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Jojoba Oil Benefits Skin – Magical Powers?

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Jojoba Oil and SeedsBack during the 1960s, sperm whales were becoming an endangered species due to harvesting for their squalene oil containing ninety percent wax esters which were used in literally thousands of cosmetic products.  Later, in the early 1970s, importation of whale oil to the US was outlawed and researchers discovered the properties of jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) oil.  It was so superior to whale oil that scientists were excited to discover that jojoba oil benefits skin in ways whale oil did not.

WHAT IS JOJOBA OIL?

Jojoba oil is extracted from seeds of the jojoba plant (which itself takes 3 years to grow into a plant from a seed) scientifically known as Simmondsia chinensis, which is indigenous to the southern United States and the Sonora desert of northern Mexico. It was even used by the Aztecs who said it had magical powers.

Most seed oils (such as grapeseed oil and coconut) yield triglycerides, but Jojoba oil is unique.  It is actually a mixture of long-chain monounsaturated liquid wax esters. The pure version of jojoba oil has a bright, golden color whereas the processed version is clear and transparent. Because it does not contain triglycerides which oxidize easily, it is a stable liquid and has a long shelf life.

WHY USE JOJOBA OIL?

Being a mixture of long-chain monounsaturated liquid wax esters. Jojoba oil is not actually an oil at all, but a liquid wax, which is structurally and chemically very similar to human sebum (skin wax). Jojoba oil can actually be used as a substitute to human sebum while at the same time giving additional benefits.

It is non-toxic (although a patch test should be done prior to use to assure an individual is not sensitive to the oil) and has high a very high content of Vitamin E and many other natural minerals.  Therefore, it acts as an antioxidant protecting skin from the damaging effects of free radicals which contribute to premature skin aging.

Jojoba Oil is also non-comedogenic which means that it will not clog pores and it is non-greasy.

It is so antibacterial that most bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Candida (a fungus) cannot reproduce and die in the presence of Jojoba Oil.

HOW TO USE JOJOBA OIL

Jojoba oil is so easily absorbed by the skin that there are many applications for its use. In essence, jojoba oil can help prevent and treat any skin condition that is a result of a lack of natural oils in the skin.Shiny Long Hair

HAIR:

Sebum is deposited into hair follicles, resulting in dandruff and/or seborrhea, split ends, or excessively dry or greasy hair. It is suspected the resulting itching may contribute to hair loss.  Jojoba oil penetrates and dissolves sebum deposits and regulates excessive secretions in the scalp.  Hair growth is stimulated and thus looks fuller and healthier.  In fact, Jojoba oil can noticeably improve the condition of fragile and mistreated or colored hair.  Jojoba oil is found in numerous hair care products such as shampoos and conditioners because it is so beneficial for these reasons:

  • It deeply moisturizes the scalp
  • It prevents hair from looking greasy or oily
  • Jojoba oil may prevent or stop hair loss and thinning

The scalp needs to be moisturized well just like as the skin. Dry scalp is often mistaken as dandruff, causing flaking and severe itching. Unlike using water-based conditioners, jojoba oil moisturizes the scalp deep down to its pores, doesn’t evaporate, and seals in the moisture. As a result, it causes a regulation in sebum balance in the scalp leading to a balanced pH in the scalp.

For dull, dry hair jojoba oil is definitely the way to go. For weak and brittle hair it can strengthen the follicle shaft and since it’s 100% natural, you can use it as often as you like without the danger of harsh chemicals further irritating your scalp.

If you have long hair, you know that oily scalp problems are hard to manage. Most products promising grease-free hair usually ends up over-drying them because they are detergent in nature and strip the hair shaft and scalp of necessary oil.  That is why shampooing doesn’t help and conditioning then makes the hair greasier than ever.  Because Jojoba oil helps to control the sebum production of the scalp, it helps promote a healthy shine to your hair while regulating the flow of sebum from clogged pores. This way, it balances the amount of oil on your scalp perfectly.

