Sunflower Oil

Our Sunflower Oil is certified organic, kosher certified, and non-GMO project verified. The oil is expeller pressed and refined from the seed of the sunflower.

Sunflower oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E. It deeply hydrates the skin, supports the skin barrier, reduces transdermal water loss, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing.12, 3, 4, 5 The oil is popular for healing wounds, and for treating psoriasis and arthritis.6 

Sunflower is also a great oil for those with acne prone skin due to the fact that it is high in linoleic acid. One theory of acne is that people with acne-prone skin have higher levels of oleic acid in the skin's sebum (natural oil), which contributes to breakouts.7 Another study found that directly applying linoleic acid to affected areas was effective at reduced small breakouts.Oils high in linoleic acid are also generally less thick, which is great for people with oily skin concerns. These oils are also effective at reducing the appearance of sunspots, or UV-induced hyperpigmentation.9

  1. Eichenfield L.F., McCollum, A., Msika, P. "The benefits of sunflower oleodistillate (SOD) in pediatric dermatology." Pediatric Dermatology. 2009 Nov-Dec; 26(6):669-75. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2009.01042.x.
  2. Danby SG, AlEnezi T, Sultan A, Lavender T, Chittock J, Brown K, Cork MJ. “Effect of olive and sunflower seed oil on the adult skin barrier: implications for neonatal skin care.” Pediatric Dermatology (2013): 42-50.
  3. Darmstadt, G. L., Mao‐Qiang, M., Chi, E., Saha, S. K., Ziboh, V. A., Black, R. E., … & Elias, P. M. "Impact of topical oils on the skin barrier: possible implications for neonatal health in developing countries." Acta Paediatrica91(5), (2002): 546-554.
  4. Marques, S. R., Peixoto, C. A., Messias, J. B., Albuquerque, A. R. D., & Silva Junior, V. A. D. (2004). "The effects of topical application of sunflower-seed oil on open wound healing in lambs." Acta Cirurgica Brasileira,19(3), (2004): 196-209.
  5. Modern Medicine Network. "Skin barrier benefits of sunflower oil." Modern Medicine Network. (2015). http://dermatologytimes.modernmedicine.com/dermatology-times/news/skin-b...
  6. WebMD. "Sunflower oil." WebMD. (n.d.) http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-40-sunflower%20...
  7. Downing, Donald T. et al. "Essential fatty acids and acne." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. (1986). 14(2): 221 - 225. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0190-9622(86)70025-X
  8. Letawe, Boone, & Pierard. "Digital image analysis of the effect of topically applied linoleic acid on acne microcomedones." Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 1998; 23: 56–58. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2230.1998.00315.x
  9. Ando, H., Ryu, A., Hashimoto, A. et al. "Linoleic acid and α-linolenic acid lightens ultraviolet-induced hyperpigmentation of the skin." Arch Dermatol Res (1998) 290: 375. https://doi.org/10.1007/s004030050320