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Is Buriti Oil Comedogenic?

Is Buriti Oil Comedogenic?

Buriti oil is extracted by cold pressing the fruit pulp. Rich in carotenoids, it provides many benefits to skin and hair, due to its antioxidant and photoprotective properties.

What Is Buriti Oil?

Native to Brazil, buriti is a tree that grows mainly in the Amazon forest. By mechanically pressing the pulp of its edible fruit, it produces an oil rich in essential fatty acids, beta-carotene (provitamin A) and vitamin E (tocopherol). This biochemical composition makes it interesting for skin and hair care.

The fatty acids are exploited for their emollient and nourishing properties. Vitamin A is an active ingredient that promotes cell regeneration; it thus helps to revive dull complexions. This molecule is also able to fight against the harmful effects of UV rays on the skin by promoting the production of melanin. In addition, vitamin E contributes to the fight against cell oxidation and skin aging. In addition to its benefits for the skin, the constituents of buriti oil strengthen and moisturize the hair, allowing it to retain its shine.

What Is a Comedogenic Compound?

The term "comedogenic" comes from the word "comedones" and refers to the ability of a cosmetic ingredient or product to clog the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for making sebum. By clogging the pores of the skin, a comedogenic compound will prevent the natural discharge of sebum. This phenomenon can then cause or aggravate various skin disorders, such as dilated pores, open microcysts (or blackheads), closed microcysts (or whiteheads) or even acne.

Is Buriti Oil Comedogenic?

 The comedogenicity of a compound is rated on a scale of 0 to 5. A score of 0 means that no comedones have developed and that the pores are not clogged, whereas a score of 5 means that there is a high probability that it will cause comedones. To calculate this index, the manufacturers determine, among other things, the speed of penetration of the compound in question in the surface layers of the skin and its sensitivity to oxidation.

The index of comedogenicity of a vegetable oil thus depends on its oxidative potential, knowing that an oxidized oil will be naturally comedogenic. In other words, an oil that is not very sensitive to oxidation is non-comedogenic.

Because of its vitamin E content, buriti oil is not very sensitive to oxidation. It is therefore categorized as a non-comedogenic oil.

Sources :

  • DiNARDO J. C. & al. A re-evaluation of the comedogenicity concept. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (2006).

  • SOUZA A. G. & al. Refining of buriti oil (Mauritia flexuosa) originated from the brazillian cerrado: physicochemical, thermal-oxidative and nutritional implications. Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society (2012).


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