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Prickly Pear

This is a rare and valuable oil that is ideal for dry, “crepey” skin due to the high content of linoleic acid (1), as it helps to maintain moisture, visibly improving the dry look and giving the skin the appearance of elasticity and suppleness minimizing the fine lines. Its antibacterial properties (2) make it favorable for acne prone skin, leading to a well-balanced skin care barrier. Extracted from the seeds of cactus fruit / Prickly pear seed oil, has also been cited as antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory (3); properties attributed according to research to a “unique biologic composition rich in vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds.”

Prickly Pear


(1) Ramadan, Mohamed Fawzy, and Jörg-Thomas Mörsel. “Recovered Lipids from Prickly Pear [Opuntia Ficus-Indica (L.) Mill] Peel: A Good Source of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, Natural Antioxidant Vitamins and Sterols.” Food Chemistry, vol. 83, no. 3, Nov. 2003, pp. 447–456, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

(2) Khémiri, Ikram, et al. “The Antimicrobial and Wound Healing Potential OfOpuntia Ficus Indica L. InermisExtracted Oil from Tunisia.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2019, 14 Apr. 2019, pp. 1–10, Accessed 9 May 2021.

(3) Bardaa, Sana, et al. “The Effect of Prickly Pear, Pumpkin, and Linseed Oils on Biological Mediators of Acute Inflammation and Oxidative Stress Markers.” BioMed Research International, vol. 2020, 2 Aug. 2020, p.5643465,, Accessed 23 Sept. 2022.

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