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When you’re dealing with rashed skin, you can’t just slather on any moisturizer, cream, or the latest miracle potion promoted by beauty influencers. You’ve got to make sure the ingredients in your skincare formulas are clean, free of questionable ingredients, promote a healthy skin barrier, and soothe instead of potentially irritate your skin. And that’s why today I want to talk about one of my favorite skincare ingredients: black cumin seed oil. Black cumin seed oil’s skin benefits run deep and there’s a reason it’s been used for ages as a skin soother.

So, let’s discuss what’s so incredible about thymoquinone, the active ingredient in black seed oil, the science behind it, and how to harness its powerful benefits for your skin.

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In This Episode:

  • The difference between Nigella sativa L. Seed Oil, Black Seed Oil, and Black Cumin Seed Oil
  • The interesting historical background of black cumin seed oil
  • What’s so amazing about thymoquinone — the active ingredient in black seed oil
  • The science-backed black cumin seed oil skin benefits for rashes
  • Practical tips for incorporating black cumin seed oil into your skincare routine
  • Why you shouldn’t apply undiluted black cumin seed oil directly to skin
  • How we incorporated black cumin seed oil into DermaQuell creams


“One of the things I love so much about black cumin seed oil is that it’s a soothing balm for  rashed skin, and it possesses a unique blend of properties that helps to alleviate symptoms while addressing underlying causes.”

“Black seed oil is such a powerful ally for rashes because it could help get the growth of bacteria and fungi on the skin under control. So while it’s working to support healthy levels of inflammation and your skin barrier — it also keeps the microbes that exacerbate rashes at bay, too.”


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335: Why I Love THESE Black Cumin Seed Oil Skin Benefits {FULL TRANSCRIPT}

Welcome back to episode 335 of the Healthy Skin Show! In today’s episode, I’m going to talk all about black cumin seed oil skin benefits — and how to use this incredible oil for rashed skin.

It’s important to note here: you can’t apply black cumin seed oil undiluted directly to your skin. If you don’t use it properly, it can be hot and irritating, so you definitely don’t want to do that. (1)

But as part of the right kind of formula, it has so many phenomenal skin benefits and can feel particularly soothing for rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and even acne.

Black seed oil’s been used for hundreds of years and is prized for its powerful skin-supportive benefits all over the world.

So let’s dig into the many benefits of black cumin seed oil for your skin, especially if you battle rashes.

What Are Black Cumin Seed Oil Skin Benefits?

Black cumin seed oil has been used for centuries across many different cultures. (2)

But it’s more than just a compound that kills bacteria in a petri dish. It has the potential to be a seriously powerful ally in fighting skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, vitiligo, and more.

Beauty skincare experts love it too, because it’s so nourishing and appears to have antioxidant properties that could help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is because black cumin oil is a treasure trove of bioactive compounds. (3) Its main active ingredient, thymoquinone, is revered for its potential anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antioxidant, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. (4)

Black cumin oil also contains essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that are vital for maintaining skin health. These include linoleic acid (omega-6), oleic acid, palmitic acid, quercetin, alpha-hedrin, and vitamins A (carotene), E (tocopherols), thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate, many of which can be helpful to nourish, repair, and protect the skin. (4,5)


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Nigella Sativa L. Seed Oil Vs Black Cumin Seed Oil

One quick thing to mention about black cumin seed oil that sometimes causes confusion — its scientific name is Nigella Sativa L. And it’s also sometimes referred to as black seed oil, or even cumin noir.

All of these things are the same exact thing. Just different names.

Interestingly, black cumin seed is not related to the spice cumin whatsoever. They come from two completely different families of plants. Although black cumin is sometimes used for cooking in Persian and Indian cuisines, it’s generally used in a more medicinal manner.


The History Of Black Cumin Seed Oil

I’ve mentioned already that black cumin seed oil has been used for centuries. And traditionally, it’s been used for a wide range of applications. Muslim texts refer to black cumin seed oil as a remedy for everything except death. Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun was even buried with black cumin seeds. (6,7)

In addition to being used topically, black seed oil can also be taken orally for everything from heart health to digestive and liver support. (6)


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Black Cumin Seed Oil For Skin Rashes

We know that skin rashes can stem from a whole host of factors including allergies, infections, gut health deficits, hormone imbalances, or autoimmune disorders. Usually a few at one time.

<<And if you want to nail down what’s behind your rash, be sure to download my Skin Rash Root Cause Finder here to get started >>

One of the things I love so much about black cumin seed oil is that it’s a soothing balm for rashed skin. It possesses a unique blend of properties that helps to reduce or soothe symptoms while addressing underlying causes.

