Virgin Jojoba oil is a clear golden liquid with a slightly nutty odor. With no fillers or additives, Jojoba oil closely resembles human sebum, which is responsible for naturally lubricating the skin. This is what makes Jojoba such a valuable skin and hair moisturizer.
Jojoba oil is a liquid wax extracted from the nut of an indigenous Australian shrub that goes by the scientific name Simmondsia chinensis, a misnomer as the plant has nothing to do with China. The shrubby tree still grows wild in the United States, mainly in the arid regions of the Southwestern states.
To control oily skin:
Oily skin is the result of overactive sebaceous glands in the skin, found more often on the face and the scalp. Oily skin can quickly gather dust from the environment and make frequent washing necessary. Not only does it look unsightly and make you feel uncomfortable, it can be the starting point of many skin problems such as seborrheic dermatitis, acne, and dandruff.
Soaps and most other skin cleaning agents strip the skin of the sebum that skin glands produce to lubricate the skin and protect it from drying out. Every time we wash our face and hands, even with plain water, we're removing a protective layer of sebum along with dust and grime. The cold and dry air in winter and air-conditioned interiors dry out our skin at a faster rate than our skin glands replenish the oil supply.
Dehydrated skin is vulnerable to irritants that cause dermatitis and germs that are constantly looking for entry points into the skin. Keeping your skin hydrated by locking in the moisture and protecting it from the drying effects of the environment constitute basic skin care.
For acne control:
Jojoba oil works in several ways to counteract acne formation. First, it acts as a deep cleanser. Being a liquid, it can penetrate deep into the hair follicle; it can dissolve the sebum deposits and help dislodge the comedone, thus clearing out the blockage.
Contraindications: Although absolute contraindications have not been identified, jojoba should not be ingested by humans due to potential toxicity.
Pregnancy/nursing: Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation is lacking. Adverse effects in rodents and birds have been noted.
Interactions: None well documented.
Side Effects: Case reports of skin reaction, confirmed by skin patch tests, exist for jojoba oil.