Evening Primrose Oil

Evening Primrose Oil is extracted from the seeds of several flowering plants in the genus Oenothera, which are found in North America. Evening Primrose Oil is a popular Naturopathic treatment for many types of skin disease, including psoriasis, eczema and acne. Evening Primrose Oil is used in both topical and oral formulations.

Evening Primrose Oil is rich source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA is a fatty acid that is purported to have anti-inflammatory and other health benefits when ingested. Prior to European settlement, some Native Americans cultivated the Evening Primrose and it was an important component of their traditional medicine.

Many people have reported that both oral and topical Evening Primrose Oil helped to improve their acne symptoms. There have also been some studies that suggest Evening Primrose Oil may help improve acne symptoms. However, the evidence provided by these studies tends to be weak and their findings should not be considered definitive. Evening Primrose Oil, and GLA in particular, are intriguing Naturopathic acne treatment options and warrant additional research.


Evening primrose oil is effective in atopic dermatitis: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Senapati, et al. 2008.
Essential fatty acid metabolism and its modification in atopic eczema. Horrobin. 2000.
A review of the clinical efficacy of evening primrose. Stonemetz. 2008.
Herbal anti-inflammatory agents for skin disease. Graf. 2000.
Essential‐fatty‐acid metabolites in plasma phospholipids in patients with ichthyosis vulgaris, acne vulgaris and psoriasis. Grattan, et al. 1990.
Topical herbal therapies an alternative and complementary choice to combat acne. Kapoor, et al. 2011.