Which is Better for the Skin: Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil or Berry Oil?

Many people are confused about whether sea buckthorn seed oil or berry oil should be used for skin, hair and nail health. Both oils are extracted from the sea buckthorn berry, so they will share many similarities when it comes to health benefits, but they do contain numerous different nutrients.

seabuckthorn seed oil1 195x300 Which is Better for the Skin: Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil or Berry Oil?Is sea buckthorn seed oil good for the skin?  The short answer is YES.  Seed oil contains high levels of vitamin E, omega 3 and 6, which are all good nutrients for skin health.  However, one crucial nutrient that makes sea buckthorn such an excellent tissue healer is lacking in the seed oil.  We are talking about the rare omega-7.  Sea buckthorn seed oil contains very little of it.  Read more on the rare Omega-7.

Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil for Skin Which is Better for the Skin: Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil or Berry Oil?Sea buckthorn berry oil contains the most omega-7 fatty acid.   Almost all the omega-7 sea buckthorn contains is found in the berry oil.  Research has shown that omega-7 is a powerful tissue healer when used topically or internally.  When used internally, it also aids the gastrointestinal track to soothe acid reflux and stomach ulcers, as well as support urinary track health.  High quality sea buckthorn berry oil can contain up to 30% – 35% of omega-7.   Find out more about sea buckthorn berry oil and its benefits.

So what is sea buckthorn seed oil good for?  Seed oil is an excellent immunity booster to support white blood cell count.  It is also good for cardiovascular, liver and brain health.  Find out more about sea buckthorn seed oil and its benefits.

Sea Buckthorn for Skin Care 150x150 Which is Better for the Skin: Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil or Berry Oil?In summary, sea buckthorn seed oil is good for the skin, but not as good as the berry oil.  Some people are concerned about the orange color of the berry oil, afraid that it will stain their skin.  As a topical treatment, this should not be a big issue.  Sea buckthorn berry oil gets its orange color from very high levels of beta-carotene (think carrots), which is an antioxidant and also good for the skin.  When used topically, berry oil does not permanently change the skin color; the color usually goes away after 10 to 20 minutes and can also be washed away.  As a bonus, sea buckthorn berry oil costs much less than the seed oil.

Learn more about sea buckthorn and skin health.

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15 Responses to Which is Better for the Skin: Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil or Berry Oil?

  1. Adam says:

    I agree. I noticed better results with the sea buckthorn berry oil for my rosacea. Thank you for the article.

  2. Jorge says:

    I had few enquires
    1) A client of us took seed and fruit capsules and after 2 months the joints pain all gone! Before, he need to be caution on his diet especially on seafood, if overdose, sharp pain on leg joints is truly unbearable. Is this symptom of gout?

    2) If a pregnant woman insists on sea buckthorn and her gynaecologist did not response to her on taking SBT capsule safe for pregnancy, what could she take? SBT seed or fuit capsules? In Singapore, Omega 3, folic acid and iron are commonly the nutrient for them. Please advise.
    3) What are berry flavone capsules? What advantages taking them and any precautions to take note?

    • admin says:

      Jorge,

      1) This could be a symptom of gout. Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood according to WebMD. It’s most common in men. The most common sign is swelling, tenderness, redness, and sharp pain in your big toe but can also irritate your feet, ankle, or knees.

      Sea Buckthorn oil provides all the omega fatty acids the body needs and thus supports arthritis and joint pain relief from a nutritional standpoint. Please review our article here about sea buckthorn and joint relief. Your client may just have arthritis or another joint ailment. To check for gout blood work could be done.

      2) Sea buckthorn is just a fruit oil. There should not be any issues. It does contain Omega 3, iron, and folic acid naturally so that would meet the common nutrient recommendation you’re seeing in Signapore.

      Please review our article here on the difference between sea buckthorn seed oil and berry oil. Generally we’d recommend taking a mixture of both to get everything the berry has to offer nutritionally. Check with your physician of course first but we have no reason to believe sea buckthorn supplementation, like any fruit, would be harmful during pregnancy.

      3) Flavones are a class of flavonoids found in sea buckthorn naturally, among its many other flavonoids. From the capsule name “Berry Flavone” it can be assumed they’re derived from the sea buckthorn berry oil and contain flavones? It is not exactly clear. Sea buckthorn does have flavones and other sea buckthorn capsules we’ve seen marketed as flavone capsules tend to be a mix of the berry and seed oil. Review our article on sea buckthorn’s flavonoids here.

      We’re not aware of any precautions regarding flavones and have only seen health benefits from flavonoids and flavones. Health benefits noted and may include lowering the risk of cancer, protecting the brain, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, acting as an anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, reducing muscle spasms, treating diabetes, and others.

