use castor oil? Oh and how long will it take to go away???? And the email is my moms.

    1. Hi izzy – the success of mole removal using castor oil seems to depend on the person. So I can’t say it’ll work for you. If you give it a try, you should use it for a few months at least.

  2. First and for most I would like to thank you for providing all this information. It has been veeery helpful in many ways!!! 😀
    I do want to know, how long after applying it for growth hair (hair, eyebrow,eyelashes) will it take to be noticed? Mainly on eyebrows since the above information doesn’t really specifies time frame, it just says “very rapidly or fast”. As for hair, does this make your hair oily or is it just something people assume because its castor “oil”? Also for acne, I know you said it works and smooths your skin, but what about blemishes and marks that where left on face from acne… does it work for that as well?

    Sorry for the tons of questions asked :p but i certainly like to know before buying something that I will put on my face or hair 😀
    Either way, thank you for providing the information and taking the time for responding…
    Hope to hear form you soon!

    1. Hi Sandy,

      1) It took me roughly 2-3 months to notice thicker eyebrows and lashes.

      2) Yes, castor oil is a very thick and heavy oil – it makes hair oily.

      3) I believe it can remove blemishes, but it’s not a quick fix (can take several months for old scars). Also, I find that rubbing it over new spots speeds up healing and prevents them from scarring.

      Hope that helps you

  3. Hi,
    Can I use castor oil as moisteriser on eye, face & neck daily. Will castor oil increase facial hair?. Is it safe for long term usage?


  4. hi,hope you will help me here.i live in Botswana nd i cant find cold preesed castor oil here and they also dont have it in South i want to try the CLICKS in-house brand one on my acne.they ddnt state whether its cold prssed or not.can i jus try it?? where and how can i get the cold preed one?? i have tried ordering it on-line but most of the suppliers ddnt have it

    1. I use the clicks castor oil, I bought in in South Africa. Seems to be working fine for me. It’s very thick. It doesn’t say if it is cold pressed.

    2. Hi Mpho

      I live in South Africa and castor oil is everywhere. We’ve (Indian community) been using it for years for everthing from inducing a bowel flush by taking it internally to application on the scalp tp thicken hair. And I swear it is everywhere. I cant believe you cant find it – – Pick N Pay, Checkers and even my local Spar sells it – and I live in a small town! You will usually find it with all the vitamins and homeopathic stuff. Also you always find it at the chemists/pharmacy, just ask them – they usually have it in 50ml bottles. Barring that – go to a spice shop – you can get litres of it there.

  5. Hi Mpho,

    Am also in Francistown, botswana. I have bought Hercules castor oil from the pharmacy and it has worked just fine. Though i do not have acne, i have been applying it on my face and the pimple sports have disapeared slowly but surely. Its even working on the pigmentation on the back of my cheeks next to the ears. With eyebrows, is just excellent. Just try it patiently.

    1. I’m not sure, but it’s possible. Stretch marks are a form of scar tissue, so long-term consistent use may help break it down.

      One tip — if you’re treating cellulite and not just stretch marks, paint iodine tincture over the area once every few days. Daily iodine painting will lead to some itching or stinging, so spacing an application over a few days will prevent this itchiness. Iodine is helpful for cellulite and other pockets of resistant fat as it has the ability to “soften” fatty tissue. One example of this are the seaweed wraps that spas use in their cellulite treatments (as seaweed has high iodine content).

      1. Sam, have you had/seen any success with iodine tincture for cellulite? If so what and for how long of a period of time? I have tried googling it but can’t find anything, although there are other sites mentioning a link between the two. Also wondering about mixing the iodine with the castor oil as a deeper delivery method.

        PS. Have castor oil on my hair now, I bought one of those shower caps that are terry cloth on inside and plastic on outside, figured that would do a better job of holding the heat in…it does seem pretty warm up there!

