Borage Oil is a little-known secret for keeping your skin healthy. It is a natural oil that not only restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin but can also provide relief to people who suffer from chronic skin disorders such as eczema and atopic dermatitis.

“Borage seed oil, which has a high linolenic acid concentration, serves as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredient in skincare products,” says Bird. “Linolenic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid, helps promote a healthy skin barrier by replenishing the lipids in the stratum corneum, thus increasing hydration of the skin.”

    • Promotes health of the skin barrier: Borage seed oil reduces water loss through replenishing the lipid content of the epidermis, says Bird.
    • Has anti-inflammatory properties: Borage seed oil shows promise with inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, acne, rosacea, and seborrheic dermatitis, explains Bird.
    • Promotes improved wound healing: Bird says that by improving the health of the skin barrier, borage seed oil also reduces the risk of skin infections. 
    • Hydration: Borage seed oil is very hydrating to the skin, Weinstein tells us, and therefore is often found in facial moisturizers, serums, and oils. 

How to Use It

Borage seed oil for the skin is often found in everyday skincare products, and can be incorporated into both morning and nighttime routines, according to Weinstein. 

“As a moisturizer, it can be applied to clean, dry skin, usually after any prescription topicals (such as retinoids and steroids) are applied,” Bird further explains. “If it is being applied as an oil, it can be applied directly onto dry, clean skin. It should be applied after any water-based products and before a heavy moisturizer. The face can also be washed with products containing borage oil.”
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