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Benefits of Palm Kernel Oil on Hair and Skin

Palm Kernel oil is known in Nigeria as Adin dudu amongst the Yoruba, Main Alaidi amongst the Hausa, Nmanu Aki or Eli Aki in Igbo, and Anwe Atahu to my people (Egbura). It is an edible plant oil extracted from the palm kernel, which is the seed found inside the palm fruit. The oil has a strong nutty scent and taste. It has been used by African mothers for centuries, to treat infections, prevent diseases, and for beautiful hair and skin.


Palm Kernel oil can either be dark brown (black) or light yellow (or clear). The difference in the colour stems from the extraction process. The oil extracted via the cold press method is light yellow or clear, while the traditional heating method produces the dark brown coloured oil. In Nigeria, the most commonly found Palm Kernel oil is the dark brown.



Palm Kernel oil is rich in lauric and myristic fatty acids. These give the oil antibiotic qualities and enhances the absorption of the oil into the skin and hair.



  • Soothes the hair and scalp when used as a hot oil treatment.
  • Thickens hair, giving it added volume.
  • Increases the softness and sheen of hair.
  • Looking for a great edge restorer and conditioner? Look no further ‘cause Palm Kernel oil is said to strengthen hair, thus preventing hair shedding or hair loss. It goes without saying that it also aids in hair growth.
  • Moisturises hair and is great in treating dandruff.


  • Has anti-aging properties – Palm Kernel oil is loaded with antioxidants which prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also provides protection against harmful UV rays, other toxins, and harsh weather conditions.
  • It is a great skin moisturiser, making the skin soft, smooth and supple.
  • Cures dry and itchy skin.
  • Restores skin elasticity.

There you have it. Palm Kernel oil seems to be a cosmetic wonder oil. I recently started adding it to my hair treatments (hot oil treatments and deep conditioner) and I’ve seen improvements in the texture of my hair. I’ve also used it to make a facial scrub and my skin didn’t revolt, which is a good sign. Since my skin liked it so much, I mixed a bit into my body oil mix.

You can get Palm Kernel oil in any market in Nigeria. If you are worried about getting the original oil, we’ve got you covered. If you’re in Abuja, you can always stop by our shop at Suite 203, Concept Plaza, 5th Avenue, Gwarimpa. We’ve got Palm Kernel oil, Coconut oil, Essential oils and a few other oils in stock.

Have you ever used Palm Kernel oil for your hair or skin? What were your results?


19 thoughts on “Benefits of Palm Kernel Oil on Hair and Skin

  1. Would you be so kind as to give directions on usage: as a deep conditioner, as a facial scrub, and as a body lotion. Thanks in advance.


  2. palm kernel is my best oil so far on my skin because its helps to prevent body o dour since hv been using it have not lay my hands on roll on and its make skin look fresh and younger.

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    1. I got my clear palm kernel oil soaking the kernel in warm water overnight, in the morning I poured out the water and pour new hot water to soak overnight again. after that I blended with a ‘LITTLE’ water, sieved it with the same cloth for sieving blended corn for Pap. you can use any alternative method. I then boiled this liquid the same way we make coconut oil. As it was getting thicker I reduced the heat because My aim was to get clear oil. So I didn’t want it to get burnt at all. I continue to stair as it thickens and as the clear oil appears.


    2. Collect the kernel, grind it (good luck and elbow grease with this one if doing it manually), then allow it to ferment and skim off the oil. That is the cold press method.


      1. It is hard to tell by the looks alone because the colour usually varies depending on the method of oil extraction used. I can usually tell by the scent. Palm kernel oil has a heavy nutty scent. Adulterated oil usually does not.

        Your second question isn’t really clear. Do you mean what are the effects of using palm kernel oil or the effects of using the adulterated oil. the effects of adulterated oil depends on what it has been mixed with to be honest. So that could range from skin discolorations to reactions to other things. Please note that some people may even react to the unadulterated oil. It depends on your skin and your body system


  3. I want to know! For instance, i’m fair in complexion and i start using Palm Kernel Oil, would that improve my skin complexion or will it degraded my skin complexion.


    1. It really depends on your skin and your body system. People react differently to oils and products. For some people, it clarifies their complexion but others break out. Do a patch test for a while to see how your skin reacts


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