If you are someone with a beard, then you might find that natural oils can be a useful way to help make your beard look and feel better. While many of the claims around oils and natural products can be exaggerated, some are very true. For example, a common solution for many people today is to try and use castor oil for beard growth. Is there any validity to this statement, though? Can we really expect to see our beards grow stronger, thicker and fuller if were to start using castor oil?
Castor oil is taken from the seeds of the castor plant and has become a major part of Indian natural hair care. It’s been used to help combat and minimise allergic reactions for decades, too. One of its most potent links, though, is for hair growth and hair strength. Is it the case when it comes to using castor oil for beard growth, though?
According to the research, it is looking fairly promising. One finding is that, since castor oil has ricinoleic acid, it’s a great source of omega-9 unsaturated fatty acids. Ricinoleic acid has been linked to PGD2 which is known to help shrink hair follicles. This has been linked to hair loss for some time now. It’s believed that castor oil can make changes to this substance and ensure that it helps to ensure hair loss is either reduced or stopped.
It’s also a source of anti-inflammatory assistance, which can play a role in making our hair grow faster on safer skin. It’s also linked with making our hair stronger and more manageable.
Castor oil is also linked with making our hair follicles more naturally stimulated. It also helps to improve blood flow and circulation naturally, which is regularly linked with making our hair grow faster.
So, can I use castor oil for beard treatment?
At the moment, though, growing a beard and growing hair on your head can be quite different things. It is worth trying to adjust your lifestyle first, as castor oil – when used alongside having a healthy lifestyle – could help to improve growth naturally. Since we often find castor oil in hair and beard products, it’s assumed to be a great thing for our hair. At the moment, though, much more clinical work is needed to determine how realistic these claims actually are.
When combined with a healthy lifestyle, though, there’s no active need to worry about castor oil harming you. Since it has been shown to help combat infections and bacterial build-up, though, it could be useful for helping to make hair grow faster purely because the follicles are properly protected.
If you do choose to use castor oil, make sure you don’t apply it to any cuts or irritated parts of the skin. This can make it worse, especially in those who are suffering from dermatitis. You might also notice that you can get sore stomachs, potentially leading to vomiting, if you were to ingest some castor oil. As ever, reach out to a medical professional before you try using castor oil for beard assistance.
Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020.
Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country.
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