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Is Shea Butter Good For Acne?

Acne sufferers, we feel for you. It can be a complex condition. Something that can help? Shea Butter. You may be surprised to learn that raw Shea butter can be used to treat the condition. Why Shea Butter for Acne Sufferers? The beauty of Shea butter is that it’s readily absorbed into the skin and effectively provides moisture without clogging the pores. It’s ideal to use Shea butter for acne because it’s non-comedogenic, meaning that it doesn’t interfere with skin pores and block them. What you don’t want is a product that is comedogenic.

It’s often recommended that you wash your face with a medicated cleanser first. This is to clear away any dead skin, oil, and other residues on your skin. Then, you can apply a thin layer of Shea butter for acne to zones that are often prone to breakouts. Dermatologists often recommend that you leave the raw Shea butter on your skin for approximately 8 hours. Overnight is perfect. Expect softer skin as well too when you wake up!

The reason why unrefined Shea butter is so fantastic for treating acne is that it is rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Acne is bacterial and inflamed. Shea butter can help calm this. However, it’s very important that you use Unrefined Shea Butter for acne, which you can get here. If you use a product that has chemical additives, such as certain dyes and fragrances, it may further irritate the skin. This is especially the case for people suffering from acne because the skin is already sensitive and inflamed. Make a note to check your current products!

It is also important that you use a good quality cleanser to remove trapped bacteria and excess oil before applying Shea butter. This way the healing properties of the Shea butter can effectively treat the skin and help it rejuvenate. What you want is a fresh canvas before applying. Skin experts often recommend using a cleanser that contains salicylic acid, especially if your skin is very oily. Often this applies more to teenagers going through puberty, as they are more prone to excessively oily skin. Adult acne sufferers usually have skin that’s more prone to dryness. Therefore, they typically need a cleanser with less anti-acne medication.

How to Use Shea Butter For Acne

There are a range of pharmaceutical cleansers that can be used to prep the skin for Shea butter acne treatment.  You can actually make Shea butter soap as an alternative, too! This is ideal for people that react badly to salicylic acid anti-acne cleansers. The great aspect of pure, unrefined Shea butter soap is that it’s free from humectants and added mineral oils that are found in body moisturizers… aka properties you don’t want on your face. The purity of raw Shea butter provides better skincare and will help to remove excess oil.

When your skin has been cleaned and dried, apply fresh raw Shea butter using a small makeup sponge. This is more effective than using your fingers. If you use your fingers, it can be counterproductive because you risk introducing more bacteria and oil into the acne breakout. A clean sponge designed for applying makeup will resolve this problem. Once you have applied a thin coat of Shea butter, it’s important not to touch it. Ideally, you want to apply the Shea butter for acne at night. Although, to keep your pillow cases clean, wait until the Shea butter is partly absorbed before going to bed. It also helps to sleep on your back if you can!

You can apply raw African shea butter for acne as it is. Although, we recommend using a recipe designed specifically for this skin condition. In our free recipe ebook which you can download here, we detail how you can create your own acne treatment cream using Shea butter. You can also add essential oils to enhance the scent. Although, it’s important only to use oils that are non-comedogenic and a VERY small amount. Steer away from sesame, grapeseed and coconut oils- those are pore clogging.  We provide a list of suitable oils in our recipe book. Once you have made your Shea butter for acne, you’ll be able to naturally treat this skin condition and help to heal scars and other blemishes.

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At Better Shea Butter, we take pride in helping our clients resolve skin problems such as acne with natural skin care that contains no mystery ingredients. Go ahead and place an order now for our all-natural, unrefined shea butter. Your skin will thank you!

What others are saying about our Shea butter for Acne:

“This stuff is great. I have irritated, red skin, but one layer of this at night, and my skin is soft, smooth, and healthy! I really feel like I’m feeding my skin with wonderful nutrients every time I use it. Highly recommend. A little goes a long way. It’s also totally helped prevent acne and heal my acne scars. If I have a blemish, I’ll put a dab of this on at night, and by morning the redness and inflammation is noticeably decreased.

