Are you having a breakout and facing some acne troubles? Having acne on your face does not necessarily mean that you have dirty skin. Acne can result from certain medications, diet, stress, excess oil production, and even hormonal changes, especially if you are in your adolescence. According to the Indian Journal of Dermatology, acne has a physical effect, but it affects up emotionally and can interfere with our daily activities.
According to a German study conducted, it was found that jojoba oil effectively heals skin lesions and mild acne. In this article, we will talk about how we can use jojoba oil for acne treatment.
What Is Jojoba Oil?
We extract jojoba oil from Simmondsia Chinensis shrub, commonly known as jojoba shrub. Despite its name as an oil, it is a liquid wax collected from the jojoba nut/bean. There have been several theories as to why jojoba oil is good for acne treatment. One explanation is that jojoba oil has the same consistency as natural oil produced by our body.
Our skin produces a natural oil known as sebum which is essential for overall skin health and naturally balances itself. So, when you apply jojoba oil, our skin need not produce sebum, but our skin does get its natural oils.
Apart from this, it is scientifically proven that jojoba oil minimizes visible signs of ageing due to its nourishing properties, vitamins, and minerals. It also helps with wound healing and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties, all of which helps to reduce your breakout and act as an excellent skin rejuvenator.
How To Use Jojoba Oil For Acne?
Jojoba oil can be directly applied to our skin without diluting it. However, before using the oil on your face, test it on a small part of your arm to know whether or not you are allergic to it. Wait for a few hours; if the applied area does not look swollen or has rashes, then you are good to go. Avoid using jojoba oil if you have sensitive skin or oily skin. Let us look at some of the ways we can use jojoba oil for acne treatment.
The five most common ways we can jojoba oil is given below –
1. Makeup Remover
Any dermatologist would tell you that sleeping with makeup on is a terrible idea. The reason behind this is that the pores get clogged, and dirt gets trapped. This leads to an increase in free radicals, thus causing acne and premature ageing.
So, always remove the makeup before you hit the bed. For this, you can use cotton or a sponge. Pour a few drops of jojoba oil onto the cotton and gently wipe your face to remove the makeup. If the cotton gets quickly dirty, repeat the same process using unused, new cotton.
After removing the makeup, you can also use it as a facial cleanser by massaging the oil in a circular motion. For this, you can use your palm but make sure your hands are clean as you do not want to get more dirt on your face. Slowly massage the oil from the centre of your face for two to three minutes.
After this, you can gently dab the excess oil from your face using a warm towel. If you do not want to get oil on your cloth, then wash your wash in lukewarm water and gently pat dry (do not wipe) your face with a clean, dry towel.
3. Clay Mask
This is not as straightforward as the previous two methods because this one involves making a clay mask using jojoba oil. But it is not very difficult to make a clay mask; follow the steps given below, and you will be making clay masks like a pro.
- Mix equal parts of jojoba oil and bentonite clay, i.e., in a 1:1 ratio.
- Make sure it has a nice, smooth consistency so that it is easy to apply the mask.
- Apply it on your face and leave it for 10-15 minutes or till it dries off.
- Rise of the mask using lukewarm water and pat dry.
- Apply this mask two or three times a week for the best results. Also, apply it before you go to bed, as this mask can leave your skin looking red.
Just like you did for the clay mask, you can make your own DIY jojoba oil moisturizer. Besides providing all those benefits, jojoba oil can also last up to 24 hours on your skin!! Given below are the steps to make/use DIY jojoba oil –
- Add jojoba oil and aloe vera gel in equal quantity (1:1 ratio) into a clean, empty bottle.
- Shake the bottle well so that the mixture is well combined. (TIP – Using a pump bottle make it easier to use the moisture.)
- Take some of it in your hand and rub your hands together.
- Gently pat the mixture onto your face and let it stay for 10-15 minutes.
- You can wipe off the excess moisturizer using a clean, dry cloth (gently dab). However, if you choose to let it stay on your face, then that is alright too.
5. In-Shower Treatment
You must be wondering if we have to make another lotion for this as well but save your breath; you are in the clear. You can use the same moisturizing cream for this method as well. Apply the moisturizer onto the area infected with acne and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. Once your skin has absorbed the mixture, you can rinse it off while bathing. Pat-dry the areas where you have acne since you do not want to bust the acne.
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We have seen how jojoba oil is highly beneficial for our skin. While buying jojoba oil, pick one that is 100% organic and unrefined (golden colour) as it is free of any chemicals that can harm your skin. Also, avoid jojoba oil with high oleic acid content as it increases the breakouts and worsens your acne problems.
Have you used jojoba oil? How was your experience with it? Would you mind sharing your experience?