Cocoa Butter for Acne Scars
I’m sure that many of you have heard about this Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil. It claims to help improve all kinds of skin problems, like wrinkles, scars, stretch marks and aging skin. (On the box, it tells you what it's best used for)
I'm pretty much skeptical about any cocoa butter products that I hear because of my past experience. One of the ones that I have used was the CVS cocoa butter lotion, which didn't help my skin at all.
So what made me get the one by Palmer’s?
Eventually, I’ve heard it on the radio for so long that I’ve thought, “Hmm, why not give it a chance? Other than losing $15 dollars, it’s worth a shot.” So I went out and got it, and here’s my review.
As I’ve mentioned, the box mentions to help improve all kinds of skin imperfections, but I was really hoping to make it fade my acne scars a bit and to even out my skin tone because for a while, I’ve been getting bad hyperpigmentation on my back. The redness and rash was not going away on its on, or it was going away at a very slow rate.
To keep track of my results, I did take pictures before I tried out this product. Here’s the day before I started using it.
This was on February 17th of 2013.
It took me about 8 days before I noticed any huge improvements.
This photo was on February 25th of 2013.
(Notice how the redness and scar was fading on my upper back)
Finally, I was running out of this cocoa butter therapy oil, but it did do its job.
This photo was on March 14th of 2013.
Updated: New Picture as of April 9th, 2013.
From the pictures alone, my hyperpigmentation quickly went away (along with the rash on the top that I’ve had on-going for a good 2 months). You really can’t tell from the picture (due to color depth) but my skin still has uneven skin tone, where my shoulder and areas of the hyperpigmentation left a very whitish area.
I am indeed very satisfied with the product. It did do exactly what it listed on the box, with an exception of not balancing my skin tone, but I can understand that I had lots of skin problem going on the first time, so I’ll give this product a break.
One thing I’ve noticed
My first impression of using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter was that I thought it smelled really good and delicious, almost similar to the chocolate donuts from Dunkin Donuts.
This cocoa butter therapy oil is very oily, and it doesn’t soak into the skin as well. If you were going to bed anytime soon, I would apply this well before just so your bed sheets and/or pillow won’t get into an oily mess.
Also, no need to apply this three times as the direction suggest. I feel that that is way too much. Twice a day is good enough; else you are just going to run out of the therapy oil quicker.
This is the exact product that I've used.
This product left me satisfied with the results that I’ve seen. My hyperpigmentation and rash are all gone, but what’s left behind is just a huge spot of white spots.
I will buy another Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Ski Therapy Oil with a purpose of trying to make it even out my skin tone. As of right now however, I am definitely happy and would recommend this to anyone who is looking to get rid of stretch marks, wrinkles, scars, or possibility trying to even out skin tone.
YouTube of me explaining a video on Cocoa Butter Formula
Word of Caution
As I have stated, this therapy oil is very oily. If you know that you don’t react well to mineral oils, I would not get this or think about other options. Although I don’t know if it’ll clog pores, I know that some people can get breakouts from it.
It really depends from person to person. If you’re curious, it contains sesame oil, canola oil, and rosehip oil. For the list of the full ingredients, here it is:
Canola Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Fragrance (Parfum) and Rosa Canina Seed Extract.
Again, I did not have any bad reaction upon using this product myself. Outcome may vary for you.
Ig on December 03, 2013:
I used the cocoa butter stretchmark cream, i notice a great deference, i jst started using the cocoa butter body but am afraid i an oily face so i don't rub on face
Jean Bakula from New Jersey on April 11, 2013:
It's OK for sensitive skin, just a little heavy for the face. My son used it for awhile when he had adult acne, but finally had to take Accutane, which scared me because I've heard so much bad stuff about it. You have to use two forms of birth control while on it and have a blood test each month while you are on the 6 month regimen. As I talked to people though, I found many go on it, because acne can be so hard to get rid of. He did fine and his skin is great, but it will always be a little dry the doctor said. I don't recommend it for everyone, but if you have tried everything and are desperate, it may be worth it to you. Also, many creams from the dermatologist have salacylic acid in them, also a big irritant for sensitive skin.
Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on April 11, 2013:
I have very sensitive skin so I'm sure it's a rare effect :)
Dennis (author) from Florida on April 11, 2013:
Sorry to hear Nicole :( I haven't had a chance to use it on my face yet, so I don't know for sure if I'll break out or not.
Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on April 05, 2013:
I've been using Palmers on my face because it's so dry but then I broke out :( so i don't know, maybe it's not for everyone or maybe it's just me! Thanks for sharing though. On the rest of my body, the lotion is just fine!
Dennis (author) from Florida on March 15, 2013:
Hi Jean, it is indeed oily.
I didn't apply this on my face, but if I were to, (and I also recommend this for everyone else) I would apply a small amount and rub it around to see how it sits on my skin.
Jean Bakula from New Jersey on March 15, 2013:
My family has also had good results with Palmers, and it smells great. It is too oily if the area is your face though, so be careful there!