This study aims to investigate the claimed benefits, of topically applied Organic jojoba Oil for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, Dermatitis, Dry Skin, Rosacea, Vitiligo, Acne, and Cellulitis.
Jojoba is a plant (heart-shaped and perennial) that grows in North America. This plant is habitant of harsh and desert climates. Jojoba plant can produce nut changes to oil after processing (1)
Jojoba oil is a wax or oil-like compound, which we extract from the seeds of the plant (2).
Jojoba is a derivative of Simmondsia Chinensis seeds. The name jojoba coms form Kohowi word, which means nuts or beans. The first discovery of jojoba was through Native Americans. They used jojoba for hair care, skincare, and antioxidant properties.
In the 18th century, people started softening the seeds of jojoba to extract a wax-like liquid. This liquid was beneficial for several cosmetic purposes. In the year 1970, the hunting of whales became illegal. That is why jojoba oil came as an alternative to wax coming from those animals.
In today's age, jojoba oil is a widely available compound for various purposes (3).
Psoriasis is a condition that causes the body to make new skin cells in days rather than weeks. As these cells pile up on the surface of the skin, you may see thick, scaly patches. The most common form of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, which affects about 80% to 90% of people living with psoriasis (4).
Psoriasis affects 2 to 3 percent of the world population. The cause of psoriasis is immune response alterations. Wax of jojoba contains some anti-inflammatory properties. Jojoba oil can reduce the inflammatory processes as neutrophil infiltration, production of nitric oxide, and alpha necrosis factors in the body.
According to many pieces of research, jojoba oil is an effective anti-psoriatic weapon (5).
Due to the healing and anti-inflammatory properties of jojoba oil, it can help to:
Relieve the dryness due to psoriasis
Decrease the symptoms of itching, flaking, and rash
relieve the pain due to skin irritation on account of psoriasis (6)
Due to its gentle nature, it is best for sensitive skins, as well
It can deeply hydrate the skin and can keep the moisture for long (7)
Jojoba oil is the wax-like liquid which is native to the areas of North America. It has different healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help to reduce the intensity of skin conditions as psoriasis. It relieves the pain, dryness, and itching sensation due to psoriasis in the skin.
Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis is a condition where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, red, cracked, and rough. Blisters may sometimes occur. Different stages and types of eczema affect 31.6 percent of people in the United States (8).
In eczema or atopic dermatitis, the skin loses its ability to maintain a proper barrier between itself and the environment.
According to researches, jojoba oil without parabens and additives can help to act as a natural body conditioner.
It can act as a diffuser to ease the different symptoms of eczema or atopic dermatitis (9).
Due to skin healing properties of jojoba oils, it can give the following benefits to the individuals suffering from skin conditions:
Can provide an effective barrier between skin and the exterior environment as extreme cold or dryness
Can soothe the irritation of the skin
It can suppress the inflammation of the skin (9).
Eczema is a skin condition that can cause excessive dryness or skin blisters. Jojoba oil can heal the barrier between skin and rough environment. Furthermore, jojoba oil can give soothing effects to the skin due to its light nature.
“Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition marked by scaling, itching, and cracking. It can occur for a variety of reasons. You might have naturally dry skin. But even if your skin tends to be oily, you can develop dry skin from time to time. Dry skin can affect any part of your body (but) it commonly affects hands, arms, and legs” (10)
Exoderma is excessive dryness of the skin. Jojoba oil is full of nutrients and moisturizing agents. Jojoba oil contains Vitamin B, Vitamin E, zinc, copper, chromium, and antioxidants, which can protect and nourish the skin against harsh conditions.
As jojoba oil is lighter in its consistency, your skin can easily absorb it. This property of jojoba oil makes it an excellent cure for skin dryness (11)
Jojoba oil provides:
Moisturizing effects the skin by staying there for a longer time
Jojoba oil can penetrate deep inside the skin because it has a greater extent of absorption to the deep layers of the skin.
Jojoba oil can tame the chapping, chafing, redness, and irritation of the skin by repairing skin and managing the skin damage.
Jojoba oil can help to heal skin wounds due to dryness.
