I have a strict relationship with emu oil. I've now had two different sorts, from two different brands i found on Amazon. On my face, it really breaks me out, consistently, and while i am too young, i tried this out on my mothers wrinkles and she much preferred a drop of Neem oil in her Argan oil for an instant fix.
However, emu oil is miraculous for the growth of eyelashes. I used this cheap mascara for almost a year and it caused all of my eyelashes to fall out, and i mean ALL OF THEM. It was a horrible situation and embarrassing. Castor oil gave me milia and for some reason caused any eyelashes that did want to grow again -grow out in weird angles. However, emu oil, after a month caused my entirely bald eyelids to grow strong, long, curly eyelashes, which now after two months are touching my eyebrows and growing in strong lines. It is a miracle. They used it a lot for burn victims to grow in eyebrows because the oil actually stimulates the formation of new hair cells.
I adore this oil. I've made the decision to only use natural skin care products on my face so I'm always researching what oils are beneficial for skin. I came across this oil and was intrigued with all of the aliments EO is said to cure. EO has a natural ingredient in it that is said to help better penetrate this into the deeper layers of the skin which is necessary for optimal results. The brand that I use is Emu Gold and I get it from the website iherb. The small bottle is about 9 bucks which i find to be a better alternative than spending 50 bucks from some big brand name for the same sized bottle. I apply it generously so it does get used quickly so in the future I will most likely purchase a bigger bottle.
I don't have acne prone skin but I have very sensitive, dry, and pale skin which is largely why chemical based products just don't work out for me. It moisturizes wonderfully and it sinks into the skin relatively quickly. I apply this to damp skin because you will achieve better results that way (in my opinion). Since I have such pale skin, dark under eye circles are apparent and I have found EO to aid in keeping them at bay. It has worked better than any other oil I have used under the eyes. It's great for skin texture/tone as well and I also mix this with Tamanu Oil and Rosehip Seed Oil, I'm an oil junkie!
The best part about natural products is that there are no risks associated with them unless you have an allergy to it. I find that my skin is happier and healthier with the natural products that mother nature has so kindly provided us with. This is definitely a keeper for me and I can't wait to see the results further down the road.
I bought Aus Spirit pure emu oil from a local natural food store and it was pretty expensive, about $20 for a small bottle. But you only need a couple drops so it lasts ages. I really don't like the smell of emu oil, for some reason it reminds me of meat. Ugh.
It works pretty well, I have combination, sensitive, acne-prone skin and I use this at night instead of a moisturizer. It definitely makes my skin soft, and suprisingly once it absorbs (rub really well for a minute and then let it soak in for a bit) it doesn't leave a greasy residue. But I wouldn't use it under makeup, it's too oily for that.
It hasn't done a thing to help heal my breakouts but doesn't seem to irritate or cause any further breakouts. I'd give it a solid 6 out of 10.. Meh.
Have been using emu oil for 6 months now. Once daily right after a shower. Had read Elayne Angel's advice to use it on fresh piercings to help them heal better. All you need is a drop massaged into the piercing. My piercing never got infected and is healing perfect - even my piercer says so. True testament was when it got snagged and was raw, I remedied it with the oil and healed just fine. Instead, a friend who wasn't on emu oil & with the same piercing also snagged hers but got an infection. People say it thickens the skin tissue - debatable but possible. Depending on the brand you use, it can also help with muscle aches. I sprained my back and used it as a massage oil to ease the pain. Worked well to relieve pain. Currently also using it on 10-year old stretch marks but have yet to see efficacy in that department. Expensive, hard to find the good brands. But a good one would be in a glass bottle and you can tell separates. Don't buy those that are viscous and don't separate without some cloudy sediment.
I am using this to treat a chemical burn on my chin and it is helping immensely. I have been using it for 2 days and already the rough patches are coming off, leaving pink healthy skin behind, this is more improvement than I saw in the 3 days before it. If I start slacking on application, it starts to get rough again... so I know it's the emu oil and not just time.
Like many others have said, Emu oil is an amazing alternative to over the counter products to get rid of post-acne redness. Some people even experience bad reactions from those products because they are full of chemicals while emu oil is all natural with no side effects!
You can learn about how emu oil gets rid of red marks here: http://acne-pimples.net/ it's the article titled "How to Get Rid of Red Pimples, Naturally"
There's a bunch of info from how to use it and what the best brands are, very helpful!
Works like gang busters on my eczema. I have never used anything like it for dry skin. (Warming- a little goes A LONG way)
i bring this with me everywhere i go. it's an all-purpose skin treatment oil..
you can use this to:
treat fine lines and wrinkles
lighten dark under eyes, dark lips, and dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation, sun exposure, and acne
moisturize your face and body without clogging your pores
treat active pimples gently and well, a bit more slowly than chemical spot treatments, but surely will keep them from leaving behind scars
lighten and moisturize elbows, knees, and underarms
you can also mix this with sugar to serve as face, lip, and body scrub.
The brand I use is Emu Gold, I bought it from iherb (pls use my coupon code YOF209 to get discount!)
Okay, so I have used this for 3 months on mainly my cheek as I have clear skin on T-zone. Have loads of PIH/red marks (red and brown colored). The texture is slightly thicker than jojoba oil. white colored (not that opaque, perhaps "cloudy" but not thin cloudy).
How I apply:
after cleansing and toning, and AFTER my tamanu oil. I combined tamanu oil (see my review there) with emu oil on top to "push" any goodies I layer on my skin before emu oil. Tamanu oil and emu oil are anti inflammatory oil and I am a living proof for it! Not only for my popped whiteheads, emu oil can calm down my big cystic acne (without them bursting in white pus, it just goes down itself).
IMO, it is best used to calm down skin, this is particularly awesome for those acne that has been inflamed (to check whether it is inflamed, is by redness, or pain felt around the skin/acne itself). It will take out the pain and the redness.
To compare between emu and tamanu oil, I love them equally, but emu oil tends to be more thicker on texture hence the oily residue on skin, but I don't really mind. I have normal to combination skin.
TIP: please rub the emu oil until it at least 80% absorbed. I once only left it on the skin (without rubbing) and it was really oily AND made those area breakout with whiteheads. After i change the method to rub-rub-rub-rub, problem solved.
My take for PIH/Red mark/pigmentation
Okay, this is good for inflamed acne (not good for tiny pimples, not worsen them either). It DOES reduce pigmentation/PIH/red mark, but it takes really long if used along. I encourage you to add vitamin c serum for those discoloration. It does really well.
I have been using Emu Oil for around my eyes and sometimes for my chapped lips for years and absolutely love it! I use it regularly at night for around my eyes and have to say that I've almost no wrinkles (will be 52 this year). During the day I use Wise Woman eye cream from the BodyShop as it blends well with my foundation. The 60 mil Emu oil bottle lasts at least 7 months (if not longer) and is very inexpensive considering (C$24). It didn't work so well for the rest of my skin as I have acne-prone skin and it did make me break out after sometime. It's worthwhile mentioning that you should only use a tiny bit around your eyes otherwise it "runs" into your eyes which is uncomfortable.