Jojoba oil is a liquid oil that is naturally sourced. It contains many natural compounds and properties that habitually get rid of acne. It works as an antibacterial, which is suitable for acne caused by Propionibacteria. It also works as an anti-inflammatory for already existing acne conditions.
How Does Jojoba Oil Work?
Jojoba oil is made from the seed of the Simmondsia Chinensis plant, also known as the jojoba plant. The oil is extracted from the seeds. The seeds are quite productive, as about 50% of the oil can be derived from the weight of the seeds. The oil is technically more of a wax.
Jojoba oil is a lot different than many other vegetable oils on the market today. This is because it’s a polyunsaturated wax. It not only has a longer shelf life than many other vegetable oils, but it works well as a moisturizer too.
The oil contains Vitamins B and E, and minerals such as chromium, copper, silicon, and zinc. Its iodine content is very high, at eighty-two percent. While it contains several fatty acids, the main ones are erucic, gadoleic, and oleic. They provide healing and moisturizing properties.
While the oil is generally safe, it’s not recommended that you eat it. But it is safe enough to use on your lips, so you don’t have to worry if you lick your balm off.
Jojoba oil is also non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t clog your skin’s pores. Products that clog pores can lead to pimples.
Jojoba oil does not break down or become rancid like other fats. It’s also liquid at room temperature. It’s perfect for use in cosmetics, or solely on its own.
Jojoba Oil Acne Treatment
If you want to use the best acne-banishing treatment on your face, then it’s best to combine some ingredients to maximize the benefits. Collect together the following elements and make up a simple recipe.
- 1 tsp jojoba oil, buy as high of a quality as you can, i.e., organic.
- Three drops of tea tree oil (be careful not to overdo it as the oil can be harsh).
- 1 tsp manuka honey.
- Small bowl and a metal spoon. Don’t use wood as it’s too hard to clean.
Method to Make Acne Treatment Mask
Carefully measure out all the ingredients and place them into a small bowl. Use a spoon to mix it. Be sure to use your mask immediately, rather than storing it. If you put it in the fridge, it will harden and become useless.
How to Apply Jojoba Oil to Face
Use your fingertips to scoop up your jojoba oil mask from the bowl and apply it to your face. Gently massage it around, so you have all parts of your face covered, except for eyes, nostrils, or hairline.
Leave the mask on your face for five minutes. You may want to stand over a sink or sit in the bath, just in case any mask slides off your face.
After five minutes, use a clean washcloth and warm water to rinse the mask off your face.
Repeat treatments once a night.
Each morning, apply a very thin layer of the oil to your face to keep it moisturized and in balance throughout the day.
Risks & Warnings When Using Jojoba Oil
While it’s generally safe to use the oil, you should still read through the list of risks and warnings before using it.
- Use it only externally as it contains erucic acid, which can cause heart damage.
- Do a small patch test on the inside of your wrist to determine allergic risk.
- If you get a rash, hives, or itchiness, discontinue use.
- While jojoba oil has a long shelf life, do check the expiry date and toss out if it’s past it.
- The oil should be stored with its cap tightly screwed on, and out of sunlight and heat.
- It’s safe to use on young children or pregnant women, but if you have any concerns, then consult with your doctor.
- If you use the oil to treat a skin condition that hasn’t improved in four weeks, or worsens, book an appointment with your doctor. You may have misdiagnosed yourself.