“If you struggle with acne or red, dry, irritated skin, give this a try. I tried oils like avocado and almond oil, but they just didn’t seem to help all that much and only clogged my pores. Shea butter is more nurturing, more healing, and much easier to apply” -Katherine Hohne

” I use this to make my own lotion and use it plain on my face at night. This is by far the best moisturizer I have ever used and I have oily/acne prone skin that gets irritated by just about everything.” – A. Colton

“I’ve suffered from acne all my life. I’m currently 36yrs old and have finally found an effective natural treatment. The dermatologist prescribed topical solutions have dried my skin out along with the fall season. After using this shea butter raw, mixed with lavender and cold-pressed red raspberry oils my acne flair-ups are disappearing. My oily skin is more supple and balanced. Evident results after just a couple of days. Who would have thought thick butter and oils were the solutions all along!” -Amazon Customer

“I was struggling with my dark marks from acne & uneven skin tone. This has made a big difference in my face just after a week. It didn’t even clog my pores. I would recommend this product to anybody. Thank you.” -Nakeria Williams

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74 responses to “Is Shea Butter Good For Acne?

    1. Hi there! Just fill out the eBook download form in the middle of our Home Page, then it will be sent to you automatically 🙂

  1. I’ve just recently bought an organic unrefined Shea butter and I’m so excited to find out the many ways to use it with regards to skin care. I’d love to take a look at your ebook!

    1. Awesome! You can download our eBook for free, let me know if you have any questions or need any help with your recipes.

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    hi,am 14 and I wanna cure all the pimples on my face, and I need to know how long I need to use Shea butter on my face, before I can see the effect and can I mix Shea butter and honey for the same purpose

    1. Hi Naomi,

      How long it takes to get rid of acne depends also on your diet and water intake, shea butter alone may not resolve it depending on the severity. Hormones can also be responsible for acne, I am just letting you know so if one think doesn’t fully work, you can address the others. You can use honey to clean your face, then apply shea butter. Usually it takes about 30 days of daily use to see that it works. Best of luck to you!

  3. I have so many small pimples on my face but I’m not able to get rid off .it comes but takes so much time to go ..not acne problem. Shea butter can help me to get out from this problem?

    1. Hi Sangita, I can give you my opinion but I am prefixing it with: I’m not a doctor and this is not medical advice. Shea butter will feed and moisturize your skin more than any other cosmetic ingredient, and it is non-comedogenic which means that it will not clog your pores. To eliminate small pimples on your face let me suggest that you look at your diet and water intake. Most of the times, at least from my experience, pimples, breakouts and skin conditions in general are a combination of what goes on your body and what goes in it. Some foods are known to cause acne breakouts (dairy products are the worse, followed by products that contain hormones like meats). Sometimes it’s hormone related, sometimes it’s chemicals that are in your food. So my 2 cents are to address skin problems from both the inside with a diet that works for you, and from the outside by using products that nourish and heal your skin instead of products that have a list of 20 ingredients that are mainly all fluff and no substance. I hope this helps, you can try out our smaller size shea butter and see if that works for you.

    1. Shea butter is generally safe for most skin conditions, but each individual is different and you should ask the advice of your doctor. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  4. I have started using Shea Butter on my face after reading from you.I pray it works for me

    But is it okay if I mix the shea butter with any triple action cream?

    1. I would not mix the shea with any cream, but you can put the shea on your skin first, let it absorb, then apply another cream of choice.

  5. I would like to use shea butter get rid of the acne on my face..please how can i get the recipe book

    1. You could use shea butter as a base moisturizer for your face, then apply your serum of choice over it. I have personally not tried to mix the two in a skin care formula so I am not able to provide a recipe at the moment.