A 2013 study of newly diagnosed hand eczema patients found that black cumin seed oil was effective at reducing the severity of eczema over the course of four weeks. Patients were broken into 3 groups which received different treatments – topical steroids, Eucerin and black seed oil – which they were to apply two times a day. By the end of the study, the topical black seed oil group showed the same rapid improvement as the steroid medication group, which was superior to those using Eurcerin. (8)

Though we’re not mice, a 2018 eczema study showed that induced ear eczema in mice was improved using topical and oral thymoquinone. Authors noted that the active constituent of black seed oil “reduced in ear thickness, IgE level and downregulated IL-4, IL-5 and IFN-γ levels” when compared to the group that was using the immunosuppressant tacrolimus. (9)

Black seed oil was also part of a natural topical treatment for a group of psoriasis patients who were deemed “treatment resistant”. Over the course of a 12-week period, researchers noted a reduction in the PASI score in 10 out of 12 patients by over 75%. Scaling, redness and plaque thickness improved significantly with zero adverse effects reported. (10)

A 2014 randomized clinical trial study found the same types of results in a group of 60 psoriasis sufferers using black seed oil taken orally or used topically (or both). Participants showed improvement rates ranging from 50 to 85% depending on their exposure to black cumin seed oil. While there was a relapse of psoriasis symptoms in some of the patients at a 4-week follow-up after stopping their particular treatment, it is interesting to consider what impact the black seed oil had in potentially modulating underlying inflammation. (11)

A small study on 33 vitiligo patients using a topical cream of black seed oil “applied to hands, face, and genital region two times a day for 6 months” found that these patients experienced a “statistically significant repigmentation” in those areas. (12)

And when researchers studied the chemical composition of black cumin oil, they found it was positively packed with fatty acids — 32 of them! (13) They also found that it significantly improved hydration and barrier function, while reducing skin irritation. (14)


Black Seed Oil + Inflammation Support

Black cumin oil’s great at supporting healthy levels of inflammation. That means it could help to soothe the itch, redness, and discomfort. Thymoquinone is the underlying hero here — it’s thought to be the primary anti-inflammatory component in black seed oil. Thymoquinone's effects are particularly beneficial for supporting skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Studies have shown that black cumin seed oil could reduce the redness, itching, and irritation often associated with these skin conditions by inhibiting inflammation. (15)

And specifically for those struggling with acne, black seed oil is low in comedogenicity, meaning that it’s unlikely to clog your pores.


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Black Cumin Seed’s Skin Barrier Support

Black cumin seed oil is packed with fatty acids, which makes it an excellent moisturizer that can help maintain the skin's lipid barrier, preventing dryness and keeping the skin hydrated and happy. This aids in preventing further irritation and infection, which is crucial for healing rashes.


Antimicrobial Effects of Black Cumin Seed Oil

Black seed oil is such a powerful ally for rashes because it can help rebalance bacteria and fungi on the skin. One paper noted research indicating that certain concentrations of black cumin seed oil could inhibit the growth of gram-positive Staph aureus as well as certain gram-negative bacteria like Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. (14)

Additionally, thymoquinone may prevent the growth of acne-causing P. acnes bacteria in pores while also controlling inflammation. (16)

Certain types of extracts (and certain concentrations) may be helpful for different fungal and candida organisms, as well as certain types of worm (helminth) infections (typically in conjunction with specific anti-parasitic medication). (6,15)

So while it’s working to support healthy levels of inflammation and your skin barrier — it also supports your body in keeping the microbes that exacerbate rashes at bay, too. (16)


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Supports Skin Healing

On top of all that, black cumin seed oil is adept at enhancing skin healing. Its dense nutrient profile supports skin rebuilding, helping to aid in the repair and restoration of more balanced skin. Plus, it supports the skin's resilience against daily stressors, and it can help increase collagen. (17,18)

That’s why black cumin seed oil is such an amazing skin supporter. It works on so many different levels simultaneously to help rashed skin get the love it needs to calm down and feel less angry.


How To Add Black Cumin Seed Oil Into Your Skincare Routine

You have to be careful with black cumin seed oil. It needs to be properly diluted, so you shouldn’t apply straight black seed oil directly to your skin. It can be “hot” and irritating if not properly diluted. Plus, on its own, black cumin seed oil tends to be a bit stinky.

When you’re looking to try out black cumin seed oil to see if it can help you — be sure to look for high-quality oil. You want to make sure the oil retains all of its potent bioactive compounds. And you also want to make sure any products formulated with black cumin seed oil don’t contain any potential irritants. Look for formulas without any harmful additives or chemicals.

And you probably already know this, but always be sure to try out any skincare product on a patch of skin before going all in and lathering it all over your body!


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Black Cumin Seed Oil In Skin Care

Black cumin seed oil is the standout superstar ingredient in several of our Quell formulas. We have blended it with a host of other clean, natural, skin-supportive ingredients.

Quell creams are made specifically just for people with skin rashes — and are always free of steroids and toxic ingredients.

The best way to try out black cumin seed oil and experience its remarkable benefits is to order our sample pack.

It includes samples of all three of our most popular Quell formulas, the Daily Butter, Nourish Butter, and Z+ Rebuilder.

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