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Jojoba oil and acne

tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
Although I have oily skin it was feeling dry due to the winter weather. At the recommendation of wntrbloom I got some jojoba oil to use as a moisturizer. I have been using it once a day for a week or two and not only does my skin feel less dry, but my pores are looking less clogged, I have less acne and acne scars seem to be fading.

Perhaps this is all in my head or wishful thinking but is jojoba oil a cure for acne?
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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    glad to hear that the jojoba oil is working for you.

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    from ageless herbal products website:

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    Since it is composed of wax esters, it is an extremely stable substance and does not easily deteriorate or become rancid. These wax esters are long-chained monohydroxyl alcohols, which differ from fats in that esters are long-chained fatty acids with glycerine.

    The structure of jojoba oil closely resembles that of your own skin sebum, is an excellent moisturizer and is ideal for all skin types without promoting acne or any other skin problems.

    It is suspected that jojoba oil "tricks" the skin into stopping the over-production of sebum through somehow mimicking sebum and also assist in breaking down sebum in plugged-up pores. Sebum and jojoba oil mix readily without "sealing off" the skin pores.


    In short, a person could say that jojoba oil helps to balance the sebum in the skin - assisting by moisturizing dry skin, while helping to contain the over abundance of oil in others.
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  • lauraloolauraloo Posts: 2,121Registered Users
    Ooh! Ooh! Where do I get some?

    ETA: How do you use it, tgreyz? Just after you wash your face in the morning?
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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    Trader Joes
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  • x_tigerlilyx_tigerlily Posts: 432Registered Users
    I heard it's really good for hair too. It doesn't make your hair greasy like some oils.

    I think I will pick some up!
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  • Agent ScarlettAgent Scarlett Posts: 275Registered Users
    I've suffered with acne on and off for the past 15 years but ever since I started using oils (jojoba, olive, & grapeseed) this past Sept., my skin is so much better! I don't use them to moisturize anymore because my makeup won't stay on, but I wash my face with them and I'll never use anything else.

    BTW, jojoba oil is fantastic for hair. I use it everyday.
  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    Huh, that's a good tip. I'm gonna have to pick up some jojoba. My skin is pretty good, but I totally have a problem w/ clogged pores.

    Just wanted to add a tip of a great facial I did last night. I stood over a pot of low boiling water for a steam treatment and let my face steam for about 5 minutes. Then I spent a few minutes massaging in some olive oil into my skin, and went over and steamed again for another 5 minutes. After that I massaged in a facial scrub (I used Aveeno) on top of the EVOO, and rinsed it all off.

    My skin looked fantastic, and my pores were cleaned out!

    Obviously if EVOO clogs your pores, you could do the same thing w/ jojoba, but I just wanted to share that with some of you.
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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    lauraloo wrote:
    Ooh! Ooh! Where do I get some?

    ETA: How do you use it, tgreyz? Just after you wash your face in the morning?

    I got mine at Trader Joes, it was about $7 for a 4 oz. bottle. It should last awhile because a couple drops is all you need. I use the oil before bedtime after washing my face. I wash my face, put a couple drops on before bedtime and make sure to rub it in well and then go to bed.

    I have oily skin and it seems to be less oily. Also the pores on my nose appear smaller which I assume they were clogged and are no longer. No more flakey skin and makeup goes on smoother.
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  • katethegreatkatethegreat Posts: 801Registered Users
    This sounds too good to be true... :D I'll have to go get some anyway, obviously
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  • MizKerriMizKerri Posts: 1,701Registered Users
    Mountain Rose Herbs sells it for a good price, too. That's where I got mine. I sometimes wash with a combination of jojoba, castor oil, and olive oil, especially when my skin feels extra sensitive to other cleansers.
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  • Resume WriterResume Writer Posts: 645Registered Users
    I use it on my face, too, but I've never thought to use it on my hair. Do you leave it on the hair, or use it as a conditioner and rinse it out?

    Thanks.
  • sassette726sassette726 Posts: 694Registered Users
    I heard it's really good for hair too. It doesn't make your hair greasy like some oils.

    I think I will pick some up!