Hair loss is often caused by blocked hair follicles which results in the hair breaking off at the shaft.  If too many pores are clogged with sebum, hair cannot grow. While jojoba oil can dissolve and clear these blockages it may be able to reduce hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can also cause hair loss, and jojoba has antifungal properties which can benefit scalp health. Because jojoba oil helps detoxify the scalp, it improves micro-circulation in the scalp which can stimulate new hair growth.

Use in Hair

  • As a hair mask prior to shampooing, warm just a few drops of jojoba oil in the palm of your hand and then rub it into your scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes or so and shampoo.  Alternatively, you can apply the oil before going to bed and wash it out in the morning.  Repeat once or twice weekly.
  •  If your shampoo doesn’t contain jojoba oil already, add a teaspoon of jojoba oil and thoroughly but gently scrub it on your scalp and hair. After a few minutes, rinse off carefully with a towel. Do not re-shampoo.
  • To control frizz, add a few drops to your conditioner (experiment to find the right amount).
  • For additional results, apply one or two drops to your hair after shampooing to get a healthy shine.

MASSAGE

Jojoba oil is probably the best massage oil because it glides on the skin easily and is absorbed by the skin at the optimum rate.  With so many different types of massage oils (some are even blended oils) on the market, each serving a specific purpose and with different benefits, they may leave you with a greasy feeling after the massage.  Some may even leave you with an “odd” smell because of oxidation.  Jojoba oil massage leaves your skin refreshed and energized after a massage, even if you don’t shower afterward.

ACNE

Although a WebMD search will indicate more investigation is needed, a prevalent theory of why jojoba oil is effective in treating acne has to do with its similarity to natural sebum.

Jojoba oil has the ability to trigger the skin into believing that it has already produced enough sebum. This way, the production of sebum decreases and balances out the skin’s oiliness. Over time oil production by the glands on the face minimize and become moisturized and protected with no further clogging of pores.

Jojoba oil is also deep acting…cleansing pores, and releasing built-up dirt, hardened sebum and dead skin cells to the surface where they can be washed off.

Girl with acneAs a result, when first used, “purging” occurs and all the non-inflamed acne-like whiteheads are brought to the surface. As these erupt naturally, hardened sebum, bacteria and dirt are released.

Since jojoba oil has a very high Vitamin E content compared to other typical oils (therefore is antioxidant in nature) and contains minerals it encourages skin health making it more resistant to infection.  The oleic and linoleic acids in jojoba oil are essential building blocks for rebuilding and regenerating healthy skin as a wound healer, clearing up acne caused lesions, hastening the healing process of sores, scabs and other marks left by pimples and cysts. It also prevents scars from forming.

The antibacterial properties of 100% organic jojoba oil are effective against Propionibacterium acnes (the bacteria that can cause acne) and also act as a fungicide against skin disorders similar to acne.

The soothing effects of jojoba oil remove symptoms of inflammation including pain, itchiness, heat, redness, and swelling.  These successful anti-inflammatory effects of jojoba oil have been researched including by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Cairo, Egypt (Jojoba-Oil-Benefits-Acne-Fifa-Players).

As always, when treating a medical condition, consult your healthcare provider first.  However, here are a few tips if you decide to try using jojoba oil to treat your acne:

  • Cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser. This will remove any dirt or oil allowing the absorption of jojoba oil into the pores.
  • Pat your skin to dry gently.  Some protocols advise mixing jojoba oil 50/50 with aloe vera. Apply gently and immediately with clean fingers after cleansing. Avoid scrubbing which can aggravate and further inflame the acne. Pat off any excess to avoid attraction of more dirt particles.
  • Treating acne is a process, not an immediate fix.  Continue for a few weeks and avoid discouragement caused by the purging process.
  • Use of jojoba oil/aloe vera can be continued with use of prescribed oral and topical medications.

Although not officially FDA reviewed, the safe long lasting use of jojoba oil verifies its safety. The American College of Toxicology’s scientific literature review concluding that jojoba oil is safe as a cosmetic ingredient in 0.1% to 25% concentrations.  Jojoba oil may also be used as a pimple spot treatment once the acne is gone or under control.

