One of my favorite skincare ingredients/products is jojoba oil. It might surprise you to find out that jojoba oil is actually quite beneficial to oily, acne prone skin since it won’t clog pores, and interestingly enough it’s chemical composition is similar to human sebum (or oil).
I actually really like the explanation about jojoba oil in Paula Begoun’s online ingredient dictionary so I am going to quote the entry in full here:
A non-fragrant plant oil whose chemical composition is similar to human sebum (oil). Although that may make it seem like an ingredient to avoid by those with oily, acne-prone skin, research has shown that topical application of jojoba oil can reduce oil production in skin that’s been irritated by drying acne treatments. Jojoba oil also has the ability to dissolve excess natural oil in the pore, allowing it to be washed away (Source: Cosmetic Dermatology, April 2008, page 213). For those with dry skin, jojoba oil is an excellent emollient to consider when shopping for moisturizers. Little is known about the antioxidant content of jojoba oil, so it is not preferred to antioxidant-rich plant oils such as olive or grape seed. However, it certainly has benefits for oily/acne-prone and dry skin that make it worth considering.
According to the information on jojoba oil on one of my favorite skincare websites acne.org, applying jojoba oil to your skin can trick it into thinking that it has produced enough oil so that oil production is actually balanced in your skin.
One of the great things about jojoba oil is that it a true multi-tasker. You can use it as a moisturizer, a hair conditioner, a make-up remover, and even a massage oil.
I always have some on hand in order to use as a facial moisturizer if I am feeling particularly dry or for use after chemical peels. You can add a few drops of jojoba oil to your favorite moisturizer in order to make it even more moisturizing.
Where to Buy
You could buy jojoba oil at your local health food store or online. I buy my jojoba oil at Trader Joe’s – 4 ounces for about $7. Or you can buy organic jojoba oil through acne.org – 8 ounces for $14.75.