  6. Am a starter of natural skin care products business based in Kenya and especially of pure Shea butter.Your website has been very helpful because as i was doing my research on Shea Butter it gave me meaningful information about it plus the testimonials on the people who have used it. Am so thankful to your website.It gave me courage to Start it. Am in need of African black soap and Pure Cocoa butter in Wholesale. plus i look forward to the Recipe to make more Natural Oils with Shea Butter.

  7. I am using perfect white cream and i have developed many pimples all over my face. Can i use shea butter to treat the pimples?

    1. Hi there! I looked up the cream you mentioned and it looks like it has irritants and toxic ingredients, which could be the cause of your breakout. Shea Butter is one single ingredient, it is non-clogging, and it is loaded with vitamins. You can certainly give it a try, while it may not work for everyone, we have 1,000’s of customers saying it helped get rid of irritations and acne. I hope it works for you, let us know!

    1. Yes, shea butter will add moisture to your skin regardless of why it’s dry. If I can offer my opinion about acne, benzoyl peroxide is a harsh chemical and should be used with caution and for short periods of time or the side effects may harm your skin. And my other opinion is that often the right diet and vitamins and supplements (handling acne from the inside) is more effective than over the counter chemicals. But yes, shea butter is a very nourishing and gentle moisturizer and it’s non-comedogenic so will not irritate skin – as usual, test it on your skin first to make sure it works for your specific situation. I hope this helps.

  8. I have used shear butter for the last one month combined with black African soap but my worry is I’m having skin breakout since I have an oily face plus my skin has become darker should I stop using the products and look for something else (I have tried creams before and they irritate my eyes) shear butter makes me feel great though I have big pores on the skin.

    1. Hi Rita,

      Certainly discontinue anything that irritates your skin, I am sorry about the problems. Have the breakouts started after using black soap, or did you have them all along? Shea Butter is just one unrefined ingredient and is non-comedogenic so should not irritate your skin, black soap has several ingredients though and out of the two, it could have something that doesn’t agree with your skin.

      1. The skin breakout started since I was teenager I thought after having kids the problem would disappear but I was wrong. Could a recurring case of candida also contribute to the matter?

  9. Since I was teneeger I got pimples and black spots in my face but I used a lot of things,I ended up getting nothing from it , please my dear help me what should I do

    1. Hi honey, my best advice is to not use pre-made products that have a lot of ingredients on their label because it’s hard to pinpoint which ingredient irritates your skin. Try one ingredient at a time to see if it’s compatible with your skin, start with unrefined Ivory shea butter, it’s the one with the highest positive feedback from people that are acne prone. <3

  10. Whenever i use any cream or facial cream pimples will occur,pls i am so scared of using anything on my face pls what can i do?

    1. You can use single ingredients and not pr-made lotions for your skin. Everything that is pre-made has a lot of ingredients and it’s hard to pinpoint which one causes a breakout. If you just use one ingredient like shea or rosehip, you will tell right away if it works or not, no more guessing. We have the highest success and feedback with our ivory shea butter, customers say they don’t get any breakouts, you should give it a try!

  11. pls I got acne from using gold skin nd am currently treating it wit Nixoderm can I add shell butter to it nd will shell butter remove d scars

  12. hi pls I got acne from using gold skin nd am currently treating it wit nixoderm pls can I add shell butter to it nd will shell butter remove d scars

    1. I am not familiar with those products, however a lot of acne creams have ingredients that actually cause acne and irritation. Hard to believe, but it’s true! Shea Butter has been proven to be non-clogging, so many people with acne use it to moisturize their skin and let the acne calm down and disappear. I am not a doctor and I am not able to give you an educated advice, I can only share what many customers over the years have reported. Just try shea butter for about 30 days and see if you notice an improvement, and also research all the ingredients in your cream, you may find some that are known irritants.

  13. please Can shea butter cure my pimple and black spot cos i have been using Lemon fresh cream and nothing is happening

    1. Shea butter can absolutely help with calming down acne, but in my opinion and experience, you may need to also do other things concurrently. For acne, get rid of any make up products that have fragrances or harsh chemicals. For the dark spots, you need to always protect your skin from the sun with a SPF lotion or the sun will darken your spots. Even on a cloudy day, the sun rays will filter through the clouds and affect your skin.