CRADLE CAP

Cradle cap is so common, it affects 50% of all newborn babies. Symptoms are usually a very dry, scaly scalp or even a mild rash on the scalp which may cause discomfort, although it is not usually itchy (rarely it can appear in other places).  Cradle cap is characterized by rough flakes coming from the baby’s scalp and if not treated will persist well into later childhood.Removing Cradle Cap

Although there are a wide range of treatments available for this condition including antifungal shampoos, specially formulated lotions and petroleum jelly most of these are not suitable for use on newborn babies because of harshness.  The best natural alternative is to use 100% organic jojoba oil. Even if a parent mistakes a fungal infection on the scalp as cradle cap, since jojoba oil is also antifungal, it would still be a good first choice.

1.  Use a few drops of jojoba oil and apply it on your baby’s scalp. Gently massage the oil into the affected areas for 5 minutes, making sure that it is properly absorbed.

2.  Leave it on for about 2 hours for maximum absorption into the hair follicles in the scalp. Then use a soft brush and gently brush the scalp in a small, circular motion to loosen the scales. Do not use a hard, rough brush as it will irritate your baby’s scalp.

3.  As you brush, the scales should come right off easily and without any pain because of the jojoba oil. Do not try to force out or peel flakes that are still stuck to the scalp.

4.  Next, use a comb to comb out the loosened flakes and scales.

5.  Once you’re sure you’ve gotten rid of most of the flakes, shampoo your baby’s scalp with a gentle shampoo and wash out the remaining oil and small flakes thoroughly.

If the condition still persists, see a doctor for follow-up treatment.

DIAPER RASH

Diaper Change with Jojoba OilDiaper rash is also very common and almost impossible to avoid. Treating it can be difficult and ineffective in many cases. Again, a natural approach to skin treatment may be in order since some babies have skin that is sensitive to the lotions made for “treating” diaper rash.  Often times, they are just soothing ointments that treat the uncomfortable symptoms rather than treating the rash itself.

There are two main categories of diaper rash.  One can be caused by a skin infection, for the treatment for which you need to consult a doctor.  The second is irritation resulting from prolonged contact with urine or feces and vigorous cleaning of the area.

Using jojoba oil to treat basic diaper rash is natural, effective and not as messy as using drugstore creams, salves or lotions.  It does not leave an oily feeling on the skin and is readily absorbed by the body to soothe and protect the skin.  Additionally, your baby will be more comfortable with the treatment and won’t feel like a sticky, oily mess.  If the baby is having loose stools, you may wish to also cover the jojoba oil with an occlusive cream.

OTHER REPORTED USES

CHAPPED LIPS

Jojoba oil can also be applied to chapped lips to bring back moisture and give them a soft and lush look. You can also prepare a jojoba lip balm by mixing jojoba oil with beeswax.

ECZEMA, PSORIASIS, ROSACEA

Regular use of jojoba oil can attack an underlying fungal or bacterial infection and provide skin healing emollient properties to the skin.  However, jojoba oil can also help reduce inflammation. Pharmacological Research has published studies on the anti-inflammatory effects of jojoba liquid wax and found that jojoba oil is effective in reducing inflammation.

WOUND HEALING

For wounds, scrapes, cuts, and scratches, applying this oil (typically diluted with aloe vera liquid) can help speed up the healing process, while also protecting against infection. The antioxidants found in this oil, including vitamin E, can stimulate blood flow to these areas and speed production of healthy new cells.

MAKEUP REMOVER

Jojoba oil can be used to remove makeup, dirt, and bacteria from the skin naturally instead of using cosmetic make-up removers that are high in chemicals. You can also safely use this oil to remove eye makeup.

STRESS REDUCTION

More and more people are looking for ways to easily and effectively relax and unwind naturally. Because of the links between stress and illness, it is important to your health to be able to wind down and step back from the pressures of life.