Jojoba oil application can reduce the skin flare-ups due to exterior reactions (11)
Skin exoderma is extremely high skin dryness. Jojoba oil extracts constitute all the essential minerals and vitamins which can hold the skin moisture and nourish the skin. Furthermore, jojoba oil can also protect from sun exposure and decrease the chances of skin peeling.
Rosacea is a skin condition, which commonly affects the face region. Rosacea causes redness over the areas of forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. In severe cases, this can take a reddish appearance. In such cases, blood vessels of the face can become visible, as well.
Rosacea can also end in pus-filled pimples or solid bumps red in color. The cause of rosacea is commonly neurovascular or due to immune system disorder (12).
In the case of rosacea, jojoba oil can have a less greasy and lighter effect on the skin. Jojoba oil does not clog the skin pores; thus, it does not give rise to more pimples. Jojoba oil has a stable effect on the skin. Jojoba oil can stay longer on the skin because of its longer shelf-life (13).
Jojoba oil is e closest to your skin oil in composition.
Jojoba oil has biomimetic effects, which means that it acts as a skin’s sebum.
Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic. This property makes it useful for any type of skin without any danger of skin reaction.
Jojoba oil can control further skin breakouts because of its infection control and antimicrobial agents. Most of the time, rosacea is mistaken for acne, but rosacea is a different form of acne (13).
Rosacea is a skin condition that can cause inflammation on the skin leading to redness and bums over the face. Rosacea has no cure. But, some properties of jojoba oil can benefit individuals suffering from rosacea. Jojoba oil is safe to use, can control infections, and heal the skin.
Vitiligo is a depigmenting disorder which results in the appearance of white patches on the skin (14). Vitiligo leads to facial patches that can stay permanently.
Jojoba oil can help the skin to look healthy, but it does not cure the vitiligo itself.
If someone is suffering from vitiligo, then he must take care of the skin. If you are concerned about people seeing your skin patches first, then focus on your skincare.
Jojoba oil can help to provide a glowy skin due to its collagen producing properties.
Jojoba oil can improve the elasticity of the skin.
Jojoba oil is readily absorbable in the skin. It can balance the production of sebum in the skin.
It can help the skin to look younger by reducing fine lines and skin damage (15)
There is no absolute effect of jojoba oil for the treatment of vitiligo, but it can make the fight against vitiligo easier.
Vitiligo is a skin condition in which skin loses its pigment leading to skin patches. Vitiligo has no absolute cure with the help of jojoba oil. But, if you are suffering from vitiligo, then you can prevent other skin conditions by maintaining your skincare. Use jojoba oil for preventing further skin damage. Jojoba oil can improve the elasticity, moisture, and health of the skin tissues. It reduces the additional risk of skin cancer.
“Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages” (16).
Jojoba oil can help acne by:
Healing the wounds
Easing the severity of acne and breakouts
Reducing skin inflammation and redness
Warding the infection off
Moisturizing the skin and not clogging the pores
Jojoba oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and wound healing effects on the acne-prone skin (17).
Overproduction of sebum leads to acne and breakouts. Jojoba oil has the main benefits of controlling skin sebum, which helps to stop the skin breakouts (17).
Acne is the most common skin condition. Jojoba oil can reduce the appearance and intensity of acne on the skin by controlling the production of sebum.
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues (just under the dermis). The most common bacteria are staphylococcus aureus (golden staph) and group a beta-hemolytic streptococcus. These bacteria enter broken or normal skin and can spread easily to the tissue under the skin (18).
Cellulitis is another skin condition due to different species of the bacteria. If we look at the properties of jojoba oil, then it can kill those bacteria, effectively (19).
Jojoba oil can reduce bacterial infection in cellulitis. Gently massage the jojoba oil over the area of infection.
Soothe the irritation and rashes
Make skin comfortable and calm
Cleanse the surface to prevent its spread to other areas (19).
Jojoba oil can help to fight with cellulitis. Jojoba oil helps to cleanse the surface, kill microbes, smoothen the skin, and lessen the severity of the condition of the skin.
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10. https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-skin Written by Kristeen Moore - Medically reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, DNP, APRN on May 10, 2018
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