  14. Completely getting rid of acne scars takes a long time. Getting rid of scars isn’t very easy.

    Squeezing or picking at acne can damage the skin tissue around the acne. This can lead to the scarring that is such a concern for many people.

    If the nature of your scars is mild to moderate, then home remedies are sufficient. There are many lotions based on alpha hydroxyl acid and retinol. These lotions are very effective for the treatment of the acne scars. it also depends on the type of your skin. If you have a sensitive skin type, it will be better not to use lotions based on the above ingredients. They can harm sensitive skin. There is a specific range of medications to treat people who can not undergo retinol and alpha acid treatments. The most effective among them are lavender oil, aloe vera juice and rosehip seed oil. They can heal scars without harming the skin in the long run.

    I suggest trying aloe vera juice and putting that on your face at night where the scars are.

  15. Baby acne is caused by the infux of hormones the baby experiences during birth and shortly after. It will clear up on its on, probably within the next month or less. Don’t pick at them or put any sort of lotion or acne medication on them. Use a clean cloth to wash their face once a day and keep it clean and dry (wipe up any milk spillage) and it will be gone before you know it!

  16. The best way to get rid of acne for good is detoxification. Back acne is like any acne, and it should be treated the same way.

    Acne is an internal problem that translates into skin inflammations and eruptions in the form of acne. This is why skin treatments are not the best solution for acne, but natural remedies can be. I would recommend eating lots of fruit and drinking lots of water.

    However, It has been widely reported that “apple-fasting” (a detox method) is the fastest natural way to cure acne. Many of my readers have reported their acne clearing up in just days while apple-fasting.

  17. Back acne (or bacne as it’s sometimes called) is very, very embarrassing. I have had to deal with it myself so I know how you feel. I even had to buy different bathing suits that cover different areas depending on where my breakouts were. So, here’s what has helped me keep the acne on my body at bay:

    First, I would cleanse with a gentle cleanser that your skin likes. For your body, you only need to cleanse once per day. Only wash off again if you’ve been sweating a lot. Also, make sure that the cleanser does not contain any alcohol. Alcohol will dry out your skin, stripping away your natural oils. When this happens, your skin will respond by producing more oil – which will cause more acne. So, be careful here.

    Next, I would exfoliate with a gentle exfoliator – and do it REGULARLY. This depends on your skin type. Exfoliating your skin will help remove dead skin cells that get trapped because of too much sebum (oil) on your skin – causing pores to get clogged…thus forming acne. Most people think that by scrubbing their skin, they will get rid of their blemishes but you could be doing too much. Here’s what I recommend: With oily skin, you should exfoliate 3-5 per week. If you have dry or sensitive skin, only once per week; Normal skin would be everyday.

    Next, I would spray my problem areas with the following home made solution. Get a spray bottle and mix a water / vinegar solution. Apple cider vinegar is good but you can use regular vinegar as well. I use a 1:1 ratio but you can use less vinegar if you’d like (you may want to start off with 90% water, 10% vinegar to see how your skin reacts – work your way up, if needed). Then, spray the problem areas at night before you go to bed then shower in the morning. If you normally shower at night, go ahead and still spray it. The “vinegary” smell should dissipate but you may still want to wash off with a wash cloth in the morning. This can be very helpful for your back.

  18. As a teenage boy I suddenly developed acne n needed the most accessible way to cleanse, Tone and moisturise especially as I’m in school where storage is a problem. Please what can best suit me for cleansing, toning and moisturizing? Thanks

    1. Hi Nemi, for cleansing I suggest black soap, it has shea butter in it and will clean without being harsh on your skin. If you order our 1lb black soap you need to cut off small slivers of it and use those until you’re out, then cut another piece and so on. For moisture, the unrefined shea butter is the best choice, it will not clog your pores even if it’s a butter, just use a little bit at a time. Have you looked into taking supplements that help drying out acne? I can’t give any medical advice, but if you look up vitamin A and Zinc supplements for acne, there’s some good and simple info that may help you.