    I've started using it once my hair is completely dry to tame flyaways and add shine. I rub maybe two drops into my hands and scrunch in. :)

    I use this for so many things now – in my hair, as a facial moisturizer (two drops every morning), and as an eye makeup remover too!
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  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    There is jojoba oil in the moisturizer I use for my face and body and I have noticed that my pores have been looking better since I started with this.

    I have used jojoba oil in my hair too. If I am just very careful with the amount my hair likes it.

  • lauraloolauraloo Posts: 2,121Registered Users
    I went out to Whole Foods with my sisters and picked up some jojoba while we were there. I did Babywavy's "facial" last night (it felt GREAT!) and I think I can already tell that the jojoba is going to be wonderful for my face. I'm going to use it on my scalp next time I wash my hair. Thanks for the recommendation!
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  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    Since I'm now using a salicylic acid soap along with my normal acne cream, my face just cannot handle cleansing twice a day, so for about a week I've been just using water in the morning. It's looking pretty good! However, I don't want the reduced cleansing to eventually become a problem. Do you think if I got some jojoba and used it during the day (can't at night, need the full effects of my cream) I could go back to washing my face twice a day? Since my face is calming down now, do I even need to wash twice a day? This may just be my conditioning, regarding washing twice a day being cleaner...
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  • Aries_jbAries_jb Posts: 1,556Registered Users
    I think washing at night is important, but in the morning, I think just using water is fine. I did that for awhile with no consequences. Also, jojoba oil during the day sounds good. I find it to be perfect for day time because it's so light. At night, however, I mix it with a little olive oil for more moisture. I noticed that my pores seemed cleaner and my complexion is more even. I had redness on the apples of my cheeks that I always thought was just my natural complexion, but after using oil, I've noticed the redness diminish dramatically. It turns out I was irritating my skin, even though the products I used previously were formulated for sensitive skin.
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  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
    Aries_jb wrote:
    I think washing at night is important, but in the morning, I think just using water is fine. I did that for awhile with no consequences. Also, jojoba oil during the day sounds good. I find it to be perfect for day time because it's so light. At night, however, I mix it with a little olive oil for more moisture. I noticed that my pores seemed cleaner and my complexion is more even. I had redness on the apples of my cheeks that I always thought was just my natural complexion, but after using oil, I've noticed the redness diminish dramatically. It turns out I was irritating my skin, even though the products I used previously were formulated for sensitive skin.

    Thanks! I'm liking it...Do you think that using just water, I could also use jojoba oil? (says the girl who doesn't even know when she'll next get near a Trader Joe's :lol: )
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  • Aries_jbAries_jb Posts: 1,556Registered Users
    Possibly. When I used water, I also used a wash cloth. I didn't scrub my face with it or anything, just gently wiped my face while in the shower. Doing that, I felt like my skin was pretty clean and I probably would have been able to put jojoba oil on without any issues.
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  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    Aries_jb wrote:
    Possibly. When I used water, I also used a wash cloth. I didn't scrub my face with it or anything, just gently wiped my face while in the shower. Doing that, I felt like my skin was pretty clean and I probably would have been able to put jojoba oil on without any issues.

    Using a wash cloth helps me too.

  • wild_sasparillawild_sasparilla Posts: 4,306Registered Users
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  • lazykerrilazykerri Posts: 650Registered Users
    Do you think if I got some jojoba and used it during the day (can't at night, need the full effects of my cream) I could go back to washing my face twice a day?

    I think you could, but as someone previously mentioned, be careful what you are using is not irritating your skin. For a while I also could only use water. Every cleanser I've tried has irritated my skin (it's sensitive, acne prone and also I think I have rosacea). The only thing I can use to remove my makeup is Pond's makeup remover cloths (not the exfoliating ones, and the Target knockoff works just as well if not better.) I wouldn't even use those if I didn't have to wear makeup. I just use water the rest of the time unless I really need to cleanse.

    Thanks to the original poster for mentioning jojoba oil. I forgot how good it can be for the skin and scalp. It's one of the few things I can use. It hasn't cleared my skin so far though. HTH :)
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