Due to the demands of modern life, men all over the world are increasingly preoccupied with their appearance, with special focus on skin health (the leading segment in the men’s personal care market).
Fortunately, a natural, golden-yellow oil—borage oil—can serve the combined purpose of all those anti-aging creams, sunscreens and anti-acne creams in your skincare routine. This post is dedicated to this magical ingredient.
To find a complete list of essential oils to use topically in men’s skin, read our blog post on the subject.
Why Borage Oil is Good for Your Skin
Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is the main reason why borage seed oil offers multiple benefits to your skin. The oil is the richest natural source of GLA (18–26%), which possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
Apart from the polyunsaturated omega-6 fat (GLA), borage oil also contains linoleic acid (another essential fatty acid which is converted into GLA in your body). In fact, the herbal oil contains multiple beneficial fatty acid chains, including: oleic, docosenoic, icosenoic, palmitic and stearic.
How Borage Oil Benefits Male Skin
Considering the unique characteristics of male physiology—unlike female physiology—male skin is specially positioned to benefit greatly from borage oil.
- Alleviating dry and rough skin
According to the International Dermal Institute, men’s skin texture is generally tougher than females. However, that’s no excuse to walk around with dry and rough skin.
Various studies have shown that borage oil can reduce skin roughness and scaling.
One particular study tested 45 participants (although the participants were women the findings are also applicable to men). The study compared results after three separate groups of the participants ingested a placebo, flaxseed oil or borage oil. Both borage oil and flaxseed oil, which are rich in essential fatty acids, significantly improved the participants’ dry and sensitive skin.
- Treating skin disorders
Approximately 14 million Americans have to face life with an unsightly rosy face due to the inflammatory skin disease called rosacea. Many of these people are men who endure longer lasting acne compared to women, because of their greater sebum (oil) production associated to male androgen hormone secretions.
Various studies have found that a combination of medication and essential fatty acid supplementation (includes GLA found in borage oil) was more successful in psoriasis treatment, compared to medication-only treatment. Moreover, GLA found in borage oil has the potential of reducing acne inflammation (this should make that unsightly mark on your cheeks less prominent during your all-important job interview).
Take note that although the GLA containing borage oil on its own has the capacity to reduce inflammatory skin conditions, various studies have shown insignificant proof of this. However, the same studies have shown that some people do possess the capacity to benefit from this effect.
You probably wish you knew about this valuable herbal extract earlier.
- Keeping your skin healthy
The best cure is no cure at all, but prevention. So, why not get the beneficial aspects of borage oil beforehand?
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are key building blocks for healthy cell membranes. Your skin, being made up of cells, requires such EFAs like omega-3 and omega-6 (include GLA found in borage oil).
The GLA polyunsaturated fat found in borage oil helps produce your skin’s natural oil barrier. That’s what keeps your skin hydrated, plumper, and looking younger (who wouldn’t want that?)
Various studies have shown just how borage oil supplementation significantly alters fatty acid composition in the epidermis (the outer of the two layers making up your skin), making skin healthier.
- Boosting skin growth
To reduce the effects of aging on your skin, your body needs nutrients which support continuous growth. Here, the omega-6 GLA fatty acids in borage oil play an important role in stimulating skin growth.
This should keep those wrinkles at bay long enough to enjoy your life to the limit.
How to Benefit from Borage Oil
To get all these benefits, you can either ingest borage oil supplements, or use it topically in affected areas. We recommend the latter approach as it is more effective in solving particular skin issues. Head on over to our shop for a selection of products containing borage.
If you do decide to take it in the supplement form, make sure to consume the correct quantity: A 920-milligram daily dose of GLA is recommended for people 18 years and older. This translates to a 1,300 mg capsule of borage oil. Although the oil isn’t harmful, gastrointestinal side effects may occur in some cases. Fortunately, such side effects are generally reversible.
If you’ve experience any negative (or positive) side effects of topical application or supplement intake, please let us know. Drop a comment in the section below.