  • Soaking in a warm tub mixed with jojoba oil

An excellent way to help you unwind involves adding jojoba oil to a warm water soak.  The warm water loosens up your muscles and creates a feeling of deep relaxation while the jojoba oil slowly soaks into your skin and moisturizes your body. An ideal soak would last 20 minutes to allow the skin to absorb the jojoba oil, clear your mind and relax your muscles.

MORE INFORMATION

Adverse side effects caused by jojoba oil are rarely reported; however, a patch test is advised to assure do are not overly sensitive.  Due to the potent nature of the oil, more than 2 teaspoons is rarely recommended for hair treatments, and for direct topical applications, sometimes 4-5 drops are enough to have an effect on a concentrated area.

There is such a wide range of uses for this oil that a particular dosage limit is not possible. Speak with your natural health practitioner about different recipes, preparations, and blends of jojoba oil for your particular health concerns.

Internal Consumption: Under no circumstances should jojoba oil be consumed.  The oil contains high levels of erucic acid which can cause cardiovascular irregularities and stomach upset.

Pregnancy: While many natural oils are not recommended for pregnant women, the soothing and skin-boosting properties of this oil make it a popular choice among those who are pregnant. Numerous studies have shown that this oil is great for hydrating dry skin, preventing stretch marks, and helping keep the skin healthy during the hormonal and physiological changes of pregnancy.

Jojoba oil benefits to the skin are numerous…from preventing infection, to protecting the skin, aiding in wound healing and making hair shiny.  It is important to note, however, that these benefits come only from using 100% organic jojoba oil.  This assures the oil you use has no additives, the plants from which it was harvested had no pesticide use or were not genetically engineered to produce higher crop harvest and that the oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the jojoba plant.

24 thoughts on “Jojoba Oil Benefits Skin – Magical Powers?

  1. I’m really glad I came across your article as a good friend of mine has been looking into the benefits of jojoba oil for her acne – she doesn’t get it really bad, but it’s enough to kill her confidence a bit. 

    She’s been quite excited over what she’s read about this oil so far but I did notice that you mentioned it could have some sort of negative action with a person’s skin. What is the best way to test against this negative reaction?

    1. Hi Chris!  Glad you’re going to share this info with your friend.  There is an acne protocol that uses 100% organic jojoba oil (very important so you don’t add any other diluent oils or pollutants to the mix)  50/50 with aloe vera.  Its’s suggested that you dilute it for acne since the skin is already disrupted and the oil is VERY potent.  After acne is under control, she can just put some on a cotton ball and spot treat any further breakouts.  

      The skin test usually just involves placing the oil on a cotton ball and swabbing a 2-3 inch area on a forearm and waiting 3-4 hours to see if there is any reaction.  They are rare, but if someone has skin issues it’s always better to be safe!

      All the best!

      SharonRPh

  2. thank you for explain what jojoba oil is and where it comes from, this website is a great inside into these different natural oils, its always good to know what they do and how they’re made, to know if its safe to use on our skin or not. Also thank you for explain how to use it! How long have you been using this oil? Love that it can be used in your hair as well as on your skin to help acne. 

    1. Hi Jayde!  I’ve been a pharmacist for over 50 years and in the last 5 years have begun formulating cosmetics.  It was then that I “discovered” the wonderful effects that jojoba have on the skin and I regularly incorporate it into my formulations.  You can actually do the same by adding just a couple of drops to your own moisturizer to try it out.  The acne protocol is interesting because you have to dilute the jojoba 50/50 with aloe vera because it’s so potent to use on disrupted skin!  On normal skin, the usage rate is 1-100%!

      All the best!

      SharonRPh

  3. I love jojoba oil.I use it on my skin and hair. I even make homemade skin care products with it. It’s a great antioxidant. There are so many wonderful uses of jojoba oil. Your article is very informative and helpful. You have listed other ways to use jojoba oil that I wasn’t aware off. I didn’t know it can be used for cradle cap and diaper rash. That’s good to know because I Have a nephew that gets diaper rash quite often. I love natural products so this seem to be the answer for his problem. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve learned a lot from your post.Keep up with the amazing work. I will be back visiting your site soon.

