Sunflower Seed Oil for Natural Skin Repair

Sunflowers, sunflower seeds, and bottles of sunflower oil

Sunflower seed oil (Helianthus annuus) has been a hot topic in the dermatology world as a topical treatment for many skin ailments. When applied to the skin, it assists in hydration, reduces water loss, promotes cell turnover, and stimulates healing of damaged skin. This oil is most commonly applied topically to the skin in the form of an essential oil.

It’s because of these properties that CANhaveTODAY uses sunflower oil in all four of our products! This includes our three salves, Soothing Juggernaut, Healing Legends, and Waters Mist, and our moisturizer, Sparkling Rain.

Enhancing Skin Barrier

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Dry skin is a result of a disrupted skin barrier. This leads to reduced presence of proteins and lipids in the epidermis (skin) (2). Sunflower seed oil has been studied for its application to improve natural skin barrier and function (1). It also promotes cell turnover in the skin which creates a tough and soft barrier to protect the body (2).

Increasing Water Retention

Dry skin on face

By promoting and enhancing a healthy skin barrier, sunflower oil improves water retention in the skin. By enhancing the surface of the skin, it ultimately reduces transepidermal water loss (water loss through the skin) (2).

See related: Have Healthy Skin Today Using All-Natural Skin Care Products

Promoting Healing of Damaged Skin

Wound on elbow

Research has been conducted on sunflower seed oil and its ability to promote healing of damaged skin. It is comparable to synthetic compounds utilized to improve healing in the skin. Fatty acids, such as linoleic acid, are present in this oil, and play a key role in healing damaged skin (3). By enhancing the skin barrier, it reduces the chance of infection, and decreases the recovering time of damaged skin.

Preventing Bacterial Infection

Baby in an incubator

Pre-term (premature) infants are susceptible to invasive bacterial infections due to a compromised, underdeveloped skin barrier. Sunflower seed oil has been used successfully as a topical treatment to rebuild the skin barrier in these pre-term infants (5). It promotes a healthy skin barrier which prevents invasive bacterial infections from occurring through the skin. This method is used as an inexpensive, natural alternative to expensive clinical treatments.

See related: Natural Antibiotic Ointments for Pus-filled Skin Lesions

Melanin Production


Sunflower seed oil contains Vitamin E, Vitamin B, and a high concentration of linoleic acid. These compounds promote melanin formation in the skin, ultimately enhancing pigmentation (4). This characteristic is critical in treating skin diseases such as Vitiligo.

Vitiligo affects up to 3% of people in the world and results in white patches of skin that lack any pigmentation. When used as a topical treatment, Sunflower oil can promote pigmentation and rebuild the skin barrier (4).

 Sunflower Seed Oil
AntibacterialModerate to Strong [1]
– AcneModerate [2]
– Cellulitis
– Itch
– Skin InfectionsStrong [3]
Anti-inflammatoryStrong [4]
– AcneModerate to Strong [1]
– Swelling
– Pain
AntifungalModerate to Strong [1]
– Athlete’s Foot
– Itch
AntimicrobialModerate to Strong [1]
AntioxidantModerate to Strong [2]
– Vitamin EYes [2]
– Vitamin AYes
– Omega-6Yes
MoisturizingStrong [3]
– EmollientStrong [3]  
– Humectant
– OcclusiveStrong [3]
Reduces hyperpigmentation
Reduces rednessStrong [4]
Soothes dry skinStrong [3]
Soothes itchStrong [5]
Heals woundsStrong [6,7,8]
Table 1. Properties of Sunflower seed oil beneficial to the skin.

Essential Oils that Fight for Your Skin

Sunflowers, sunflower seeds, and bottles of sunflower oil

Sunflower seed oil is becoming more widely recognized in the scientific community to promote a healthy skin barrier. Maintaining a healthy skin barrier is critical to maintaining skin hydration, enhancing skin cell regeneration, preventing bacterial infections, and promoting healing. At CANhaveTODAY we use sunflower seed oil to give you the best results in your fight for soft, supple skin!


1.     Natural Oils for Skin-Barrier Repair: Ancient Compounds Now Backed by Modern Science – PubMed (

2.     Dermocosmetics for Dry Skin: A New Role for Botanical Extracts – Abstract – Skin Pharmacology and Physiology 2011, Vol. 24, No. 6 – Karger Publishers

3.     Vegetable butters and oils in skin wound healing: Scientific evidence for new opportunities in dermatology – Poljšak – 2020 – Phytotherapy Research – Wiley Online Library

4.     The rationality involved in the popular use of coffee (Coffea sp) and sunflower seed (Helianthus annuus) for the treatment of vitiligo: a case report – PubMed (

5.     Topically applied sunflower seed oil prevents invasive bacterial infections in preterm infants in Egypt: a randomized, controlled clinical trial – PubMed (


Is sunflower seed oil good for your skin?

Sunflower seed oil is good for your skin. It can hydrate your skin, provide some relief, and protect it from infections. Additionally, it has vitamin E, which is great in combating the signs of skin aging.

Does sunflower seed oil trigger acne?

Sunflower seed oil doesn’t trigger acne.

Can sunflower seed oil be used for any skin type?

Sunflower seed oil gets along with just about any skin type! Whether your skin is dry, oily, acne-prone, or sensitive, sunflower seed oil can lend you a helping hand!

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