Argan Oil [DermTV.com Epi #481]

Argan Oil [DermTV.com Epi #481]


Argan oil has been called “liquid gold”. The hype is in the stratosphere, but when
it comes to skincare, does it really have the Midas touch? Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz [pause] And welcome to DermTV! Argan oil has quite an alluring story, even before you taste, see or apply it. It’s made from the fruit of the thorny argan
tree, which only grows in Morocco… where a virtual army of mostly women workers
extract the oil from the nuts of the fruit by a tedious hand
process. Argan oil has multiple pharmacologic properties
that together with its flavor, appearance and scarcity are partly responsible
for its sky rocketing demand and growing list of alleged beneficial effects. The actual oil is copper or golden colored,
hazelnut flavored, and is rich in antioxidants, especially Vitamin
E and an omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic
acid. It has twice as much Vitamin E as olive oil and since linoleic acid deficiency can cause
poor wound healing, its high content may be responsible for its traditional and historical use for treating
skin inflammation, acne, dry skin, psoriasis, dry cuticles, dry
hair and even hair loss. Argan oil now appears as an ingredient in
hundreds of skincare and haircare products with claims ranging
from improving the feel and texture of skin and hair to antioxidant and antiaging properties for
facial skin. Despite the growing list of skin benefits, there is very little evidence at this time
from independent researchers to support those claims, especially those
concerning acne and anti aging. As a topical antioxidant, it’s unlikely to
be effective due to lack of penetration through the skin without chemical carriers to enhance its penetration. One medical study from Bulgaria alleged evidence
of sebum control from a topical product containing other ingredients
in addition to the argan oil, but without controls, you can’t conclude
which ingredient was responsible for decreasing skin oiliness. That being said, many patients tell me how they love the effect of argan oil on their
cuticles and the way it leaves their hair feeling. These are two examples of clear, beneficial
effects of argan oil, but frankly, I’ll bet that there are much
less expensive products that can do the same. Some skincare companies have included argan
oil in proprietary ingredients with catchy names like Argatensyl, promoted
to help fight wrinkles and sounding remarkably similar to other established
wrinkle fighting ingredients. Most of the claims and excitement comes from
the companies that produce argan oil or products containing
it. Argan oil may be a case where the marketers
have the midas touch, not the product. Argan oil, on the basis of its pharmacologic
properties may have a lot of potential in skincare, but
for now, buyer beware.

47 Comments

  • kindAhumaNbeinG says:

    Hello there
    Since I have very dry and sensitive skin, I rely on argan oil as a night serum in addition (not as substitute) to my usual skin care routine. And I must say, this was the first product that actually helped with my very flaky winter skin without irritating it. When it comes to the financal factor, I don't mind it being an expensive oil, since i bought 250ml for about 30$, which might sound like much but I use it everyday and after 1.5 years, I still have more than half of it left…

  • Playzorr says:

    0:27 to 0:37 sounds funny

  • icezabatsu says:

    He is the best!!!!

  • eighthcylinder says:

    Thanks for clearing that up!

  • Rivy O says:

    dr.shultz i think it does work in reducing acne….i had little bumps on my forehead and chin and i was wondering why…i was drinking a ton of water everyday and have been using glycolics for months…i got a free sample at sephora for the josie maran 100%argan oil and used one drop mixed in with my moisturize, to my pleasant surprise all the bumps were gone completely…

  • isiart.net beauty and lifestyle says:

    I first heard of argan oil nearly 10 years ago when it was promoted free to chefs as a flavorful cooking and seasoning oil. It didn't really take off. Then about 5 years ago my hairdresser promoted it to me as a hair oil. As I had some from the food industry promotion that was 100% pure and cold pressed I didn't want to buy the one laced with cheap silicons for an unrealistic price after I knew it was once quite affordable in large quantities. It is clever marketing with a new sales pitch imo.

  • Samira Minaei says:

    Can you recommend to use Argan oil on your face, or mix it with your day cream? I am by the way 16 years old.

  • Rose Stewart-Fram says:

    How can I get rid of these red dots, hemagiomas? I have a couple on my forehead and one on my temple. My husband has them all over his body. We'll be 58 this year. Really love all the information.

  • Mediahound says:

    Those are easy to remove with a laser.

  • salvi1565 says:

    informative video, what about rosehip oil?

  • dermTVdotcom says:

    For more information, see the DermTV episode "What Are Cherry Hemangiomas" youtube.com/watch?v=ywt83ve5pN0

    Thanks for watching!