        1. Hi Aimee

          – Yes, I’ve noticed its much easier to lose weight and cellulite in areas of my body wherever I paint iodine. But I have to actively make some effort to lose the weight (by exercising more or eating less). I’ve noticed that if I make an effort and don’t paint iodine, the weight seems “stuck” on my body longer or I’ll lose weight in areas that I don’t want to. This comment thread at curezone might interest you. It’s actually what gave me the idea in the first place 🙂

          – For me, it takes a couple of months before I notice any change. I also ingest iodine supplements daily, so that could play a part as well.

          – You can paint iodine tincture, wait for it to dry, then rub castor oil over. This may help penetration and also reduce iodine evaporation. If you try this, just remember to take breaks and not to paint over the same place everyday—it makes the skin quite dry and itchy. Some skin peeling or flaking can be expected so try to avoid the face.

          Hope that helps. Good luck and let me know how you get on!

  6. Where do I buy caster oil for my face – what section at the supermarket or is it from a chemist?? Please help as my face gets me down so much – I feel so ugly

  7. thanx for advice. surely i try castor oil for my hair and face.and i will send my result after curing my rashes which is on my face.

  8. is castor oil a remedy for thinning hair/loss for caucasian women? i’m reading alot of letters from africa and a referral to india. i may appear stupid, but i want to know before i purchase castor oil ( i would also like to thicken my eyelashes and brows.)

  9. hi

    Iam from india.please tell me does castor oil cure rashes or dryness also.what shampoo shall i use to remove castor oil from my hair.

    1. Try using baking soda to remove castor oil. Yes, castor oil is a good moisturiser, but I’m not sure what it can do for rashes. At the very least, it should help with the healing and prevent scarring.

    2. hey, castor oil is so good for rashes and dry skin, even marks on the face. I leave it on on the face over night, but only use everyday pillow case etc – and sometimes I’ll put more on the face during the day, before i go out before putting on make-up I use a warm face washer to take away that oil feel. My make0up goes on so smooth – my skin plus even use in my hair is so much better than before. You have nothing to loose give it a go – i still get the odd pimple but my face looks 100% better than before

  10. thanx…. samantha for your advice.I will use baking soda to remove castor oil.My skin is oily.Is castor oil good for oily skin.Please tell me the procedure to use castor oil on my face.

    1. Yes, you can use castor oil on oily skin. If it’s hexane-free, it should not clog your pores.

      About the procedure — not sure what more I can add to what’s already in the article…

  11. thanx, Anonymous for your suggestion. i want to try castor oil on my face.since i have many rashes,black spots,acne and itching.but i can’t find cold pressed castor oil anywhere in, please suggest me which castor oil should i use? shall i use refined castor oil.Is it harmful to my skin?

  12. Baking soda is a harsh chemical that will burn your face. For cleaning off castor oil i use raw honey. Raw honey makes an excellent cleanser, reduces inflammation, and regenerates skin.

  13. hi! been using castor oil for a month, i have problems about going bald at age of 24, i have high hopes in castor oil and still in experimental test, have to go 90 days trial before i post my picture before and after using castor oil. ^_^

  14. To treat ringworm with castor oil, would I soak a gauze in castor oil and tape it to the area and leave it all day, or just swab and apply with the soaked gauze, or….? what is the best way to treat ringworm with castor oil? thank you!!!

  15. I greatly appreciate those who share their success stories. Castor oil applied lightly over my eyelids right at the time of going to bed has cured my long-standing insomnia. Has anyone heard of castor oil getting rid of a large skin cancer on the lower eyelid – or anything else that has worked while not damaging the eye? If so, please, please let me know how it was done.

  16. hi samantha….Does baking soda and vinegar hair wash whiten my hair.Iam, asking this because I read in one site.I rellly like my hair thats very black and long.but iam afaraid to use baking sod it might whiten my hair.please telll me how i remove castor oil naturally from my hair.tahnks for all your advices.