    1. Thank you Hong!  I actually formulate cosmetics, and jojoba is one of my favs – your’s as well I understand.  It’s an amazing oil that not a lot of people are familiar with using – probably due to access.  Hope your nephew benefits from using the jojoba – diaper rashes can be so distressing!  Love for you to let me know how it works out!

      All the best!

      SharonRPh

  4. Very engaging article Sharon. I have of course hear of Jojoba Oil previously but was not aware that there were so many benefits of using it.  It is particularly interesting to read about the benefits of using it for nappy rash and cradle cap as some of the more popular products that people buy for babies have recently come under scrutiny due to suspected adverse health risks.

    I will certainly investigate the uses of this product (de-stressing in the bathtub sounds very appealing actually) and thanks for raising awareness via this article.

    Paul.

    1. Thank you Paul!   I’ve actually de-stressed with combining the jojoba with epsom salt in the bath….makes ya want to stay there!  And, it’s very moisturizing.  I supposed lack of information and access probably have a lot to do with folks not using it for the cradle cap and diaper changes – but it works!

      Enjoy that soak!

      SharonRPh

  5. Interesting! I didn’t know there are so many uses for Jojoba oil. My hair is thinning and it is gets oily quickly. I have only been trying different shampoos and never thought of using a separate product like this for a hair mask prior to washing. Seems like I can kill two birds with one stone. So thank you for this write up I’ll definitely be giving it a try.

    1. That’s great Lev!  Give it a try – you might try using a mild soap, such as a castille soap along with it.  There’s also a shaving protocol using 50/50 Aloe vera with jojoba as a preshave moisturizer, following with castille soap for lather (the jojoba heals small scrapes, cuts and eliminates burn/bumps), wash, and then use aloe/jojoba as a moisturizer afterwards, patting off the excess!

      Hope this works for you!  all the best!

      SharonRPh

  6. I had never heard of Jojoba oil before. With all the usages from treating acne to improving hair growth, it seems like a magical oil. Also if it really helps with diseases like Psoriasis, it’s pure gold. My friend has Psoriasis and he is regularly taking medicine for it. Knowing about natural treatments like Jojoba oil can help him a lot. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Albert!  I appreciate your sharing this info with your friend.  It doesn’t have an “official” government approved use in psoriasis, but being the closest thing to natural skin sebum I would think It should provide him some relief.  The Aztecs thought it was magical and I guess when we wake up and realize healing is all around us, maybe it really is magical!

      Best to you!

      SharonRPh

  7. Thank you for this article on Jojoba Oil. I am wondering if it would help with hair loss in a diabetic? I am getting thinner and thinner hair it seems on a daily basis. When I read your article about the Jojoba Oil,  I felt a small glimmer of hope. Although I have no special attachment to my hair, I still like to have it!

    We just recently began exploring essential oils and have used a few like lavender, tea tree and a few others. Is jojoba Oil one of the essential oils?

    I never knew that there were so many uses for this oil. I am especially interested in the benefits for hair and skin.

    Again, thank you and I look forward to your reply.

    1. Hey Karen!

      I know what you mean about the hair loss – even without diabetes as we age, our hair naturally becomes thinner, but we’d still like to keep some up there!  Jojoba is NOT an essential oil.  It is actually a natural liquid wax that is the closest thing to human sebum (waxy substance that protects our skin).  You can actually put the essential oils you mentioned into the jojoba and get benefit from both!  It’s an excellent skin cleanser and moisturizer so I’d encourage to try some – just be sure it’s 100% organic!

      Best wishes!

      SharonRPh

  8. jojoba oil looks like an amazing product that can treat a number of needs.

    I particularly like the organic oil as I can mix it with aloe Vera to my requirenents. The most appealing use for myself would be for the anti bacterial properties this oil has to offer.

    I would like to try it as a mousterisure as well.

