Acne are a common skin problem that affects the skin in such a way that it causes great frustration and embarrassment. The market offers a wide array of products designed to fight this skin problem, but some people prefer natural ways to cope with it. Jojoba oil is one of the best natural remedies for acne, with little or no side effects at all, safe for use and very effective.
About jojoba oil
Jojoba or Simmondsia chinensis is a shrub native to deserts of California, Arizona and Mexico. It is also called wild hazel, quinine nut, goat nut and deer nut. It is cultivated for the purpose of obtaining the oil, which is actually a liquid form of wax, and comes from the seeds.
Aside from cosmetic purposes, where it is widely used and very praised thanks to its structure similar to human sebum, jojoba oil is also used as a carrier oil and its potential as a biodiesel fuel is currently being investigated. Jojoba oil can also be used as a lubricant, while the shrub can be planted to prevent desertification.
Jojoba oil for acne
As it is mentioned above, jojoba oil resembles sebum, which is the oil secreted from sebaceous glands in the human skin, with the purpose of lubricating, moisturizing and protecting it. If jojoba oil is used on an oily complexion and on the skin prone to acne, it basically tricks the skin into thinking there is already enough sebum, so the glands decrease the production.
Today it is perfectly clear that the direct cause of acne is overproduction of sebum. When there is too much oil, the pores become clogged, dirt and bacteria stick to the oil and cause an infection, leading to acne. By normalizing the production of sebum jojoba oil reduces the chance of developing acne.
Jojoba oil can be used to cleanse the skin, especially the face, but it needs to be rinsed off afterwards, using hot water or steam. It can also be applied topically to acne. It works best if combined with tea tree oil, which has antiseptic properties.
Oily skin needs moisture too, and jojoba oil works as a great moisturizer, nourishing the skin and providing moisture that does not evaporate immediately, like some moisturizers tend to do. Because of this, jojoba oil can be used on dry skin too. The skin absorbs it quickly and it does not leave a greasy look or clogged pores.
This oil can be very effective in the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines. It penetrates deeper layers of the skin and repairs the broken structure.
When using jojoba oil for cosmetic purposes, it is important to choose only the organic kind, because otherwise there may be pesticides in it, which are harmful for the skin.