  17. Hi,

    You say “11. Castor Oil will remove moles and warts
    Rub castor oil into moles or warts every night. The moles (or warts) will start to shrink over a few weeks, and continued use will eventually remove the mole without any scarring. Complete removal may take 2-3 months, but this slow healing will also ensure there is no “hole” in your skin. (The surgical removal of moles will often leave a hole where the mole was. This indentation can often be permanent.)”

    What is this actually based on? Have you had personal experience of getting rid of moles with castor oil alone or is this based on anecdotal experience or scientific case studies? I would like to try this but I don’t want to waste my time or money if it is only based on anecdotes rather than hard evidence or personal experience.

    1. If you need “hard evidence”, you might be in the wrong place. Home remedies are largely and inherently anecdotal, i.e from shared experiences. So some level of trust and faith needed.

      I’d suggest going with what you’re comfortable with. Home remedies are really not for everyone.

      1. In that case, I assume you either tried it yourself (to remove a mole with castor oil alone) or you know someone who tried this method and it worked? Since I am planning to try this method it would be really helpful and morale boosting if you can say that you have experience (either yourself or someone you know) who it worked for. Most people seem to use baking soda with castor oil but I would prefer to try it alone as I do not want the scarring that is associated with using baking soda on the face.

  18. Hi samantha,
    Am 23. i use dove shampoo. I oil twice a week. I’ve recently got some premature gray hairs am really worried. Could you help me with a remedy?

  19. Dear Samantha,

    How can i use castor oil to remove my blemishes on my face, its really annoying everytime i look at mirror. Hope you help me.



    1. hey 😀
      i use castor oil all over my face, i started applying it all over because i was getting terrible breakouts and IT STOPPED THEM! gradually ofcourse..
      it also helped a lot with my blemishes.
      it did not make the fine hair on my face grow thicker
      it did not irritate my skin, although the first few days having it on were somewhat uncomfortable but it feels fine after a while.
      i use it on my lips, eye lashes eyebrows and the entire face really.

      It makes your skin glow and look “dewy” haha

      i was introduced to castor oil by my mother, who is all about using everything natural. and to be honest.. you cant go wrong with things from nature. it has been passed down from my grandmother.

      it has also been said that putting a very small amount of castor oil in your eye will make your eyes whiter and help with the moisture in them. I have never directly applied it on my eyeball but it did get in when i put it on my eyelashes and it stings a lot at the begging then cools down after ten minutes maybe. i never was a fan of the stinging part but i did notice my eyes being clearer in the morning, i don’t recommend anyone doing that though because it does hurt.

      I hope everyone can benefit from this!!

  20. Hi, thank you so much for sharing your experiences.
    I am searching for an oil that will help with severe acne scarring.

    do you think castor oil is a better bet to rub all over the face than refined extra virgin coconut oil?

    1. I’ve only tried castor oil for a prolonged period of time so I can’t say which is better. You can try EVOO and see if it works for you. Some people have faded scars with shea butter/Vit E oil/etc so there’s quite a few options that can work, rather than one single “holy grail” so to speak. The harder part might be sticking with something long enough to see results and not giving up.

  21. thanks samantha…. i used castor oil on my eye lashes and it worked miracously. i used it only for 2 days and my lashes was now strong and long. thanxs samantha for making me know about the wonderful castor oil. it really works.

  22. This is for the ones who are having doubts. I KNOW for sure that Castor oil works . I am an Asian and there are pure Castor oil bottles available in my country.

    My father has been using this oil for his hair since he was 16 years old . He’s now 58 and guess how his hair is like ? Not a single white hair. I check his hair weekly to see if its getting white.. Still not ! And its thick and strong and so shinny !

    Trust me .. you won’t be disappointed. My dad’s hair is proof .

    I tried using it but the smell nearly killed me !! So I had to give up ! I am planning on trying it out this vacation so I can stay at home and use it all I want. 🙂
    BEWARE of the strong smell. Otherwise its just a very thick oil.

