The jojoba plant is a 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.
Some of the benefits of jojoba oil are;
- It’s moisturizing
Jojoba oil is a preserving ingredient. This means that it works to seal the skin with a protective barrier to keep it from losing moisture. This may help prevent bacterial infections, acne, and dandruff from forming.
- It’s antibacterial
Jojoba oil contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties. While research has found that jojoba oil doesn’t kill all bacterial or fungal species, it does destroy certain bacteria and fungi that can cause salmonella, an E. coli infection, and candida.
- it’s an antioxidant
Jojoba oil contains natural forms of vitamin E. Vitamin E works well as an antioxidant. This means that jojoba oil can help your skin fight oxidative stress caused by everyday exposure to pollutants and other toxins
- It is non-comedogenic
Although jojoba oil is a botanical substance, its makeup is so similar to the oil (sebum) your body naturally produces that your skin can’t tell the difference.
This makes it less likely for jojoba to build upon your skin and clog your pores, leading to fewer breakouts and less severe acne.
- It’s hypoallergenic
On a molecular level, jojoba oil is a wax. Although it can be absorbed into your skin, its waxy nature allows it to create a soothing seal on the surface.
Unlike other botanical essential oils, jojoba oil is typically non-irritating. Allergic reactions are rare.
- It helps control sebum production
Jojoba oil regulates sebum production to the sebum that your body produces naturally. When you put jojoba oil on your skin, your skin is soothed and moisturized. This sends a signal to your hair and sweat follicles that your skin doesn’t need additional sebum for hydration. This keeps skin from looking oily and helps prevent acne caused by clogged pores.
7. speeds wound healing
Jojoba oil is stimulating wound healing. Preliminary research shows that jojoba oil encourages your skin cells to bind together after they’ve been separated by a scratch or cut. This may also be the reason for its ability to treat acne and acne scarring. These wound-healing properties could be connected to jojoba oil’s concentration of natural vitamin E.
- It may help soothe sunburns
Jojoba oil is a popular ingredient in some natural sunscreen products. Research suggests that vitamin E, when combined with other antioxidants, can help protect your skin from sun damage. Jojoba oil contains both. Sun damage can dehydrate your skin and cause flaking.
Some ways to use jojoba oil include;
- 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.
Potential side effects of using jojoba oil include;
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.