The jojoba plant is a hearty, perennial plant that grows in North America. Not only does it thrive in the harsh, desert climates that could kill most living things, but it also produces a nut with many healing properties.
The nut of the jojoba plant can be made into an oil. Jojoba oil is gentle enough to be used as a carrier oil to mix with other essential oils. You can also use it on its own.
Many people use jojoba oil as part of their skin care routine. And there are good reasons for that. There’s plenty of evidence supporting the use of pure jojoba oil as a remedy for acne, dry skin, and countless other skin conditions.
– It’s moisturizing
– It’s antibacterial
– It’s an antioxidant
– It’s hypoallergenic
– It helps control sebum production
– It may help promote collagen synthesis
– It may help speed up wound healing
– It may help soothe eczema, psoriasis, and other drying skin conditions
– It may help soothe sunburns
– It may help treat acne
– It may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
– It may help minimize the appearance of scars
How to use
Unlike some other essential oils, jojoba oil doesn’t need to be diluted and can be applied directly to your skin.
Before using jojoba oil, or any cosmetic product, for the first time, you should do a patch test to make sure you’re not allergic. You can do a patch test by following these steps:
On your inner forearm, apply three or four drops of jojoba oil.
Cover the area with a bandage and wait 24 hours.
Remove the bandage and check the skin underneath. If there’s no sign of hives, redness, or irritation, you’re in the clear.
The way you use jojoba oil depends on your desired result. You can use it as a lip balm to soothe dry, cracked lips, or you can apply it all over your face before bed as an anti-aging serum.
You may also mix jojoba oil with other natural acne-fighting ingredients into a DIY mask treatment to improve acne, as participants in one study did.
Jojoba oil is safe to use around your eye area, unlike most other ingredients, which makes it a popular makeup remover for oil-based makeup.
Potential side effects and risks
Since jojoba oil is hypoallergenic, it’s generally considered safe to apply topically.
However, there are some rare cases in which jojoba oil has caused an allergic reaction. Symptoms included hives and itching.
To avoid these side effects, make sure to do a patch test (described above) before using jojoba oil.