  23. My mum had a wart growing on her chin. She stumbled on castor oil and started using it on her face.
    The wart is gone and her skin blemishes are smoothing out!
    I stumbled on this when I decided to google the benefits of castor oil and with my mum as a test statistic its so true!
    I applied tonight for the first time overnight,thanks for the info.

  24. I had gotten a burn scar the exact same one you had on your leg and I would really like to know more about it. I’ve tried a few products and nothing seems to help. I would appreciate it if you could email me. Thanks

  25. hi samantha …. I can’t find cold pressed castor oil in bangalore. i found refined castor oil. can i use this for my dark spots.

  26. Great info about castor oil. Someone told me about castor oil for lashes but I never used it cuz I was scared I might get blind. But after reading this article, I found out how useful castor oil is.
    I will use it and let you guys know my experience. Thank a lot for all your info!

  27. hi samantha …. I can’t find cold pressed castor oil in bangalore. i found refined castor oil. can i use this for my dark spots.please help…

    1. Hi anne, you can give it a try and see if it works for you. To be safe, just avoid putting it near your eyes or ingesting it.

  28. Hi,

    Wondering if Cold drawn is the same as cold pressed? I have a bottle by Bell, sons & Co and it says “Finest Cold Drawn” so wondering if that’s the same, as these are the only ones I find in local stores.


      1. Great thanks, can I assume its hexane-free too? or would I need to clarify that with the manufacturer? great article btw! You must be tired answering so many questions but nonetheless its impressive 🙂

        1. You’re very welcome. 🙂

          And cold pressed (or cold drawn) oils would normally mean it’s hexane free too. It’s refined castor oil that’s extracted using heat and hexane.

          1. you used the word “normally” do you advise I check with the makers? btw I think you should add cold drawn in brackets in the article since I have seen two of the only brands sold in Dubai used that term and most importantly to avoid more questions from people like me 😀 Thanks!

  29. Thanks a lot for this info. I’m going to try it out on the skin tags around my eye. Hope I find the cold pressed castor oil. I live in Enugu , Nigeria

  30. hello samantha
    I have 4 moles on my face that I want to get rid of. I’ve been using castor oil for like a week but I don’t see any results. I bought mine from mercury drug. Should I just keep using it more? How long does it take to see some results?

    1. I used castor oil on moles, but I think the secret is to use heat with it. For instance, keep a hot, wet towel on the mole for a minute, and then apply castor oil, and then reapply the hot towel, for another minute. Do that for about 10 minutes, 2 or 3 times every day. I did this and I started to see results in 4 days.

        1. Well, it flattened completely in about a week, but it did take about two month before it disappeared and became the same color as my skin. After it flattened, I didn’t do the treatment anymore. But once in a while, I’d apply castor oil, after a shower, because my skin is normally dry, and it helps that, too.

      1. hello Diana,
        I hve mole in my left hand,the statement u hve mention above,is it ok,b,coz I m use to apply castor oil evry day after shower .in how many months it will disappear.

    2. Castor oil isn’t a quick fix for moles. Maybe you missed it, but the article already states that it may take a few months.

  31. i bought finest cold drawn sastor oil at the drugstore,and they have written on it oral liquid to be taken for the relief of occasional constipation,It is the same castor oil which is used for the face and skin?

    1. As I understand it, cold pressed cantor oil is better than refined, because it retains more of it’s properties. The one I used though, didn’t say, either way. So, my suggestion is, as long as it’s the edible form of castor oil, then it’s good to use. You should read the back of the bottom to be sure that it’s edible.

    1. Ingesting castor oil can have a laxative effect. This probably won’t help your hair as much unless you’re embarking on an internal cleanse to remedy your health.

  32. Sorry. 😀 So, what do i say to the pharmacist or the sales clerk? Just castor oil? I want to try it for my moles which appeared suddenly which i didnt have before (like 6 months ago).

    1. Yes, that’s what it’s called—castor oil. Most pharmacists will only know castor oil for its use as a laxative though.

      Anyway, good luck.

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