    1. Hi Darren – I didn’t include it in the article because of lengthiness, but you can use the Jojoba mixed with aloe vera as a pre-shave moisturizer, then use Dr. Brommers (or any other castille) soap on your face, wet, shave and rinse!  It will heal any small cuts or scratches and prevent razor burn or bumps!  Then followup with Aloe/jojoba in a 50/50 blend after shave, wiping off the excess.   Excellent natural shaving protocol!

      All the best!

      SharonRPh

  9. Thank goodness scientists discovered the benefits of jojoba oil and decided to leave those poor whales alone! I’m amazed it takes 3 years for the plant to grow. That seems like a long time! 

    I’m definitely looking into this more though. I’ve heard of jojoba oil, but I didn’t realize how many benefits there are. I suffer from a couple of the conditions you mentioned in your article, and I’m always looking for natural ways to remedy them. Jojoba oil is definitely worth a try! 

    I also use essential oils. Do you know if I can mix the jojoba with some of my essential oils? 

    1. Hey Christina – you can ABSOLUTELY use the jojoba with your essential oils and gain benefits from both at the same time.  I call the jojoba a “carrier” oil – which means I can use it to “carry” another oil (like an essential oil) or even a FDC approved colorant into a preparation that I’m formulating.  Just be sure to use the 100% organic oil so that you get all the benefits and none of the negative pollutants.

      Best to you!

      SharonRPh

  10. Thank you for sharing a great article on Jojoba oil. I have learned so much information about the benefits and effects of Jojoba oil on our body. And I will gladly share this article to my friend who is experiencing some kind of skin disorder and that my friend might find some relief from using Jojoba oil.

    1. That’s wonderful, Glenda!  There are so many natural oils that we can benefit from.  Just be sure she uses the 100% organic oil!

      Thanks for the review and for sharing the news!

      SharonRPh

  11. Hello,

    I rarely post comments on the internet, but I couldn’t go without thanking you for this amazing post which contains a lot of helpful information. I struggle quite a lot with dry scalp or dandruff (I still don’t know which one is it).. I tried different oils, lemon juice, all kinds of shampoos and nothing helps. After reading your article, I can say that I learned quite a lot and will definitely give the Jojoba oil a try. However, I would like to ask a question – Usually, after I take a shower I use a few drops of argan oil (I heard it’s good for the hair). So my question is: Can I use the two oils simultaneously?

    Thank you in advance,Nick.

    1. Hi Nick!  There should be absolutely no reason you couldn’t use the two oils simultaneously – making sure that you are using 100% organic oils (don’t want any extra diluents in there to confuse the issue).  Argan oil has Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids (mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids) while the Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax. Just for trial purposes, I would suggest that maybe you try the Jojoba alone for a while so you can tell the difference and decide which works better for you.  Thank you for your kind words – I wish you the best!  (and if you have a chance, let me know how it works out!)

      SharonRPh

  12. Hi Sharon,

    This article is by far the most in-depth description I have ever read on Jojoba oil.  I searched the internet for something to get rid of my dandruff and my search engine has brought me to your website.  I believe that I have found the missing ingredient in my shampoo, which would be Jojoba. I will definitely take your advice and try some directly in my hair prior to shampooing.  From what you are saying here, I should be able to get rid of those dandruff!

    I see that you also recommend different brands of oils at the bottom of your article, but what about a shampoo rich in Jojoba, do you recommend a particular kind, and if so what would it be?

    Thanks in advance

    Denis

    1. Hi Dennis!

      So glad to answer your question.  The reason I did not suggest a particular shampoo is that the healing comes from using 100% pure jojoba oil.  If it were in a shampoo, there would be a number of other diluents and dare I say (NOT 100% pure jojoba oil)…simple economics.  I’ve been a pharmacist for over 50 years and am now formulating cosmetics.  The best path is to use the 100% pure jojoba (because many of these oils are diluted with other oils for profit) and use it on your scalp straight and then follow with a castille soap (which is made from olive oil) as a liquid shampoo.  You could even followup the shampoo with 1-2 drops of jojoba rubbed into the scalp.  Alternatively, try massaging it into your scalp at night and follow  with your shampoo in the morning.

      So hope this is helpful to you.  All the best!

      SharonRPh

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