  • irreplaceableF says:

    What's more, Argan oil is a natural sun protection that's why I love use it in summer months. Despite of my oily skin, I like mixing it with a cream as a primer for a foundation. It really works and any pimples are gone. The best oil I've ever had.

  • petite stacey says:

    talk about jojoba oilll please Dr Schultz

  • Madison Waller says:

    Shea butter next please!

  • hypnoz123 says:

    It's mediocre, mostly hype. There are many better oils

  • Ellehcar says:

    Please talk about shea butter. Preferably the unrefined version πŸ™‚

  • Rashmi Akram says:

    More about rosehip oil please πŸ™‚

  • LouLouLucyy says:

    what about coconut oil for acne?

  • satirida says:

    sweet….. as always πŸ™‚

  • snoopy1702 says:

    Thanks for doing this video!

  • LULI_MAKEUP says:

    please talk about the dead sea

  • ADRIANA7503 says:

    a thousand thanks!

  • Lindsey says:

    You're so informative!

  • dancenow45 says:

    hazelnut flavor? why does mine smell like shit?

  • Maria says:

    whats your opinion on rose hip oil? i have been told that it can remove scars and inflammation. many top celebrities promote it like miranda kerr.

  • letti630 says:

    please talk about other essential oils. a lot of expensive skincare products have them, such as daphin, etc….. they are expensive and seem to work for you. but they do not have the carriers to deliver to skin as well. what do you think doctor? thank you

  • Hazannuma says:

    Hahahahah, same here!

  • Princess Leia says:

    I KNEW IT!!! Thank you for clarifying Doctor! Don't buy the hype people!

  • KraftyKaitlyn says:

    What about Maracuja oil?

  • Princess Leia says:

    Don't get me wrong, i'm not saying it's a bad product at all! All i'm saying is, it's not miracle in a bottle!
    I've used it for my hair too, and it left it soft and shiny, but i didn't find it any better than , for example coconut oil! It's been hyped up a lot lately and its price is sometimes ridiculous, yet i don't find it better than other oils!

  • Jenny says:

    does rosewater work or is it also one of those gimmicks that say that they work on your skin? πŸ™

  • Jenny says:

    i use oil based makeup removing cleansers. it worked really well for me with emulsifying and removing all the makeup but i follow up with a soap/foam based cleanser.

  • Jenny says:

    i would also like to know this

  • farmec77 says:

    I would so like to know what oil is good for the face. I like to put some oil on my face specially in the winter time. Always in the evening, like a mask, I keep it as long as I can and after that I only dub the exess before bed. If I do that in the regular basis my skin is soft and moisureized. I now use the aloe vera organic oil from Santa Verde, a german company.
    There are so many oils out there, I would like to know witch is the best for the face Dr Shulz.
    Thank you

  • blabla365love says:

    Bio Oil

  • JustTiffanyLou says:

    What about almond oil does it really lighten the skin

  • Savannah Kiez says:

    Happy that you posted this, I was just considering taking the Argan Oil plunge.

  • girlvegan1 says:

    Another words, don't believe the hype in all marketing claims. It's all what the call "puffing" and it's legal. Watch out!!

  • Nofretari says:

    I know I will never give up my Argan oil no matter what anyone else says. I works wonders on my hair.

  • jenn Guo says:

    Argon oil which is a very good oil to treat dry skin

  • bookwrm4evr says:

    i used some lip stuff and hair stuff with argan oil and both times i had a reaction..the lip stuff made my stomach ache and cramp so bad and the hair stuff made my scalp break out in a bumpy rash πŸ™ its hard to find products WITH OUT that stuff in it πŸ™

  • AvieMare says:

    I make my own soaps and cosmetics and have formulated an Argan Oil and Matcha Green Tea facial soap that I must say is the best cleanser I have ever used on my face. The Oils in the soap are predominantly Argan instead of the tiny smidge you get from the big companies. Powdered 100% ceremonial grade green tea adds an antioxidant whallop. The lather turns into a thick cream and leaves the face clean, firm and soft as a baby's bottom! Then I proceed with my B-5 Gel and CoQ10/polypeptide serum. M

  • theAbeElement says:

    I am so glad you talked about this! thankyou!

  • Tara Love says:

    Where can you buy it>

  • Ygonzalez120 says:

    So what would be a better alternative to a topical antioxidant ?

  • DeathAngleZoe says:

    I swear Argan oil breaks me out. Is that normal? πŸ™‚

  • EndlessSky says:

    This is an informative video. Thank you for saving me money!

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