Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil

Best used: AM & or PMCaution: Maybe occlusive Best for: Dry skin, dermatitis, eczema
Comments: Limited studies, can be used as a moisturiserMode of action: Humectant, antioxidantScience Score:


What is the science behind jojoba oil?

Derived from the Jojoba plant, this oil was first used by native Americans for its variety of healing properties. Jojoba oil has the same molecular structure as the natural wax esters in our skin. Our skin’s sebum or oil contains 30% of these wax esters. These lipids are responsible for keeping skin cells healthy providing optimal barrier function whilst decreasing water loss. Jojoba, like other organic essential oils, has anti-inflammatory properties that help with many skin conditions (see below).

What skin problems can be treated with jojoba oil?

Packed with medicinal properties, this essential oil can address the following skin conditions-

Atopic dermatitis or eczema- the high lipid content & wax structures of jojoba can aid in epidermal barrier function & decrease water loss. 

Acne- The true value of this oil is to trick your skin’s production of sebum, in turn reducing outbreaks of acne. Jojoba also has antibacterial properties that can help reduce zits & pimples (mild cases of acne). 

Anti ageing– Much like other essential oils, jojoba has modest antioxidant properties & can be used as part of your natural anti aging program alongside herbal plant derived Botox & hyaluronic acids derived from the mountain dew of Icelandic ferns 🙂

Wound healing – occlusive & barrier properties of this oil can accelerate wound healing in conditions such as atopic dermatitis. 

Can jojoba oil be used as an anti-aging ingredient?

Organic, cold-pressed, Jojoba Oil has a modest level of antioxidants and can be used as part of your antiaging skin care routine. Antioxidants protect your skin cells and collagen against free radical damage. Because it is the perfect moisturizer, Jojoba can help slow down the appearance of aging, and help to fade fine lines and wrinkles.

Davin’s view on Jojoba Oil for Skin

Essential oils including rosehip, jojoba, argan, tea tree & other oils have recently been studied in the dermatology literature with an increasing number of papers over the past few years. Naturopathic skin care certainly adds value to the scientific community as we explore & find new ways to integrate these molecules into Western medicine. My point of view is that if treatments are harmless, as in most cases of essential oils, give it a go. If it works for you, that is one less patient dermatologists need to place on Accutane, use steroids to treat atopica dermatitis or inject a syringe or two of laboratory synthesised hyaluronic acid dermal fillers for the treatment of wrinkles. 

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