People can use almond oil to moisturize the skin and help treat conditions such as eczema.
What is almond oil?
There are two main types of almond oil, bitter and sweet, and manufacturers make them from different varieties of the Prunus dulcis tree. This tree is common in Mediterranean countries, and almonds are its seeds.
Manufacturers extract almond oil by pressing or grinding almonds. They may use heat or chemical solvents to refine the oil.
How to use it:
A person can massage the oil directly into the skin. It may help to first rub it between the palms or fingertips to warm it up.
Other uses include:
mixing the oil with sugar to make an exfoliating facial scrub
mixing it with salt to make a body scrub
adding a couple of tablespoons to a hot bath
rubbing the oil into chapped lips
applying it to the nails and cuticles
First, it is a good idea to perform a patch test on a small area to check for an adverse reaction. People with sensitive skin should perform the test over several days to give the body more time to respond.
Anyone with a nut allergy should not use almond oil. Also, having eczema can increase the likelihood of having allergies, so people with eczema may want to be extra careful when trying almond oil.