  19. So do I apply shea butter to my face at night and then wash my face again in the morning and apply more shea butter? I have oily skin

    1. If you have oily skin, you will want to use very little shea butter, do it after you wash your face and before you go to bed. I don’t believe you will also need it in the morning if your skin is oily. I am not sure if you are aware, but lotions that contain SPF are usually good for oily skin because they tend to dry it out a bit and absorb the oil – plus an SPF face lotion is essential to protect you from the sun and avoid dark spots.

  20. I had a sudden breakout all over my face last night, it was so horrible. I’m glad to have come across this post because I luckily have unrefined shea butter at home.
    My question is, what can I use as a natural alternative for cleanser? I react easily to chemicals on my face 🙂

    1. You can remove any makeup from your face with a light oil like almond, apricot or jojoba oil. Then you can dampen your face and massage honey on your face, then rinse. Honey works like magic and this gentle cleaning routine is super natural! Bees are amazing at making nice things for us.

  21. Dear Isabelle, thanks so much for sharing this! I already use tea tree oil as a natural remedy for my acne and I will try shea butter now as well. Fingers crossed!

    1. Using shea butter alone has helped many that have break outs caused by lotions with synthetic ingredients. Not all skins are the same, but it is definitely worth trying.

  22. Isabella I have acne on my face I don’t what caused the breakout. I want to use Shea butter like u suggested but I see some other reports about it causing the skin to darken or giving an increase in pimples is this actually true

    1. I have never heard of skin getting darker because of shea butter, that’s not even possible because unrefined shea butter has no colorants. Skin can darken if you don’t use an SPF lotion when you are in the sun, or a hormone unbalance can cause dark spots, other than that, I am not sure what can cause skin discoloration. As for shea butter increasing pimples, I think that can only happen if your skin is somewhat allergic to shea butter. Under normal circumstances, shea butter is the one natural beauty product that does not clog pores but feeds your skin with nutrients, and that can help calm down acne breakouts. You can try our smaller size of 8oz bar or jar and see how it works for you, below are the links. I hope you love it!

  23. Dear isabella…I have a very oily and sensitive skin….nothing seems to work for even the honey mask gave me rashes and dulled my face… also using cottage black soap and its giving me rashes….I don’t if I should try the shear butter regime but I wanna ask can I use Shea butter as my face cream? cos nothing has even work for me

    1. Hi Vivian, for very sensitive skins I prefer to recommend a single oil that is similar to the skin sebum and it works with pretty much every skin type. That’s jojoba Oil, have you ever tried that? As for shea butter, it’s used alone on skin for the most varied skin types, and we have many customers who use it on their babies to calm eczema. You can always try our sample size butter and see if shea butter works for you, link is below:

  24. I have oily acne prone skin, my skin is also sensitive. All my life i have tried several lotions and moisturizers but nothing has worked for me. i am tired of continuous breakout. Right now i don’t know which lotion to buy.

    1. Try unrefined shea butter, it’s only one ingredient and it will moisturize your skin without clogging it or irritating it.

  25. Hi Isabella, I have been suffering from acne for a couple of years now due to my oily and acne prone skin. I once used honey to treat it which started showing positive results for a few days, but later everything changed and my acne became worst. Right now, I’m using unrified Shea butter, but I’m still afraid my acne will get worst just like it did when I used honey. I really want to get rid of acne, it have ruined my life.

    1. Hi there, I hear you and I get it! Shea Butter, even if it’s 100% fats, does not normally clog pores at all, and a lot of people that are acne prone use it successfully. One ingredient that will keep your skin from getting oily, or even to treat break outs, is Zinc Oxide. You can add some to your melted shea butter, stir well then let it get back to normal consistency, then use that on your face. I hope this helps.

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