Is Jojoba Oil Good for Acne? Here’s How to Use Jojoba Oil for Acne

June 3, 2017
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For many of us who suffer from acne of any kind – whether mild, severe or somewhere in between – the best acne treatment plan often involves using several different types of product in a number of different ways. These can range from store bought lotions, creams and masks to prescription medications to in office doctor treatments and what are often referred to as acne home remedies.

One of the most popular of the latter – acne home remedies – is the use of jojoba oil. But just what is this oil, what do people claim it does to treat acne and is it really effective or just another ‘old wives’ tale’? Read on to find out.

What is Jojoba Oil Anyway?

Jojoba oil is, in fact, not really an oil at all, although it is usually sold in liquid form when you see it in stores. Instead, it is a liquid wax that is extracted from the seed pods of the jojoba plant, a pretty little white flowering shrub that is native to parts of Mexico and Southwestern America.

Although small in size, every jojoba plant is rather productive in terms of this wax, as 50% of each seed’s volume is made up of it. This has meant, over a number of centuries, that it has been used as a mainstay in herbal medicine in the regions it comes from. In fact it’s been used to treat everything from chapped skin and sunburn to psoriasis and ‘cradle cap’ in babies.

Understanding How Acne Works to Understand Jojoba Treatments

Before we get into the nitty gritty of just what jojoba oil can do for acne prone skin it might be useful to brush up a little on some of the common causes of acne.

Although there are a number of these, one of the most common is an excess production of oil – known as sebum – by the skin’s own oil glands that leads to clogged pores and then to acne pimples.

A certain level of sebum production is essential, it help’s keep the skin lubricated, supple and, to a great extent, waterproof. However, factors including hormonal changes and imbalances, a poor diet, stress and even simple genetics can lead to an overproduction of sebum that blocks the pores and leads to acne.

This means to effectively treat such acne, one of things that has to be done is to find a way to slow this oil production down. And that is where jojoba oil comes in.

How Jojoba Oil Helps Fight Acne

The primary way that jojoba oil is useful in getting rid of acne is that it has the natural ability to help regulate the production of sebum in the skin. It is believed – by those who have studied the effects of jojoba oil on acne – that the oil ‘tricks’ the skin into ‘believing’ that enough oil has been produced turning off the overactive ‘oil taps’.

This is only one of the ways jojoba can help in the fight against acne though. It can also do all of the following:

  • Effectively deep clean pores of acne causing debris
  • Fight acne bacteria, as it is a natural antibacterial agent
  • As it is also a natural anti-inflammatory it can soothe swelling and reduce redness
  • Its anti-oxidant properties help limit the damage from free radicals to the skin
  • It can help minimize the appearance of acne scarring thanks to its high Vitamin E content and an ability to help speed up the skin’s own rejuvenation process.

Where to Find Jojoba Oil

As it is only found in certain regions of the world it is not always easy to find jojoba oil in its pure liquid form, although it is an additive you’ll find in lots of skincare products in the drug store.  It is not impossible to find however. Most health food stores do carry it in addition to a growing number of online outlets.

Using Jojoba Oil to Treat Acne (the Right Way)

It’s not enough to know that jojoba oil can be used to treat acne, you do have to know how to use it to best effect. Here are some of the best ways to go about it.

Jojoba Oil and Oil Cleansing

Oil cleansing is slightly controversial, as some claim it may do more harm than good, especially for those with very oily skin. A number of skincare experts and beauty experts disagree though, and say that oil cleansing, when used once every few weeks in place of a standard cleansing routine, can be very helpful.

Our suggestion is that you give it a try and see how your skin reacts. A one time use is unlikely to do any harm and some people do report great results. So if you’d like to give it a try, here’s how it’s done:

What You’ll Need

  • Pure jojoba oil
  • Cotton balls
  • A clean wash cloth

How It’s Done

  • Apply jojoba oil to a cotton ball
  • Apply oil all over face
  • Soak your wash cloth in hot water and then wring out until just damp
  • Drape the wash cloth over your face until it cools down
  • Repeat again with more oil and a clean wash cloth
  • Use the cloth to remove the oil from your skin
  • Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water
  • Pat dry

Using Jojoba as a Moisturizer for Dry Skin

Those with rather dry skin are not immune from acne. The dead skin cells that dry, peeing skin often causes can clog pores in the same way as oil can. For these folks a good moisturizer is a must. A few drops of jojoba oil massaged into the skin in place of a standard moisturizer can be very effective.

Jojoba and Tea Tree Oil Acne Spot Treatment

As you may have heard in the past, tea tree oil is another natural oil that many consider to be an effective acne fighter. Its antibacterial properties are particularity effective against acne bacteria and when combined with jojoba it can be used as a great spot treatment for particularly stubborn pimples.

What You’ll Need

How It’s Done

  • In the bowl, combine 3 drops of tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil.
  • Dip the cotton bud into the mixture until it is well soaked.
  • Apply the mixture to the pimple you want to treat
  • Do not rinse
  • Repeat daily until the pimple is healed

Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera to Fight Acne

Another potentially effective combination of natural acne fighters is that of jojoba oil and aloe vera. They do share many of the same acne fighting properties and aloe vera’s natural soothing, cooling effect can be great for inflamed acne.

What You’ll Need

  • Aloe vera juice (NOT gel. You can find the juice at health food stores)
  • Jojoba oil
  • Small bowl
  • Cotton balls or cotton buds

How It’s Done

  • In the bowl mix together 1 teaspoon of aloe vera and 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • Apply the mixture to your face using cotton ball.
  • Leave in place for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Repeat treatment 1-2 times weekly for the best results

Cornmeal and Jojoba Oil Scrub

No matter what your skin type you do need to exfoliate on a regular basis to slough off dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to acne. This is a great, gentle option that will get the job done without causing too much irritation.

What You’ll Need

  • Cornmeal (the stuff from the kitchen cabinet is fine)
  • Jojoba oil
  • Small bowl

How It’s Done

  • In a small bowl combine 1 teaspoon of cornmeal and 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • Stir until well combined
  • Using clean hands massage into skin using circular motions.
  • Repeat across entire face
  • Rinse away with lukewarm water
  • Repeat every 2-3 days for the best results

Jojoba Oil Concerns

As we touched on earlier there are those who question the wisdom of using jojoba oil to treat acne, feeling that it in itself is too oily to be of any help.

It is not quite as oily as you might think. It scores a 2 on the standard comedogenic rating scale, which is low in terms of potential pore clogging. Some oil based moisturizers actually score somewhat higher.

The key really seems to be how you use the oil. Follow the methods detailed above and always ensure that the jojoba you are using is pure, without additives and coloring. And finally, don’t expect miracles. Going back to our earliest points the most effective acne fighting systems often consist of a number of different elements, of which jojoba oil is just one.

Now we’d like to hear from you. Have you tried any of these jojoba oil treatments to treat acne? If so, were you impressed? Do you think that this is a viable tool in a fight against acne? Let us know, real life anecdotes are things we love to hear, especially as they can help us all learn more.

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