  3. Jorge says:

    Thanks! Seabuckthorninsider is really one source library,

  4. Trevor says:

    my mum has been suffering from ulcers in her mouth and she also has had problems with her gums as, due to her age, the gums have become weak and do not support her dentures so chewing causes pain. Can you tell me which product would be best for the health of her gums?

    Thanks

    Trevor

    • admin says:

      Hello Trevor,

      Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil would probably offer the most benefits for your mom’s mouth ulcers and gum deterioration. It has most of the omega-7 content from the fruit which really helps nourish the mucous membranes. She can just apply the Berry Oil on a q-tip, as Dr. Curatola, the dentist featured on the Dr. Oz showed, recommended. Another great way to apply the oil orally is to take a swig or dropper full and swish it around the mouth, making sure to coat the mouth lining, gums, and all with the oil. Any remaining can and will be swallowed which is excellent for internal support as well.

      Hope this helps!

  5. Kare says:

    Thanks for this website and thanks for clarifying the difference between berry oil and seed oil. I have a ready supply of sea buckthorn each fall. I pick and process the berries and have been making blender shakes with berries and a banana-takes away all tartness. I occasionally chew the seeds because of the nutritional benefit, and was wondering where the Omega-7 lie. Now I know; it’s the berry. I still feel like I’d like to save the seeds, dry them and maybe keep for when I don’t have fresh or frozen sea buckthorn to eat. Then I could just chew the seeds when I want them. Any comments on recommended maximum intake? Can you drink too much juice? We love to process 50-70 berries and make drinks for 2 of us.

    • admin says:

      Hi Kare,

      Glad this article helped you. Most consumers are unaware of the differences between berry and seed oil. And most don’t know that the berry oil contains the vast majority of sea buckthorn’s omega-7 fatty acid stores. We can’t make any recommendations on maximum intakes but let it be known we’re working with a fruit here. It’s just a fruit. You’re not going to overdose on fruits, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega fatty acids, etc. like you could with pharmaceuticals. Too much juice could potentially upset your stomach since sea buckthorn is acidic (unless taken in extracted oil form) but the fatty acids help nourish your digestive tract as well so you may not experience any discomfort. There’s nothing wrong with chewing the seeds and they contain a nice vegan source of omega 3 essential fatty acids so go for it!

  6. Victoria says:

    This is really helpful information. I am a huge fan of seabuckthorn berry oil and what it does for the skin! Sometimes I look a little like an oompa loompa, but at night who cares :)

  7. Dale Baird says:

    Can using pure sea buckthorn oil on face turn it yellow? My son has been using this for his rosacea and around his eyes and mouth have turned yellow. He also takes the flavone capsules and the omega 7, drinks the tea also, thanks

    • admin says:

      Dale,

      Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil is loaded with beta carotenoids giving it a rich orange color. It can taint the skin temporarily depending on how much you apply. This is very nourishing to the skin. If you want to avoid the skin tint, consider dropping the oils into a facial cream or using a smaller amount when you’re out and about so it’s not noticeable.

  8. Steve says:

    How many Seeds should I eat day. I usually put teaspoon in my morning cereal. Will this do any good if they are not crushed or am I wasting my money.

    Appreciate the info. Thank You. Steve

    • admin says:

      Steve,

      Adding a teaspoon of sea buckthorn seeds to your cereal every day sounds like a great way to add a health boost to your regular diet! However .. we highly recommend you crush them first since seeds tend to pass without being completely broken down. Many of the nutrients, including seed oil, are within the seed. You can always take a teaspoon of Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil and/or Berry Oil as well if you’re inclined to do so. Hope this helps and glad you found us a valuable resource!

  9. Miranda says:

    Thanks very much for your informative article! I’ve been using seabuckthorn seed oil for months and have really noticed a difference in my skin texture and acne! I’m interested in what you have to say about the missing omega 7.

    When I went to the store recently to buy more seed oil, there was a new oil product called “single source” oil, that apparently has both fruit oil and seed oil. I was hesitant to try it bc seed oil has worked well for me. However, after reading this article, maybe the combined product is even better for my skin?

    Please let me know your thoughts or recommendations!

    Thanks so much

    • admin says:

      Hi Miranda,

      We feel that sea buckthorn oil as a whole, the berry and the fruit oil, is the most beneficial since it offers the most nutrients to nurture the skin and body. That being said, many people have enjoyed the benefits of seed oil or berry oil alone for centuries. Do what works for you! Experiment, explore, and try what feels right. Omega 7 has very noteworthy benefits for the hair, skin, nails, tissues, and mucous membranes. The seed oil is missing most of sea buckthorn’s omega 7 BUT it is still widely regarded for skin care so feel free to continue with it if its working fine for you.

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